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Can Wild make the cut?

Originally Published: August 12, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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It's too bad for the great hockey state of Minnesota that hockey isn't golf.

The Wild could have used a mulligan on the first month of the 2004 season, which was a huge letdown after the third-year team's spirited run to the Western Conference finals the previous spring.

Young snipers Marian Gaborik and Pascal Dupuis were salary holdouts last fall and never made up for missed time. They each wanted more dough after combining for 50 goals, 30 by Gaborik, while missing ...

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