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NHL: Wild Road Tour rolls through Willmar

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Wild are coming off a second-round playoff exit to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and are looking to the future. And two players that will be a part of the up-and-coming team were at the Willm...

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The Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker, left, and Charlie Coyle sign autographs and greet fans Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center. It was the first stop of a three-day trip for the Wild on the 2015 Road Tour. Phil DeMore / Tribune

WILLMAR - The Minnesota Wild are coming off a second-round playoff exit to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and are looking to the future. And two players that will be a part of the up-and-coming team were at the Willmar Civic Center on Tuesday.
Wild forward Charlie Coyle, center Jason Zucker and Fox Sports North color commentator Mike Greenlay stopped by to greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs in their first stop of the 2015 Road Tour.
“We just have to figure it out,” Zucker said. “Gain that experience, play hard and play the right way for those four games. Obviously they are a seasoned team that has won the Cup a few times now, and they know how to win. So we just have to take these experiences that we have had and use them to our advantage.”
Another valuable piece to the second-half run and third consecutive playoff appearance, goalie Devan Dubnyk, is still not signed and will be a free agent on July 1. Dubnyk, acquired in a trade with Arizona on Jan. 14, was 27-9 with a .936 save percentage.
“We obviously love him,” Coyle said. “He was a big part of last year and getting us to the playoffs and making a little run. We love him off the ice, he is a great guy. We are hoping to see him back, and we will see what happens.”
But this day was meant for players and fans alike to relax and meet one another in the state of hockey.
“The biggest key is to get your mind away from the game for a little bit,” Zucker said. “Whether it’s a week or two or a month, whatever it may be. It’s just trying to get your mind away from the game, to be able to regroup for a little bit and train and get ready for the next season.”

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