Your main point? He was not interested in a reconstruction.
"I'm not patient enough for that," Leipold wrote. "You should not be either."
However, here are the Wilds, preparing for the NHL draft lottery instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they look a lot like a team on the way to a rebuild.
Gone are the familiar faces of Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund. They have been replaced by Victor Rask, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala.
That youth movement, which occurred around the NHL trade deadline this winter, was the first-year general manager, Paul Fenton, who devoted himself to this season with an eye on the future.
While the Wild will return a good number of veteran players next season, the rest of the lineup will be completed with youngsters, some of whom may have to learn some difficult lessons before they blossom.
It is not impossible for the Wilds to return to the playoffs as early as next season. But getting lucky in the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night, April 9, in Toronto would certainly accelerate the process.
The question is: How lucky are the savages to have?
Thanks to a change implemented some seasons ago, all teams that do not make the playoffs are eligible to win the No. 1 election.
While the process itself is quite complex, it involves ping-pong balls that form a series of numbers followed by teams that cross-reference that series of numbers to see if they match theirs. The Wild have a 3 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
If that happened, the Wild would almost certainly use it with American prospect Jack Hughes or Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko. Both players have the potential to become superstars in good faith on the next level, something the Wilds desperately need with their increasingly tough roster.
Actually, there are three separate drawings to determine the three best selections, so if the Wild does not get the No. 1 election, he also has a chance with the No. 2 or No. 3 election. All this happens outside the camera. before the results are shown in the air.
If the Wild does not come up, and if none of the teams in front of them in the standings, the Wild will have the No. 11 pick in the 2019 NHL draft.
It is not surprising that a team raises in the NHL recruitment lottery, as evidenced by the fact that the New Jersey Devils won the first selection a couple of seasons ago after entering with an 8.5 percent chance.
If the Wilds are not lucky, there will still be more excitement than the usual draft day with the team selecting the lottery for the first time since the NHL Draft in 2012 when they selected defender Matt Dumba, now a star player of Wild.
2000: Marian Gaborik
2001: Mikko Koivu
2002: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
2004: A.J. Thelen
2005: Benoit Pouliot
2006: James Sheppard
2010: Mikael Granlund
2011: Jonas Brodin
2012: Matt Dumba