As somebody who has spent a variety of the final month speaking about what would possibly occur, let me categorical some pleasure proper in the beginning right here.
We’re transitioning out of that speculative time, out of this winter holding sample, and headed straight for a spring thaw when a variety of issues will occur.
I rely no less than 5 massive questions in Minnesota sports activities that can quickly be answered. I talked about a few of them on Friday’s Every day Supply podcast, however let’s have some expanded ideas right here now.
What’s going to the Vikings do with Kirk Cousins? We have been asking that query continually for the final month (OK, let’s be sincere, the final 12 months). However with the beginning of the brand new NFL 12 months simply 5 days away and the Vikings over the cap by $15 million, one thing has to offer.
Both they are going to use the leverage of QB-needy groups to commerce Cousins, or they are going to discover a option to hold him by making different roster strikes. However they need to do one thing quickly, as Andrew Krammer and I talked about on immediately’s present.
How will the Twins fill out their roster and compete in 2022? That query has been caught in impartial for 3 months because the lockout dragged on. The sudden lifting of the work stoppage Thursday will put the whole lot in warp velocity. Trades, free brokers and inside candidates must fill out a really skinny rotation. The shortstop query looms. All of it is going to be answered quickly.Are the Wolves a playoff staff? By placing collectively their first six-game successful streak since 2004, Minnesota has proven it’s a professional staff. However there is a logjam within the Western Convention, and the Wolves — at present within the No. 7 spot — may need to beat a seasoned staff within the play-in spherical simply to make it to an precise play-in sequence. With simply 15 video games left within the common season, the reply will come quickly.Will the Wild add any items on the commerce deadline? This staff seems to be prefer it may use an injection of one thing after some latest struggles. With the deadline looming March 21, we are going to know quickly sufficient.Can the Gophers add a nationwide title (or two) in hockey? The ladies’s staff performs UMD this weekend with a spot within the Frozen 4 on the road. The lads’s staff is gearing up for postseason play and aiming at a prime seed in one of many areas.