Game 681 | October 12, 2006 | Doug Risebrough, Bob Naegele
Led in scoring by Brian Rolston and newly acquired Pavol Demitra the Minnesota Wild finished second in the Northwest Division with a record of 48-26-8, best in the team's six-year history. Free agent goaltender Niklas Backstrom alternated in goal with veteran Manny Fernandez. The team lost to Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs. Risebrough was an original member of the Wild management team, and Naegele would sell the team in 2008 to Wisconsin businessman Craig Leipold.
Game 705 | October 3, 2007 | Doug Risebrough, Bob Naegele
Playing strong defense in front of the solid goaltending of Niklas Backstrom, the Minnesota Wild won their first Northwest Division title in the 2007 -'08 season. Alternate goalie Manny Fernandez was traded to Boston, and Backstrom emerged as one of the better goalies in the league. Marian Gaborik, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brian Rolston and Pavol Dmitra were the team's leading scorers. This was owner Naegele's last Dunkers meeting, as he sold the team 15 months later.
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