The Wild have had trouble adapting to Todd Richards' system for a year now, and to say that they've been splintered is an understatement. The Copper & Blue says the Canucks handed the Wild a rally point, something that the entire team is going to get behind:
Richards may not have an inspirational giant in his sport to call on, but Rick Rypien may have done him an enormous favor. The Wild have been in need of a reason to rally around something, a reason to focus the team on Richards' system, even if it's lacking. They've needed a "win one for the Gipper" moment for about a year, and Rypien just handed the entire organization that moment.