Wild owner Craig Leipold vowed to win a Stanley Cup during his tenure, assuring business leaders the club is positioned to compete for an NHL championship for up to seven years while hedging his bets on this season.

"I see a Stanley Cup championship. My hope is that it happens soon," Leipold told the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 13. "It may not be this year. It may not be next year. But the beautiful thing is we have a window now that's not going to close in two or three years. We've got a window that's going to be opened up for five, six or seven years."

Leipold boasted during his speech about 102 percent-capacity sellouts at the Xcel Energy Center for the Wild coming out of a damaging lockout, plus merchandise sales among the NHL's top five teams, thanks to interest piqued by last summer's signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.