Most people are surprised to hear that the Minnesota Wild are one of the more successful NHL franchises when it comes to profits. This comes as a surprise of many of us who still remember the last days of the North Stars before they moved south to Dallas. But as per Forbes magazine it seems that even a small market team can make money as long as it keeps control over player salaries, has some corporate support, a new arena and an unexpected run in the playoffs. The net result is a four year old franchise worth $166 million, with an operating profit of around $20 million, from revenues of $79 million. At the opposite end of the specutrum were the St Louis Blues, $29.4 million in the red.