As Minnesota Wild fight for spot in playoffs, some players step...

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The Wild are undergoing the ultimate stress test. And it is one they might not be able to pass.
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last night was just too disappointing. To hold the potent Canucks offense to zero shots throughout the entire 3rd period and into overtime, and then lose on the second puck to hit the net in over 22 minutes after controlling the game and peppering Luongo...frusterating.

This team doesn't really deserve to make the playoffs, but I'm still holding out hope until mathematically eliminated. I really like Clutterbuck and Big Jon Scott. We just need another sniper or two....if Gaborik goes after the season...this team will have no offensive weapons at all next year. Time for the Front Office to be bigtime players in FA, and start hitting instead of missing on top draft picks.
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One of you folks in the warming house is going to get the "opportunity" to write an enormous check to the Wild this June for season tickets, becasue for the first time since the franchise was born I won't be.

Ten years with ONE lousy trip out of the first round of the playoffs is enough. This team clearly does not care about winning.

Get your beads out, and have a good time. This hockey fan can't bear to watch this crap any longer. My money is moving over to the new baseball stadium. It was a nice run......boring though.
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This team is just plain undertalented and VERY sloppy!....anyone want to thank Risebrough?
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Right now Gaborik is just showcasing himself for the future. He's still walking, that means the Wild will get zip for him.
Telling It Like It Is

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No speed, no talent, no imagination, no shooters no playoffs!!!
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The Wild played their best 63 minutes of the year. Imagine a team with 2-3 more finishers, no overpayed Kim Johnsson, an average player height of over 5'9"!
DR has run this franchise into the ground.
Please retire mon ami, JL.
Trade Johnsson & Zid...overpayed D-men and sign some offensive talent. Leave Jon Scott on the roster, he's gonna be another Chris Pronger. Try to sign Gabby to a 2-3 year deal and trade him if it becomes necessary.
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The undead feature is particulary prominent anytime one of the Wild is confronted with an open scoring chance. Wouldn't it be nice if they could hit an open net just once?
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This lays at the door-step of Doug Risebrough. The guy cannot make a good trade(Manny Fernandez trade), acquire a free agent (Chris Simon in 2008 and NO ONE in 2009) as well keep it's best players happy (Gaborik and Ralston). Why he is not given his walking papers is beyond me. Doug please step down as you have substantiated you cannot handle competently the duties and responsibilities of a General Manager in the NHL.
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Tom Powers is about as funny as Al Franken
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Get a Grip wrote:
One of you folks in the warming house is going to get the "opportunity" to write an enormous check to the Wild this June for season tickets, becasue for the first time since the franchise was born I won't be.
Ten years with ONE lousy trip out of the first round of the playoffs is enough. This team clearly does not care about winning.
Get your beads out, and have a good time. This hockey fan can't bear to watch this crap any longer. My money is moving over to the new baseball stadium. It was a nice run......boring though.
we are better off without you.
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we are better off without you.
you must work for the Wild......
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Get a Grip wrote:
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you must work for the Wild......
...I don't think the Wild situation is that bad. Once they get a real GM and not this AHL GM that they currently have a turn around could be quicker
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wow wrote:
Right now Gaborik is just showcasing himself for the future. He's still walking, that means the Wild will get zip for him.
did you notice how much better he was when they played the eastern conference teams??
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i think risebourough made some good moves last off season , nolan, 20 + goals, mietenin 15+ goals, zidlicky 11+ goals, bergeron 11+ goals,goals ,brunette 20+ goals, VS demitra 19, rolston 14, we lost some scoring but picked up more from the other players not to mention speed and age factor. had it not been for gabbys injury risebourough would look pretty good this year with his offseason moves. not to mention koivu picked up alot of slack.
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I hear the injury excuse. Losing Gaborik hurt, but this team wasn't going anywhere anyway. The defensive style they play doesn't win in the new NHL. Look at the teams at the top of both conferences, they're the highest scoring teams. Look who played for the Stanley Cup last year. Detroit and Pittsburgh. The Wild's top goal scorer is 37 years old. The guy we could have traded for some scoring, Shepard, has what, 20 points or so for the whole season? The young guys, outside of Cal Clutterbuck haven't progressed, and he's not a goal scorer. I doubt whether Gaborik will be back, so where do we find some goal scorers?
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Reagle wrote:
<quoted text>...I don't think the Wild situation is that bad. Once they get a real GM and not this AHL GM that they currently have a turn around could be quicker
You'd feel differently if you laid out as much cash as I have over the past ten years......
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Get a Grip wrote:
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You'd feel differently if you laid out as much cash as I have over the past ten years......
Believe me! I feel your pain man! I look at it this way...I'm glad I'm not a Wolves season ticket holder. The Wild do not need to revamp the entire team inorder to build towards a Detroit type team. The Wolves have been rebuilding since its conception
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Get a Grip wrote:
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You'd feel differently if you laid out as much cash as I have over the past ten years......
I hear ya, there. Three trips to the playoffs in eight season isn't getting it done. I'm very tired of Risebrough's "plan" that seems to be much more of a plan to turn a larger profit for the organization than it is a plan to win The Cup.

It is time to start fresh. Replace DR as GM. Coach Lemaire should retire, as should Mario Tremblay. Mike Ramsey (a disciple of Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks and Jacques Lemaire...that's a lot of hockey smarts to be around!) should be Lemaire's replacement.

The 1-2-2 trap system should be ditched permanently in favor of a high-pressure 2-1-2 so that they can generate some scoring chances by getting turnovers in the other team's end of the rink.

Kim Johnsson and his salary should be traded for draft picks, as should Pierre-Marc Bouchard. They are both good players but they are also too small and too soft to cut it in the Western Conference.

The resulting cap room should be used to 1) Make every effort to keep Gaborik and 2) Get him more help through free agency.(Hint: Mikko Koivu's big brother Saku would look great in a Wild uniform) Some big guys with talent would be a real shot in the arm for the Wild.

Finally, the rotating captaincy was really cute the first couple of seasons but the Wild need to name a permanent captain. He is already on the roster and he wears #9.
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Oh Well wrote:
<quoted text>Believe me! I feel your pain man! I look at it this way...I'm glad I'm not a Wolves season ticket holder. The Wild do not need to revamp the entire team inorder to build towards a Detroit type team. The Wolves have been rebuilding since its conception
Actually to build to a "Detroit" type team the entire organization needs to be revamped, including the pathetic roster. Even if they statred now that will take YEARS, becasue their minor league system is as devoid of talent as their current roster is.

The Wild have gotten a free pass in this town and they've used it to full capacity.

The Wolves and the Wild are actually not all that different. They've each one their conference exactly ONCE. They've each won been to the conferencce finals ONCE. Neither team has ever been to the championship and other than KG their have been no other legit superstars on either roster.....ever (Gabby isn't now and has never been a superstar). Neither team has EVER signed a big name free agent, and both teams tell us they have a "plan".

The Wild like the Timberwolves will eventually look around their building and see lots of empty seats, because for both teams the product has become incredibly predictable, stale, and boring.

The Wild have a little more time on their side and the building is the only thing saving their bacon. They know this, and as a result we will continue to have a second, borderline third tier roster talent wise.

Unlike the Wild, the Timberwolves have finally and wisely come to the realization that you can't charge people superstar prices to come and watch journeyman rosters. Glen is smartly lowering the prices where the the best the Wild can do for now is enthusiastically say they aren't raising their prices this year.......wow how fabulous is that!

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Get a Grip wrote:
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Actually to build to a "Detroit" type team the entire organization needs to be revamped, including the pathetic roster. Even if they statred now that will take YEARS, becasue their minor league system is as devoid of talent as their current roster is.
The Wild have gotten a free pass in this town and they've used it to full capacity.
The Wolves and the Wild are actually not all that different. They've each one their conference exactly ONCE. They've each won been to the conferencce finals ONCE. Neither team has ever been to the championship and other than KG their have been no other legit superstars on either roster.....ever (Gabby isn't now and has never been a superstar). Neither team has EVER signed a big name free agent, and both teams tell us they have a "plan".
The Wild like the Timberwolves will eventually look around their building and see lots of empty seats, because for both teams the product has become incredibly predictable, stale, and boring.
The Wild have a little more time on their side and the building is the only thing saving their bacon. They know this, and as a result we will continue to have a second, borderline third tier roster talent wise.
Unlike the Wild, the Timberwolves have finally and wisely come to the realization that you can't charge people superstar prices to come and watch journeyman rosters. Glen is smartly lowering the prices where the the best the Wild can do for now is enthusiastically say they aren't raising their prices this year.......wow how fabulous is that!
...I agree with what you are saying if the current ownership doesn't wake up. But you have to admit Chicago turned it around much quicker than I thought they would once they got an aggressive owner and front office change/coach. It won't happen by next year but the Wild have better possibilities than the Wolves

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