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Shootout ruins productive night for Minnesota Wild

I share your frustration, but can't help wonder what would be different if Guillaume had chosen a few salads instead of whatever he ate all offseason. I won't buy his injury as anything other than coming in out of shape / poorly prepared for the season. I would also like to see Richards lose it on the bench when the team sucks eggs (see Wings, Detroit on 12/26). Take your hands out of your pockets and smack some heads. The Herb Brooks look-a-like kid had more passion.  (Dec 28, 2010 | post #4)

Rangers 5, Wild 2: New York's three-goal second period ma...

There are too many horrendous periods that follow excellent periods. It's been 1 1/4 years for Richards to figure this part patience is about gone. I wonder if Fletcher's is waning. As far as Backstrom, yes, he does spend a fair amount of time down. But that's how he plays. His performance ever since he launched his stick at the boards at practice has been fantastic. I did not think any of the goals tonight were his fault.  (Nov 21, 2010 | post #4)

Just good enough again

Maybe I was tired after a long week, but I did not see this one as an escape routine. I thought, until the refs brought Detroit back into the game with a series of ticky-tack penalty calls, that the Wild played fun, up-tempo hockey. Seen a fair amount of that lately and have enjoyed it. The penalty kill was fantastic and the team never quit. The number of shots continues to be a misleading statistic. Quality of shots is more important and the number of saves made with the center of the goalies' chests is very telling. Yes, they have played great and made the big saves when the team needed them, but that's how it works. The opponents are, after all, professionals as well and will get their share of great chances. These last few games are the type that the Wild lost repeatedly last year. Fun to watch. Go Wild!!  (Nov 20, 2010 | post #2)

Minnesota Wild lack pop in 2-1 loss at Florida

I had a similar thought. If the officials (Toronto, not on ice) see something like this, there HAS to be a way to fix the ruling. The whole purpose is to get the calls right. You review a potential goal and determine that it did not cross the goal line due to an infraction by the defending team should absolutely result in whatever the normal penalty should be. It's a judgment call (would the puck have gone in without the infraction), but isn't that almost all of officiating anyway?  (Nov 13, 2010 | post #5)

Minnesota Wild lack pop in 2-1 loss at Florida

I know its probably coincidental, but the Wild was clicking and the lines were looking good...and then Richards pushed Mittens to the top of the line-up and juggled ever other line to do it. This is not a shot at Mittens. He is healthy, you put him in the line-up. But at the same time, don't fix what ain't broke. 3rd or 4th line works. By the coaches own admission they were not prepared for Atlanta. They were again not prepared last night. Hate to say it, but I am doubting whether Richards has the knack for leading and prepping this team. They are frequently unprepared for games, they are notorious for playing one period like rock stars and the next like pee wees. That sure seems like coaching to me. The knocks are adding up: poor personnel management & poor game preparation.  (Nov 13, 2010 | post #1)

Greg Zanon risks his flesh for Minnesota Wild

Zanon says "you have to be committed". I agree 100%...he should be committed. I was a goalie. I know how much it hurts with pads. This guy is certifiable. And I love that he's on our side!  (Nov 10, 2010 | post #1)


Anti-bullying bill should be a priority for special sessi...

Until teachers can punish students the way it was done when adults were respected, no law will change anything. Students need to be punished by their teachers and their parents without having to worry about the namby pamby crowd saying the treatment was unfair. Want unfair? Try getting pushed around because of what you look like or because you aren't "cool". These little monsters need to get put in their place. And, in many cases, their negligent parents should put in the same place.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #41)

Questions with Bob Sansevere: Minnesota Wild coach Todd R...

Nice dodge on the Finland question. With the home start and the growing negative sentiment, this is as close to a must win scenario as a team can get this early in the season (if they want butts in seats). Starting 0-1-1, dug a small hole. If they don't come through this stretch with a bunch of home games with the lead in the division, it's gonna be a looong season looking up with cement boots on. I'm hopeful, but not making any wagers.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #1)

Being back in Minnesota seems like old times for Stars' M...

If this turns out to be Modano's last season, it would be very fitting for his NHL career to end here in MN.  (Nov 8, 2009 | post #1)

Minnesota Wild players defend their speed

Poulliot & Sheppard have already had more chances than deserved. I thought Smith was very solid on Saturday night and didn't shy away from contact. I didn't notice Hilbert much, but that isn't necessarily a bad means he wasn't the culprit in opponent goals.  (Oct 26, 2009 | post #6)

No argument here

Accountability is a nice start. Richards comments are so much better than the old mind game garbage that JL used to employ. Its a good sign that players that are taking responsibility when they play a bad game. How they perform in the next game will be the key indicator as to whether its lip service or something the players take to heart. As far as Harding goes, he played poorly. The team in front of him played even worse. He just needs one good game and he will be back in form. First game for a new coach and management, on the road, and a lousy performance by the rest of the squad. He gets a pass from me on this one.  (Oct 10, 2009 | post #3)

Wild expected to sign 'pure goal scorer' Petr Sykora afte...

I love this, but how will they fit him under the cap?  (Sep 15, 2009 | post #1)

Leipold no fan of Balsillie

If the collection of crooks and meatheads that already own NHL teams want this guy left out of the club, that is good enough for me that he belongs IN THE CLUB. Phoenix vs Canada...Bankrupt vs Solvent...Bettman vs anyone over 3 feet tall. 'nuff said.  (Aug 12, 2009 | post #1)

Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom a finalist for Vezina T...

Much deserved honor for Backstrom. He clearly did more with less compared to the other two. I think Mason will get the rookie of the year, but GMs have a history of wanting to reward veterans moreso than younger players so I think Thomas will get this one. A very good argument can be made for any of the three.  (Apr 28, 2009 | post #4)

Democratic campaign group sets up Web site targeting Mich...

Corner a scared animal and the animal will attack. The lefties see something in Bachmann that scares the %%% out of them...I don't blame them. If more Republicans would start behaving like Republicans, the lefties would lose their stranglehold on government and all their free loader friends would get booted off the public payroll and be forced to go out and earn a living. The sadest thing is the complete lack of respect shown by the lefties for someone who stands up for their beliefs. I could not stand Wellstone's political positions, but I had a great deal of respect for him as he was willing to stand up for an 'unpopular' opinion because it was what he believed. Even though I am on the right, I would prefer an honest & outspoken Democrat to a double-talking Republican. At least you know what to expect.  (Apr 25, 2009 | post #20)

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