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The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1. The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.
But did get calle for tripping on the play.
He has returned to the game...
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
... at the end of the game, Ryan Kesler, being Ryan Kesler, took a gigantic long run at Mikael Granlund and creamed him along the boards. Parise immediately jumped to Granlund’s defense.
Kesler got a major for charging and Parise a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. We’ll see if anything comes of that Saturday.
“Game’s over. It’s stupid,” Parise said of the Kesler cheap shot at Granlund.
from the Minnesota Wild,
At 19, Jonas Brodin burst onto the scene with the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 as the youngest defensemen in the National Hockey League and was named to the All-Rookie Team. Now, the blueliner will be in a Minnesota sweater through the 2020-21 season, as the Wild has signed him to a six-year contract extension.
“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
But as one Wild player joked with me recently: “We need expansion here in the West. We could sure use a couple patsies.”
That’s because the Western Conference is beyond stacked. Unlike the old days when you could expect an easy game or a dozen easy ones a year, the stressful West is a nightly crusade just to squeak out two points.
Coach Mike Yeo isn’t trying to be dramatic when he honestly says, “I feel like we are a legitimate contender to win the Stanley Cup,” but follows up by saying in the next breath, “And I also am scared to death of missing the playoffs.”
It’s not only the Wild coach. Darryl Sutter coaches the Los Angeles Kings. He has guided his team to two Stanley Cups in three years. If any coach has the right to feel a little extra confident about the team he drives, it’s Sutter.
But when asked what kind of message he delivered the Kings about defending their title, the always blunt, truthful Sutter said, “It’s tough to defend it if you don’t make the playoffs.”
Such is life in the quagmire that is the West. It’s especially torturous in the Central Division, arguably the hardest in hockey.
read on plus a few more NHL topics...
After taking a stick to the groin area, Tyler Myers with a shot to the head of Andrew Shaw.
Below, Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head of Erik Haula...
"I cut out games and watch games of not just me, but games in general with the intent to see body contact and things like that. It's amazing how with a split second either way, hits could be drastically different.
"It's just trying to make the right decisions in your brain before you put yourself in that position."
-Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild. More on Cooke from Chad Graff of the PioneerPress...
from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,
Craig Leipold is the rare owner who is both down to earth and good at his job. As he twists a few stat sheets into a wad, grumbling about the performance of a certain player, his father stands in the back of the suite, grinning.
“The bottle is always half-full with that one,” Werner Leipold said. “He always believes his team is going to win the Stanley Cup.”
That hasn’t happened yet. Leipold, who bought an expansion NHL franchise before he “knew what offsides was,” he said, has owned the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild. As Leipold grumbled and exulted during a preseason game on a recent weeknight, his father said he saw early signs of business acumen from his son.
“When he was little, there was a construction site near our house,” Werner Leipold said. “They were building a school. So Craig started bringing them ice. For a price. Then, he started bringing them soda, for a little more money.
“Then one of the guys told him that if he wanted to make real money, he should bring them beer. I had to put a stop to it after Craig sold all of my Miller Lites.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In 1982, at the height of communism in Czechoslovakia, Jarmila and Zdenek Vanek wanted a better life for their 4-year-old son, David. They went from border to border to try to immigrate into Austria. Finally, at their seventh or eighth border, the Vaneks were allowed in. They went, with nothing, to Vienna to start a new life. Two years later Thomas was born.
He grew up in Graz, hometown of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Zdenek was a professional hockey player, so from the time Thomas can remember, he was in love with hockey. Because of his father’s Czech background, Thomas had posters of Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek.
“When I was 8 or 9, once a week, we got the show ‘NHL Cool Shots’ on TV,” Thomas said. “For every kid that played hockey back home, that was a must-see show. Once I saw it, that’s when my dream started. I wanted to play in the NHL.”
When Vanek was 12, he made an Austrian select team and traveled to Quebec for a peewee tournament. Teams wanted him to move to Canada.
“I don’t know what possessed me, but I decided to move to Alberta,” Vanek said. “I didn’t know much English. Only a few words. But the good thing about my mom and dad, they said, ‘Go and try it. If you don’t like it, just hop back on a plane and come home.’ ”
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