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via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
The Minnesota Wild’s deadline acquisition of defenceman Jordan Leopold was hardly a blockbuster trade, but it wound up being one of the day’s biggest stories.
A letter written by Leopold’s daughter Jordyn back in January, asking the Wild to bring her father home to Minnesota, went viral on deadline day.
Jordyn spoke about the letter and the impact it made on social media Thursday.
Take note, NHL fathers. Your shot at landing on your hometown team rests on your children’s ability to pen adorable letters.
Both TSN and Sportsnet report Chris Stewart has been traded to the Wild.
added 3:33pm, Multiple reports say the Sabres will pay 1/2 of Stewart's salary, still waiting on trade details.
added 3:44pm, from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray, who had been trying to trade Chris Stewart all year long for a huge return, may have overreached at the end. The Wild was able to snag the power forward for a 2017 second-round pick. The Sabres are also picking up half the $465,000 still owed to the free-agent-to-be.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Mayhem in Denver as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to gain a three-point cushion on eighth and move a point from Winnipeg.
In a nasty, physical, action-packed, playoff-like affair, the Avalanche tried to run the Wild out of the building.
“I’d probably be frustrated too if we played a team and hadn’t scored on them in four games except on a dump-in,” Zach Parise said, grinning (you’ll understand what he’s referring to in a few paragraphs). “They’re taking their frustration out on us. We played a good game in spite of what they were trying to do.”
Twelve periods and 240 minutes of hockey now this season, and the only goal the Avalanche has scored against the Wild in four losses (outscored 12-1) arguably should have been wiped out by referees Chris Rooney and Dean Morton tonight.
Just 1:32 into the second period, a Maxime Talbot dump-in ricocheted awkwardly off the glass, into the crease and pinned under Devan Dubnyk’s right pad. Cody McLeod came charging in trying to jam at the puck and pushed Dubnyk over the goal line.
The ref blew the play down signaling no goal. But they went to review, and the NHL Situation Room correctly determined the puck lodged under Dubnyk’s pad when it went over the line. Tying goal.
However, Dubnyk’s pad only went over the line because McLeod pushed him over the line. Before it got to video review, Rooney and Morton probably should have disallowed the goal. That part of this was not reviewable.
continued inlcuding Cocy McLeod being Cody McLeod...
Watch the disputed goal below...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Sean Bergenheim (BUHR-gehn-highm) and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Wild's 2016 third-round selection.
Bergenheim, 31 (2/8/84), has collected 18 points (8-10=18), 34 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-2 rating while averaging 14:09 in ice time in 39 games this season with the Panthers. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, has tallied 179 points (95-84=179) and 373 PIM in 489 career NHL games during nine seasons with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida. He has recorded 17 points (12-5=17) in 23 career NHL playoff matches.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Well, it took a long time, longer than Minnesota Wild fans would have liked, but the plucky Wild woke up in a playoff spot on Monday morning by virtue of their 6-2 pounding of the Dallas Stars on
Sunday night to close out Hockey Weekend Across America. The win, earned by Devan Dubnyk of course, gives the Wild three straight and an 11-1-1 record over their last 13 games. At what point do we start to give serious consideration to Dubnyk -- .925 save percentage, 2.19 GAA and six shutouts -- as a Vezina Trophy candidate and, dare we say it, Hart Trophy consideration? Has any single player been more valuable to their team's efforts than Dubnyk since coming over from Arizona?
The Wild win may have crushed the remaining playoff hopes of the Stars while dislodging, at least temporarily, the Calgary Flames from the top eight.
continue for more hockey topics like Nathan MacKinnon, the Blackhawks and Bruins, Ilya Bryzgalov and more....
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
What about Florida’s Tomas Fleischmann as a fill-in for Zucker?
A: Of the rental wingers, his skill is more intriguing than most and the Wild has inquired. The Wild has also inquired with Florida about Sean Bergenheim and Arizona about Antoine Vermette. As for defensemen, it has inquired about costly Andrej Sekera (Carolina), Jeff Petry (Edmonton) and Zbynek Michalek (Arizona).
Russo has a sense of humor too...
Since the Kevin Garnett trade, do you see a Marian Gaborik trade in the future?
A: I’ll go with no.
more Q & A, Wild related...
from Charley Walters of hte Pioneer Press,
While the Wild continue to make a gallant playoff run, the business part of the NHL team has been outstanding. Entering Saturday night's game against Carolina in St. Paul, the Wild had sold out each of their 27 home games.
But in order for the Wild to guarantee a profit this season, the team, which has invested $196 million in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, probably will have to make the playoffs. Each home playoff game for the Wild could be worth nearly $2 million in profit. Three home playoff games could be worth about $6 million.
Playoff revenue isn't measured solely in ticket sales. It's also reflected in ticket resale for next season as well as corporate sponsorship increases.
It appears it will take at least 94 points to make the NHL playoffs. With 28 games left, including Saturday's game, the Wild had 61 points.
Or does it?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Could you feel your ears ringing from another time zone? I know I did. Dustin Byfluglien's overtime winner lifted the Winnipeg Jets over the Minnesota Wild in a key playoff race showdown Tuesday night, igniting a celebration at MTS Centre unlike anything we're seeing around the NHL.
Honestly, the hockey gods must deliver the playoffs for the Jets this year. We need to hear that crowd in a postseason setting. And what a shot by Byfuglien to win it, a ripper of a wrist shot to the top corner on Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. In honor of that goal, take a look at the Byfuglien Bash video made last month by the Winnipeg Free Press that just rocks. The Jets have picked up five out of six points since the Evander Kane incident rocked the team, and perhaps it's something that will bring them closer together.
More tough tests await with a game Thursday night at Nashville and Saturday at Detroit. That was a huge win Tuesday, though, with the Jets now seven points ahead of Minnesota and the playoff danger zone.
read on for Burnside on the Ducks, Joe MacDonald on the Bruins and more topic too...
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