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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In an attempt to curb “cheating,” instead of a center being kicked out of the circle and replaced by a teammate if a violation is committed before a faceoff, a linesman would make that same booted player take the second faceoff attempt, only that player would be forced to move back 12 to 18 inches. The exact measurement hasn’t been decided.
“I don’t like it at all,” Wild captain Mikko Koivu said. “All it does is create more of a gray area. Faceoffs are quick reactions, both from the center and the linesman. Things happen so quick. Mistakes happen. So you’re going to maybe lose a tight game because a linesman gives the other team a free puck?”
But managers have noticed that 1) Players know linesmen avoid calling penalties (two violations on one faceoff), so they tend to cheat and 2) after icings, a winger will take the draw and intentionally commit a violation to get kicked out for a center just to buy more rest for trapped teammates.
Wild center Kyle Brodziak said: “This seems like a drastic rule change and gimmicky. It’s a linesman’s job to make sure players don’t cheat. I mean, is this that much of an issue? I think it’ll lead to more cheating because linesmen are not going to want to be backing guys up.”
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Minnesota Wild between the benches analyst takes a high stick from Matt Cooke.
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“I saw him this morning, and I can’t say that I have a plan right now. The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing. And when I got a chance to talk to him this morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he’s in a much better place right now. I think it’s great. It’s great to have him around. The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven’t discussed that.”
-Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Josh Hardking. Harding has been out since the beginning of 2014. More on Harding and the Wild from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.
“When we talk in our organization about what is our strategic plan, our plan is to win the Stanley Cup,” he said. “We made a step last year. Now we need to make another step this year. We can’t trade any of our young players that we think are going to be a huge part of winning that Stanley Cup. We were able to accomplish that and still get a great player [Moulson] and a player who we think can take us to another step. That’s why we did the trade. It’s not so we make the playoffs, it’s so we get to go further.”
-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild. More from Leipold by Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
The Hotstove last night talked about the Kovalchuk circumvention, taking back money in trades, the Vancouver Caucks and Wild GM Cliff Fletcher getting a contract extension.
Erik Haula of the Minnesota Wild received 5 for charging and a game misconduct for this collision/hit on Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Both coaches post-game reaction below...
Wild press release is below...
from Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News,
When Martin Brodeur starts in goal for the Devils Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, it will be the 1,250th time he’s stood between the pipes for New Jersey in the regular season. Sources say, it’s likely it will also be the last time.
With Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline looming, a source told the Daily News the Devils and Minnesota have agreed upon a deal that would send the lifelong Devil and future Hall of Famer to the Wild. The deal is pending the approval of Brodeur, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, and, according to the source, wanted one last home game with Devils.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
It's amazing what stringing together a few wins can do to your playoff position.
With another win -- that's now five straight -- on Monday night, the Minnesota Wild are starting to pad their lead over teams outside the playoff bubble. Their win over the Calgary Flames, a team that continues to play hard for coach Bob Hartley, gave the Wild a nine-point edge on Winnipeg and Vancouver in the Western wild card race.
If GM Chuck Fletcher was on the fence about adding a significant piece at the deadline, his team is certainly helping make the case that they deserve a shot.
read on for Burnside on the Stars and Strang and LeBrun on the Kings...
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