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Eugene Melnyk Continues His ‘Forensics’ Work

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I talked to Matt Cooke today about Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray meeting at league headquarters yesterday to reportedly present its forensics findings from an investigation into Melnyk’s contention that Cooke intentionally sliced defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate Feb. 13, 2013.

Here is Bruce Garrioch's story from the Ottawa Sun today.

A league source told me that whatever discussion the Sens’ brass had with the league, it won’t affect Cooke retroactively nor the Wild. Cooke played for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident.

Cooke told me of the alleged forensics presentation: “I think it’s really strange. It’s almost a full year ago that it happened. I’ve said this from the beginning and I still say it. It was a complete accident. It’s happened two or three times since with other guys (Toronto’s Dave Bolland severed a tendon from Vancouver’s Zack Kassian in November and a week after the Cooke-Karlsson incident, Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond had an artery in his thigh cut by teammate, former Wild Antti Miettinen, late in a practice at Carolina).”


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Mikko Koivu Out A Month After Ankle Surgery

via the Minnesota Wild,

Mikko Koivu underwent successful surgery this morning to repair an ankle fracture suffered Saturday night vs. Washington. Koivu is expected to make a full recovery and return to play in approximately four weeks.

The captain was placed on Injured Reserve this morning. He currently leads the team in points with 35 (8-27=35) through 44 games this season.

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Now What Minnesota?

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Mike Yeo opened his postgame news conference saying this feels like “Groundhog Day.”

It was something I know we can all agree with.

The losses keep mounting, the answers are all the same, we’re running out of questions.

“Winning cures everything,” defenseman Ryan Suter said after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to St. Louis. “You win games, you build confidence. We have to find a way, any way possible, and then you build off of that.”

The Wild’s now 5-12-1 in its past 18 (11 points out of the last 36 available) and has lost six in a row in regulation for the first time in its 13-year history.

There’s now two games left in the homestand against Buffalo and Washington, which means Yeo’s job security is getting flimsier and flimsier. But there’s no doubt he’s going to keep showing up and working to try to get the Wild out of this until owner Craig Leipold and GM Chuck Fletcher tell him otherwise.

I’m pretty confident Yeo will be behind the bench against the Sabres.


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Wild Blow A Three Goal Lead

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The locker room was silent and crestfallen — a common postgame environment lately for the imploding Wild.

But this time, it was different. Stunned players sat with blank “What just happened?” looks after the Wild, in desperate need of a victory, somehow blew a three-goal lead at home Sunday night to a New York Islanders team that is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, played the night before and deployed its backup goalie.

Wild players were booed off the ice by many of the announced 18,851 irritated spectators after the 5-4 loss. The besieged coach had a hard time finding words. The scrutinized captain didn’t know what to say either.

“There’s no explanations,” said Mikko Koivu, who assisted on goals by Jonas Brodin and Nino Niederreiter on back-to-back, first-line shifts to give the Wild a 3-0 lead only 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the second period. “It just can’t happen. If you ask what happened, I really don’t know right now. I don’t want to say things that I don’t mean.”


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Update On Zach Parise’s Foot Injury

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Zach Parise continues to work hard off the ice but is not allowed to be on it. I don’t think we’re going to see him for awhile. I don’t know what awhile means, but I hear the latest MRI he had showed a fracture in his foot that didn’t show up the first time around.

Typically stress fractures take four to six weeks. Knowing Parise, it won’t take that long and this shouldn’t affect his Olympic status, but coach Mike Yeo has changed his tune the past few days and stopped calling it day-to-day.

“We’ve got to keep him off the ice until it starts to feel better and then we might have to keep him off a little bit longer,” Yeo said this morning. “We just have make sure he gets a full opportunity to heal. It’s a long season and we need him to have the opportunity to go out and perform and compete at the level that he’s capable of.

“He’s been really grinding it out there. He’s such a competitor, he wants to be in the lineup and it’s been extremely difficult for him. We have to give him a lot of credit for that, but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure he gets better."

more on the Wild...

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Minnesota Wild Need To Start Winning

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

This season is disintegrating right in front of our eyes. The Wild better find a gargantuan Band-Aid or tourniquet for that matter and stop the bleeding ASAP.

The Wild fell to 5-10-1 in the past 16 (so, it has accumulated 11 of a possible 32 points in the past 16 games) since the last time the team came to Winnipeg.

It looks like it’s ninth in the standings with 45 points. It’s not. It is in deep, deep trouble.

The Wild is four points behind seventh-place Colorado, which got clobbered tonight in Chicago. It is one point behind eighth-place Phoenix and creeping up from the rear is Dallas, which is one point behind.

All three of those teams have played three fewer games than the Wild. As we know in this league, because of the loser point, once you get behind in the second half, it is almost impossible to catch up.

And the Wild is lower in the standings than it actually appears by virtue of the games played category.


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Bad Foot May Force Zach Parise Out Of The Lineup

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild hasn't confirmed, but my educated guess is Parise will miss an uncertain amount of games with his lower-body injury that I assume is an aggravation of the injured foot he has been playing on for more than three weeks.

For a team that lacks confidence and has 22 goals in the past 15 games and must dig deep and figure out a way to stop the bleeding and climb back into the top-8, Parise's absence comes out a bad time.

Parise blocked a shot by Alex Steen on Nov. 25. Coincidentally - or maybe not, the Wild is 5-9-1 since and 1-7-1, including that game in St. Louis, on the road since.

Parise was supposed to miss two to three weeks because of the bum foot but instead missed one game because he felt he could play through the injury and because of how difficult a stretch of games the Wild had coming up.

Commendable, but Parise was clearly playing through pain and the last week to 10 days, his off-ice limp was getting more and more pronounced. You could see it on the ice, too.

My educated guess is Parise will now need to stay off the foot for a little while so it doesn't linger any longer. How long? No clue, but this time doctors may have more say than Parise.

read on

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Wild In A Funk

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

When I was walking around the locker room after the Wild’s latest road loss tonight and when I watched this game against the Rangers from the press box, I was thinking about how hockey looks so easy when you’re winning and looks so impossible when you’re losing.

The Wild’s in one of those awful, hard-to-get-out-of funks right now, (the type that plagued Todd Richards here and Mike Yeo’s first two years here) where it’s so hard to even remember what they did when they were winning routinely in November.

The players are frustrated. The coach is frustrated. Nobody seems to have any answers, which is scary when this Wild team is set to fall right back out of the top-8 again, maybe as soon as Monday if Phoenix wins in Buffalo and the Wild loses in Philly.

The words, “I don’t know,” came out of everybody’s mouth I talked to in the locker room tonight, from Zach Parise to Mikko Koivu.


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Video- Niklas Backstrom.With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Chris Kreider fanned on his shot, but it fooled Backsrom...

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Josh Harding Goes On IR

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has placed goaltender Josh Harding on Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

“Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” said Fletcher. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”

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