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from Travis Yost of TSN,
We’re growing more confident in Dubnyk’s ability, despite the unsustainable downswing in 2013-2014 and unsustainable upswing in 2014-2015. He’s seen a ton of rubber, and we now can be confident that he’s between a 91.5% goalie and 92.7% goalie at even-strength. His worst case scenario is now that of a very good back-up who can spot start without the team missing a hitch. His best case scenario? Sergei Bobrovsky.
And, right smack in the middle (92.1%) of where Dubnyk sits in his career? Something like James Reimer, Cam Ward, Michal Neuvirth, or Marc-Andre Fleury.
For a goalie whose career was in jeopardy just six months ago, it strikes me as obvious that Dubnyk not only belongs in this league, but warrants a contract with some job security come next summer.
In case you missed what happened a few days ago, you can get caught up here.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The rivalry has built throughout the years in part because Minnesota has played Colorado in three of its four all-time playoff berths. One of the great dramas is the disdain Landeskog and the Wild’s Mikko Koivu, Landeskog’s captain counterpart, have for each other. They battle intensely every game, and in the heat of the moment last weekend, Landeskog swiped at Koivu from bench to bench to earn a $5,000 fine.
“Five grand, he should have hit him. Make it worth it at least,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, laughing, joked.
Every Wild-Avs game, there are skirmishes, big runs and dirty hits, and the Avalanche still is upset that now-injured Matt Cooke knocked defenseman Tyson Barrie out of last year’s playoffs with a knee-on-knee hit that earned Cooke a seven-game suspension.
After last Saturday’s game, Wild coach Mike Yeo called what McLeod did to Granlund “garbage.” Friday, Roy countered, “To me, garbage is what Cooke did to Barrie.”
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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.
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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.
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