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It’s Not Good In Minnesota Right Now

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild’s a depressed, broken, absolutely lost team right now, and I have no clue how the Wild fixes this.

It’s sloppy, has forgotten how to play defense, how to compete for anything remotely close to 60 minutes. It’s lethargic and outskated, outplayed and outworked in almost every single game.

Other than that, things are just peachy right now as the NHL’s most disappointing team rolled into the halfway mark with 41 points and an 11th loss in 13 games, a 5th straight loss and 16th loss in the past 23.

Please check out the game story as well on www.startribune.com/wild, but a down-and-out Ryan Suter actually apologized to the scribes for his despondent, glum quotes after tonight’s 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

“When it rains it pours, and it’s pouring,” said Suter, who said he didn’t know what to say anymore after losses.

When I asked if this team was in a full-scale crisis, he said, “It is. It’s not good. It’s not fun to be a part of. It’s not fun to play. I don’t know what’s going on....


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A Bad Year For The Minnesota Wild

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

While Fletcher’s primary problem is simple, its solution is not. There is no goalie available via trade who would be sure to improve Minnesota enough to guarantee a playoff spot this season, much less a playoff victory. And while the Wild’s young players have disappointed, Fletcher would be mistaken to trade them while they remain promising and while their trade value is at low ebb.

Here’s what Fletcher should do:

1. Apologize for placing so much faith in Kuemper and Thomas Vanek, who, on a 2-on-1 with Zach Parise on Saturday, tried a mindless behind-the-back pass, as he continues to look for easy ways to play a hard game.

2. Nothing. At least, nothing to mask the flaws of the current team, which played in the second and third periods as if its water bottles were filled with NyQuil.

If Fletcher wanted to take a long shot at the playoffs, he could fire Yeo and trade for a goalie, but that would be like dabbing Neosporin on gangrene.


from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

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Videos- Brent Seabrook Takes A Skate To The Face And Thomas Vanek A Major For Boarding

Brent Seabrook took a skate to the face in this scramble in front of Chicago's net.  He did return to the game.



In Chicago's 4-2 win over Minnesota, Thomas Vanek put this hit on Marcus Kruger and received a major for boarding.

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  Tags: brent+seabrook, marcus+kruger, thomas+vanek

Report- Minnesota Wild Looking For Goaltending Help

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild’s goaltending hasn’t been good enough this season. Despite allowing the second-fewest shots per game in the NHL, the Wild has the second-lowest save percentage only to lowly Edmonton.

Kuemper ranks 53rd, Niklas Backstrom 60th.

It’s why the Wild is looking for a goalie, sources say. What General Manager Chuck Fletcher is gauging is this: Do you give up significant assets now to get a short-term fix when there’s no guarantee a goalie can save the season or do you stay patient, continue to ride out the instability and wait for the right move to come along that will address the long-term need?

Fletcher declined to comment Wednesday.

Some names potentially on the market? Carolina’s Cam Ward, the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champ, San Jose’s Antti Niemi, Buffalo’s Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth, Edmonton’s Viktor Fasth and St. Louis’ Martin Brodeur.


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I Guess You Can Say Mke Yeo Took Control Of The Minnesota Wild Practice

via Michael Russo tweets,

Yeo has stopped practicing and laying into the team

Koivu just left ice hurt. Smashed stick in half twice as he left.He's been dealing with a lower body injury & seemed to aggravate it 

Yeo now skating the heck out of the #mnwild without pucks

Yeo is going nuts in practice. Just slammed his stick in the middle of a scrum; screaming his head off.

Yeo just stormed off the ice after slamming his stick against the glass

#mnwild continuing practice without Yeo. Assistant GM Brent Flahr and director of hockey admin Shep Harder left stands when Yeo left ice

added 1:18pm, Watch Mike Yeo post-practice...

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Zach Parise Will Miss Tonight’s Game To Be With His Ill Father

via Minnesota Wild release,,,

Zach Parise will not play in tonight’s game against San Jose. The Wild supports his decision to be with his family as his dad, J.P., battles lung cancer and asks that their privacy be respected. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Parise family during this difficult time.

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Radko Gudas Will Have Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Keith Ballard Unsure Of His Future

via Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com.

Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday in Tampa.

A determination following surgery will be made on how long Gudas will be out of the Lightning lineup.

Gudas, 24, returned to Tampa on Sunday prior to the Lightning’s 4-2 victory in Ottawa. He is schedule to receive further examination after missing training sessions Friday and Saturday and three-straight games.

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I wanted to quickly blog that defenseman Keith Ballard talked today for the first time since he sustained three facial fractures and a concussion Dec. 9 against the Islanders.

Ballard, 32, the Baudette native and former two-time Gophers national champ, is still experiencing symptoms and has done nothing other than taking walks since the injury. He admits that he’s not sure if he’ll ever play again. He said he’s going to let this play out before determining if he’ll return.

Ballard said during his last concussion that he’s worried about his future and wants to make sure he’s healthy in his post-hockey career as a husband and dad to two children.

He said that again today.


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  Tags: keith+ballard, radko+gudas

Zach Parise Having A Hard Time Dealing With His Father’s Cancer Battle

from Micheal Russo of the Star Tribune,

Parise is playing through immense pain right now. Not physical pain, but emotional pain. The stress he’s under, the burden he’s playing with, the sorrow he’s feeling is written across his face anytime you look at him.

J.P. Parise, the beloved former North Star and husband to Donna and father to Zach and older brother, Jordan, is in dire straits. Diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last January, J.P. spent a month in the hospital earlier this fall due to the effects of chemotherapy.

He finally said enough to the chemo that was causing him so much discomfort and sickness. In the past few weeks, the 73-year-old has deteriorated.

“It’s hard to watch,” Zach Parise said Saturday night, a half-hour after the Wild suffered the worst loss he has experienced during his three seasons with Minnesota — a six-goal defeat at the hands of the relocated franchise for which his father used to star.


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A Bad 7-1 Loss For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

As bad as the Wild played in losing 11 of 17 games (6-7-4) prior to Friday’s win against Toronto, the Wild was never, ever humiliated.

It lacked the energy and excitement that became its trademark late last season. It made mistakes and gave up too many goals, either because of sloppy defense or a bad goal or two, but for the most part, the losses were of the one-goal variety (yeah, yeah, if you exclude the empty-net goals, which do count, I know).

But for the first time tonight, the Wild left an arena with its tail fully between its legs. Humbled, shamed by the team that used to reside in Minnesota.

I’ve seen the Wild play lousy in this rink 15 or 20 times, but this was just an awful, awful display by a flat, uninspired, tired-looking group tonight, and it was so obvious right from the opening draw that tonight’s outcome could get ugly.

The only question was how ugly because the Stars, who have now won eight of nine, had been off since Wednesday and were here for the killing.


Oh, this happened to in the 2nd period...

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Fans Of The Winnipeg Jets Invaded The Xcel Energy Center

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

“Keep the blue out!”

At this late juncture, it’d probably be hard to do, but maybe the Wild should take a page out of the Nashville Predators’ book (and the St. Louis Blues’, Buffalo Sabres’, Edmonton Oilers’ and even the Miami Dolphins’) and orchestrate a way to keep Winnipeg Jets die-hards out of its rink April 6 … and beyond.

It’s become a tradition since Atlanta’s move to our frigid neighbor to the north in 2011, but Jets fans — many who can’t get into MTS Centre because the small rink is overrun by season-ticket holders — travel by the busload to fill Xcel Energy Center whenever the Jets visit St. Paul.

That was the case Dec. 27. Jets fans were everywhere.

Lower bowl, club level, upper bowl, loud (we’ll call ’em) … passionate fans dressed in blue cheered the boys from Winnipeg and mocked Wild fans anytime the Jets scored. During the national anthem, they screamed in an ode to the Jets’ owners, “True North,” and chanted throughout, “Go Jets Go!”

When Andrew Ladd scored a fluky goal to win the game in overtime, it was so noisy, you would have thought the Wild won.


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