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Martin Hanzal Close To Joining The Minnesota Wild

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It’s Working For Bruce Boudreau In Minnesota

from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,

Four seasons of middling regular-season finishes and early playoff exits led Minnesota to hire Boudreau, 62, an offensive savant and one of the N.H.L.’s ultimate fixers, last May. His impact was immediate. Though historically light on natural goal-scorers, the Western Conference-leading Wild entered Wednesday tied for second in the N.H.L. with 198 goals and remain on track for their most successful season since entering the N.H.L. in the 2000-1 expansion. They began their five-day bye with more wins (39) than they had all last season (38).

Yet Boudreau, who won more than 400 games and eight division titles in nine seasons as the coach of Washington and Anaheim, stammered when asked if Hitchcock was right about experience. That’s unusual for the garrulous Boudreau, whose nickname, Gabby, is part of the title of his autobiography.

“I don’t know if I’m smart enough to know all those things,” Boudreau said recently while standing in a hallway at the Xcel Energy Center, dressed in faded jeans and a green Wild golf shirt.

He added: “I know what works for me. There’s not a formula. It’s just the way you think, and what you think would fix it. That’s just feel for the game, but experience is what makes you think that.”

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Eric Staal Signing With The Minnesota Wild Proves To Be A Great Bargain

From Tim Wharnsby of CBC:

Even though Eric Staal is one of only 10 Canadians in the exclusive 27-member Triple Gold Club for winning a Stanley Cup, a world championship and Olympic gold, the 32-year-old centre had plenty to prove with the Minnesota Wild this season....

Minnesota signed Staal to a bargain $3.5-million US per season three-year contract on July 1. The Wild had hired a new head coach in Bruce Boudreau a few weeks earlier. As coach of the Washington Capitals, Boudreau had an up-close-and-personal view of how Staal performed in his halcyon days with the Hurricanes.

There was no doubt Staal had lost his standing among the elite players in the league. There was no spot for him on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team in Sochi. Ditto for the Canadian contingent at the World Cup of Hockey last September.

But Boudreau didn't care about Staal's unproductive stint with the Rangers. The new Wild coach didn't care that Staal was coming off a 13-goal season, his lowest total since his 11-goal rookie year.

Boudreau also didn't care that, with the exception of the brief five-game post-season appearance with the Rangers, the last time Staal had been in the Stanley Cup playoffs was the 2009 East final with the Hurricanes.

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Video- You Make The Call

Recent tweets from Elliotte Friedman covers the bases on this call...

 

 

Sorry for the lack of posts the last two days, was feelig ill but feeling much better now.

added 10:21pm, Below is the NHL explanation and a longer video...

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Video- Things Are Not Going Well For The Dallas Stars

A full blown 3-0 in OT and they miss the net.  Dallas lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild in the shootout.

 

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Minnesota Wild Owner Feeling Good About His Team

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

So does Leipold think the pieces are in place for a legitimate Stanley Cup run?

“Who knows?” said Leipold. “They could be. I’ve seen things from this team that I’ve never seen from this team before. …. We have to continue to build on that. This could be the year.”...

Leipold, who bought the team in January 2008, is as happy as he’s ever been, and rightfully so as his team has as good a chance as any to hoist the Stanley Cup.

“It’s been crazy fun,” Leipold said. “Things have gone so well. … It’s been a fun ride so far.”

And should the Wild come up short this season, Leipold  is confident in the foundation that’s in place for prolonged success.

“I feel like the window is open,” he said. “I feel like it’s open for a number of years going forward. I like the direction our team is going. We are going to be in this for a long time.”

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Jonas Brodin Out At Least A Month With A Fractured Finger

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a fractured finger suffered in last night's 4-3 loss to New Jersey.

Brodin, 23 (7/12/93), has tallied 16 points (3-13=16) including five power-play points in 43 games with Minnesota this season. He has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last season and owns a career-high two game-winning goals. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (68) and third in TOI/game at 19:46. Brodin has collected 70 points (18-52=70) and a plus-21 rating in 306 career NHL contests with the Wild.

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Videos- What Goal Impressed You More? James van Riemsdyk Or Jared Spurgeon

 

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Violent Mascots?

 

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Carey Price Gives Up Seven Goals In Loss To The Minnesota Wild

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Twenty-four hours after outscoring the Winnipeg Jets 7-4, the Canadiens found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 count against the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center. 

What had been a tight-checking game got away from the Canadiens in a 40-second span in the second period as the Wild scored twice to take a 3-0 lead.

“That was the backbreaker,” said Carey Price, who faced only 24 shots. “It’s tough to come back from a 3-0 lead against a team like that. They played very well structurally and you have to tip your hat to them. We didn’t generate much offensively and they capitalized on just about every chance they had. That pretty well sums it up,”

The Wild took control of the game when Eric Staal scored at 6:35 and Jordan Schroeder made it 3-0 at 7:14. Staal took advantage of a sloppy line change and went in alone on Price.

Minnesota added another goal late in the second period for a 4-0 lead and there was some surprise when the goaltender came out for the third period. But Price decided to take one for the team, the same way backup Al Montoya did when he suffered through a 10-0 shelling in Columbus on Nov. 4.

“I’d rather just stick it out,” said Price. “Nobody else has the opportunity to get pulled from a game.”

Coach Michel Therrien said Price was given the chance to pack it in and he rejected the idea. 

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