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Coyle received a match penalty and 5 for fighting and Anisimov did not return to the game.
First the Columbus broadcast followed by the Wild broadcast below.
Best to watch the replays from both feeds after the fight to get a better view of the hit.
The latest we heard on Dany Heatley was he was having arthoscopic surgery today on his shoulder with hopes he would return for the playoffs..
added 8:15pm, via the Wild website..
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that forward Dany Heatley underwent successful surgery today on his left shoulder by Dr. Tony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic. Heatley will miss the remainder of this season and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
from Chip Scoggins of the StarTribune,
Whatever the proper description, Leipold’s insatiable thirst for winning has compelled the Wild owner to execute some bold transactions, regardless of cost. His latest shrewd move happened last week when the Wild agreed to give up two prospects, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick to acquire Buffalo captain Jason Pominville at the trade deadline.
That hefty pricetag might have caused other owners to stand pat. Leipold pushed his chips to the center of the table.
This guy is all-in in his quest to make a deep postseason run this spring.
“In order to get a really great asset,” he said, “you have to trade great assets.”
Leipold represents precisely what sports fans should covet in an owner: a big thinker who is willing to commit money and resources to give his team the best chance to succeed; someone who is passionate about his product and not paralyzed by the unknown or an overarching fear that a deal might backfire.
via Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
As I began to indicate the past few days, I finally got it confirmed tonight that Heatley will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. That’s why the itinerary changed and he flew here to Ohio.
It’s a scope to repair a dislocated left shoulder suffered in San Jose during that altercation with former teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Wednesday. Mike Yeo says this doesn’t necessarily mean Heatley will miss the remainder of the regular season, but you know it’ll be pretty darn close. The reason he and the team has elected for surgery is because this should quicken his return rather than just letting it heal naturally.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
After what he called “a grueling stretch” during which his dragging team completed eight games in 13 nights with a third consecutive loss Thursday, Yeo and several players admitted fatigue has set in.
That has resulted in questionable decisions on the ice.
In Thursday’s 3-0 loss in Los Angeles, the Wild gave up two goals on two shots a little more than three minutes into the game. And the Kings’ second and third goals came directly off bad turnovers, then poor line changes by veterans.
The Wild has lost four times in the past five games, but it’s not getting completely outplayed. In Los Angeles, the Wild tied a team record for fewest shots allowed in a road game (14). But lack of focus is evident. Breakouts haven’t been clean. Sustained forechecks have been nearly nonexistent. And these are two facets of the Wild’s game that had been so improved this season.
“I’m not one for making excuses, you know me, [but] you can see it on the video that we don’t have the legs,” Yeo said. “You see it in the game [Thursday]. We’ve got one guy going and [the other two forwards] are dragging their feet coming up the ice. It’s not because we’re not working. It’s because we don’t have that extra push to get there right now.”
A great goal by Dan Boyle, but do you take away a little bit of the wow factor because it was a 5 on 3 goal?
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Coach Mike Yeo, after a very abbreviated 20-second press scrum, indicated that Dany Heatley will out for awhile with what looked on replay to be a left wrist injury after an altercation he had with San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the game.
Vlasic, Heatley’s former teammate who had an ongoing battle with the veteran much of the third period, got into it with Heatley in front of the Sharks’ net in the final seconds after Vlasic cross-checked Heatley.
Vlasic slashed Heatley across the top of the back. Heatley got up and tried to connect with his stick and missed. Vlasic then two-handed Heatley across the forearm and jumped him. Vlasic got the shirt over top Heatley’s head, lifted him and then violently one-last time drove him down to the ice. That appears to be when Heatley got hurt. He skated to the exit in pain.
more plus watch the only video I could find of the incident below... Russo has the same video too....
update 12:27pm, Added another video below showing the incident and Vlasic talking about it.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Wild appear to be for real.
"They’re a good team, not in the top five in the league, but in that next group," said a Western Conference scout from another club. "Good goaltending, the defense has improved with Suter and [Jonas] Brodin. And they have the capability to score on the power play."
Suter has been insanely good. He could win the Norris Trophy. The rookie Brodin is going to be a stud in this league and at 19 is already looking comfortable on the top pairing with Suter.
Still, Fletcher isn’t breathing easy. Only six points separate third from 10th in the Western Conference as of Thursday morning, and while Minny has a two-point lead over the Canucks for the Northwest Division lead, the Wild GM sees nothing but a dog fight ahead over the stretch run.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
A lot of general managers will say they look at the Detroit Red Wings as the model for consistency as a franchise. As a younger GM with experience working in the League for several teams, does that play with you as well and do you want to model your team after the Red Wings?
"I think so, but it's a pretty tough path to duplicate their success. Their success has been phenomenal going back over two decades of just winning. But when you think of Detroit, you think of how well they draft and how well they develop. A lot of teams draft well, but not every team develops the players well after they draft them. The way Detroit develops players is tremendous. They don't rush their players. They make them take all the necessary steps to get to the NHL. You look every year, they have good young talent. It's just phenomenal.
"I don't think we're anywhere near what the Red Wings have done, but certainly that's what we're trying to do. In today's day and age you have to develop your own talent. It's just too hard to find top talent. I mean, we were fortunate to sign Parise and Suter, but you can't expect to go into the market and get the top players every summer; it just doesn't work that way -- so you really have to draft well and you have to develop your own talent. In a salary-cap system you have to make sure you have good young players that can contribute playing every year. It's just a necessity in the salary cap world."
more Q & A...
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
Game 11 was Feb. 9 against his old Nashville Predators. Suter assisted on both goals, including Devin Setoguchi’s overtime winner, and ever since, not only has Suter taken off, so has the Wild. The Wild is 11-5-1 since, and leads the Northwest Division heading into Monday night’s clash with the Canucks.
In those 17 games, Suter has 19 points and is plus-4. He not only leads the Wild with 23 points in 27 games (Jared Spurgeon led Wild defensemen with 23 points in 70 games last season), Suter is second among all NHL defensemen in both points and assists (21)....
Suter leads the league in average ice time per game (27 minutes, 16 seconds). And by catapulting to legitimate Norris Trophy contender status he has shown exactly why Parise aligned himself with Suter during last summer’s free-agent frenzy.
“He’s been unbelievable,” said Parise, who leads the Wild with 11 goals. “He’s really gone to another level the way he’s controlling the game and controlling the play — and producing offensively, that’s just a bonus for us. I mean, he plays 30 minutes a night. It’s pretty impressive.”
Suter, who spent his entire career in Nashville, admits he was “just overwhelmed” the first couple of weeks.
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