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Video- Trevor Gillies Hit On Cal Clutterbuck Tonight

Gillies received five for hitting from behind and a game.  Gilies had just returned from a 9 game suspension for a hit in the Penguins/Islanders penalty-filled game.

added 9:48pm, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury on VERSUS not happy with the hit.  Watch below…

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Wild Considering Trades, But Team Chemistry Important

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

A special chemistry has evolved this season among the players in this Wild dressing room.

It’s the reason General Manager Chuck Fletcher vows not to do anything “to take any pieces out of there” by Monday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline. The Wild, 16-8-1 in its past 25, is sixth in the West.

“[Thursday’s] game in L.A. is a perfect example,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think a team can play any harder than we played. We came up maybe one play short. But to play a team playing as well as the Kings and you’re on the road and you’re without Mikko [Koivu] and Kyle [Brodziak], to see that effort sums up what this team’s all about.

“It’s a special group that way. They really are. We’re far from perfect, but the attitude and the effort, you can’t ask for much more. You’ve got to be really careful you don’t mess around with it. You can go out and make a deal and make yourself 10 percent more talented, but if you take away from the closeness of that group and the chemistry of the room, you might be 10 percent better on paper and way worse on the ice.

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Chicago & Minnesota May Make Some Minor Moves

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We had a chance to chat with Chicago GM Stan Bowman before Sunday’s big shootout win over Pittsburgh. He has little cap room to work with and won’t be looking to make a big trade-deadline move that would involve bringing in salary or shipping salary out to bring salary back.

One area he’d like to address is acquiring a defensive forward to help the team’s penalty killing. The Hawks’ penalty kill hasn’t been as strong as Bowman would like because his top players are doing a lot of that work, and it may be stretching them too thin….

Don’t expect GM Chuck Fletcher and the Wild to be too active between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, even with Mikko Koivu’s injury. When it comes to draft picks and prospects, Fletcher inherited a pretty bare cupboard, so trying to obtain the asset he needs (top-end scoring) would set the team back developmentally, so he will likely stand pat….

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Report- Mikko Koivu Out With Broken Finger

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The team expects to learn more Monday regarding the status of its captain, but according to multiple sources, Koivu has a broken left index finger that might require surgery.

Koivu will be seen Monday by a hand specialist in order to find out if there’s damage beyond what’s simply shown on X-ray and to determine the best course of treatment.

The early word, sources said, is that Koivu will miss at least three weeks. If he undergoes surgery, sources said he should still return before the regular season ends.

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Andrew Brunette A Fit In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

By now, the names in play at the trade deadline are fairly well known to most puckheads, but there’s one development which bears monitoring. The Minnesota Wild are currently in the thick of the Western Conference playoff battle but if they fall off in the next week, they have five pending UFAs -Andrew Brunette, Antti Mietinen, John Madden, Chuck Kobasew and Jose Theodore -who could make things very interesting

Canucks GM Mike Gillis has indicated he isn’t planning anything dramatic but if there’s one player he should make an exception for it’s Brunette. He’s a proven playoff performer, has character in spades and he’d give the Canucks options among the top-nine forwards and the power play.

Admittedly, our perception has been altered by Brunette’s remarkable ability to transform into Mike Bossy when he plays against the Canucks. But that move would make sense on a number of levels.

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Mikko Koivu Takes A Shot Off His Left Hand

via Michael Russo tweets,

Koivu (upper body) will not return. He blocked a Todd Marchant shot with his left hand

I’ll get you Mikko Koivu update if they disclose, but already being told by somebody in the know it’s not good

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Wild Finding Success

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

From the moment Richards took over in June 2009, the talking points were up-tempo, high-flying hockey; activate the defense; play on your toes, not your heels.

Today, a quality forecheck still is the name of the game, but it’s the Wild’s commitment to being solid defensively that has created success.

This is not a return to Lemaire “defensively sound,” where the Wild trapped up the middle and waited for opponents’ mistakes.

This is about simplifying the defensive zone. It’s about quick retrievals and outlets. It’s about an in-your-face, box-out mentality. And it’s about players feeling comfortable chipping the puck out if they’re in trouble.

In turn, the Wild is spending less time in its own end, always the key to success in hockey.

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Wild Keep Winning

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

One-sided contest here tonight as the Wild beat St. Louis for the second straight night. The Wild set the tone early by storming out of the gate, then spent the night winning battles, playing with a fast pace and limiting the Blues’ offensive chances during another solid all-around effort.

The Wild’s 9-2 in the past 11, has won four in a row at home, has 13 wins since Jan. 2 (tied with Philly for most in the NHL) and jumped over Calgary, which lost to Vancouver, to move into 8th in the West.

The Wild has three games in hand on Calgary, but Los Angeles and Chicago are both on the Wild’s tail. In front, the Wild’s one point behind San Jose and Anaheim and two points behind Nashville and Phoenix. The Wild has one or two games in hand on all four of those teams, meaning the Wild’s in very good shape as long as it keeps winning.

Very impressive win tonight in front of the largest crowd of the season.

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Félicitations Sur 600 Victoires Jacques Lemaire

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Lemaire on 600th: “A coach is always as good as the players are and I’ve been fortunate to work with good people around me all through my career and I thank them because they were a part of it, all the players that played hard.”

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Wild Bag Skate Turned The Season Around

from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,

On Oct. 17, Todd Richards forced his team to do battle drills, then ordered a “bag skate’’—endless sprints and laps. Several players said it was one of the toughest practices of their lives. Things changed.

Two interesting things have happened during this suddenly promising Wild season:

• The Wild has begun looking like a well-coached team.

• The Wild has begun looking like a well-coached team, and Todd Richards is still standing behind the bench.

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