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Minnesota and Pittsburgh face each other tonight and that can mean only one thing- another Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard fight?
Empty Netters has highlights of their previous bouts.
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Gaborik never even got close to the real practice.
Later, during our ghostly meeting, Gaborik noted: “I skated for a little while today.”
Anyway, he doesn’t sound like a man who is going to be playing hockey any time soon. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Gaborik can’t be traded until he shows he is healthy. And he really can’t be signed to a mega-contract until he shows he is healthy. Would you give him more than $82 million right now? I asked him if this was the worst time of his life.
“I’ve had worse,” he muttered.
I didn’t have the heart to ask him what those were. But at least he’s alive.
from Russo’s Rants,
Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).
“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”
The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.
more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Talked with Pavol Demitra this morning. He’s close to returning from a rib injury but won’t play tonight. He was disappointed. He was very friendly and said Jacques Lemaire treated him incredibly. He said his biggest frustration in Minnesota was not playing center, but being switched from line to line. He was also good talking about Marian Gaborik’s situation and said the Wild should just sign him.
more Wild related notes…
According to Adrian Dater at All Things Avs:
Darcy Tucker escaped suspension. From my league sources, Tucker will not be suspended for his clipping incident against Minnesota’s Nick Schultz Thursday night.
from Russo’s Rants,
Late in the second period, Tucker and defenseman Nick Schultz clashed deep in the Wild’s zone. After the pushing match, the two lined up next to each other and Tucker began screaming at him as the Wild was on a penalty kill. Schultz was called off the ice on a line change and as he skated by, Tucker continued barking at him.
Then, 6:33 into the third, in a despicable act but one he’s done often in his career, Tucker came in way late on Schultz, bent down and went right for the knees. He was called for clipping.
I got Schultz alone in the locker room, and he was still fuming. Here’s his comments:
“My concern is at the end of the second, he tells me he’s going to come and take out my knees, and then he actually does it. It says everything you need to know about that guy.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Count me in for some NHL viewing tonight. OK, so I do that every night (much to my wife’s chagrin), but seriously, there’s a pair of real compelling matchups tonight with Detroit at San Jose and Montreal at Minnesota….
As expected, the Wings and Sharks already top the Western Conference standings. It’s only late October, but you know these kinds of games are important for a San Jose team trying to finally break through after four seasons of contending.
Sibling rivalry will be taken to a new level Thursday night when Saku and Mikko Koivu face off against each another in Minnesota.
The game will mark the first time in NHL history that two brothers will clash as captains — Saku is the long-time captain of the Canadiens, while Mikko was given the “C” by the Minnesota Wild before this season.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Developing team chemistry always has been a priority for Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough, and his summer additions have fit in perfectly.
Minnesota’s two most important signings were left wing Andrew Brunette and right wing Antti Miettinen. They’ve been placed on a line with center Mikko Koivu, and voila! Instant chemistry.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
With potential trading partners just saying no, it’s starting to seem more likely that impending free agent Marian Gaborik will remain with the Wild, at least until the new year. Even then he’ll be a tough sell, unless GM Doug Risebrough is willing to lower his demands.
“There’s nowhere near the market for him that you think,” one league exec said. “He’s a highly skilled guy, but the risk is so high. Even if you were able to sign him [to an extension] as part of the deal, you have to consider his [injury] history. I’m not sure it’s worth the risk to a contender or a young team that’s rebuilding.”
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