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from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,
When contacted Friday afternoon, Jacques Lemaire sounded like a happy man. Now we know why: After three days of meetings in Florida between Minnesota Wild coaches and front-office staff, Lemaire decided that he would return for an eighth season, remaining the only coach in franchise history. The decision was announced this morning.
via the Pioneer Press,
The Wild’s Marian Gaborik underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery on his right hip joint this morning at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., according to team general manager Doug Risebrough.
The Wild sent Gaborik to Dr. Marc J. Philippon, one of the world’s leading orthopedic hip surgeons, who performed the surgery to repair a torn labrum and to relieve some impingement in Gaborik’s right hip.
from the Pioneer Press,
Marian Gaborik has what the Wild are calling a “hip deficiency” and will require further medical tests before the team determines the treatment.
The Wild issued a short statement Thursday saying the injury was “attributable to overuse,” after the Slovak Ice Federation announced the team wouldn’t permit Gaborik to play for Slovakia in the world championships because of the injury.
Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said he doesn’t know how serious the injury is.
“I don’t know either way, so I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.
Risebrough said Gaborik has seen team doctors who are consulting with others to determine a course of treatment. Risebrough said Gaborik didn’t inform the team of any discomfort during the playoffs.
Russo’s Rants has a Q & A with Doug Risebrough and Jacques Lemaire…
(DR) “I don’t want to comment on Rolston and Demitra. But I will say this about Roli. I remember when we were trying to get legitimacy here. We were just an expansion team that was working hard and we were getting the same types of players. Then Rolston wanted to come here. That seemed to change a lot of people’s opinion of Minnesota. For a general manager that likes to remember a lot of things, that plays into it. I remember when players play hurt. I remember when players play hard. This has a bearing on how I’ll deal with Roli.”
Do you want to comment on Demitra? “No.”
Does it bother you that you haven’t been given more at the last two trade deadlines?
(JL) “I’m coaching the guys given me. We talk about different stuff, but I know how tough a job GM is. It’s hard to get players with the cap and everything that surrounds it. a GM job is not like the past. It’s a tough job now. I’m telling you. It’s hard, it’s unreal, unbelievable how hard that job is.
from Russo’s Rants,
A lot of the blame should fall on Risebrough.
Think Adam Foote helped Colorado? I’ll let Gaborik answer that question. Think Ruslan Salei helped Colorado? I’ll let Mark Parrish and Niklas Backstrom and every other Wild player he creamed answer that.
Think Chris Simon helped the Wild? I’ll let Jacques Lemaire answer that. It’ll be the same answer he’d give on whether Dominic Moore and Adam Hall helped the Wild.
Colorado needed to make moves at the deadline. It did. It goes on. The gun-shy Wild needed to make moves at the deadline. It didn’t. It’s cleaning out its lockers, probably Monday.
more on the Wild…
From Jerseys & Hockey Love, Tapeleg puts his feelings into poetry:
(but in a manly way)
And from Jim Souhan at the Star-Tribune:
“When I look at the effort that our guys put on, you can’t ask for much more,’’ Lemaire said. “Except goals.’‘
Unfortunately for the Wild, the NHL czars insist on keeping score that way. With goals.
from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,
Enforcers Derek Boogaard and Chris Simon are not people you would want to meet in a dark alley or a neon arena, and their intimidating presence has raised a question about hockey enforcers that Wild management seems to have forgotten to ask:
What good are goons?
Even while ignoring a lack of depth at center and defense, the Wild, concerned about Boogaard’s iffy back, went three-deep in one-dimensional players, picking up Todd Fedoruk off waivers and acquiring Simon at the trading deadline.
from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,
This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.
Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.
When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”
It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
In the realm of Jose Theodore, time, speed and distance have no relevance. He is on his own, in the moment, in his area of interest. There are no sounds, no distractions, no blurs, no vague impressions.
It’s myspace.net, Theodore believes. It belongs to him and nobody else.
“If you are focused properly,” Jose Theodore says, “you don’t see time go by.”
And pucks don’t go past him.
The Avalanche goalie has played brilliantly in this playoff series with Minnesota. But, on Thursday night, Theodore was a virtuoso performer of the highest order.
From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,
Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.
How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.
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