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Will The Wild Ever Change?

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

The Wild allowed Marian Gaborik, the most productive offensive player in franchise history, to leave as a free agent with nothing in return last summer. The team responded by spending roughly a half-hour of a 190-day season as a long-shot playoff contender.

The schedule finished with the St. Paul lads standing No. 13 in the 15-team Western Conference. This stretched to seven years (and six seasons) the drought since the Wild won a playoff series.

Much attention was brought to new coach Todd Richards’ plan to introduce a high-tempo offensive system. The bold strategy resulted in basically the same number of goals scored as in 2008-09, although there was a new and impressive standard established for 3-on-1s allowed.

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Modano Back To Where His NHL Career Started

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Modano will be honored by the Wild during a video tribute during the second TV timeout (first non-icing or goal stoppage after the 10-minute mark of the first period). It’s his call, but it appears as if at some point tonight Modano will slip on a North Stars sweater. It’s unknown if that will be in warmups, during a stoppage or after the game. He said maybe “during the game,” but I emailed Bill Daly and he says that request hasn’t been asked yet or considered.

I don’t see how he’d be allowed to wear it during the game (he wore seven or so Stars sweaters during his home finale the other day), if for no other reasons than Reebok sponsors NHL jerseys.

Modano reunited with former North Stars/Stars teammate Neal Broten this morning during a hilarious conversion that took place for about 25 minutes with us media and others contributing. Some great lines.

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Report- The 2011 NHL Entry Draft Will Be In The State Of Hockey

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Every who’s who in the NHL will descend on St. Paul in June of 2011. According to league sources, the Wild has been awarded the 2011 NHL entry draft. An announcement is expected in the very near future.

The draft is one of my favorite events to cover, although I’ll miss my hotel and frequent flier points, and hanging out with my colleagues considering now I have to cover it from a league perspective as opposed to just a Wild. I didn’t see anybody when the Panthers hosted the 2001 Draft. I was sequestered in my home constantly writing.

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Did Burrows Do It Again?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

It’s hard to say the Wild got the shaft after referees Dennis LaRue and Brad Meier awarded them eight power plays, of which the Wild only scored on the final one, BUT, the Wild got the shaft.

After the Wild shockingly forced overtime on goals by Cody Almond and Antti Miettinen 23 seconds apart in the final 42 seconds of the third period, Alex Burrows, the king embellisher in the NHL, drew a bogus penalty in overtime when he lifted Greg Zanon’s stick into his own face and then shot his head back like he was nailed by a Matt Cooke elbow.

Zanon was called for high-sticking even though Burrows essentially high-sticked himself. It’s clear as day on video.

The refs bit, the Canucks got a 4-on-3 power play and the Canucks won it on Sami Salo’s blast through traffic. So, basically, Burrows—as is his reputation—once again made a pair of refs look bad.

Now, this was not an easy call. In real time, the refs see Zanon’s stick in Burrows’ face, so it’s hard to blame LaRue and Meier. So here’s the solution: Burrows is a known diver, an embellisher and really I’m amazed refs ever give him the benefit of the doubt.

continued and I looked for a video of the play but no luck.  Did anyone see it and if so, do you agree with Russo?

added 8:38am, You can watch the game recap at TSN which shows the penalty, although brief.

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Afternoon Line

“So, I like the changes that we made, and I think that it really puts us in a good position for next year. Absolutely, no question, and we talk about that internally.

“Mikko Koivu, we think he is the core of our franchise. We’ve got a great defense, we’ve got a great goaltender, good defensemen, good forwards, and now we’ve got to build around that. We think with Mikko and Brent Burns and [Niklas] Backstrom as kind of being the [leaders of the] offense, the defense and the goaltending. We think that we’re in a really good position to build around those three players.”

-Wild Owner Craig Leipold.  More from Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.

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What Happened To The Wild?

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Wild fans knew this would be a transition season from former coach Jacques Lemaire’s defensive-minded system, and the goals-against average of 2.44 a game last year has worsened by more than half a goal. That translates into perhaps half a dozen additional losses, certainly enough to drop Minnesota from playoff contention.

Richards planned to counter that with offense and installed an aggressive system of forechecking that required some adjusting by his players early in the season. But during a grueling March when the Wild played 15 games in 27 days, that forecheck has been only intermittently evident.

The result is a 7-6-2 record this month plus long stretches in the defensive zone, which lead to penalties, all of which makes life tough on the goaltenders.

Backstrom, whose goals-against average of 2.33 last season has bumped to 2.67 this season, says it’s not about numbers.

“We are out of the playoffs,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is happy in the locker room. That’s the only thing you play for is to get there.”

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Bad Goal Of the Night

Owen Nolan on Jimmy Howard.

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Interference Or Not

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

If the league’s got any desire of actually fixing these type of mistakes by referees and show them when they’ve blatantly erred, I’d hope referee Stephane Auger has an email waiting for him Saturday morning from Director of Officiating Terry Gregson with a video clip.

There is no way any rational league executive can look at the replay of Kris Russell’s tying goal and say that R.J. Umberger didn’t blatantly break Rule 69.1 (interference with a goaltender), which in part reads, “The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being
hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.”

Auger blew it, plain and simple. Sometimes this rule is gray because the goalie will stray outside the blue paint. In this case, it is plain as day. Harding’s in the blue. Umberger backs into him BEFORE Russell’s shot gets there and Harding is impeded from making the save.

more and watch a video of the goal although the interference being suggested can only be seen at the end of the video…

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Derek Boogaard vs. D.J. King Today

Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.

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Derek Boogaard Gets Two Game Suspension

TORONTO (March 6, 2010)—Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of a kneeing incident during NHL game #954 against the Edmonton Oilers, the National Hockey League announced today.

        Boogaard, who was suspended for five games on Feb. 28, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $21,341.46 in salary, based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        At 7:29 of the first period, Boogaard delivered a knee hit on Edmonton forward Ryan Jones. Boogaard was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing on the play.

Watch the hit here.

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