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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

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  Tags: cam+ward, jeff+skinner, nhl+premiere

The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Going Wild In Finland

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Part of the Wild’s Scandinavian odyssey is to try new things, such as Saturday’s trip to the saunas, swim in the Baltic Sea and reindeer feast.

But before the afternoon outing to experience a little bit of Finland, the Wild had some business to get in, like say, practicing for the first time at Hartwall Areena.

It was an experience, all right. Players had to navigate to an elevator and go three stories underground to what winger Eric Nystrom dubbed “the bat cave.”

“That was a first,” center Kyle Brodziak said of taking an elevator to practice. “It was pretty neat, especially the cave. It’s something you don’t see every day, so it’s cool to experience different things like this.”

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Report- Theodore Signs With Wild

from TSN,

It appears as though the Minnesota Wild have a backup plan after losing Josh Harding for the season.

Montreal radio station CKAC is reporting that the Wild have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

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added 11:13am, 10/2/2010, via Glen Andressen of Wild.com,

“Jose’s a veteran who’s won 245 games in the NHL,” said General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a hotel lobby in Helsinki. “We’re fortunate he was still available. He makes us a deeper team and we have a terrific one-two punch again.”

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Wild Need A Goalie

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

If the Wild is interested in bringing in free agent Jose Theodore to replace injured Josh Harding, the longtime NHL goaltender would be interested in coming, his agent said Monday night.

Don Meehan, whose firm also represents Harding, said he spoke with Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher on Sunday about Theodore.

“When Chuck called to tell me Harding would be out for the season, Chuck said to me, ‘Look, I’ve got to make a move.’ And I said, ‘Keep me in the loop. Jose Theodore is available,’” Meehan said. “He said, ‘That’s certainly an interesting possibility.’

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Darren Dreger tweeted this morning,

A number of teams seem interested in one of SJ’s goaltenders. Greiss is a likely target. Maybe Minny?

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Harding Hears That ‘Pop’

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Josh Harding heard a “disturbing pop,” threw off his blocker and gripped the net in dread Friday night in St. Louis.

“I kind of went into shock. I knew something was wrong. I was hoping it wasn’t this,” the Wild goaltender said dejectedly.

Harding’s worst fear was confirmed Saturday morning when doctors determined he tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee. After swelling in his MCL subsides, Harding will undergo reconstructive surgery that could cause him to miss the season, although he refused to rule out a return.

“It’s going to be a battle. I’m ready to take on that battle, though,” Harding said. “It’s not like I’m going to just lay in my bed and feel sorry for myself. That’s not going to help anything.”

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Harding Leaves Game With Right Leg Injury

via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild goaltender Josh Harding left tonight’s exhibition game with 6:23 left in the first period after St. Louis Blues forward Brad Boyes accidentally fell on his right leg. Harding was in visible pain and could put no weight on the leg after he left the ice.

He’s been replaced by Matt Hackett.

Harding underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his right hip in April. I don’t want to guess, but I’m fairly certain this injury isn’t to his hip. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow in Minnesota, and hopefully I can get more information after the game.

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Preparing For An Official Non-Sellout

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Luckily for the Wild, not a whole lot of fans showed up tonight to watch it. The announced crowd of 16,219 was a heck of a lot more than reality. Lots and lots and lots of empty green seats, which is partly understandable on a rainy night for an exhibition game.

Now, most teams don’t sell out preseason games, but tonight was officially the first non-sellout in Wild history, ending the longest active streak in the league of 409. However, you’ve got to hand it to the Wild marketing geniuses.

The NHL counts regular season and postseason in active sellout streak, so technically the Wild has a 382-game sellout streak still intact. But it’s brilliant. The Wild makes a huge deal of it now, and now if they don’t sell out Game 3 or 5 or 7 of the regular season, we make it just a footnote in print.

Incidentally, the Wild has still not sold out opening night, so tickets are still available if you’re interested.

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Madden Has Always Carried A Chip On His Shoulder

from Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune,

He’s been asked to tell the story so many times that at first you get a little roll of the eyes.

But it’s there, a movie-of-the-week tale that begins in Toronto’s poverty-stricken Parma Court housing projects 37 years ago.

John Madden, who has joined the Wild—coming to Minnesota with three Stanley Cup championships in his past—will tell you that a difficult childhood and a life spent proving that a 5-11, 190-pounder has a place in the NHL will give you an edge. It’s just that he doesn’t want to make too big a deal of it.

“It’s true,” said Madden, whose parents had divorced by the time he was 10, when asked about learning hockey on a flooded basketball court, about looking out for himself while his mom worked two jobs, about how he had to carry his bag onto the bus, and then the Toronto subway, just to get to games when he was 12.

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