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from the Star Tribune,
Don’t expect any monumental Wild trades by the Feb. 26 deadline, especially if it means mortgaging any piece of the future just for the prayer of acquiring a player who could help Minnesota win a playoff round or two.
“None, guaranteed,” Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough said. “I think the perfect example of why I won’t do anything like that happened last year.”
Risebrough is referring to the New York Islanders trading for Ryan Smyth, the Atlanta Thrashers for Keith Tkachuk and the Nashville Predators for Peter Forsberg.
Net worth? Two playoff wins ... total.
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from the Pioneer Press,
Aaron Voros is no Mike Modano.
If the light’s just right, though, Voros could almost pass for him.
Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in National Hockey League history and a popular North Stars player during his early days in the NHL, is expected to be a focal point tonight when the Minnesota Wild play the Stars in Dallas….
The uncanny physical resemblance between the two was first given a name by journeyman defenseman Dan McGillis, who started calling Voros “Modo” when the two played in the New Jersey Devils’ system at Albany, N.Y., in 2005-06 and in Lowell, Mass., in 2006-07 before Voros was acquired by the Wild on March 1.
KK normally doesn’t do game recaps, but this one is special…
from the AP via Yahoo,
Marian Gaborik posted the NHL’s first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Gaborik’s outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.
added 11:22pm, Check out the video highlights of the game…
From Kent Youngblood at the Star-Tribune,
So when the NHL returned, so did Lemaire—for the long term. And tonight he’ll become the 14th man to coach 1,000 games.
And that begs the question: Has Lemaire had more impact as a player or as a coach? Lemaire played 12 seasons with Montreal. Including playoffs, he played in 998 games, totaling 974 points.
“I’m probably the wrong guy to ask, because I can see it in both cases,” said Wild GM Doug Risebrough, who was Lemaire’s teammate in Montreal for five seasons. “I guess it depends on your time frame. Your younger players probably don’t realize how good a player he was. ... He was the best two-way player I’ve ever seen play. Not of my time, but ever. He was the centerman who could pass, he had a great shot, he was smart. He played with two good players [Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur] because he was so good defensively.”
from Russo’s Rants,
Jacques Lemaire, without much prodding I may add, called out his “skilled players” after today’s practice, saying their scoring slumps have become an “emergency” as the Wild continue to be severely offensively challenged (two goals or fewer in 15 games).
He says they need to work harder to get out of these slumps and that there’s a difference in opinion in what they think “working hard” means and what the coaches think “working hard” means.
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Somebody explain to me why the holiday gift shops aren’t filled with posters featuring Aaron Voros, Stephane Veilleux, Todd Fedoruk, Sean Hill, Matt Foy and Branko Radivojevic - all brandishing wrenches and toilet plungers.
The plumbers are the coolest thing going in the Twin Cities these days. I can’t believe the Wild haven’t figured out a way to cash in.
Another thing: The above-mentioned dirty half-dozen should be instructed to play hockey with their breezers riding low in back. Then when they bend over to take a slap shot, well, trademark plumbers’ crack. It could lead to a whole new line of active sportswear. Suddenly, the ultra-finesse Wild are becoming known for something else. There is grit sprinkled throughout the lineup, and the fans are loving it. The opposition is not so happy.
...Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Detroit Red Wings TV broadcast crew.
via Russo’s Rants,
Wonder if the Wings play-by-play guy would be whining about A TWO-MINUTE MINOR for tripping in a 5-zip game if Gaborik was paralyzed?
The play-by-play guy should be embarrassed. Hasek did not lead with his stick. He flung his body into Gaborik’s legs — whether Gaborik’s head was down or not — trying to protect a shutout.
It was reckless play on Hasek’s part and it could have been a catastrophic finish at the Joe last night.
The more I listen to regional telecasts on Center Ice, it just amazes me how some of these local announcers lack any objectivity whatsoever.
The video describes the action. Hasek received a 2 minute tripping call.
Hasek commented he asked the ref about the penalty call and was told, Come on Dom, the score is 5-0, lets just finish up. Hasek was concerned about his shutout which he did get.
added 10:42am, A2Y has another video of the play…
from Russo’s Rants,
Good afternoon from gloomy Detroit, which from my experience, is usually the way Detroit is.
As I told Kent Youngblood — aka No. 2 — the other day, I must have been asleep at the wheel when I didn’t give Kent this trip.
But fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me (I got that right, right?). No. 2 will be coming to Detroit next month, guaranteed, when it will be cold and gloomy, guaranteed.
continued... at least a little game talk…
from Russo’s Rants,
The Wild has called a 10:30 news conference for this morning at Xcel Energy Center where 37-year-old center Wes Walz, the Wild’s all-time leader with 438 games played, will announce his retirement from the NHL, two NHL sources confirmed Friday night.
Walz, one of two last Original Wild players along with Marian Gaborik, has been on indefinite leave from the team since Nov. 1. Walz’s 82 goals and 182 points rank second in franchise history behind Gaborik
Update 12:27pm ET— Press Release from the Minnesota Wild:
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild veteran center Wes Walz, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, announced his retirement Saturday morning at an Xcel Energy Center press conference.
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