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A Different Look At The Late Derek Boogaard

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I don’t know where I’m going to go with this blog to be honest. In fact, my cursor has been flickering in this spot for about three hours, it’s 3 a.m. and I’m still sickened.

Even as I start typing now, my eyes are watering. So maybe that’s my answer.

I’m supposed to be a professional, but I’m also human. In my role, you cover players professionally, but you get to know them personally.

Like many of you, I was floored and saddened by tonight’s tragic news. But I’ve thought about this a lot the last few hours, and I want to do my best to not make this a tear jerker.

I want to give you a different perspective to Derek Boogaard from someone who covered him.


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Derek Boogaard Has Passed Away

More updates below. Original post time of this post was 10:46pm ET, Friday, May 13th.


From TSN:

New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on Friday.

Minneapolis Star Trbune’s Michael Russo first reported the news of Boogard’s passing on Twitter Friday evening, saying the 28-year-old was found dead in his apartment by his family.

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a release.  “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.  We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”


Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:

Boogaard is survived by his mother, Joanne, and father, Len, his younger brothers Aaron and Ryan and younger sister, Krysten.

Boogaard, a fan favorite in Minnesota, had 54 NHL fights and amassed 544 penalty minutes in five seasons with the Wild.

More from the NY Rangers.

Update 11:15pm ET: Michael Russo’s Tweets tonight regarding this tragic news.

NOTE: More updates added below.

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Could MacTavish Be Headed To Minnesota?

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

With the Wild in the early stages of its deliberate search to find a replacement for Todd Richards, veteran coach Craig MacTavish has emerged as a strong candidate.

According to multiple league sources, the former Edmonton Oilers coach has had a handful of conversations with Chuck Fletcher and was recently interviewed by the Wild general manager at a Toronto hotel.

The 52-year-old MacTavish, who coached the Oilers from 2000 to ‘09, has been unwilling to talk about any of the NHL coaching vacancies other than to say he’s “recharged” and ready to return to coaching.

“He’s one of my favorites,” Los Angeles Kings veteran forward Ryan Smyth, coached by MacTavish for six seasons, said in a phone interview Thursday. “He knows and understands the game very well and was exciting to play for. He understands the players very well. He knew me more than I did at times.”


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Wild May Have Some Cash Issues

via Mike Ozanian of SportsMoney at Forbes,

Minnesota Wild majority owner Craig Leipold suffered through a disappointing season and admitted that missing the NHL playoffs means the team will lose money for the 2010-11 season.

Another potential problem for Leipold is the team’s general partner and minority owner billionaire Philip Falcone, whose Harbinger Capital hedge fund is facing two SEC investigations. Although Falcone is obviously quite wealthy, his business fortunes have diminished greatly over the past year or so. Our figures show that the Wild post a loss of $2.3 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the 2009-10 season, when they also missed the Stanley Cup tournament. Given the Wild’s attendance dipped a bit in 2010-11 from the prior season it is safe to say they again lost money.

This means the unless the Wild hit the banks up for a loan the team will likely be making capital calls to owners for cash. The SEC investigation coupled with the relatively poorer performance of Falcone’s investments could make it more difficult for Leipold to get cash from his partner.

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Afternoon Line

“I am disappointed with the year.  I’m disappointed with the way it ended up, I’m disappointed with our performance on the ice, I am disappointed with some of our players, I’m disappointed with our record in the last six weeks.

“People who know me know that I am really upset and did not expect to be sitting here today talking about our team with the 10th pick in the draft.

“That is just not an acceptable position.”

-Craig Leipold, Owner of the Minnesota Wild.  More from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press.


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Todd Richards Out In Minnesota

Originally posted 11:45am ET:

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced Head Coach Todd Richards has been relieved of his coaching duties effective immediately.

“I would like to thank Todd for the hard work he provided to the Minnesota Wild organization the last two seasons and wish him the best in the future,” said Fletcher.
Update 2:42pm ET: From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune—

Richards’ reaction?

“Just disappointed. Just disappointed in myself, that’s all,” he said. “I needed to do a better job—simple as that.”

As veteran Andrew Brunette said Monday, it’s amazing how fast it unraveled.

“Eight weeks ago we’re talking about Todd as ‘Coach of the Year,’” Brunette said. “Things happened so fast.”

more  plus complete transcript of Richards comments

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Open Post- Dallas vs. Minnesota

Most of you know Dallas must win in regulation or OT to secure the 8th spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. (Game time is 6:00pm EDT and available on the NHL Network in the US and Canada.  Locals can tune to their team’s network in Dallas and Minnesota.)

If the game does get to a shootout, Chicago would win the ROW (regulation/overtime wins) tie-breaker so there is a strong chance you may see Dallas pull their goaltender late in OT if need be.

Discuss this game, the other match-ups in both the East and West.

Also, the NHL will be releasing the schedules later this evening for all the first round games.

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Clutterbuck Boarding Peckham

From the Minnesota/Edmonton game, Cal Clutterbuck boarding Theo Peckham. Clutterbuck got a 5 minute boarding, and both players earned 10 minute misconducts.



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Wild Plans & Langkow Forced To Watch

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The rumblings have started in Minnesota that Todd Richards won’t survive as coach in part because of the unrest with the fan-base and owner Craig Leipold’s unhappiness with a payroll that’s at the cap ceiling. Richards has done yeoman work with a middling offensive squad and was done in when captain Mikko Koivu broke his finger, but he might take the fall. Craig MacTavish, biding his chance for another head coaching shot, was in the running for that job once before. You can bet Ken Hitchcock’s name will be mentioned, too, but it’s pretty fluid. What if Bruce Boudreau (Washington Capitals) or Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) don’t survive and they’re available?

continue for numerous NHL pionts…

Also from Matheson,

To see Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow skating hard and firing pucks in practice Saturday morning was a heart-warming sight, 370 days after he broke his neck.

But his will can’t trump his salary, so Langkow was a spectator against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Langkow has defied long odds to return after an Ian White shot smashed into the back of his neck in Minnesota on March 21, 2010, but the Flames are at the NHL’s salary-cap ceiling and can’t afford to put Langkow, who has played 1,013 league games, in their lineup.


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Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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