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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?

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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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Have The Wild Quit?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I once covered the Panthers lose 9-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but at least that was in Toronto.

This one was in Minnesota, in front of the Wild’s home crowd, the high-paying customers, many of which have been emailing and tweeting me in record amounts after this one.

They’re not pleased.

The Wild was embarrassed 8-1, the most lopsided defeat in franchise history and the most goals ever allowed at home. Rookie P.K. Subban became the first Montreal Canadiens rookie defenseman in their long illustrious history to record a hat trick, the first defenseman of all ages to ever register a hat trick in the Wild’s short history.

Todd Richards didn’t talk after the game about how his players were paid “professionals,” like Saturday’s overtime loss. That’s because, as John Madden said, they didn’t play like “professionals.”

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Is This Called Sending A Message?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Then, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco, for zero reason, shamefully throws out pugilist David Koci and agitator Cody McLeod with 3 1/2 seconds left in a 5-2 game (Avs losing).

Well, what do you think happened?

First, McLeod two-handed Warren Peters so hard on the left leg immediately after the faceoff, Peters was shaking his leg back into his zone. Then McLeod goes into the corner and took a needless run at Marek Zidlicky, the Wild’s very banged-up offensive defenseman who is playing with a significant injury and tonight was playing despite missing much of the second period with an obvious hand injury.

It was just a bush-league move by an Avs’ coach who’s spent the entire second half making ridiculous decision after ridiculous decision for a team that’s 1-14-2 in their past 17.

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Video- Trevor Gillies Hit On Cal Clutterbuck Tonight

Gillies received five for hitting from behind and a game.  Gilies had just returned from a 9 game suspension for a hit in the Penguins/Islanders penalty-filled game.

added 9:48pm, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury on VERSUS not happy with the hit.  Watch below…

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Wild Considering Trades, But Team Chemistry Important

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

A special chemistry has evolved this season among the players in this Wild dressing room.

It’s the reason General Manager Chuck Fletcher vows not to do anything “to take any pieces out of there” by Monday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline. The Wild, 16-8-1 in its past 25, is sixth in the West.

“[Thursday’s] game in L.A. is a perfect example,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think a team can play any harder than we played. We came up maybe one play short. But to play a team playing as well as the Kings and you’re on the road and you’re without Mikko [Koivu] and Kyle [Brodziak], to see that effort sums up what this team’s all about.

“It’s a special group that way. They really are. We’re far from perfect, but the attitude and the effort, you can’t ask for much more. You’ve got to be really careful you don’t mess around with it. You can go out and make a deal and make yourself 10 percent more talented, but if you take away from the closeness of that group and the chemistry of the room, you might be 10 percent better on paper and way worse on the ice.

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Chicago & Minnesota May Make Some Minor Moves

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We had a chance to chat with Chicago GM Stan Bowman before Sunday’s big shootout win over Pittsburgh. He has little cap room to work with and won’t be looking to make a big trade-deadline move that would involve bringing in salary or shipping salary out to bring salary back.

One area he’d like to address is acquiring a defensive forward to help the team’s penalty killing. The Hawks’ penalty kill hasn’t been as strong as Bowman would like because his top players are doing a lot of that work, and it may be stretching them too thin….

Don’t expect GM Chuck Fletcher and the Wild to be too active between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, even with Mikko Koivu’s injury. When it comes to draft picks and prospects, Fletcher inherited a pretty bare cupboard, so trying to obtain the asset he needs (top-end scoring) would set the team back developmentally, so he will likely stand pat….

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Report- Mikko Koivu Out With Broken Finger

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The team expects to learn more Monday regarding the status of its captain, but according to multiple sources, Koivu has a broken left index finger that might require surgery.

Koivu will be seen Monday by a hand specialist in order to find out if there’s damage beyond what’s simply shown on X-ray and to determine the best course of treatment.

The early word, sources said, is that Koivu will miss at least three weeks. If he undergoes surgery, sources said he should still return before the regular season ends.

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Andrew Brunette A Fit In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

By now, the names in play at the trade deadline are fairly well known to most puckheads, but there’s one development which bears monitoring. The Minnesota Wild are currently in the thick of the Western Conference playoff battle but if they fall off in the next week, they have five pending UFAs -Andrew Brunette, Antti Mietinen, John Madden, Chuck Kobasew and Jose Theodore -who could make things very interesting

Canucks GM Mike Gillis has indicated he isn’t planning anything dramatic but if there’s one player he should make an exception for it’s Brunette. He’s a proven playoff performer, has character in spades and he’d give the Canucks options among the top-nine forwards and the power play.

Admittedly, our perception has been altered by Brunette’s remarkable ability to transform into Mike Bossy when he plays against the Canucks. But that move would make sense on a number of levels.

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Mikko Koivu Takes A Shot Off His Left Hand

via Michael Russo tweets,

Koivu (upper body) will not return. He blocked a Todd Marchant shot with his left hand

I’ll get you Mikko Koivu update if they disclose, but already being told by somebody in the know it’s not good

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