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Gaborik Skating

from Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is skating, Risebrough said, and Risebrough maintains that he expects Gaborik to eventually return to the Wild’s lineup, not somebody else’s. However, Risebrough said Gaborik has a big physical that he must pass March 3 in order to really ramp up his training. You know me by now. I’m a conspiracy theorist. I find it interesting that 1) Risebrough knows the date because he normally lets Tom Lynn handle details about most everything and 2) March 3 is one day before the trade deadline. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence, eh?

Risebrough did his best to lower expectations for any “magical trade deadline” move for a scorer. Risebrough said, grinning, “He’s recovering,” meaning Gaborik.

more on the Wild…

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Wild Not Happy With Loss To Ottawa

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In an unprecedented meltdown that had coach Jacques Lemaire screaming mad in the postgame news conference, the Wild lost at home after leading by three goals for the first time in history as the Ottawa Senators stormed back for a 5-3 victory….

“We get up three goals in the first period and basically just disrespected the other team,” said veteran Owen Nolan, who scored two goals and an assist early in what looked like a destined Wild rout. “We thought the game was in hand, and they came out ready to work the next two periods and they gave it to us.

“There’s no reason for the outcome.”

Not only did the Wild slip to 10th in the West, it doesn’t play again until Thursday, meaning the top eight will surely distance itself. And when the Wild returns to action, it plays third-place Calgary, second-place Detroit and fourth-place Chicago.

more & watch Lemaire’s post-game press conference below…

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Watching The Wild

via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

There were 11 NHL scouts at Wednesday night’s game, including four from the Boston Bruins. Also represented were San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has expressed a willingness to deal from his team’s strength, defense, to shore up its weakness, offense.

Outside of Brent Burns, one of the Wild’s untouchable young core, the Minnesota defenseman that would bring the most in a trade is probably veteran Kim Johnsson, who has one more year on a deal at a salary cap hit of $4.85 million.

Johnsson played a team-high 21:41 Wednesday.

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Wild Fan Gets Involved

from Brian Stensaas of the Star Tribune,

Spit at by Chris Pronger. Challenged to a fight by Chris Simon. Talked contract negotiations with Olli Jokinen.

These aren’t exactly your everyday situations for the casual Wild fan. But for Ben Fagerlie, so it goes….

He has no inside connections, nor does he loiter at visiting team’s hotels to gain a rapport. Rather, for the past six seasons, Fagerlie has watched Wild games from Section 104, Row 2, Seat 8—where only a half-inch-thick piece of tempered glass separates him from opponents in the penalty box.

Two minutes or 10, Fagerlie chirps at players whether they’re interested in what he has to say or not. And he never backs down, withstanding everything from saliva to threats from the millionaires who, for a time, occupy the seat directly to his right.

read on

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Mikko Tekee Kohta Maalin

from Chris Snow at MinnesotaWild.com,

If you did not see them yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, perhaps you heard them, 30 Finns seated at bar rails on the Club level, in uniform (autographed red No. 9 Koivu jerseys) and in unison.

They chanted: “Mikko tekee kohta maalin, Mikko tekee kohta maalin. Eika kukaan sille mitaan voi! Ei voi!”

In English: “Mikko is going to score, Mikko is going to score. And no one can stop him! No one!”

Turns out they were right.

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Wild Owner Talks Backstrom & Gaborik

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Off the ice, the Wild’s top priority is working on a contract extension for Backstrom, 30, an All-Star goalie who can become a free agent this summer.

“Negotiations are going on,” Leipold said. “We like Nick Backstrom. He’s a great goalie in this league. We want to have him here. He wants to be here. Hopefully we’re going to work it out. That’s really all I know. I would hope that we could get Backstrom signed, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t.”

Backstrom said Friday, “Nothing’s going on. Time will tell.”...

And yes, Leipold still maintains he has high hopes that the Wild can re-sign Gaborik rather than trading him by the March 4 deadline.

“Our only intention was re-signing Gaborik. It is still our only intention,” Leipold said. “Unfortunately the injury caused everything to shut down. It’s our hope that we’ll still re-sign him. I think he’d like to play here. We’re not done yet.”

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Boogaard Doesn’t See Eye To Eye With Paul Kelly

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Boogaard was especially displeased by his own union chief, Paul Kelly, being quoted in a Canadian Press story, saying: “If it’s a staged fight between two superheavyweights that perhaps arranged it a day before the game, I’m not so sure those are the fights that we need to continue to have in the sport. And if they’re the most dangerous fights, we ought to take a good, hard look at those. ......

Boogaard took exception, especially since he pays his union dues.

“It bothers me a lot,” he said Thursday, adding Kelly’s comments are “kind of comical. He should try and do it then and see how the sales for everything goes. It’s goal scorers and the fighters who really push and drive the revenues, I think. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but I mean [Marian Gaborik’s] jersey is No. 1 [in Wild sales] and I’m up there, too. I’m pretty sure it’s like that for every other team.”

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Owen Nolan Out For Friday

From the CP via TSN,

The Minnesota Wild will be without veteran forward Owen Nolan when they play the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Nolan skated Thursday but was too sore with what the team is calling upper body muscle spasms. Nolan’s 12 goals this season are just three behind team leader Mikko Koivu despite playing in 19 fewer games.

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Nolan Still Playing With That Chip On His Shoulder

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

Owen Nolan plays his best when he’s a little miserable.

That’s an old-school hockey term for someone who plays with an attitude. Someone who is a bit grouchy and mean on the ice. Nolan laughed when that was mentioned after practice on Tuesday.

“It’s just something where I had that chip on my shoulder when I came up,” he said. “I’m too far along to change it.”

Nolan has been a good acquisition for the Wild. After early-season injury problems, he has hit his stride, scoring 12 goals in 31 games

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Clutterbuck Says No To Buttercup

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.

So Cherry called Clutterbuck “Buttercup.”

“I just disagree,” Clutterbuck, 21, said. “If you look at the incidents, the first time I asked to take my helmet off and said, ‘No, I’m not going to be the only guy in a fight to take my helmet off.’

“The second time against White, he jumped me from behind, so what do you want? What do you want from me, really — realistically?”

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