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Chris Simon Traded to Wild

The New York Islanders have traded Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a 6th round draft pick. (source: TSN)

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Wild Could Use A Player Like Jokinen

from Russo’s Rants,

Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?

After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?

Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.

more on the Wild…

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Wild Extend Nick Schultz

via Russo’s Rants,

Defenseman Nick Schultz has signed a six-year, $21 million extension, the longest contract in Wild history. The particulars will be up later.

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Wild Show Interest In Jokinen

via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

Why?

Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.

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Wild Talk

from Russo’s Rants,

Columbus has two centers available — 38-year-old Sergei Fedorov and 33-year-old Michael Peca. Fedorov is the guy I have a feeling the Wild is eyeing. I know his age might scare many of you, but I watch Columbus a lot, and there’s no doubt he can still play.

He’s also a very quality defensive player, so that fits into Minnesota Wild hockey, and he’s got 162 games worth of playoff hockey experience.

If the Wild is looking at defensemen, there’s Adam Foote and Ron Hainsey as potential guys to be dealt in Columbus….

To get Jokinen, the Wild would likely have to give up at least one core piece, possibly a guy like Pierre-Marc Bouchard — a player who’s a potential restricted free agent who’s one year from being unrestricted.

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Imagine Forsberg In Minnesota

from Russo’s Rants,

Talking to my writer pal in Philly, the Flyers are still confident they’re going to sign Forsberg. But again, the Flyers are in the tank, Simon Gagne’s out and all this could make a big difference to Forsberg.

I’ve been told he is intrigued about potentially playing in between Gaborik and Demitra, and I can tell you 100 percent, they’re intrigued about the possibility of playing with him. Wild players keep asking me daily what’s the latest, so there’s great anticipation here….

As I said on FSN last night, if they don’t get Forsberg, they need to come up with a Plan B in my opinion. This team needs a center. They have no depth at the position, which to me was apparent last night on that 5-on-3.

more on the Wild…

I actually had a dream last night, a bad one, that Peter was going to sign with Minnesota.

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Boogaard… The Basketball Edition

Not a hockey story, but it still caught my eye… from The University Daily Kansan:

Big 12 Rookie of the Week Krysten Boogaard is a 6-foot-5 freshman center from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Boogaard is coming into her own as a player, averaging 11.6 points, 7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks during the last five games. Her brother Derek is an enforcer for the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.

Q: Growing up, were you a bigger fan of basketball or hockey?
A: Well I grew up in a hockey family, like I was pretty much born in a hockey rink. So I really liked hockey and I tried it but it wasn’t something for me so I tried basketball. I’d say I was a bigger fan of basketball.

Q: Two of your brothers started a controversial camp, the Derek and Aaron Fighting Camp, for kids ages 12-18. What’s your stance on the camp?
A: I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing that because they’re teaching kids how to protect themselves if they do get into a situation where someone is going to try and fight them. It’s just like Tae Kwon Do or anything like that. The game plan is not to go out and fight somebody.

more…

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Risebrough Working The Phones

from Russo’s Rants,

I was told by a pretty good source that Wild GM Doug Risebrough has been working the phones a lot lately and has been talking to Florida casually. Risebrough’s not with the Wild right now. But that’s why these Olli Jokinen rumors intrigue me.

Also, Duane Sutter, the Panthers’s director of player development and my favorite player growing up, is on the Minnesota Wild tour right now. He was in Vancouver last night and told me he’d be in Calgary tonight.

Obviously, if Jokinen is up for grabs, several teams would have interest and it would take a heckuva lot to unleash the captain.

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Just Another Game

from the Vancouver Province,

With Mikko Koivu and Mattias Ohlund about to meet on the same sheet of ice for the first time since the Vancouver Canucks defenceman broke the leg of the Minnesota Wild centre with a timber-felling whack two months ago, tonight’s tilt isn’t just any old game.

No, according to the Wild, it’s Game 48 on the schedule.

That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Two important points against a divisional opponent up for grabs. A road trip to get off on the right foot against three Northwest teams in cities in which the Wild have yet to win this season.

Mattias Ohlund? Who’s he?

continued

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Harding Getting the Job Done

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

The Wild take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against divisional rival Calgary at the Xcel Energy Center, and you can bet Harding will be in the nets. He was the winning goalie in all of those victories, with a 1.54 goals-against average and .959 save percentage.

On the flip side, Backstrom was 2-2 in his previous five starts, with a 3.40 GAA and .868 save percentage. Harding relieved him Thursday in Detroit, after Backstrom gave up leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in what was a 6-5 shootout victory for Minnesota.

After Harding backstopped a 4-1 victory over Phoenix on Sunday, coach Jacques Lemaire was asked who his No. 1 goalie is.

“The one that stops the puck is ahead of the other one,” he said. “The one that stops more pucks is the best one. So you’ve got to figure that one out.”

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