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Hit Of The Night- Cal Clutterbuck On Brad Richards

added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.

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The Wild At The Trade Deadline

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

It’s looking less and less likely that the Wild will be selling since it’s hard to imagine six games from now the Wild will be out of playoff contention.

Still, as for buying, I don’t see a ton going to happen simply because the Wild’s got limited assets and they’re not trading their young assets (i.e. guys like Scandella, Cuma, Almond, etc.) for free-agent rentals.

I’ll also do my Sunday column on yesterday’s Toronto/Calgary-Anaheim madness and explain why the Wild doesn’t have interest in guys like Ilya Kovalchuk—contrary to made-up rumors. And quite frankly, if you’ve read me on a regular basis, you should understand why the Wild cannot afford to be trading for 40 days of Ilya Kovalchuk.

Nevertheless, it’s the question I’m getting ad nauseum right now, so I’ll include that in my Sunday stuff. Also, if you’ve read me for a long time, you know I don’t throw stuff against the wall. So that’s why there are no rumors out there on the Wild. I don’t report rumors. I report what I know. I do know most the players available out there the team has no interest in by the way. When there’s something concrete as far as whom they’re going after, I’ll report it to you.

But I don’t suspect much until post Olympic break roster freeze (Feb. 12-28).

more on the Wild…

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Sykora Will Soon Have UFA Status

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

The Wild is close to cutting all ties with Petr Sykora.

Sykora, 33, who’s been away from the team since being placed on waivers Jan. 19, was officially assigned to the Houston Aeros today.
However, Sykora has officially declined to report. The two sides have mutually agreed to terminate his contract, and once approved by the NHL in the next day or two, Sykora will immediately become an unrestricted free agent .

In essence, Sykora will be free to sign with any team before the March 3 trade deadline and the Wild will be free of the remaining $600,000 or so of Sykora’s contract and salary-cap hit.

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Wild Looking For Winning Formula

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In recent games, the Wild has faced off with Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles—three teams in various stages of development but all stacked with young, star-studded talent.

This is what the Wild wants to become. It’ll be a tedious task, however, because the Wild doesn’t have the luxury—so to speak—of following their blueprint.

“All three of those teams have been built through the draft with some great young talent,” Wild first-year GM Chuck Fletcher said. “The flip side of that: There were some tough years along the way to acquire those top picks.”

It’s too risky to assume already-patient Wild fans are willing to tolerate two or three years of painful losing to get blue-chip draft picks. Plus, the Wild wants to win now.

continued

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Unfair Decisions

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

How does the Wild’s Derek Boogaard get five games on a first-offense elbow last season but Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski gets two on a third blow to the head in two years—and second in a month—just a week ago?

How does one man arbitrarily render discipline based seemingly on no criteria?

Critics joke that (Colin) Campbell must have a dartboard in his office, although as a blog commenter said on “Russo’s Rants” the other day, it’s more like “Wheel of Fortune” because eventually Campbell would get good at throwing darts.

By dodging transparency and then showing zero candor, Campbell leaves the league open to criticism.

But after hearing Campbell on the radio Thursday justify why he didn’t suspend Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar for his blow to the head of the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck, it’s probably best he keeps muzzling himself.

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added 8:01am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His official title in the league directory no longer is operative. This was the week in which Colin Campbell first and foremost became the NHL’s Cleaner, in charge of dust-busting every single potential scandal under the rug, never to be seen or dealt with again.

Let’s face it. Five years into its proclaimed “partnership” with the players, the NHL has become a monolithic power, unopposed and unchallenged (except by a foolhardy litigant named Jim Balsillie), dictated on the business side by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, ruled on the hockey side by Campbell, whose decisions become more personal, more quixotic, less credible and thus less worthy of respect by the day.

continued

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Another Twitter Attack

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Agent Allan Walsh continues to call out the Wild via his Twitter account.

Less than a week after tweeting that coach Todd Richards is “treating [Petr] Sykora with less respect than a rookie,” Walsh sent out a string of Sykora tweets from http://www.twitter.com/walsha Friday reciting statistics, such as 302 career goals, 677 career points, 10 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons ... “leader, winner, intense competitor.”

Although this wasn’t a direct attack, make no mistake: Walsh is taking aim at Richards. Sykora has been scratched five games in a row, most recently Thursday in St. Louis when Richards dressed James Sheppard, a scratch the previous four games.

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Oshie Pulls A Slewfoot On Ebbett

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Andrew Ebbett left the arena tonight in a neck brace because of neck, back and shoulder spasms after T.J. Oshie, who scored the lone goal 26 seconds into the third, executed a textbook slewfoot. Referees Kevin Pollock and Ian Walsh didn’t think so. If they did, Oshie would have gotten a match penalty and the Wild a five-minute power play in a 1-0 deficit.

One of the most dangerous hits I’ve seen. Oshie grabbed across Ebbett’s chest, swept his legs out from under him and Ebbett’s head slammed against the ice while he crashed into the boards. Ebbett tried to soften the blow with his shoulders and back, he said, which is why he thinks he’s paying the price now. Better than head smacking directly against the ice, however.

more on the Wild loss to the Blues last night…

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Go Fight Them

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

After the Wild took a 5-2 lead, two fights took place in 17 seconds. First Darcy Hordichuk fought Boogaard, although abiding by the code, Boogaard barely threw a punch because Hordichuk’s jersey was over his head. Hordichuk then got a 10-minute misconduct I believe for trying to go after Cal Clutterbuck. He did not get that for his jersey being tied down like some people tweeted me. That would have been a game misconduct. He got a 10.

According to Boogaard, before the faceoff, Hordichuk told him that “The coach is making US fight you guys.”

Who’s us? Alexandre Bolduc is us. Moments after the fight, Bolduc came up to John Scott and begged Scott to fight him. Huge mistake. Scott beat the living daylights out of him. Honestly, it was scary.

more and watch the fight below…

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Evening Line

“I’d have been suspended indefinitely.  There’s no doubt that all he was trying to do was hurt me.”

-Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on the elbow he took from Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More from Clutterbuck by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

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Gonchar’s Elbow On Clutterbuck Last Night

via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild fans got Cal Clutterbuck’s back by booing Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar the rest of Monday’s game, but Clutterbuck was steaming after the Wild’s 4-3 victory because Gonchar took a flying elbow at his head in the third period.

Gonchar received a five-minute major for elbowing, although the Wild didn’t score on the power play.

“He better hope he retires at the end of the year, I’ll tell you that,” Clutterbuck said, a cut on the bridge of his nose. “Somebody’s going to hurt him before the end of the year. Someone will. It’s not going to be me, but someone will.”

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