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Bothered By Clutterbuck

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There are some players I just have to laugh at in this game, though, and Cal Clutterbuck is one of them. Nothing against the guy at all. He’s good at what he does, which is drive you crazy with the game of “I hit you first, then try to draw the penalty with your retaliation hit against me.” These guys have been in hockey for time immemorial.

That’s fine, I respect that. It’s a game. You have to play every angle, and if being the agitator who gets the opposition to lose their minds and, hence, the game is what you need to do to succeed, then by all means do it, especially if you’ll be paid a million dollars for it.

But, and part of me hates saying this in a way, because I really don’t care either way. But, Cal Clutterbuck is a cowardly hockey player.

He’s Bill Laimbeer on skates, folks.


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Afternoon Line

More soft dumps than you’ll find at a Preparation H testing facility. Tighter ‘n’ Oprah’s corset. Less room than a solitary confinement cell in D-Block on Alcatraz.

Wild hockey.

Never was anything more inaptly named.

The NHL’s version of elevator muzak. The league’s chastity belt. The team that’s as much about clutter as Clutterbuck.

The guys in the Wrigley Spearmint Gum duds are (in)famous for dead-bolting the doors, drawing the shades, turning off all the lights and daring unwanted visitors to trespass on their premises.

-George Johnson of the Calgary Herald describing the Minnesota Wild, who beat the Flames last night.


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Wild Losing In Different Ways

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Last game in Anaheim, it was a shorthanded penalty shot and an opposing player scoring with the Wild captain’s stick that sunk the Wild.

Thursday night against the fragile Ottawa Senators, the Wild found an even more inventive way to lose.

“All my time, I’ve never seen that,” coach Todd Richards said of the extraordinary momentum swing that led to the sinking Wild’s uninspired 3-1 loss.

Richards was referring to center Mikko Koivu setting up center Kyle Brodziak in the second period for a 2-1 Minnesota lead.

Problem was, as Richards noted, “Kyle had Mikko on the line change, and Kyle ended up taking the pass from Mikko, so ... as soon as I knew what [the officials] were discussing, I figured that they probably had it right.”


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Video- Does Mikko Koivu Get An Assist?

Bobby Ryan scores with Koivu’s stick.

added 10:23pm, Watch the Ducks broadcast of the goal below, you will get a better explanation of how the sticks got reversed.

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Wild Not The Same Without Lemaire

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When the Minnesota Wild and coach Jacques Lemaire parted ways after the 2008-09 season there was a sense the shutdown and trap style he’s so famous for would go by the wayside. New coach Todd Richards was to bring in a new brand of exciting hockey that would put butts in the seats and generate a buzz defensive hockey doesn’t create.

The only thing that’s happened, however, is that the Wild have gotten worse.

Take one look at the Phoenix Coyotes and Dave Tippett (plus assistant Dave King) and you’ll find proof positive of how much a good coach can influence a team’s position. The Coyotes, despite a lack of superstar power, ascended to the playoffs as soon as the pair arrived and have continued to be a difficult team to lineup against this season.

Lemaire had the same affect with the Wild.

read on

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Will Minnesota Make A Move Before Their Next Game?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

So what does Fletcher do? Make a trade? Look at replacing his coach?

I know Fletcher really doesn’t want to fire Richards. He’s made it clear to me that he feels the players have to be accountable before the coach.

So I really believe a trade’s coming at some point soon. Just, is it now—before Thursday?

If so, most the depth in the organization’s on the blue line, so does it come from there? Could it be Burns? He’s healthy. His stock could be back up there, and like I’ve said for awhile, like Koivu last summer, the Wild will have to make a critical long-term decision with Burns next summer. Could it be Schultz? Cam Barker?

We know it’s not Marek Zidlicky, who’s got a partial no-trade?

And as I wrote in the Insider the other day, too, four forwards are in their last years of contracts—Brunette, Madden, Kobasew, Miettinen.



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Changes May Be Made In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

...Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher says things must turn around now. If they don’t, you can bet players will either be shipped out or, as much as it would pain Fletcher, Richards could be fired.

Fletcher made clear Thursday, however, that players will be held accountable before Richards.

Trade talks are picking up, Fletcher said, but he’s willing to give this group one final chance to prove itself.

“I’m not looking to reinvent the core or do anything dramatic on Dec. 2, but we are looking to get better. That point I can’t make clear enough,” Fletcher said. “We’re going to give the players that are here the first chance to be better. I feel a lot of them can play better. I feel a lot of veteran players are not playing up to their normal levels.

“This group needs to execute better and perform better,’’ Fletcher continued. “If they can do it, nothing needs to be done. If they don’t do it—I’m not sabre-rattling here—we’re into December, we have to look, ‘Do we have the right personnel?’ We have to look at the trade market more aggressively.”


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Pierre-Marc Bouchard Returns To The Lineup

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s long road back from a concussion is near complete.

The Wild playmaker is scheduled to play his first game in nearly 14 months Wednesday night when he suits up against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I figured that the day would come. You just never knew when,” said coach Todd Richards, who has coached Bouchard in only one game—last season’s opener at Columbus.

“You watch him practice, and he gets you excited because you see the things he can do. Obviously, a game is going to be different, but you’re excited to have him back.”


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Video- Save Of The Day Candidate

Miikka Kiprusoff preserves a tie game late in OT against Philadelphia.  Flames won the game in a shootout.

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Wild Claim Patrick O’Sullivan

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Patrick O’Sullivan has been claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild.

“We’re happy that Patrick is getting an opportunity, which didn’t arise here because of the play of Sergei, Jussi and Jeff,” said Rutherford. “For him to be successful, he has to play in the top nine, and that spot did not open up for him here.”

O’Sullivan, 25, has scored one goal in 10 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has two penalty minutes and is minus-1 in those games, averaging 8:51 in ice time per game. Signed by the Hurricanes as a free agent on the opening day of training camp, O’Sullivan has totaled 55 goals and 95 assists (150 points) in 290 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Edmonton and Carolina.

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