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from Russo’s Rants,
Jacques Lemaire, without much prodding I may add, called out his “skilled players” after today’s practice, saying their scoring slumps have become an “emergency” as the Wild continue to be severely offensively challenged (two goals or fewer in 15 games).
He says they need to work harder to get out of these slumps and that there’s a difference in opinion in what they think “working hard” means and what the coaches think “working hard” means.
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Somebody explain to me why the holiday gift shops aren’t filled with posters featuring Aaron Voros, Stephane Veilleux, Todd Fedoruk, Sean Hill, Matt Foy and Branko Radivojevic - all brandishing wrenches and toilet plungers.
The plumbers are the coolest thing going in the Twin Cities these days. I can’t believe the Wild haven’t figured out a way to cash in.
Another thing: The above-mentioned dirty half-dozen should be instructed to play hockey with their breezers riding low in back. Then when they bend over to take a slap shot, well, trademark plumbers’ crack. It could lead to a whole new line of active sportswear. Suddenly, the ultra-finesse Wild are becoming known for something else. There is grit sprinkled throughout the lineup, and the fans are loving it. The opposition is not so happy.
...Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Detroit Red Wings TV broadcast crew.
via Russo’s Rants,
Wonder if the Wings play-by-play guy would be whining about A TWO-MINUTE MINOR for tripping in a 5-zip game if Gaborik was paralyzed?
The play-by-play guy should be embarrassed. Hasek did not lead with his stick. He flung his body into Gaborik’s legs — whether Gaborik’s head was down or not — trying to protect a shutout.
It was reckless play on Hasek’s part and it could have been a catastrophic finish at the Joe last night.
The more I listen to regional telecasts on Center Ice, it just amazes me how some of these local announcers lack any objectivity whatsoever.
The video describes the action. Hasek received a 2 minute tripping call.
Hasek commented he asked the ref about the penalty call and was told, Come on Dom, the score is 5-0, lets just finish up. Hasek was concerned about his shutout which he did get.
added 10:42am, A2Y has another video of the play…
from Russo’s Rants,
Good afternoon from gloomy Detroit, which from my experience, is usually the way Detroit is.
As I told Kent Youngblood — aka No. 2 — the other day, I must have been asleep at the wheel when I didn’t give Kent this trip.
But fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me (I got that right, right?). No. 2 will be coming to Detroit next month, guaranteed, when it will be cold and gloomy, guaranteed.
continued... at least a little game talk…
from Russo’s Rants,
The Wild has called a 10:30 news conference for this morning at Xcel Energy Center where 37-year-old center Wes Walz, the Wild’s all-time leader with 438 games played, will announce his retirement from the NHL, two NHL sources confirmed Friday night.
Walz, one of two last Original Wild players along with Marian Gaborik, has been on indefinite leave from the team since Nov. 1. Walz’s 82 goals and 182 points rank second in franchise history behind Gaborik
Update 12:27pm ET— Press Release from the Minnesota Wild:
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild veteran center Wes Walz, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, announced his retirement Saturday morning at an Xcel Energy Center press conference.
From Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,
Pavol Demitra is definitely playing. Matt Foy is coming out for him. Second straight time he’s been scratched after a two-point game. Foster skated today and hopes to practice tomorrow. Nummelin and Harding skated but won’t play.
Demitra has officially been activated for tonight’s game. Harding has been placed on injured reserve to make room for him. This is becoming a shuffling game.
Leading my notebook with the bad luck the Wild has had with facial injuries. Three guys wore full cages today. I said to Jacques it looks like college, and he said, “like a kennel.”
From the Minnesota Wild,
Fans of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild are encouraged to tune into ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. CST. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” can be found locally on Eyewitness News Channel 5 (KSTP). The special will air for two hours.
The episode will feature the Swenson-Lee Family of suburban Minneapolis. The Wild played an important part in the makeover.
The show airs tonight, November 25th, on ABC.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that left wing Todd Fedoruk has been claimed off re-entry waivers by the Minnesota Wild. The Stars and Wild will split Fedoruk’s salary (signed one-year deal for $875,000 in off-season) for the remainder of the 2007-08 season.
added 5:10pm, Tom Lynn, Asst. GM for the Wild on the Fedoruk pick-up via Russo’s Rants,
“The general manager is not happy where we are right now, so he’s made this move (Fedoruk). Some guys will have to step up or there will be other moves.”
He added, “In order to compete against some of the teams in our conference that we need to get ahead of, we need a grittier, more committed physical team. Fedoruk, we didn’t get just to come and fight. He makes us a tougher team.”
from Russo’s Rants,
I watched Canucks color guy John Garrett last night between periods of the Canucks-Oil game making it like Boogaard threatened everybody on the Canucks and their significant others.
Besides continually trying to put words in Ray Ferraro’s mouth, Garrett said the league should have an IQ test for players and that Boogaard is not the “sharpest tool in the drawer.” I guarantee you Garrett has never had a conversation with Boogaard in his life.
added 1:22pm, Alanah chimes in at Canucks and Beyond. Be prepared…
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