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Simon Disgusted With Pronger Decision

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Chris Simon and those close to him, including current and former teammates, are disgusted and outraged over Chris Pronger’s eight game exile that is dwarfed by the 30 games Simon was banished for following a similar stomping incident in December.

The NHL understands the outpouring of emotion and predicted as much, but will say while acts appear similar; the intent is what defines the difference.

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It is over and done, time to move on in my opinion.

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  Tags: chris+pronger, chris+simon

High Praise For Brodeur

from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,

Lemaire was asked Wednesday where Brodeur ranked among goaltenders he had seen in his time in the league as a player and coach.

No. 1, Lemaire said.

‘’I’m thinking, you know,’’ Lemaire said. ‘’(Ken) Dryden, he was really good for a short time. And I know, at a time, he couldn’t get ready to play and that’s why he stopped. This guy (Brodeur), he’s been doing it for a long time, and he’ll do it ‘till he’s 40. So he’s got to be the one.’’

Better, even, than Patrick Roy? ‘’Patrick was good at a time,’’ Lemaire said. “You’re talking about (Wayne) Gretzky, (Mario) Lemieux, Bobby Orr. Who is the best player? Every opinion is good.’’

read on and Wild talk too…

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  Tags: jacques+lemaire, marty+brodeur

Not Wild for the Style

From Jim Souhan at the Star Tribune,

The NHL is about dumping the puck, taking the opponents’ stars out of the game, working a defensive system and waiting for a mistake that will create a scoring chance. If NFL coaches thought like NHL coaches, every team would punt on first down.

Take the Wild—please. They’re not just slumping—they’re boring. Because of the Wild’s style and the NHL’s emphasis on defensive systems, Marian Gaborik spends most of the game looking like a guy waiting for a bus.

Don’t repeat the popular argument that he needs to work harder, needs to be more of a two-way player, blah, blah, blah. Gaborik is a scorer. When he scores, the Wild almost always wins. Ergo: Gaborik should spend his ice time trying to score.

That would be good for the fans, the team, the league. Instead, we get to hear Jacques Lemaire chide him about defensive responsibility.

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  Tags: defense, fighting, marian+gaborik

Wild Lose Belanger To Broken Toe

from the CP via TSN,

Minnesota Wild centre Eric Belanger has a broken big toe on his right foot, the result of slap shot that hit him there on Friday.

Belanger did not suit up for Sunday’s game against San Jose after being injured Friday night against Atlanta. Minnesota assistant general manager Tom Lynn said there was no timetable set for Belanger’s return.

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The NHL In Minnesota

from the StarTribune,

Forty years later, J.P. Parise still remembers those strangers, thrown together by fate and a feisty general manager in frigid Minnesota: 20 guys together on the ice and in the dressing room, 20 couples out to dinner at Dutch Delmonte’s place in St. Paul.

Four decades.

It has been that long since the NHL first came to Minnesota. The league doubled in the fall of 1967, adding six expansion teams to its original franchises in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago.

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Eric Staal Appears OK After Hit From Behind

via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

Eric Staal has apparently escaped a serious injury after he was hit head-first into the boards from behind by Aaron Voros.

With 14:01 to play in the game Voros ran Staal into the boards in front of the Minnesota bench from behind.

After lying on the ice in front of the Minnesota bench, Staal skated gingerly to the Carolina bench as a five-on-five brawl broke out on the ice. As the referees sorted out the mess, Staal could clearly be seen saying “I’m fine” to his teammates.

Voros, though, may be in trouble. He received a major penalty for boarding and likely faces a suspension from the NHL.

video added 3/7/08...

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  Tags: aaron+voros, eric+staal

Chris Simon Wants Respect

from the Minnesota Wild website- by Chris Simon as told to Chris Snow,

I want to leave the game as a respected player. I think I am that, to coaches who coached me, and managers who managed me, and players who played with me. But I know that’s going to take time to build back with the fans. And I know now, this is it. Anything else happens, I’m done. I know that.

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Take It Easy On Simon

from the Star Tribune,

But Thursday, before the Wild’s practice in South Florida, Risebrough pleaded for the media and fans to “give Chris a chance.”

“This is a new start for him,” Risebrough said. “I called him [after trading for him]. You don’t very often get people as excited as this guy was. I mean, genuinely excited. This is a fresh start. Give him a fresh start. People deserve second chances.”

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A Bad Move

from Russo’s Rants,

Look, I don’t want to blast Simon. I barely know the guy. Quite frankly, he seemed like a nice enough fellow when he graciously answered my call at his house. And most the guys I’ve ever talked to that have played with him swear by the guy.

But the Wild might have been better off doing nothing.

The Wild may be bigger and stronger and tougher and yada, yada, yada.

But you know what? You have to make the playoffs for this anticipated physicality to matter.

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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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