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from Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune,
Here last week to announce the eight-year concessionaire contract with the Twins, (Jeremy) Jacobs sang the praises of new Wild owner Craig Leipold and talked about how happy he was to have Leipold back in the NHL after Leipold sold the Nashville Predators last year. The sale of the team from Bob Naegele to Leipold was completed Thursday.
“I am on a number of committees with Craig, and you won’t find a more dedicated owner than him,” Jacobs said.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, here for the Wild-Avalanche playoff game Friday, echoed Jacobs’ words.
“I think Craig Leipold is the right owner for this franchise. Bob Naegele and his partners couldn’t be handing this franchise to better owners than Craig Leipold and Phil Falcone,” Bettman said. “Craig is passionate about the game, he’s a terrific owner. He’s great when it comes to league issues, and he is absolutely committed to this franchise.”
via All Things Avs,
Sorry to inform you, Minnesotans. I mean, we in Denver know you’re so much smarter about hockey than us Cowtown folk, but last I checked hooking is against the rules. We know, we know. It can’t happen in the last minute of a game. That’s “not right.” That’s not hockey.
So, suck it up, get the pacifiers out of your mouths and LET’S….PLAY…HOCKEY!
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Knuckles still white? Oh, and did you think you had curses like that inside of you?
Up and down and round and round she goes. Welcome to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pass the antacids. Heck, pass the bottle.
It’s tough to imagine going through four series like this. But that’s what the eventual Stanley Cup champion will have to do. And then it’s time for a summer of therapy. Not for the players, but for the fans. This is nuts.
“Oh yeah, we feel it too,” Eric Belanger insisted after the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I’m officially picking the Wild in six games over our brave boys.
How could I pick the Wild after I dared to poke some fun at Marian Gaborik and rip the wondrous skills of Derek Boogaard? First of all, settle down all you Wild lovers. It’s a hockey blog for crying out loud. Let’s have a little fun now and then, sheesh.
But I’m picking the Wild because of three guys some of you may never have heard of ’til now: Stephane Veilleux, Branko Radivojevic and Mikko Koivu. Along with being one of the all-time hard-to-pronounce lines, they’re the Wild’s checking line, and I just think they are the major difference over the Avs.
From the Pioneer Press,
Wild defenseman Nick Schultz underwent a successful appendectomy Monday evening, the Wild announced.
“Schultz is resting comfortably and his status will be updated when more information becomes available,” the Wild said in a statement.
The Wild were already short in defensemen, having lost Kurtis Foster to a broken left femur suffered on March 19.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post feels the Sharks would have been a better matchup for the Avs instead of the Wild.
Watch Adrian in action…
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
The Avs no doubt are saying their prayers that a guy like Boogaard will be in the lineup a LOT in this series. He’s slow, not skilled and if he wants to fight guys all night and/or take dumb penalties, the Avs will take that all night long.
I don’t know what to think about the Wild. They’re a very good team, fast, with some good skill. But their defense isn’t overpowering. I mean, this is a D that suits up a has-been like Sean Hill, a soon-to-be has-been like Keith Carney and, lest anybody in Denver forget, Martin Skooooo(no, those are boos)la.
But I got a whiff tonight of a team that talks a little too much for one that has won the square root of Sweet Fanny Adam in this league.
Today, the Minnesota Wild’s head coach Jacques Lemaire was made available by way of a NHL teleconference. With 95 points the Wild sit in first place in the Northwest Division, two points ahead of Colorado and three ahead of the Calgary Flames, who they host tomorrow night. A victory would guarantee a division championship and home ice in at least in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Here’s the transcript of Lemaire’s Q&A session.
Q. Jacques, one of the things I noticed about your team is how good your record is in special teams play and how important that’s been during the regular season. I’d like you to comment on the power play. You’re eighth best in the league, penalty killing second best in the league. How much has that influenced your success this season and how important will it be in the playoffs versus the regular season?
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
The Minnesota Wild’s roster could have a significantly different look next season.
Two key veteran forwards, Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston, are eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and young forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard becomes a restricted free agent.
Pundits have speculated throughout this season as to whether or not the usually budget-conscious Wild management will re-sign all three.
from the Pioneer Press,
(Mike) Ramsey has no idea how, when or why the retina became detached. All he knows is that, starting early last month, he had terrible trouble with his vision. Now he’s in his own playoff race.
Doctors will not let him fly until he no longer can see that gas bubble. When it disappears, it means the retina is fully reattached and that Ramsey is free to step into the pressurized cabin of an airplane. Ramsey can’t wait, which is ironic.
There are few worse air travelers than Mike Ramsey, who has been known to lock himself in the restroom for the duration of a team flight. He has been battling a fear of flying his whole career. When he began coaching with the Wild, it flared up
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