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Wild Keep Losing

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

Less than three weeks into the most promising season in franchise history, the Wild played without grit or intelligence in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver, a failure that could alter expectations and shorten tenures surely as it brought jeers raining down on the Xcel Energy Center ice on Thursday night.

In hockey, when you've tried everything but firing the coach and your team doesn't respond, you tend to fire the coach. Maybe owner Craig Leipold won't force that move immediately, but he has no reason to be patient after making an immense investment in front-line talent and watching his team fall apart.

Whether Mike Yeo is responsible for his team's slump is irrelevant.

When you sign two players for about $200 million, print T-shirts that read "Take the Next Step; No Excuses," call up your best prospects, alter your best line, threaten the jobs of a couple of veterans, hold a players-only meeting, trade for an enforcer, watch one of your two incoming saviors play like he's still learning to skate backwards, and then embarrass yourself at home against a prime rival, the owner owes it to his accountants and fans to consider all possible means of improvement. And he's not going to cut Ryan Suter in the first month of a 13-year deal.

Suddenly, with the on-ice product disintegrating like a cheap grocery store's paper bags, Leipold's brain trust looks vulnerable.

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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

LOLz at the Wild.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 02/08/13 at 10:48 AM ET

Zqto's avatar

Kinda hard to build a team, when 2 players use almost 1/3 of next season salary cap, eh?

Posted by Zqto on 02/08/13 at 10:52 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/08/13 at 11:04 AM ET


My sincerest hope is that Holland is prepared to take advantage of other GMs who become as desperate and blind to the long term as their writers are.

I’ll offer up my Franzen, Cleary and Quincey pu pu platter for Heatley now. smile

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/08/13 at 11:10 AM ET

Sneetch's avatar

So happy to see the Wild tanking. Hardee har har.

Posted by Sneetch on 02/08/13 at 11:17 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I’ll offer up my Franzen, Cleary and Quincey pu pu platter for Heatley now.

Danny Heatley will score 70 goals this season.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 02/08/13 at 11:19 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar


Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/08/13 at 11:46 AM ET

All American in MN's avatar

As I am currently stationed in Minnesota—the self proclaimed ‘State of Hockey’—I am exposed to how oblivious Minnesotans are to what kind of a roster it takes to compete for the Cup.  Before Suter and Parise arrived they had Mikko and Backstrom; that’s about it.  After the Wild won their first few games it was nothing but Stanley Cup talk around here, it was hilarious.  They are in denial that this team needs a lot more than what it has.  This has been the best train wreck that I have ever watched.

Posted by All American in MN on 02/08/13 at 11:51 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Owner Craig Leipold dismantled a great Predators’ team (for money) before he dumped it and bought the Wild.
I hope his team never makes the playoffs.

Posted by w2j2 on 02/08/13 at 02:10 PM ET

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