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Not The Minnesota Wild Of The Past

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

The playoffs are obviously a different animal than the regular season, and the path to where the Wild want to ultimately get to this postseason will have to go through Vegas or Colorado, and, quite frankly, probably both.

But doesn’t it feel like there’s something different about this team and that something possibly special could be brewing with the Wild?

They’ve got threats on every line, including two bonafide game breakers in Kevin Fiala and Kirill Kaprizov. They’ve got a goalie in Cam Talbot that makes the clutch stops when it most matters. They’ve got one of the best shutdown centers in the league in Joel Eriksson Ek who also happens to be on a near 30-goal pace over an 82-game season. They’ve got guys with Stanley Cup pedigree such as super-handy Nick Bonino, who’s consistently scoring, winning big draws and sacrificing his body to block shots. They’ve got defensive stalwarts such as Jonas Brodin, who in his ninth season is finally becoming an offensive threat.

Heck, even Victor Rask (yes, that Victor Rask) is making big plays of late.

Every time one counts this deep Wild team out, every time one questions their goaltending or the number of turnovers they commit or their thinness up the middle or confusing line combinations, the Wild find a new way to make the naysayers feel foolish.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

That was a great game last night, one that was ruined by the nasally, irritating voice of A. J. Mleczko. It makes me wonder if anyone in the hirearchy at NBCSN actually listens to a game broadcast. Or are they so hell-bent on having a female presence in the booth that they just don’t carry how annoying her voice is?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/04/21 at 01:23 PM ET

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*carry = care

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/04/21 at 01:24 PM ET


Cheli, I sometimes feel like I’m piling on when I express
basically the same opinion. So I try to at least take every other
article off when it mentions her name.

But she’s benefitting from and will apparently continue to benefit
from some standard I don’t fully understand. She’s not good at her job and yes she’s
very hard to listen to. It’s distracting and makes it hard to enjoy the game and the rest of the broadcast.

Apparently some senior VP at NBC Sports contacted her when she had no experience and recruited her out of the blue. And instead of offering her a couple years or more to pay some dues and gain experience, see if she was actually suited to the work, they vaulted her to the top of the top - including playoff games.

Given how much most of us mock Pierre, roll our eyes at Olcyzyk, and more, I’d like to think an annoying broadcaster is an annoying broadcaster. We’ve all known people who were elevated to near the top due to nepotism of being buddies with the right person. It rankles, sure. But what makes it irritating is when you can’t avoid the person and they’re are bad at what they do. This is a version of the same.
Nothing against her personally or against women broadcasting any and all sports in high-profile roles. But if someone is going to recruit you with no experience, either be good or have the humility to say “I’m not ready”, or be open to being criticized like everyone else in the spotlight. I mute the sound, too. And if there are two games on at once, I’ll watch the other game.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 01:58 PM ET

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I mute the sound, too. And if there are two games on at once, I’ll watch the other game.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/04/21 at 02:58 PM ET

That’s abut the only option we have, lefty. You know, it was bad enough when she was the third person in a three-person crew, but when she’s the second person in a two-person crew, she’s talking whenever there’s a stoppage in play.

And this isn’t a “she’s a female” thing. I used use the mute button whenever the host on “Forged in Fire” made an announcement in his fake “authoritative” voice. Thankfully, the History Channel finally got rid of him. I highly doubt NBCSN will have the courage to do the same with Mleczko.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/04/21 at 02:52 PM ET

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