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  1. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Overall decent game against the Blues. The Blues are a very talented team and haven't been playing well recently. I will take the W, D play was much better, but we didn't muster a ton of offense. Good to see Dumba get that OT winner. He was on his horse to get up ice on that play, good to see him get rewarded. He has been playing better in recent games so that is encouraging.
  2. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Agreed 100%. Winnik has not business on that line and Kunin would be a great fit there. I am sure as time goes by, around mid-season we will see Kunin in that spot. He is such a competitor and I am actually surprised at his physical play. He is more physical than Stewart and has half as many fights this year. LOL
  3. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I think Kunin is ready right now, its just not helping him only playing 10 minutes a night. Ek needs more time in Iowa. I think if Kunin were up with Mitchell that could be a dynamic pair with Cullen. They would be fun to watch. I am done with the Stewart thing. He is a tremendous defensive liability and really doesn't provide much other than his little scraps here and there. He isn't even very physical. He is a decent guy, but I just cannot see the value in his production with all the risk he is on the defensive end. We would be better off taking our lumps with a young guy than him. It will be fun to watch Haula and Tuch back at the X tonight. No doubt Haula wants to rub it in the Wild's faces a bit. There was a very nice piece by Russo yesterday about the "anatomy of a trade". Its unlocked on Athletic so anyone can read it. Interesting read for sure. I didn't realize the Wild received just short of $17M for the expansion draft (as did the other teams). Too bad that couldn't have been used to buy down the salary cap. LOL
  4. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Last night was tough. BB, you pretty much proved my point with your "under 25" comment. NYI and LAK are really no better off than we are. Yes, I agree that Calgary may have young talent, but I have a buddy who is from Calgary and word around there is they are none too happy with their GM regardless of who is on the roster with "potential". Its a tough business, I get it. Fans invest a lot and expect a lot. Our society is an immediate satisfaction one now and if they don't win right away people get restless. We lost 9 guys from our roster at the end of last year. Let that sink in, 9 guys. That is a lot of turnover regardless of reason and to Bear's point, we need to trust the process and in the end see how things shake out. It may be painful for a while, but we still have a group of core young guys that are trending upward. Granlund and Nino have looked very good of late and Coyle is getting going after his injury. We need to shore up our D end. Not just defense, but our forwards covering on backcheck and in the zone. Stewart is terrible at that and had 2 glaring issues that led to goals last night.
  5. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I would agree with most of what you put there, but no way NYI, LAK and Calgary. The Kings are on the brink of collapse. The Islanders have Tavares and that is really the only thing to be happy about. Snow blows! I think Winnipeg is getting turned around now, they certainly have talent if they can just keep the puck out of their net. Big test coming up for the Wild. Tampa Bay is my 2nd favorite team, well maybe 3rd because I really like the Golden Knights story. Their twitter feed is absolutely hilarious too. Give them a follow if you are so inclined. Before the season they were golden!!! The Wild are 6-2-1 recently, but have some tough ones coming up. The Blues are legit, Winnipeg is on fire, I think its 4 of 5 against Conference foes?! This could be make or break early.
  6. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Granlund still seems to be laboring a bit. He is still a very dynamic player though. I hope he gets right soon, we need more production out of him. Dumba has played much better after the debacle 4 games ago. I don't recall any glaring mistakes in the last 3 games. Tonight is a tough one. We just shut them out so you know they are going to be out for revenge. The Flyers' top line is legit and keeping them without a goal is no easy task. I expect a tough game for the home team tonight. Aside from Zucker we haven't had any offense in the last 2 games. We cannot rely on that. Nino needs to get one tonight as does Staal.
  7. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Agreed BB. The D has been shaky as well as Dubs thus far with 2 exceptions. The game we lost 1-0 and the game against the Pens. It seems that when there is an elite goalie on the other end that Dubs screws his head on straight and has a big game. He played great. The one goal was deflected twice before going in so nothing he could do there. El Nino is back tonight! Not expecting much from him right away, but it sure will be nice to have him in the lineup. Kunin and Reilly have looked VERY VERY good thus far!
  8. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yeah, I don't see Parise coming back on the front end of that time table either. if anything, I bet he is out 3 months minimum.
  9. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Time table modified for Parise, now they are saying 8 to 10 weeks. Whatever it takes, is what I say. No rushing back. Agreed Bear on the impact he could bring coming back healthy the last half of the year. Last night was a painful game to watch. Dubs played pretty good, but most everyone else was very flat. Shake that one off and back at er tonight boys! The crowd was terrible too. I think losing one of the stars players for an extended time and Nino and Coyle still out has a way to suck the life out of the building. Well, its what they have to deal with for the near future. As long as they can maintain a 500 or better record with all these guys out I still think they can have a decent season, but as it is right now we are on the bottom looking UP to the Avs of all people.
  10. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Parise to potentially have back surgery today. Time table for return was 6 to 8 weeks. Reading up on the procedure, sounds very minor for those of use who don't play a physical sport, but for someone like him its going to have an impact. Apparently after this procedure you are more susceptible to herniated disks in the future. The more recurrences then they may have to consider fusion. This is precisely why Parise wanted to avoid surgery at all costs. Now, he may not have a choice. His issue isn't with any back pain, but with leg pain caused by a pinched nerve. I knew his stride looked off last year.
  11. B$G 10 Hockey

    Redirect your anger toward NCHC because its their fault this game is not televised. BigTen network and FSN offered to air it, but NCHC chose to keep it "in-house". Its all a money grab. They are hoping that people flock to their streaming service at the tune of $25 just for this game. Nope, I've got better things to do.
  12. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    They don't save cap space that is the whole point. The money is still spent. What it allows them to do is go OVER the cap during such time a player is on LTIR. It doesn't give them relief at all, it just allows them to go over the cap. We already have Coyle on LTIR so it wouldn't do any good to add Parise to that. That would mean two moves would have to happen when they are both healthy. The Wild could do that too, but what sense would that make because they would be forced to be compliant once Parise is healthy. Hossa is likely going to be LTIR all year. At this point I doubt Parise will be out that long. Russo did a very good writeup on it last night for TheAthletic. You can also read up on it on CapFriendly.
  13. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    This is a common misconception with LTIR. I too, thought it meant we "saved" money until I read up on it recently. What LTIR actually allows is for a team to go OVER the cap during a player(s) on LTIR, but once they return, they have to get back under the cap. So, true, it would allow them to spend more, but over the long haul it wouldn't be something they could go out and get someone to fill in without haven't to do something when the LTIR players return.
  14. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    James Neal in Vegas is the MVP right now IMO. 3 game winning goals in 3 games. I'm already worried about the Wild's roster options with injuries this early. They are so strapped against the cap right now they probably cannot even bring someone up from Iowa. Parise should have been placed on LTIR. The strange thing is no one is saying what his injury actually is, but Zach has said it is NOT his back. ?????
  15. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I didn't know much about Soucy's game before seeing him play this preseason and whoa, he is a big dude! I really liked what I saw, he played well against Winnipeg I thought and held up against Byfuglien behind the net which says a lot because he is a mass of humanity. I don't think he's ready yet, but he will certainly get some time with the big club this year. Certainly there will be injuries along the way. You guys see the D pairings? Looks like Chuck and Bruce's experiment with Dumba/Suter isn't going to start out together at least. I kinda liked the thought of that pairing because Suter you can just bank on him being sound defensively, but not little offense from him. Dumba would have brought a little more dynamic D play there, not that Spurg is lacking, I just would have liked to see it play out a bit.