Archive for the ‘Minnesota Wild’ Category

Chris Drury Finally Remembers What He Does Best

Michael Russo had an interesting post a few days ago, about what it takes to survive in the NHL. The post was about defenseman Justin Falk, a Minnesota Wild call-up who stood around while some Canucks were physically abusing his teammates. The next day, Falk was returned to the minors. Russo mused about what it […]

NHL Free Agency: ‘Don’t Count on Me to Save Your Team’

The Minnesota Wild are in an interesting position with defenseman Brent Burns. The career Wild defenseman’s contract expires after next season. Jim Souhan writes that Burns might command around $6 million per season on his next contract, meaning the Wild might need to choose between re-signing the streaky Burns and signing a new goal-scoring forward. […]

Winter Classic Should Prop Up Games That Need It

Not to be a jerk, but I’m just not too excited about this year’s Winter Classic. I’m a bit excited in that it’s the NHL’s time to shine in American sports, assuming the game actually gets played. The thing about the Winter Classic, though, is that while it has pomp and circumstance and gravitas and […]

Allan Walsh Makes Things Wildly Awkward for Client Martin Havlat

I don’t understand what agents want from teams. Actually, I do understand. Agents want their clients to get the best payday they can. Ideally, some probably want their clients to play someplace where they want to play, but that’s not necessarily a requirement. Martin Havlat is playing for the Wild on a $30 million, six […]

Patrick Kane and Ilya Kovalchuk Make Third Line a Destination Line

It’s looking like the third line is the place to be for NHL stars. Chicago’s Patrick Kane practiced with the third line yesterday (with Dave Bolland and Viktor Stalberg), presumably to help him remember his defensive responsibilities, but also to get his offense going, too. Over in New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk is playing with Jamie […]

Sharks Seemingly Heading Toward a Bag Skate

You have to give Sharks coach Todd McLellan a lot of credit. The burn on the Sharks has always been that the team is great in the regular season but disappears in the playoffs. So to start off this season, the Sharks have been decidedly flat. And just like that, the burn is gone. No […]

The Three Types of Older Free Agents

It’s tough being an older guy in the NHL. Or not in the NHL. Owen Nolan, 38, is still waiting for a team to make him an offer. Bill Guerin, almost 40, is skating with the Flyers, although the Flyers aren’t interested in him. Jonathan Cheechoo, only 30, will report to Stars’ training camp on […]

Did Mikko Koivu’s Family Tree Help With His Contract Extension?

I hope Mikko Koivu gets his brother Saku something nice for the holidays this year. I suspect the nice $47.25 million, seven-year contract extension Mikko got from the Wild, including a no-trade clause, is partially influenced by the work of Saku. The Wild are notoriously responsible-to-conservative with contracts, so for them to go long-term, with […]

Mike Modano Drawing Inappropriately Insane Amount of Interest

One thing that’s a bit frustrating about the NHL is that a lot of weight is attached to well-known names. It seems that a lot of GMs look at names rather than stats before they make a move. How else to explain all of the interest in Mike Modano, he of the 14 goals and […]

Wild and Flyers Blame Olympics for Injuries

Some people really don’t like the NHL’s participation in the Olympics during its regular season. Apparently, Tim Panaccio and I are two of those guys. His Sunday column hypothesizes the Flyers recent struggles are at least partially linked to the amount of Olympians they had playing in Vancouver. I’m no fan of the Olympics, but […]