Archive for the ‘Minnesota Wild’ Category

Big Goalie Night

Last night was kind of interesting. There were 10 games played, with four shutouts. Goalies Steve Mason (CBJ), Ryan Miller (BUF), Ty Conklin (backup; STL), and Nik Backstrom (MIN) each kept the red light off behind them. So is this a sign defense is back in the NHL? Is the NHL reverting to its pre-lockout […]

Sykora Possibly Not Born to be Wild

A couple of weeks ago, the Wild signing Petr Sykora seemed like a brilliant move. I know I sure loved it. It’s still a little early to say it’s not working out, but Sykora was a healthy scratch against Nashville last night. That came after getting less than 10 minutes against Chicago Monday night. Sykora […]

Leafs End Suffering; Isles and Wild Continue Theirs

Oh wow! The Leafs finally won! The Leafs finally won! Who knew goaltending was such an important position? Jonas Gustavsson earned his first NHL win with his second solid NHL start. But credit Anaheim, too, for playing a very dull game. It’s almost like they wanted to give the Leafs their first win of the […]

Sykora Showing Value of Veterans

It looks like Martin Havlat will play on a line with Petr Sykora, as they did in Tuesday’s win over the Ducks. Every season, more and more GMs have been filling as many slots as they can with younger players rather than more experienced ones. There are a lot of reasons to do so: younger […]

Single White Devils Captain

Patrik Elias is out 3-6 weeks with groin surgery and the Devils are being coy about finding help via a trade or free agency. The Devils are already pretty thin. There’s no second line center. Brandon Shanahan has been spending time on the top line. It’s starting to feel like if one more top player […]

The Curious Tweets of Martin Havlat

I like the NHL offseason because it sometimes turns into high school. Like Dale Tallon gets whacked in Chicago, and Martin Havlat jumps on Twitter to drop some cryptic messages: I guess everyone saw what happened to Dale….yes, the story is starting to come out but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What are […]

Four Brothers

Four Brothers A lot of people don’t know that in addition to hockey blogging, I’m also a prolific children’s book author. I’ve written over 800 children’s books, and while I’ve yet to sell one, I have a very good feeling about my latest, which I’m happy to be able to share here. Four Brothers I […]


I’m thinking I need to get into real estate, since that seems to be the best way to track player movement. Some people say Jay Bouwmeester’s building a house in Edmonton is a clue he wants to play out west. Marian Gaborik’s buying a house in Vancouver seems to be a clue he’ll sign there […]

If Only…

One way you know it was a great game seven is that there just wasn’t much to say about it. It completely spoke for itself. The Penguins were flawless for two periods and strong enough for the third. Defenseman Brad Stuart, whose turnovers and pinching led to both game seven Penguin goals, says he’d like […]

This Season Is Too Long!

Like a lot of people, I’m pretty ready for the playoffs to begin. Sometimes the NHL season seems artificially long, like a movie that needs to be trimmed another 15 minutes. You really see the length of the season in the way teams start strong, falter, and then regain their form. It’s almost like a […]