Season that came to a end!

June 8th, 2010

My season with the Minnesota Wild has come to an end – As a season ticket holder, they raised the price just to high and I had to let them go…. so we may see the return on the podcast…..not sure yet.

so lets watch Stanley Cup Hockey! GO HAWKS!

Wild Season End

April 24th, 2009

The Minnesota Wild’s season is over, it was a season of difficulties, injuries and successes highs and lows with excitement and frustrations. Jacque LeMeire has coached the Wild from the start and is considering calling it quits and retiring from coaching. I think that it may be time for the Minnesota Wild to move another direction, while Coach Limier looks over his options the other coaches are chopping at the bit to move in to the lead spot. What one of the assistant coaches dissevers a chance to move up? What direction with they take the team and will they finally open up the players so they can shoot the puck when they have the option? While under Limier, the Wild have found some success, they need to find the way past the basic success and win the Stanley Cup, Yes they need to find a way to bring the Cup to the State Of Hockey!

While stand out players keep moving up from Huston, Marion Gaborik in what could quite possibly be his last game in a Wild Sweater play his best game that I have ever seen him play. Gaborik only really lost the puck one time that I remember, Brunette played his game that was great to see, and Meko Koivu was rocking the ice, Backstrom, and solid as a backstop! Do the Wild hold the ability to win the cup? No, but two or three core players could bring the cup to Minnesota where it rightly belongs.

As a fan and a season ticket holder I felt a little ripped off. Every year the Wild end the season by giving the Jersey off their back to the fans, this is done on the last home game, this year they did it on the second to last home game, now you may say so? However, as the season ticket owner I take the last game just for that reason, so I have a chance to win a jersey, so the second to last game this year was not my game and the last game just seamed like any other game in the season. By the way I have four other people in my group, so we split the tickets five ways, the person that had the second to last home game did not win a jersey either. She told us that it was rigged, because most of the winners were in the club level then the suite level then the main level then the upper level, why do they do that. I have been a season ticket holder from the start, many of the club tickets are owned by business, and they give tickets to who ever, most never go to games more than once or twice a year, to me that just does not seem fare.

Gabby and playoffs

March 28th, 2009

Now that Gaborik is back in the lineup will he have enough time to score enough goals to get the Wild into the playoffs?

At this point I hope not, I think the only reason he is playing right now is because he is looking for that BIG free agent contract and he will only get that if he shows he can  be the star they need him to be, score goals and play hard, Gaborik wants to play in the East.

So now what, the Wild WILL lose Gabby at the end of the season and if we make the playoffs we will be even more screwed because we will not get a good draft pick unless we trade a good player to move up.

Wild signs G Niklas Backstrom (The 6 Million Dollar Man)

March 4th, 2009
Niklas (The Backstop) Backstrom

Niklas (The Backstop) Backstrom

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a four-year, $24 million contract that will run through the 2012-2013 NHL season.

“Nik is one of the most reliable players and people on our team, and that combination enables winning,” said Risebrough. “A snapshot of Nik’s three NHL seasons shows a staggering run of success, but to see that whole picture unfold daily, we have not been surprised. Instead, we are proud of what he has accomplished, and we are excited for what he will.”

Backstrom, 31 (2/13/78), is 28-18-4 with a 2.24 goals against average (GAA), a .925 SV Pct. and a team record six shutouts in 51 games this season and represented the Wild at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. He is the only goalie to rank in the top five in GAA, wins, SV Pct. and shutouts this season. Backstrom ranks tied for second in the NHL in shutouts, fourth in SV Pct., tied for fourth in wins and GAA and has helped Minnesota rank second in the League in goals against this season at 144. He established franchise records with 33 wins and 1,498 saves last season and tied the record for games played (58). Among goalies playing 100 or more games since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Backstrom ranks first in SV Pct. at .924, second in GAA at 2.19 and winning percentage at .660 and tied for fifth in shutouts with 15.

In 144 career starts, he has allowed three goals or less 127 times and two goals or less 86 times. In 66 starts following the NHL All-Star Game, Backstrom is 40-10-11 with a 2.04 GAA, a .926 SV Pct. and seven shutouts. He won the 2007 William M. Jennings Trophy with teammate Manny Fernandez as the tandem allowed a League-low 191 goals against. Backstrom also received the Bank of America Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award in 2007 as he recorded a league best .929 SV Pct. He is 84-39-18 with a franchise record-tying 15 shutouts in 150 career games with Minnesota.

The Wild originally signed the native of Helsinki, Finland as a free agent on June 1, 2006.

Wild Drill the Oilers

January 16th, 2009
Backstrom does it again!

Backstrom does it again

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Playing the second of three straight games at Xcel Energy Center leading into Hockey Day, Minnesota guaranteed itself a winning homestand with a 5-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. The teams entered Thursday’s Northwest Division matchup with identical 21-18-3 records, and, in the first meeting between the teams this season, a chance to make a statement of sorts.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored a goal and added two assists, while Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves to remain perfect (10-0) against the Oilers as the Wild earned a 22nd win on the season.

“We were waiting for this,” said Head Coach Jacques Lemaire.

After so often playing with a 1-0 deficit, Minnesota opened the scoring for the second time in as many games, and, as with Tuesday night vs. Phoenix, did not wait terribly long to do so. While Tuesday’s surprise came in the form of the how — 46 seconds into the game — Thursday’s surprise may have come in the form of the who. Krys Kolanos scored for the first time during this calendar year to give the home team its lead.

Right wing Antti Miettinen started the scoring play along the left wing, then walked past Lubomir Visnovsky with a nifty one-handed move, pulling the puck to the outside of the defenseman and cutting around to pick it up on the inside. The righthanded shot whipped a puck across the zone on his forehand to Kolanos, who redirected it through Dwayne Roloson’s pads for a 1-0 lead at 6:25.

Minnesota had opened a 6-3 lead in shots to that point, but the Oilers took the next three on Backstrom, including one to tie the game. Backstrom made a save on a Denis Grebeshkov shot, only to have the rebound bounce near Dustin Penner, who was able to pull the puck back to a place where Liam Reddox could push it in to make it 1-1 at 11:44.

The Oilers earned back-to-back power plays with Wild penalties at 13:15 and 16:12, momentum that carried Edmonton nearly to the end of the period and to a 11-7 shots advantage with under two minutes to play.

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Philly Drops Wild 3 – 1

January 9th, 2009
Philly Drops Wild

Philly Drops Wild

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Two weeks on the road left the Flyers primed for a raucous return home.

Did they ever deliver against Minnesota. Philadelphia killed off every power-play attempt, ended Niklas Backstrom’s bid for three straight shutouts and, oh yeah, took sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division.

Mike Knuble, Scott Hartnell and Scottie Upshall scored goals and the Flyers returned home from two weeks on the road to beat the Wild 3-1 on Thursday night.

“We wanted to climb into playoff position and try and climb up in our division and we have done that,” coach John Stevens said.

Hartnell’s tying goal in the second period ended Backstrom’s sh

ot at three straight shutouts. Backstrom, selected to the Western Conference All-Star team this week, stretched his shutout streak to 149 minutes, 9 seconds before Hartnell flipped a loose puck past him early in the second.

Knuble put the Flyers ahead early in the third period on Philadelphia’s first power-play opportunity, and Upshall added his sixth goal to help the Flyers win their seventh straight home game.

With the victory, the Flyers took sole possession of the Atlant

a Division lead, two points ahead of the New York Rangers.

“It’s tough when you get back because you can get complacent after a long road trip when you get back home,” Flyers center Mike Richards said. “But we could find our energy from the crowd and had a couple different players step up.”

The Flyers hadn’t played at home since Dec. 23 and went 2-2-2 on a six game, 12-day trip. They returned to a familiar setting – another packed, orange-clad crowd, chants of “Let’s go Fly-ers!” and more home dominance. The Flyers are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games at the Wachovia Center and play there two more times before heading back on the road.

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All Star Goalie?

January 9th, 2009
All Star - All Backstrom

All Star - All Backstrom

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Niklas Backstrom will represent the Minnesota Wild at the 2009 National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 25 at Montreal’s Bell Centre the league announced today.

Backstrom, 30 (2/13/78), is 19-12-2 with a 2.14 goals against average (GAA), a .929 SV Pct. and five shutouts in 33 games this season. He ranks tied for first in the NHL in shutouts, fourth in wins, fifth in GAA and sixth in SV Pct. Backstrom established franchise records with 33 wins and 1,498 saves last season and tied the record for games played (58). Among goalies playing 100 or more games since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, he ranks first in the NHL in SV Pct. at .925, first in GAA at 2.16, tied for second in win % at .669 and fifth in shutouts with 14. Backstrom won the 2007 William M. Jennings Trophy with teammate Manny Fernandez as the tandem allowed a League-low 191 goals against. Backstrom also received the Bank of America Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award in 2007 as he recorded a league best .929 SV Pct. Minnesota signed the Helsinki, Finland-native as a free agent on June 1, 2006. He is 75-33-16 with a 2.16 GAA, a .925 SV Pct. and 14 shutouts in 132 career games with Minnesota.

Four Minnesota Wild players have represented the team in past NHL All-Star Games. Marian Gaborik became the first Wild player to participate in the contest in 2003. In 2004, Filip Kuba and Dwayne Roloson represented Minnesota at the NHL All-Star Game held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Brian Rolston appeared in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and Gaborik made his second career NHL All-Star Game appearance in 2008.

The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills® event on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m., and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5:00 p.m. on VERSUS in the United States.

Wild Take out Bruins

January 7th, 2009
Wild Win

Wild Win

BOSTON (AP) -The Minnesota Wild showed why they’re the NHL’s top defensive team by completely shutting down the league’s best offensive club.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for his second straight shutout and fifth of the season to lead Wild to a 1-0 win over Boston, handing the Bruins their first shutout of the season on Tuesday night.

“We had only a few minutes that guys were not good on defense,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “You have to when you have a team that moves the puck like they do. You gotta have a good stick and your defenseman’s gotta be good.”

Marek Zidlicky scored a second-period power-play goal, lifting Minnesota to its second win against the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins this season.

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Marian Gaborik has begun rehabilitation from surgery on his left hip.

January 7th, 2009
Gaborik

Gaborik

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Marian Gaborik has begun rehabilitation from surgery on his left hip.

The Minnesota Wild reported late Monday the operation to repair a torn labrum and damaged cartilage went “as expected.” The star right wing started rehab immediately after the procedure in Colorado, done by the same specialist who performed a similar operation on his right hip last summer.

Groin pain persisted for Gaborik this season, and he played in only six games before being diagnosed with a deficiency in his hip. The team wanted him to try to play through it, but he elected surgery.

Gaborik is estimated to need 10 to 14 weeks to return. He can begin skating in six weeks, near his 27th birthday. He is in the final year of his contract.

Gaborik 2

January 1st, 2009

So Gabby and the Wild are both stuck, no trades nothing… There is a very good chance that Gabby will walk away from the Wild and leave them in a bind. See Gabby needs season ending surgery on his hip so kiss him good bye for this season.

I am not sure what is going to happen in the next year but the Wild need to find some one to replace Gaborik as soon as possable and get a team that is really a Play-Off Contender. Lets get the Wild back on track and help them move forward to a real run for the CUP!

AJ