Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

It's a brand-new regime! Tony and Joe sat down Monday night to discuss the Wild moving on from Chuck Fletcher. They also talked about Paul Fenton interviewing for the job, and whether an incoming GM can be creative enough to get the Minnesota Wild over the hump. 

Also being mentioned was Wild prospect Sam Anas' new extension, Mikko Koivu's eventual role on the team, re-litigating Vegas, a long discussion on whether Ryan Suter was out of bounds when he (according to speculation) met with Craig Leipold over Fletcher's fate, and more!

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We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_137_Sutergate_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

For the third year in a row, the Minnesota Wild don't make it to May. The Wild got knocked out of the playoffs on Friday night in the most humiliating fashion possible, and all of a sudden big changes are on the table.

Huge ones.

In fact, we don't even know who will be the Wild's GM come June. So with all the uncertainty in the air, Tony and Joe sat down on Sunday Night (Before Black Monday??? We have no idea.) to chat about the ramifications of this series loss, and where they go from here.

And of course, answer a metric ton of your questions.

Topics include:

  • The Wild's embarrassing 5-0 loss in Game 5
  • Was Friday's loss that much different from Games 1 and 2?
  • What are the Wild missing?
  • A detour about the playoff format
  • The Josh Morrissey cross-checker
  • Help Wanted: Hockey Wilderness writers
  • The eerie silence surrounding Chuck Fletcher's job status
  • Giving Top-6 minutes to Joel Eriksson Ek, Jordan Greenway, and Luke Kunin
  • Will Eriksson Ek ever bring the offense?
  • Projecting the end-of-season injury news
  • What could Jason Zucker get back in a trade?
  • Guessing Matt Dumba's extension
  • Will next year be the first year the Suter/Parise contracts hamstring the Wild?
  • Is the GM market disappointing?
  • Will speeding up the youth movement hurt the Wild
  • Who are we watching now that Minnesota's out?
  • Is Bruce Boudreau on the hot seat
  • Freddy vs Jason vs Nino vs Coyle
  • Who deserved the "A" when Parise left?
  • The (second) most exciting prospect in the Wild's system
  • Will Koivu's offense rebound?

And more! 

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We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_136_F18tchWatch_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

Joe and Tony are back to breakdown the first three games of the Jets/Wild Series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Topics include:

  • Brett Connolly desperately trying to make a young fan's day
  • The Wild's fourth line coming up huge
  • Where have all the Wild's stars gone?
  • Marcus Foligno's hit on Tyler Myers
  • Thoughts on the first three games
  • Mikael Granlund being a stud
  • Your Twitter questions

And much more!

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We’ll see you soon!

Direct download: hwp_135_jet_lagged_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Hey, again!

This is part two of our conversation with Josh from Evolving Wild (Part 1 was Episode 133: Requiem for Mike Yeo). This part has us answering your mailbag questions and discussing what we think will be the keys in the upcoming Wild-Jets series. 

I'm really sad that the episode title doesn't get said in the description, because that is the funniest thing I've ever written.

Topics include:

  • Can the Wild overcome the loss of Ryan Suter?
  • Does Minnesota need to slow down the Jets?
  • What happens if Winnipeg takes away the Eric Staal line?
  • Blake Wheeler is bae
  • Do the Wild finally have game-breaking forwards?
  • Our Stanley Cup Predictions
  • Interesting Round 1 Match-ups
  • How the Wild blue line will shake out
  • Jordan Greenway vs. Tyler Ennis
  • Can Matt Dumba defend the Jets' top players?
  • Has Chuck Fletcher done enough to keep his job safe?

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_134_Jet_Fuel_Cant_Melt_Staal_Beams_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

The regular season is over! Before we turn to the playoffs, we take a look back on the regular season. Tony and Joe sat down with Josh from Evolving Wild to discuss:

  • Mike Yeo missing the playoffs
  • Jason Zucker's emergence
  • The Wild defensive pipeline still going strong
  • The debut of Louie Belpedio
  • Matt Dumba's comps
  • Marcus Foligno being better than you think
  • The amazing job Bruce Boudreau has done with the Wild
  • The Hart Trophy Race
  • Manny's salad

And much more!

We'll have another episode with Josh dropping Wednesday which will preview the Wild-Jets series. Make sure to subscribe to never miss an episode!

Direct download: HWP_133_Requiem_For_Mike_Yeo_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

It was nice while it lasted.

Minnesota's Stanley Cup ambitions appear all but dashed after Saturday night's game, where Ryan Suter exited with a broken fibula. In desperate times such as these, people must step up to analyze the fallout. 

So Tony and Joe are back from another unannounced hiatus. They quickly explain that, apologize, and get into the show, which is... pretty bleak, actually!

They discuss the fallout of Suter's injuries, including:

  • The fact that it's kinda incredible Minnesota will probably make the postseason despite the injuries
  • The collective blow that losing Suter and Jared Spurgeon during this time is
  • Will Nick Seeler be able to continue playing well in a Top-4 role?
  • Will call-up Carson Soucy contribute to the Wild?
  • Jonas Brodin taking Suter's place
  • Matt Dumba becoming the Wild's #1 defenseman
  • Do the Wild have any shot this postseason?
  • Will Suter's injury be the excuse Chuck Fletcher needs to get his contract renewed

And more, including our thoughts on Jordan Greenway's debut!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_132_I_Miss_You_Ryan_Suter_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

It's All-Star Weekend for the NHL, and Tony and Joe are here to break down all the action! OK, maybe not all the action, as they weren't gonna watch it. 

But they had reasons, and they discussed their gripes with All-Star Weekend, what the Wild should be looking for at the trade deadline, and dig into the mailbag. Enjoy!

Topics include:

  • Looking at Joe's initial foray into The Office
  • How an Office writer got Tony into sportswriting
  • How the NHL All-Star Game isn't for you
  • Ugh... Why Kid Rock??
  • Ugh... Why Patrick Kane??
  • Previewing what Seattle's entry into the league means for Minnesota
  • Minnesota getting destroyed by Pittsburgh
  • Sam Anas
  • The Wild's complete lack of speed
  • Coming up with Minnesota Wild Skills Competition Events
  • Giving Nate Prosser some Props...ser
  • Looking at Minnesota's needs at the Trade Deadline
  • Looking at trading Charlie Coyle
  • Are there any sacred cows on this roster?
  • Is Jaromir Jagr a good fit in St. Paul?
  • Which Central Division teams will slow down?
  • What needs to be changed if Minnesota can't make the playoffs?
  • Why Minnesota's scouting department needs an overhaul
  • Ranking the original trilogy

And much more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

 

NOTE: Tony couldn't come up with garbage things Kid Rock said on the spot, but our friends at OutSports could. You can read more here.

Direct download: HWP_131_I_Wanna_Be_The_Very_Boeser_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

With the Minnesota Wild on a bye week, we decided to get you some other Minnesota Sports Talk this week. While the Vikings got a mention or two, today's topic of choice was the Twins. Maija from Twinkie Town stopped by to help us break down the Twins offseason.

Tony and Joe talk a setback for Nino Niederreiter, the Wild's domination of Tampa Bay on Hockey Day in Minnesota, and comment on the Wild's trade deadline strategy. Then Maija lets us know about the Twins' rebuilt bullpen, their pursuit of Yu Darvish, and Minnesota's potential path to the Central Division crown.

By the way, we promised more mailbag and talk about the Wild Card Race. That had to get axed for scheduling conflicts this week, but we'll make sure to get to that next week. 

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_130_With_Or_Without_Yu_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

That happened.

For a bit of a change of pace this week, we wanted to give you, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast listener, something we haven't been able to give you for quite some time.

That is, some talk about a team that advanced out of the first round of the playoffs. 

Sure, maybe we didn't know it at the time, but Joe and Tony delivered on some Vikings talk. The HWP crew reminisced on their miserable lives of Vikings fandom, swapped some good stories, and then we went to Matthew Coller of ESPN 1500 the day after the game to recap the Vikings' miraculous win, and look ahead to a possible Super Bowl.

Oh, yeah, and we also chatted about the Wild at the end.

Topics included:

  • Our journey with the Vikings
  • Our most joyful Vikings moments
  • Tony stanning for Randy Moss
  • Why the hurt from the '98 Championship loss will never go away
  • The guys break down Paul Allen's most agonized calls
  • The moment when Stefon Diggs caught the touchdown
  • What makes Diggs a Top-10 receiver in the NFL
  • Giving the Vikings defense credit
  • Case Keenum's journey and future with the Vikings
  • The unsung heroes of the playoff game
  • Previewing the NFC Championship Game vs. Philadelphia
  • The potential of having a home Super Bowl in Minneapolis
  • Nino Niederreiter's injury
  • Mikael Granlund playing out of his mind
  • Sorting through the Wild's road woes
  • Tony's experience as a street preacher

And more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_129_Skol_Lotta_Love_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am EDT

Awwwww, yeah!

We took an unofficial, unplanned hiatus (and we're sorry about that!), but now the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back! 

Tony and Joe sat down on Sunday morning to talk about Zach Parise's return, the Wild at midseason, and prospect stuff.

Topics include:

  • Tony and Joe's New Year's Resolutions
  • Zach Parise's return to the lineup
  • Can the Wild fix their lack of speed?
  • Jordan Greenway making the USA Olympic Team
  • Dmitri Sokolov's World Junior run
  • Chuck Fletcher finally meets Kirill Kaprizov
  • Looking at 3 players who have made us happy at midseason
  • Looking at 3 players who have not made us happy at midseason

And much more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_128_Welcome_Back_Zach_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT