Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

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

The Minnesota Wild are still scuffling along, sitting out of a playoff spot even after a 2-1 week. We take a look at some roster shake-ups and other news with our friend Luke Solberg (EvolvingWild) of Hockey Graphs. Luke joins our show to discuss the team's issues, potential strategies to improve, and also these topics:

  • Looking at the Nate Prosser - Kyle Quincey swap
  • Investigating the thought process behind the Quincey move
  • Are the new rules impacting the Wild?
  • The sorry state of the Wild's depth
  • Nino Niederreiter still not getting enough ice time
  • Joel Eriksson Ek returns- will he get the help he needs?
  • Jared Spurgeon's injury
  • Matt Dumba partnering with Ryan Suter
  • Jonas Brodin's rough season
  • Is Nate Prosser going to block Minnesota's younger defensemen?
  • Evaluating Ryan Murphy
  • Why won't the Wild use 4 forwards on the power play?
  • Minnesota's 3-on-3 OT changes

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_127_Play_Your_Best_Players_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back of after a Thanksgiving break! When we last left our heroes (Tony and Joe) the Wild were riding high after Devan Dubnyk posted a Brick Trick. Fast forward a couple weeks, add in destruction at the hands of a couple Central Division rivals, and we get a ton of ranting. Among the topics discussed:

  • Dubnyk and the goaltending not playing up to snuff
  • Kyle Quincey was bad...really bad.
  • Really? The Wild are looking at solving issues with...Nate Prosser?
  • A disparity of skill between the top 6 and bottom 6
  • Minnesota could use Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek back
  • Kirill Kaprizov saga
  • Your Twitter questions 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_126_Indefensible_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT