Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

The Minnesota Wild have extended their winning streak to 7 games! Surely, this means that we’re going to be positive this week, right?

Right?

Don’t worry, after a couple of weeks of measured, pessimistic thinking, Tony and Joe sat down Monday night and said some positive things about the Wild.

They started out by discussing player numbers, because it’s Episode 87, which is the number of a hockey legend: Donald Brashear. We also got the jersey talk for Episode 88 out of the way, reflecting on the Brent Burns trade, and go down the road of talking about how weird it was that the Wild traded away their leading (per-minute) scorer in two of the last 6 years.

Things do get rolling, and the crew knocks out a bunch of news, including the winning streak, the team’s playoff odds, Erik Haula’s injury, Eric Staal’s greatness, Tyler Graovac stepping up, and 30-year-old Pat Cannone making his debut. They even make themselves praise the Wild for doing things good.

In Segment Two, they give you a quick rundown of the prospects that will be playing in the World Junior Championships over the next few weeks, and have Jack Van Thomme step in and discuss Team USA Captain Luke Kunin. Funny- don’t hear many people knocking that draft pick now.

Then in Segment Three, we read our first Celebrity iTunes Review. You’ll never guess who it is. Then we delve into our mailbag, which covers aging vets, drafting goalies, whether Graovac can shake up the Wild’s centers long-term, the John Scott Rule, and instability in Florida.

After you’re done listening to this great podcast, you can show your support by subscribing to our show on your favorite podcasting app, leaving us an iTunes review, or telling your friends about us.

We will also be taking the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so we’ll be back in action in the first week of January.

2016 sucked for a lot of people, but at least for the podcast, it was great. Thanks to everyone who listened, subscribed, reviewed, and shared us. We’re incredibly grateful, and looking forward to an even better 2017. Have a great, safe holiday season!

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The Wild are on a roll right now, and so was the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. On Monday night, Tony sat down with Joe Bouley and Alec Schmidt to discuss a lot going on with the Minnesota Wild.

Topics included:

Opening topics: Babies and beer! A great combination!

The Cal Clutterbuck extension: Is it worse than Jason Pominville’s?

We actually kinda talk a lot about Garth Snow

Is Chuck Fletcher a bad GM?

What’s up with Matt Dumba?

Defending against high-profile defamation claims

More Kurtis Gabriel talk (sorry)

Tyler Graovac and Chris Stewart stepping up

What do the Minnesota Wild do well?

What’s wrong with Zach Parise?

Why Nino Niederreiter should be considered an “eye test” guy

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back after a long road trip (for the Wild, not the HWP Crew). Tony and Aaron Holm (or, The Noogie, if you prefer) sat down on Tuesday Night to chat about the Wild’s week. Buckle up, because a ton of ranting and a huge mailbag made this a monster episode.

Topics we discussed:

  • Pominville’s 2-goal outburst in Vancouver
  • Darcy Kuemper with another stinker
  • Gustav Olovsson’s debut
  • Shootout in Calgary- Neither Koivu nor Parise got an attempt
  • Zach Parise’s recent slump. What’s wrong with him?
  • Charlie Coyle continuing to be great
  • We spend more time talking about Kurtis Gabriel than he’s spent playing this year.
  • November’s Prospect 3 Stars of the Month
  • Backup goalie options for Minnesota
  • Should the Wild consider a Pominville buyout
  • Who will the Wild’s next Captain be?
  • Who are we excited to see in the World Junior Tournament?
  • Who are our favorite non-Hockey Wilderness writers and analysts?
  • What should the Wild do with their jerseys if they re-brand?
  • Our favorite bands
  • Is Chuck Fletcher on the hot seat?????!!!!!1

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast has worked off that Thanksgiving turkey and is back in your earbuds! On Tuesday evening, Tony was joined by Greg Spiroff of Hockey Wilderness and Panda Pete of Twins and Losses to discuss the Minnesota Wild, and much more!

Topics include:

  • Panda Pete’s hockey experience in San Diego
  • Remembering Randy Moss and Thanksgiving football
  • The Minnesota Wild’s scoring slump (Annihilating Pittsburgh aside)
  • Charlie Coyle firing up
  • Gerard Gallant’s weird firing
  • Marco Scandella’s return to the lineup
  • Jonas Brodin’s big two weeks
  • Whether it’s a good idea for Minnesota to expose more forwards to protect 4 defenseman in the expansion draft
  • Devan Dubnyk is still on fire
  • Darcy Kuemper struggling to find his way into the lineup
  • We talk about Star Wars for… reasons?
  • Three Pokemon Fans’ first impressions of the new installment in the series: Sun and Moon.

And much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

You love it, you need it, it’s the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Earlier this week, Joe, Tony, and Adam Stafki of Hockey Wilderness sat down to discuss all that happened during the week, including:

  • Erik Haula’s return to action
  • Zach Parise’s then-imminent arrival
  • Getting the better of Pittsburgh
  • Minnesota’s Top-Line shining this week
  • Minnesota actually winning an overtime game! No, really!
  • Adam discussing his findings after tracking zone entries and zone exits for Minnesota
  • Why tracking that data matters, and what it means for the team
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s future in doubt. What did we think was the best course of action?
  • Who would be best suited to replace Eriksson Ek?

And much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_083_Bye_Bye_Eriksson_Ek_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Tony and Joe sat down on Election Day Eve with the intention of giving you a fun Wild podcast to keep you company while you stand in line for the polls.

Topics include:

  • Joel Eriksson Ek having a fantastic start to the season. Good thing Tony believed in him all along!
  • Devan Dubnyk being amazing- 3 shutouts, allowed just 3 goals in the last 5 games
  • Teemu Pulkkinen waived, and the fall-out surrounding that
  • The Wild getting plagued by injuries
  • Who the Wild misses more: Zach Parise, Erik Haula, or Marco Scandella
  • New segment! Prospect 3 Stars of the Month! Who were the 3 best Wild prospects for October?
  • Alex Tuch’s slow start in Iowa. Should we be concerned?
  • Why Christian Folin’s +8 doesn’t matter
  • These #CoolAF new shirts from Hockey Wilderness. You need to buy them.
  • And much, much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

The day after Darcy Kuemper gave up his 200th career goal, Jack Van Thomme sat down with Tony, and the two discussed every aspect of the Wild’s week, including a ton of your mailbag questions.

Our main topic for the week: Evaluating Bruce Boudreau’s first 6 games as Wild head coach.

Other topics include:

  • Jared Spurgeon’s “upper body injury”
  • Matt Dumba stepping up in his absence
  • Erik Haula out with a foot injury
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s debut and first goal
  • Zach Parise’s 301st goal
  • Did Zach Parise’s quest for 300 cost the Wild wins on Saturday and Sunday?
  • Why the St. Louis Blues are no joke
  • Should we panic about anything from the first 6 games?
  • Is Teemu Pulkkinen too slow to make a difference?
  • What should the 3-on-3 overtime lineup be?
  • Kuemper had a horrific meltdown on Sunday. Will we see Alex Stalock soon?
  • Players that have surprised us so far
  • Should we worry about Minnesota’s middling possession numbers?
  • IS CHUCK FLETCHER ON THE HOT SEAT?!?!?!!!!!!11

And much, much more.

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_081_Milestones_and_Meltdowns_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

This time, it counts! It’s the regular season, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is ready to keep you up on all that happened with the Minnesota Wild in their opening week. Tony sat down with Joe Bouley and Chris Boyd on Sunday Night, and they discussed the following:

  • Minnesota acquiring Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s debut being delayed by immigration issues
  • Zac Dalpe: Fourth-line Center
  • Minnesota’s tough loss against St. Louis
  • Kinda drooling over Robby Fabbri
  • Wild’s dominant win vs. Winnipeg
  • Warring over a nickname for Teemu Pulkkinen
  • Nino’s invisibility through 2 games
  • Who’s better suited to be on the third pair now: Mike Reilly or Christian Folin?

Main Topic: Is it ever OK to boo your team? If so, when?

 

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. We set a personal-best for downloads last week, and it means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

It’s Opening Night for the Minnesota Wild, and it’s time for everyone at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast to get on record with their predictions.

Tony sits down with several Hockey Wilderness writers and Friends of the Show to answer 4 questions about how the Wild season plays out. These questions are:

  1. How many Points does Minnesota have at the end of the season?
  2. How far will Minnesota make it in the playoffs?
  3. Who is your 2016-17 Wild MVP?
  4. Can Tony bully you into making a bold prediction?

Here are the participants for this episode:

Joe Bouley (1:30)

Ben Remington of Wild Xtra (7:19)

Aaron Holm (13:17)

B (18:44)

Panda Pete of Twins and Losses (23:50)

Chris Boyd (32:54)

Greg Spiroff (37:24)

Tory Palattao (45:04)

Bob Spencer of Hashtag Hockey (48:51)

Kine (1:03:46)

Derek Felska of State of Hockey News (1:10:39)

Adam Stafki (1:20:25)

Barry Campbell (1:29:34)

Tony Abbott (1:35:10)

Love the Hockey Wilderness Podcast and want to support it? Make sure you subscribe to our show on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Podcast Addict, Doggcatcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Another amazing way to give us a boost is to leave us a review on iTunes! It gives us a boost in the algorithms and such, making it easier for Wild fans to find our show. Yay, audience growing!

Thank you all for listening! We’re really excited to spend another season hanging out with you all. We’ll see you next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Minnesota made their final cuts the day after we podcaster last week. Pretty cool of them, don’t you think? We catch you up on all the latest news, just in time for Minnesota to claim someone on waivers 36 hours after we recorded on Sunday Night.

Anyway, here’s what we got for you this week:

  • Minnesota’s cuts, including Tyler Graovac and Alex Tuch
  • Zac Dalpe on waivers
  • Ryan Carter undergoing shoulder surgery. Is this the end of the line for him?
  • Can Joel Eriksson Ek and Christoph Bertschy stick on the fourth line? Or is a trade coming.
  • Could Minnesota really trade Darcy Kuemper and roll with Alex Stalock?
  • Did Minnesota miss the boat on the Nail Yakupov trade?
  • Will the Iowa Wild make the playoffs?

And our main topic: We go through each team in the Western Conference and figure out if they got better or worse.

Love the Hockey Wilderness Podcast and want to support it? Make sure you subscribe to our show on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Podcast Addict, Doggcatcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Another amazing way to give us a boost is to leave us a review on iTunes! It gives us a boost in the algorithms and such, making it easier for Wild fans to find our show. Yay, audience growing!

Thank you all for listening! Your patronage means everything to us, and inspires us to keep bringing our A-Games to the podcast. We’ll be back with a special episode later this week.

Direct download: HWP_078_West_Coast_Bias.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT