10K Rinks Radio- 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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

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 EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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!

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

Training camp is still happening, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is playing their way back into shape. Tony spent his Tuesday night with Joe Bouley (Managing Editor, Hockey Wilderness) and they discussed all the goings-on as Minnesota gets their roster for Opening Night.

Topics include:

  • Tomas Fleischmann fails his physical, won’t make the team
  • Nino Niederreiter wins Silver at the World Cup of Hockey
  • First impressions of Eric Staal
  • Charlie Coyle: Officially not a center
  • Victor Bartley out with a torn triceps. Who was he again?
  • First massive wave of cuts (A second one would arrive Wednesday
  • What happens to Chuck Fletcher if the Wild don’t get past the first round
  • Is Alex Tuch better off in limited NHL minutes, or maximum AHL minutes?
  • Pros and cons of the favorites to make the roster

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 see you next week!

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

This week we take you on a high-fantasy adventure through not one, but two tournaments with Minnesota Wild connections. You probably all know about the World Cup of Hockey, but this past week saw Wild prospects take part in the Traverse City Prospect tournament as well. Breaking down this past week’s action is Friend of the Show™ Dustin Nelson.

Topics we cover:

  • The excitement that was Team North America
  • The disappointment that was Team USA
  • The befuddlement that is Nino Niederreiter’s ice time for Team Europe
  • The intrigue that comes with Tomas Fleischmann’s tryout with the Wild
  • The further disappointment that was the Wild’s week at Traverse City
  • What to expect from the upcoming training camp

As well as

  • First-time parenting advice for a member of the Wilderness
  • The story behind our new transition music
  • Tony’s current saltiness over the ongoing Top-25 Under-25

And much, much more!

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 see you next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am EST

We’re back! It’s been a month-long absence for the show and we’re trying to podcast our way back into shape. Joining Tony for this episode are Hockey Wilderness writers Barry Campbell and Aaron Holm, and the three get you caught up on a not-all-that-busy August.

They discussed at length whether or not the Wild improved their team significantly this offseason, and chatted about other topics as well, such as:

  • Patrick Roy’s departure from Colorado
  • Let’s Go Crazy now being confirmed as the next goal song in Minnesota
  • Ryan Carter getting a tryout with the Wild
  • Zach Parise’s back, Back Parise
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s chances to make the Wild
  • Everything you need to know about playing the off-wing
  • Embarrassing ourselves with our awful Sean Connery impersonations

And much, much more.

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 see you next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EST

We’ve now hit August, and while the offseason slowed down, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is still going strong! We brought in special guest Panda Pete of the Twins and Losses podcast to chat with Tory and Tony to discuss the Wild, the shake-up in the Twins’ front office, and our shared love of Pokemon Go!

Topics include:

  • Matt Dumba’s new 2-year, 5.1 million contract
  • The Wild mulling over a goal song change from Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant” to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”
  • How far will the Wild go in the playoffs with their current roster
  • Who has the tougher road to staying competitive: the Twins or Wild?
  • Terry Ryan’s dismissal- Will they give the job to interim GM Rob Antony or an outside candidate?
  • Is Paul Molitor’s job with the organization safe?
  • Our experiences with Pokemon Go
  • Looking ahead to Pokemon’s new main series game, Pokemon Sun and Moon

And much more!

If you want to support the show, the best way to do that is to subscribe to our show, whether it’s on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or whichever podcast app you use! Make sure to leave us an iTunes Review, too, as it helps our show grow and get seen by more and more people.

You can also follow our show and Hockey Wilderness on Twitter, Facebook, and catch all the great work our team does at HockeyWilderness.com!

Thank you for your listenership! We’ve exceeded 4,000 downloads in 3 of the past 4 months, and none of that happens without you! We’re incredibly grateful for all of you.

We’ll see you soon!

@PandaPete21

@Finnesotan12

@OhHiTony

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm EST

The 2016 Minnesota Wild Prospect Development Camp is in the books! Tony (@OhHiTony) was unable to attend this year, so he went out and found some people who did to talk about it! He was joined by Joe Bouley (@JoeBou15), Dustin Nelson (@DLukeNelson), and newcomer Tory Palattao (@Finnesotan12) to break down everything you need to know about PDC, and (if we’re being honest) some things you didn’t even need to know!

Topics include:

  • Darcy Kuemper re-signs for 1 year, $1.55M, becoming an Unrestricted Free Agent next summer. Is this the beginning of his exit?
  • Reflecting on how Kuemper found himself on his way out of the organization
  • Was waiving Jordan Schroeder a smart negotiation ploy or just pettiness on Minnesota’s part?
  • The Wild flip-flopping on the idea of trading Dumba as his contract discussions progress
  • How much money does Dumba really deserve coming off his Entry-Level Contract?
  • Da Beauty League
  • Sam Anas, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Alex Tuch skated together at Prospect Camp. Does that indicate the Wild feel they’re the prospects most likely to make the roster?
  • Can Anas’ skills translate into the pro game?
  • How close is Eriksson Ek to being NHL ready?
  • Our first impressions of Luke Kunin
  • Have we been underrating Nick Seeler?
  • Is the Carson Soucy hype train in Duluth too much?
  • Do we know more about Hungarian goalie prospect Ádám Vay than we did last year?
  • Were you aware?: Louie Belpedio and Braydyn Chizen have something in common. Find out what!
  • Who had the best hair at prospect camp?
  • How Arnold Schwarzenegger gave Tony his worst hangover ever.

If you like our show and want to support it, make sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, and consider leaving us a rating and review while you’re there. Your feedback helps us, and the more ratings/reviews we get, the more our listenership grows. Make sure to tell your friends about us, too!

That’s all for this week! We’ll see you soon!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

It was a big week for the Minnesota Wild, so the Hockey Wilderness Podcast responded with an appropriately big podcast discussing all of the big news that hit during the free agency opener.

Barry, Joe, and Tony sat down to discuss:

  • Jason Zucker re-signing with the Wild. Was $2M/year too much for him?
  • How will Zucker’s deal inform the Wild’s negotiations with Matt Dumba?
  • Whether the Wild signing Alex Stalock actually matters
  • Why signing Eric Staal for 3 years, $10.5M was the best move the Wild could’ve made this weekend
  • Trying to find fault in the Chris Stewart contract (we can’t)
  • Why aren’t the Wild signing Matt Cullen?
  • No, I mean, like, seriously. Just sign that guy already.
  • Have the Wild improved their position in the Central Division? We look at how the balance of power shifted
  • Will P.K. Subban make that much of a difference in Nashville?
  • Can a Nino Niederreiter extension be on the horizon?

and much, much more!

Make sure to check out our 2016 Offseason Trail Guide- available for free right here! We have profiles on all of the remaining free agents in the pool, plus trade targets, and other fun stuff!

If you like our show and want to support it, make sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, and consider leaving us a rating and review while you’re there. Your feedback helps us, and the more ratings/reviews we get, the more our listenership grows. Make sure to tell your friends about us, too!

That’s all for this week! We’ll see you soon!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Tony and special guest Nate Wells sat down on Wednesday night to recap the Wild's Draft weekend, and then a crazy day of trades.

Topics included:

* What Luke Kunin brings to the Wild

* Why the Wild chose him over other prospects

* Do the Wild have something in 4th-round prospect Brandon Duhaime?

* Why it's out-of-character, but welcome, for the Wild to draft Dmitry Sokolov

* P.K. Subban traded to the Central Division- how will he fit in Nashville?

* Taylor Hall traded to New Jersey for Adam Larsson. Does this make sense?

* Could the Wild have gotten in on Hall?

* Looking at Minnesota's lack of trade activity

* How some college players turning pro (Mario Lucia, Alex Tuch, Sam Anas) will affect this season's roster

 

And much, much more!

Make sure to check out our Hockey Wilderness 2016 Offseason Trail Guide- your complete guide to the Wild's offseason. It's got 97 pages of free agent profiles, trade targets, and more! And it's FREE! Download it here!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

The 2016 NHL Draft is almost here, and there’s no one better to prepare us for Draft Weekend like ESPN.com’s Corey Pronman!

The prospect guru sits down with Tony and they discuss the draft from a Minnesota Wild perspective.

Topics include:

  • Why players Corey was very high on (Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba) haven’t turned out like Wild fans thought.
  • Joel Eriksson Ek raising his stock over past season
  • Why Kirill Kaprizov might be the best Wild prospect in the system
  • Drafting the best player available vs. Drafting for need
  • Kieffer Bellows’ potential- and potential to land in a Wild uniform
  • Mid-round prospects that would fit well in Minnesota
  • Minnesotans that might go in the first round
  • How high-school tournament sensation Casey Middlestadt could go in the 2017 Draft

Make sure to follow Corey Pronman’s work with ESPN Insider (Corey is worth the price of admission), and follow him on Twitter @CoreyPronman, where he’s great at interacting with followers.

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. You can find more information HERE.

Also please don’t forget: The Hockey Wilderness 2016 Offseason Trail Guide will drop on Friday, June 24th as well. It’s our comprehensive look at the Minnesota Wild’s offseason, and we will be offering it for $5 on our site. Keep an eye out for that!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We appreciate all of your support, and we will see you at Wild Tymes tomorrow night!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

After a couple of weeks of technical issues, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back! Tony, Joe, Aaron, and Chris all get together to talk about all the news with the Minnesota Wild over the last two weeks.

Topics include:

  • Wild hire Scott Stevens and John Anderson
  • Mike Yeo becomes the coach-in-waiting for St. Louis
  • We do some 69-themed Wild Trivia. Who will prevail?!?!
  • We break down four players the Wild could draft
    • Michael McLeod
    • Jake Bean
    • Dante Fabbro
    • Luke Kunin
  • John Torchetti hired as an assistant coach in Detroit

And more!

We have two major things coming up: The first is our NHL Draft Party on June 24th at 6:00 P.M. at Wild Tymes and the Palace Stage in St. Paul. We’ll have a live podcast, and after the first round, we’ll be closing down the bar with a dance party from Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music.

The second thing is that we’re announcing the release of the Hockey Wilderness 2016 Offseason Trail Guide! We’re making a comprehensive guide to the offseason that will give you all the information you need to prepare for the Minnesota Wild’s summer. We’ll have trade targets, Free Agent profiles, exclusive articles, and more! It’ll be released on Wednesday, June 22nd and be available on our website for $5.

Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, and leave us a review! We appreciate the feedback, both because it helps the show grow, and because we want to hear your opinion. We’ll read any review you leave us on our show! Thanks so much for listening and supporting the podcast, and we’ll be back with a special guest next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EST

The NHL season is winding down- it’s almost time for the Stanley Cup Final! Jack and Tony sat down before Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to discuss both the NHL and the latest happenings with the Minnesota Wild.

Topics include:

  • Former Wild players in the Conference Finals
  • Andrew Brunette re-assigned to the front office
  • Why the Wild let go of Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor
  • Whether Bob Mason deserved to stay on as goalie coach
  • Minnesota signing 22-year-old goalie Adam Vay
  • Wild signing 2014th 6th-rounder Chase Lang
  • Why the Wild would want to trade Reid Duke
  • Should Joel Eriksson Ek stay in Sweden or go to the AHL?
  • The Conference Finals- Who do we want to see win the Cup?
  • Debating the quality of Culver’s cheese curds
  • What getting ice cream from Nate Prosser is like

And much more!

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. You can find more information HERE.

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast Tony is joined by Joe and Chris to discuss everything surrounding the Minnesota Wild this week. Topics include:

  • Joe and Chris’ first impressions of Bruce Boudreau
  • Whether we want to see any of the Wild’s assistant coaches back
  • Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund lighting it up at World’s
  • The Top-3 picks of the 2016 Hockey Wilderness Mock Draft
  • What personnel changes we think the Wild will want to make
  • Possible trade targets for Minnesota… that aren’t Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • The Minnesota Wild Road Tour
  • Is Matt Cullen a vampire?
  • Parents in high school sports

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. You can find more information HERE.

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

It’s official! The Wild have hired their 4th coach in team history. The good news? It’s not Randy Carlyle. The better news? It’s Bruce Boudreau, the top coach on the market. Tony sits down with Dustin Nelson of Pretty Much Everywhere to break down all the ramifications surrounding the Wild’s big hiring. Topics covered are:

  • What made Minnesota such a good fit for Boudreau? Was it more than the money?
  • Can he develop the Wild’s young defensemen as well as he did in Anaheim?
  • Whether his playoff failings- especially in Game 7s- are a concern
  • What style of play we might see under Boudreau
  • Is the Wild’s cap situation as bad as everyone thinks?
  • Did the Wild miss the boat on Jonathan Drouin?
  • Why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might actually be the player the Wild need right now
  • Whether Edmonton’s 4th overall pick should be the team’s #1 trade target
  • Potential Draft targets for the Wild at Pick 15
  • What a rampaging Ryan Suter might sound like
  • Boudreau’s potential as an action hero

And much, much more!

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. Find out all the information here!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Now that we’ve had some time to process the end of the Wild’s season, it’s now officially time to start doing off-season things. We had Friend of the Show™ Adam Stafki (@NorthernRinkRat) of Along the Boards join us to discuss some pretty big topics concerning the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • Announcing our Super Awesome Pulling-Out-All-The-Stops 2016 Draft Party!
  • Why we, of all people, may have been underrating Nino Niederreiter
  • Chuck Fletcher’s denial-heavy end-of-year press conference
  • John Torchetti getting the first crack at the coaching search
  • Why we think Randy Carlyle is a poor fit for the Wild
  • Why Bruce Boudreau’s firing is an opportunity for Minnesota
  • Is Minnesota the most attractive job available for a coach right now?
  • Is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter’s influence on the team too great?
  • How expansion should shake out for the Wild

And much more!

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We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

The day after the Minnesota Wild were bounced from the playoff by the Dallas Stars, Joe and Tony sat down to put a wrap on the season and look ahead to the offseason.

Topics they discussed were:

  • Charlie Coyle’s crazy goal in Game 4
  • Mikko Koivu carries them to a win in Game 5
  • Prince sparking a comeback from down 4-0 in Game 6
  • For the last time: Was the problem with this team skill or heart?
  • Is Chuck Fletcher’s job safe?
  • Should the Wild make John Torchetti the full-time coach?
  • Do Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba still have a future in the Wild organization?
  • Where should the Wild play Mikael Granlund and Coyle going forward- Center or Wing?
  • Do we want to see any of our fourth-liners return?
  • Who in Iowa can we see making a jump to the NHL next season?
  • What’s one bold move we would make this offseason to get the Wild back on track?

And much more!

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Thanks for another great season, but make sure to stick around! We'll be checking in throughout the summer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EST

Flying solo no longer, Tony sees his regular co-pilot Joe return to the podcast to recap the Wild’s Game 3 win vs. the Stars, and break down all of the major plot points of the game.

Topics include:

  • Kurtis Gabriel joining the Wild for Game 3
  • The Jason Pominville - Erik Haula - Nino Niederreiter going off
  • Why it took until Game 3 for Minnesota pulling off a victory?
  • Mikko Koivu stepping up in this series
  • On a weirdly related note, possible landing spots for Koivu and Pominville this offseason
  • What to expect in Game 4
  • We put a spotlight on Joe’s inability to say “Torchetti” and Tony’s inability to be Tom DeLonge

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Sometimes, you have no choice but to be all by yourself. This last week, Devan Dubnyk has been all alone in net. And today, Tony reacts to Game 2, with no support.

He manages, though reacting to Game 2, college signings, and reader questions.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota playing a closer game Saturday than in Game 1
  • Why Antoine Roussel’s goal shouldn’t have counted- but why the Wild can’t blame the referees for the loss
  • Mikael Granlund’s great and terrible game
  • How to avoid alcohol poisoning throughout this series
  • How the Wild can increase the offense without sacrificing defense
  • What’s the Wild’s competitive window now?

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a guest representing another team, so we made sure to go out and get the best! Carolyn Wilke is one of the sharpest analytic minds out there, and she’s a must-follow on Twitter (@Classlicity) and on Today’s Slapshot.

We break down Game 1 between the Wild and Stars for a bit before Tony got really sad and moved the conversation to talking about the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances as a whole.

Some topics we discussed are:

  • Dallas taking a page out of Minnesota’s playbook in Game 1
  • Does the Wild have a prayer of beating the Stars?
  • Should Lindy Ruff keep Tyler Seguin out of the lineup to heal until Minnesota proves they can keep up with them?
  • Why aren’t we considering Dallas, and not teams that tanked to win Cups like Chicago, the league’s model franchise?
  • How the confusing Kris Russell trade helped the Stars
  • Dallas’ path to a Stanley Cup Championship- Can they pull it off?
  • What GM Carolyn Wilke would do to fix the Minnesota Wild

And much more.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

82 games are in the books, and it’s time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Barry Campbell of Hockey Wilderness sits down with Tony to discuss the upcoming series, mostly from a Minnesota Wild perspective.

We covered these topics:

  • Niklas Backstrom stealing a win from Minnesota in potentially his final NHL game
  • Does the Wild’s 5-game losing streak into the playoffs matter?
  • What are we to make of the Wild’s streakiness since January?
  • Parise, Haula, Vanek injuries
  • Will Mike Reilly make the playoff roster?
  • Tyler Seguin’s injury
  • What does Minnesota have to do to impress you this postseason?

As well as these Keys to the series:

  • Will Minnesota’s defense be their strength?
  • Can Dallas maintain two first lines if Seguin’s hurt?
  • Can the Wild avoid turtling with a lead?
  • Is Antoine Roussel going to take Minnesota off their game?

And much, much more.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

We’ve got not one, not quite two, but basically two podcasts for you, all wrapped up in one kick-ass package.

The first was recorded Sunday morning, before the Wild clinched. Joe, Chris, and Tony sat down to discuss everything leading up to the Wild’s loss to Winnipeg, including:

  • The Duncan Keith suspension
  • Do the Wild really play down to their competition?
  • John Torchetti wanting the Wild to be more offensive

And then once they clinched on Tuesday night, Jack joined Joe and Tony to discuss everything else.

  • Minnesota clinching a playoff spot… only because Colorado is terrible
  • Should Wild fans feel good about making the playoffs?
  • What will it take for Minnesota to pull off an 8-seed upset?
  • Re-evaluating the Brent Burns trade
  • The Wild’s comments after clinching the playoffs
  • Patrick Roy calling out Matt Duchene for celebrating his 30th goal
  • Frozen Four Preview

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am EST

It was just one week ago that we didn’t want to talk about the struggling Minnesota Wild. Weirdly enough, it turns out that a 5-game winning streak gets people more excited to discuss a team. Who knew?

Joe and Tony sat down on Easter Sunday to discuss every aspect of the Wild’s hot streak, including:

  • Zach Parise re-discovering his scoring touch
  • Devan Dubnyk carrying the team
  • Niklas Backstrom’s return to Minnesota
  • Nail Yakupov trade rumors
  • Which Wild player has been most disappointing?
  • Looking ahead to post-season match-ups
  • Looking at recent college signings: Mario Lucia, Nick Seeler, and Alex Petan
  • Everything you need to know about LASIK surgery

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:57am EST

After a two-week absence (work stuff caught up to us, sorry!), Joe, Aaron, and Tony sat down to discuss all the recent happenings with the Minnesota Wild (even though they've been kind of a bummer). We take a ton of listener questions, and discuss all of this and more!

  • Are the Wild bad, or do they just not care?
  • What’s the deal with Zach Parise?
  • First impressions of David Jones
  • Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kemper are struggling. Do the Wild have a Goalie of the Future?
  • Is it time to give the keys to this team to the young players?
  • Which Wild prospects can we expect to turn pro this summer?
  • We’re asked to make a case for each of us to be the next GM of the Wild… so we did…
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard retired this week, and we ended the podcast remembering his time in Minnesota.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EST

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is here to keep you all up to speed on the latest with the Minnesota Wild. This week, Tony sits down with Barry and long-time Friend of the Show™ Ben Remington of Wild Xtra. We have a brief but fun show that covers the busy week that was, including:

  • Mike Yeo’s first comments since his dismissal
  • The Niklas Backstroke trade and his legacy in Minnesota
  • Ranking Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, and Jason Zucker
  • Preliminary Rosters for the World Cup of Hockey
  • The new Adidas jerseys

and much, much more.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends! Make sure to also check out Ben's podcast, Giles and the Goalies

We’ll be back next week!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EST

Some notable firsts this week! John Torchetti won his first game for the Wild, then rattled off three more. The Wild won their first Stadium Series game this weekend. And for the first time in the two-year history of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, we recorded the podcast in the same room!

After an insane week for the Wild that saw them fire their coach, climb back into the playoff race, and knock around the Blackhawks in an outdoor game, Barry, Chris, Joe, and Tony assembled at a conference table to discuss everything that happened including:

  • The Wild’s sweep of Western Canada
  • What’s different about this team under Torchetti
  • Whether the Wild’s offensive output indicates the team quit on Yeo
  • Re-living the North Stars during the Alumni Game
  • Checking up on some of our favorite Wild Alumni
  • The atmosphere at the Stadium Series
  • Erik Haula’s resurgence
  • Coach Q pulling the goalie with 7 minutes left
  • The Rozsival-on-Zucker hit

And an absurd amount of fun stories!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

Definitely not a slow news week at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Less than 24 hours after the Wild fired Mike Yeo, Tony, Joe, Aaron, and Alec sat down to discuss the firing, and all it’s fallout, including:

  • Was this the right time to make a coaching change?
  • What went wrong for Mike Yeo
  • Whether Yeo given a fair shake by the front office
  • Why Chuck Fletcher escaped the firing line
  • What we expect to see from interim coach John Torchetti
  • Some very cold remarks from Thomas Vanek
  • Who the Wild could look to trade at the deadline

And much, much more!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002 (We fixed the number, it is indeed correct now!). We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EST

The “Big Super Bowl Game” pushed delayed this week’s podcast, but after heathy scratching Joe, Tony sat down with Chris and Jack to discuss all the happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • Mike Yeo healthy scratching Jason Zucker and Thomas Vanek
  • Whether there truly is accountability on this team
  • The ideal power play lineup for the Wild
  • Jonas Brodin’s broken foot
  • Whether the Wild can still make a trade without Brodin
  • Which defensive prospect do we think will make an impact down the stretch
  • Goalie poops

And much, much more!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-348-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

After the All-Star Game, Tony, Joe, Aaron, and Jack sat down to discuss the game, and the very painful struggles of the Minnesota Wild. But don’t worry! There’s plenty of laughs, spontaneous beatboxing, and we even respond to some listener questions!

Here’s what we covered:

  • What (surprisingly) worked about the All-Star Game
  • John Scott’s MVP weekend
  • The limitations of Mike Yeo
  • First-half MVPs
  • Who needs to step it up in the second half? (No one says Jason Pominville!!!)
  • Why reports of tension in the locker room might not be that big of a deal
  • Is it a problem that Devan Dubnyk was Minnesota’s only All-Star representative?
  • Will the Wild make the playoffs?
  • And much more!

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We’ll be back next week.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast returns! After getting completely destroyed by the holidays and a computer crash, the #HWPodcast crew gets back on track in style. Joe and Tony sit down with Hockey Wilderness contributor/Writer for everywhere Dustin Nelson, and they talk about all of the happenings from the last month +, including:

  • Jarret Stoll’s acquisition and impact on the Wild
  • Jared Spurgeon’s big extension
  • Trade rumors surrounding Jonathan Drouin and Loui Eriksson
  • The Wild’s recent free-fall in the standings
  • Mike Yeo’s job security

And much, much more.

Check out Dustin’s newsletter at tinyletter.com/dlukenelson!

Apologies if the audio isn’t perfect. Experimenting with a new program, and we’ll be perfecting it in the coming weeks.

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

Big shout-out to Jack Van Thomme for designing our new logo!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

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