Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

Two big things happened this week: The Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast hit the milestone of 100 episodes!

OK, one of those was more exciting than the other. 

To celebrate these amazing achievements, Tony went to Joe's hometown of Shakopee to record an episode in person, just hours after the Wild lost to Detroit in overtime.

Topics included:

  • The Minnesota Wild locking down their playoff spot Saturday night, when the Kings lost to not-the-Wild
  • The hollow feeling of going from 1st in the Conference to backing into the playoffs for the second year in a row
  • Darcy Kuemper making it impossible to rest Devan Dubnyk
  • Minnesota's scoring completely drying up...
  • Except for Eric Staal, that is, who gets some props
  • Our favorite moments from the show
  • How podcasts have helped bring the Wild blogosphere together
  • A lot of thank yous
  • Does this slump mean the Wild should break up the core?
  • Charlie Coyle's big slump
  • Defending the Martin Hanzal trade once more
  • Is the Wild's team culture to blame?
  • What can the Wild do other than ride out the slump
  • Tony goes "Full Stalock"
  • Is Chuck Fletcher on the hot seat? Should he be?

Again, all the thanks in the world to every guest, whether inside or outside of the Hockey Wilderness machine, all the listeners who participated in the show, and to each and every one of our listeners. This show wouldn't be what it is without all of our Friends of the Show™ and our wonderful listeners.

If you want to support the show, a great start is to subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss an episode! You can find us wherever podcasts are bought and sold- iTunes, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, Doggcatcher, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict. Just look for us!

You can also leave us a review on iTunes. It takes just a minute to leave us a 5-star rating, and that helps more and more Wild fans find our show. It gives us a boost- and it makes for a great 100th episode present. 

Lastly, if you can share the show, whether on social media, or through word of mouth, that helps a lot to! Convert your friends, and they'll be eternally grateful to you because you hooked them up with some great Wild content.

That's all for this week. See you next week! It's almost playoffs time!

Direct download: HWP_100_Clinched_on_the_Couch_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast wasn't panicking last week when the Wild lost to Chicago.

Maybe they should have.

The Wild lost all 4 of their games this week and are reeling, having lost their Division lead with little hope of getting it back.

To make matters worse, Tony screwed up the audio of the podcast he and Joe recorded on Monday night.

But at least one thing got better on Tuesday: Tony sat down and flew solo as he broke down what's wrong with the team, what the Wild are doing right, and much more! Tons of mailbag questions get answered, so tune in!

Topics include:

  • Players who wore number 99. Get ready for some Rick Dudley talk.
  • Tony gets depressed comparing his life to Wayne Gretzky.
  • Why Dubnyk, not the defense, deserves blame for the plague of goals allowed.
  • What's wrong with Dubnyk, anyway?
  • Should the Wild rest him, or let him fight his way out of his slump?
  • Reasons for optimism in St. Paul
  • Why the Martin Hanzal trade helped, not hurt the team
  • Are the Wild tired?
  • Has a players-only meeting worked for the Wild in the past?
  • Comparing the Blues and Predators- which potential playoff opponent is Tony more worried about?
  • Would it have been better to target someone other than Martin Hanzal?
  • Someone asks why Matt Dumba sucks
  • Which Wild players have surprised and disappointed this season?
  • Should Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway go pro, or go back to college?

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 next week for Episode 100!

Direct download: HWP_099_Slip_Slidin_Away_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

It's been 4 months since the Wild's last rough stretch, and fans all over across the State of Hockey (And no, we're not talking about Chicago) aren't sure of what to now that a new one has arrived. Tony and Joe sat down after the loss to Chicago to break down what it means, the struggles of Matt Dumba, the Minnesota High School Boy's Tournament, and more!

Topics include:

  • The State of Hockey Song Project or whatever they're calling it
  • The High School Tournament
  • Tony gets talked into liking St. Thomas
  • Casey Middlestadt's kinda-sorta disappointing 5-point showing
  • Bruce Boudreau's quick hook with Devan Dubnyk
  • Why people are piling on a struggling Matt Dumba
  • Examining whether Dumba's making an impact offensively
  • The warts in Ryan White's game
  • Whether it's time to start re-evaluating Alex Stalock
  • Media narratives about the Wild we want to destroy
  • Why has the defense struggled lately?
  • Why didn't the Wild trade for a defenseman at the deadline?
  • Is the Hanzal trade responsible for the team's struggles?
  • Having to watch national games in French to avoid Doc Emrick
  • Nino Niederreiter's mad ukulele skills

And much more!

We appreciate you listening to the show, but if you want to take your love of the Hockey Wilderness podcast to the next level, here are some things you can do!

The first is subscribe to our show so that you never miss an episode! We’re on just about every podcast platform, including iTunes, I Heart Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, and Doggcatcher!

Another easy way to support us is to leave us a review on iTunes! These reviews help bring people to the show, and it’s important that we get your feedback. It takes just minutes, but we’re grateful, and we read any review you leave us on the show.

A third great way is good-old-fashioned word-of-mouth. You’ve probably got some friends who are Wild fans, so let them know about the show! And if none of your friends like the Wild, then get new friends, and then tell **them** about the podcast.

Thanks so much for all you do. We’ll be back next week.

Direct download: HWP_098_Time_To_Panic_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am EST

Immediately in the aftermath the Martin Hanzal trade, a flurry of news broke out! So on Monday night, Joe, Aaron, and Tony sat down to discuss all the happenings in the State of Hockey. They also recapped the Trade Deadline, and caught up on some lost mailbag questions.

Topics include:

  • Mumps. Freaking Mumps, you guys
  • How Minnesota did incredibly well at stopping the spread
  • Kurtis Gabriel taking his "game" to the next level
  • The Iowa Wild getting gutted during a playoff race
  • How Christian Folin's injury could hurt the AHL squad more than the NHL team
  • Which goal was better? Granlund's 2013 playoff goal, or his overtime goal from last Monday?
  • Breaking down potential playoff opponents after the deadline
  • Who would you rather see the Wild face for the Cup? Penguins or Caps?
  • Our impressions of Martin Hanzal
  • Now that the trade deadline's over, will Marco Scandella settle down?
  • Is Alex Tuch a good fit in Minnesota?
  • Reid Duke signs with Vegas
  • Our Top-5 hockey movies of all time
  • Our dream events for the All-Star Skills Competition
  • Our favorite Girl Scout Cookies

And much, much more!

We appreciate you listening to the show, but if you want to take your love of the Hockey Wilderness podcast to the next level, here are some things you can do!

The first is subscribe to our show so that you never miss an episode! We’re on just about every podcast platform, including iTunes, I Heart Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, and Doggcatcher!

Another easy way to support us is to leave us a review on iTunes! These reviews help bring people to the show, and it’s important that we get your feedback. It takes just minutes, but we’re grateful, and we read any review you leave us on the show.

A third great way is good-old-fashioned word-of-mouth. You’ve probably got some friends who are Wild fans, so let them know about the show! And if none of your friends like the Wild, then get new friends, and then tell **them** about the podcast.

Thanks so much for all you do. We’ll be back next week.

Direct download: HWP_097_Of_Mumps_and_Men_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52am EST

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