Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (sports)

The Minnesota Wild needed to finish their homestand strong, but instead ended up dropping 2 of 3 games. Disappointing, for sure, and Tony tries to guide you through that disappointing week. He makes it about 15 minutes, then turns to your questions in the mailbag. 

Topics include:

  • Has Dumba's play since last week improved enough?
  • Minnesota wasting Dubnyk's best start of the season
  • Turning the TV off during a lackluster effort in Boston
  • What's wrong with Devan Dubnyk?
  • Checking in on the rest of the Central
  • Can Minnesota send Tyler Ennis down?
  • Why Joel Eriksson Ek needs to be in the NHL 
  • Projected lineup when Coyle returns
  • Are Ennis and Marcus Foligno meeting expectations?
  • Does the Matt Duchene deal hurt Minnesota?
  • Egg Nog or Egg Nah?
  • Tony's favorite book
  • If Minnesota traded into the first round in June, who should they have drafted?
  • Can a lack of commitment or attitude explain the Wild's struggles?
  • Is Ketchup the worst condiment?
  • If Tony could pick any team to be the GM of, which would it be and why?

And more!

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We'll see you soon!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

It's back and bigger than ever! With less than 24 hours until the puck drops to open the Minnesota Wild season, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast wants to make sure you are ready to go!

We assembled a team of 16 hockey experts to weigh in on how they think Minnesota's season will play out. How many points will they get? Can they make the Stanley Cup Final? Who will put Minnesota on their back? Find out that- as well as everyone's hottest bold prediction!

Here are each of our guests, and where you can find them online!

Joe Bouley (Hockey Wilderness, 2:27)

Dustin Nelson (Minnesota Hockey Magazine, 7:50)

Panda Pete (Twins and Losses, 22:15)

Giles Ferrell (Zone Coverage, 29:50)

Jessi Pierce (USA Hockey, NHL.com, 38:14)

Chris Boyd (HW, 42:00)

Derek Felska (Crease and Assist, 46:00)

Shayna Goldman (Hockey Graphs, 1:01:20)

Luke “Evolving Wild” S. (Hockey Graphs, 1:06:39)

Ben Remington (Zone Coverage, 1:14:33)

Heather Rule (Zone Coverage, 1:24:43)

Bob Spencer (Hashtag Hockey, 1:36:52)

Derek Peterson (The Athletic MN, 2:06:24)

Matthew Coller (ESPN 1500, 2:10:54)

Aaron Holm (2:20:04)

Tony Abbott (2:30:01)

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 next week!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

The preseason is still dragging along, but we have a special guest to help us get through it! Not anyone you haven't heard before, mind you, but still extremely special. Joe Bouley returns to the co-host's chair, and he sat down with Tony Abbott to discuss the preseason, jerseys, and a lot more! 

Topics include:

  • Reviewing the Wild's new jerseys in action
  • Will the "M" logo be the next 3rd jersey?
  • Ranking the Wild's home jerseys
  • Checking in on the position battles
  • Parise's back is back at practice
  • Referees are calling more slashing penalties... is that good?
  • Did the Minnesota Wild get better or worse in the offseason?
  • Will the Iowa Wild be any good this year?
  • Our favorite alcoholic beverages
  • Marshmallow roasting tips
  • The cap implications of Parise's health problems
  • Is Chris Stewart on the hot seat?
  • How's Alex Stalock doing?
  • Podcasting tips
  • Our appetizer draft... Who will come out on top?!
  • 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!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:49am EST

After a month-long absence due to lack of news, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast re-convened when the Minnesota Wild all but ended their offseason. Their two big restricted free agents signed this week, with Nino Niederreiter taking home a 5-year, $26.25M contract, whereas Granlund re-upped for 3-years, $17.25M. 

Tony and Joe sat down on Wednesday night to discuss these moves, answer your mailbag questions, and do a Sandwich Draft. Enjoy!

Topics include:

  • Nate Prosser heading to St. Louis
  • Nino Niederreiter's new contract
  • Whether Nino's long-term deal will mean more ice time
  • Saying (again) that Nino is a first-line talent
  • Can Nino accomplish the 30-goal season he wants?
  • Breaking down the Granlund extension
  • Why weren't the Wild willing to commit to Granlund long-term?
  • What kind of player will Granlund be going forward?
  • Grading the Wild's offseason
  • Will Kirill Kaprizov or Jordan Greenway see time with the Wild?
  • We draft our favorite sandwiches. Who will be the first pick???

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!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:39am 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!

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!

Direct download: HWP_063_Game_3_Recap.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24pm 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!

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 soon!

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

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:Sports -- posted at: 9:57am 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!

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

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, Alec, Barry, Joe, and Tony sit down after Saturday’s victory over the Nashville Predators to discuss all of the happenings in the realm of Wild fandom, including:

  • Nino Niederreiter’s controversial hit on Olli Maatta
  • The Wild’s stinker of a power play in Boston
  • Matt Beleskey’s slash on Jason Zucker- What is that injury like?
  • Nate Prosser’s fight, and James Neal’s terrible trash talk
  • Whether Minnesota should trade for Travis Hamonic
  • What we’re thankful for about the Minnesota Wild
  • Who goes to Manny’s Steakhouse for the Mac and Cheese?
  • Who has the most shots on goal without actually scoring?

And much, much more!

You can support our show and our work in a variety of ways. Please visit HockeyWilderness.com to keep up with the latest and greatest Minnesota Wild news and analysis (and Stadium Series sweater critiques!). Like the Hockey Wilderness Page on Facebook, follow us and the show on Twitter @HockeyWildernes and @HWildernessCast, respectively.

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Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back next week!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

Joe, Aaron, Chris, and Tony sat down after the Wild's overtime loss against Dallas to talk about all that's been going on with the Wild over the last week, including:

  • Wondering if we can stop pretending Kurtis Gabriel was in the NHL for a reason other than fighting
  • AHL Call-up Musical Chairs
  • Thomas Vanek's absurd goals
  • Mikko Koivu's triumphant return to First-Line Center
  • What to do with Mikael Granlund?
  • Is the Wild's early season success sustainable?
  • Should Jonas Brodin have developed the offensive game fellow Swedish defenseman John Klingberg has?
  • A heated debate over which of us makes the worst jokes and puns.

And much more!

You can follow the show at HockeyWilderness.com, on Facebook, or Twitter. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, your choice! Please leave us a review, too. It might seem arbitrary, but sharing and reviewing our podcast really allows the show to grow.

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Thank you for listening, and we'll see you next week!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:04pm EST