Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

The Minnesota Wild took 3 of 4 points this week, but things are looking down in the State of Hockey. Injuries, injuries, injuries. More than half of the Minnesota Wild's Top-9 is out of the lineup for the near future, and it's most of what we talk about today. Is it kind of a bummer? Yeah. But we try to have some fun on this week's episode, regardless.

Topics include:

  • Injuries to Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, and Marcus Foligno
  • The Wild being able to gut out a devastating victory in Chicago
  • Breaking down Jason Zucker's controversial assist
  • Minnesota blowing a lead against Columbus
  • Landon Ferraro's first goal
  • Devan Dubnyk coming up short when he's needed most
  • Are these injuries dooming the Wild?
  • Should we change our minds about Chris Stewart?
  • Looking for the silver lining after this week
  • Luke Kunin debuts- should he be in a bigger role?
  • Checking in on Tyler Ennis
  • Can the Wild make a move for reinforcements?

And more!

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Direct download: HWP_122_Everybody_Hurts_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

Tony and Joe are back with the Hockey Wilderness Podcast episode 121! We take no breaks around here as we talk the first two games of the rocky start of the Minnesota Wild's season. 

Other topics discussed:

  • Marcus Foligno seeing more minutes than Nino Niederreiter
  • Mikael Granlund is out with a groin problem
  • Ryan Suter just takes up way too much time on the power play
  • Carolina Hurricanes exposed a slow Wild squad
  • Ruing the day the Wild traded away Jason Pominville
  • The Tyler Ennis experiement
  • What's the best way to watch a Wild game?

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Direct download: HWP_121_Bruce_Lets_the_Moose_Loose_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

We're less than a week from the season, but there's other huge news afoot in Minnesota. Our local baseball club is going to make the playoffs this week. So Tony and Joe brought in our friend Panda Pete from the Twins and Losses podcast to try and do the impossible: Cover the Wild, Twins, and leave some room for breakfast talk. 

Strap in, this episode is a monster.

Topics include:

  • Re-litigating last week's Appetizer Draft
  • Reviewing last week's Training Camp Cuts
  • Defending Carson Soucy from Tony
  • Could Zach Parise hit the LTIR?
  • Weighing the pros and cons of the Wild's roster bubble
  • Craig Leipold's Stanley Cup or Bust comments
  • What should Wild fans' expectations be?
  • The Twins finally returning to the postseason
  • Who was the Real MVP for the Twins this season?
  • Joe Mauer's resurgence
  • Previewing the one-game playoff
  • Who should the Twins be hoping to face in the ALDS?
  • Should we bet big money on a World Series appearance?
  • Saying goodbye to Glen Perkins
  • Drafting breakfast foods
  • Should you ever eat hash browns with ketchup? (No.)
  • And much more!

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Direct download: HWP_119_Wild_Cuts_and_Wild_Cards_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13am EDT

The Minnesota Wild are back, and so is the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! We try getting back in shape during training camp, and we've recruited Derek from The Athletic MIN to help! Derek and Tony sit down to discuss all the recent happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • The Minnesota Twins sniffing a playoff spot
  • Why Byron Buxton is a good baseball boy
  • Marcus Foligno's new contract
  • Foligno's spot in the lineup
  • Zach Parise's back issues
  • Daniel Winnik signed to a Professional Tryout contract
  • Is Chris Stewart in jeopardy of getting cut?
  • The Wild at Traverse City
  • Mikko Koivu's extension
  • Why Koivu criticism is overblown
  • Why Luke Kunin should start the season on the top line
  • Kevin Gorg's chance of getting a statue at the Xcel Energy Center

And much more!

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We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_117_Mo_Mikko_Mo_Problems_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

We promised a second August show, and we delivered! It helps that Minnesota did their part to create buzz by signing hometown hero Matt Cullen to be their fourth-line center. To discuss that and more, Tony sat down with Derek, who you may know as @StateOfStats on Twitter. 

Topics discussed:

  • Matt Cullen's signing in Minnesota
  • Where Cullen fits in on the depth chart
  • Can Cullen succeed outside of Pittsburgh?
  • Can he fix the Wild's penalty kill?
  • The Wild's forward lineup being set
  • Will the Wild give Marcus Foligno 3 years on his next deal?
  • Minnesota's surprisingly high showing on Corey Pronman's prospect rankings
  • Minnesota's severe lack of prospect death
  • Kirill Kaprizov's amazing skill
  • Kirill Kaprizov's not-so-amazing chances of coming to North America soon
  • Luke Kunin vs. Joel Eriksson Ek
  • Jordan Greenway's status as a top prospect
  • Re-visiting the Alex Tuch trade
  • Summer beers
  • What our last meals would be
  • Whether Minnesota can re-sign Mikael Granlund at the end of his contract

And more

Follow Derek on Twitter @StateOfStats, and his prediction bot @Computron_NHL. You can find Tony on Twitter @OhHiTony.

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Direct download: HWP_116_Cullens_Coming_Home_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

Last week, we bemoaned the lack of movement happening with the roster.

My, how things change in a week.

The Minnesota Wild made their big move, shipping out Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville for Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. It's a big trade that we have a lot of opinions about. Listen to those.

You'll also want to hear about all of Minnesota's Free Agents, especially because you've not heard of a bunch of these guys. 

So here we go.

Topics include:

  • The Scandella/Pominville trade
  • How that trade freed up much less cap space than most think
  • Playing Captain Hindsight with a Scandella trade
  • The inherent risk of Ennis
  • Why Foligno might not be that bad
  • Why Scandella got less value than expected
  • Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund filing for arbitration
  • Breaking down the Wild's free agents
  • Suggesting names for the remaining needs for Minnesota
  • Departing Wild free agents
  • Why Dallas is scary again
  • Connor McDavid's $100 million deal

And more!

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Direct download: HWP_114_Leaving_the_Town_of_Pominville_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

The Minnesota Wild had a quiet NHL Draft, completely void of the big trades we'd thought they might make- and certainly not the types of deals other teams swung at the Draft. 

Tony sat down on Wednesday night to recap the Draft weekend, set the stage for Free Agency, and answer a ton of your questions about jerseys, potential trades, and more!

Topics included:

  • The Jordan Schroeder trade and it's intriguing return
  • Bob Woods taking over for Scott Stevens
  • Ivan Lodnia and Mason Shaw bringing skill, but no size
  • Recapping the rest of the Wild's draft
  • Discussing the lack of trades for the Wild
  • Are the Wolves now a more interesting team than the Wild?
  • Looking over the Wild's not-great free agent options
  • Assessing the new-look Wild jerseys
  • Why hoodies are superior to jerseys
  • Will the Wild avoid Cap Recapture with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter?
  • Could a Nino Niederreiter or Mikael Granlund trade be beneficial?
  • Matt Cullen's free agent status
  • Tony's ideal free agent signing
  • Best trade of the offseason
  • Best and worst of the Adidas jerseys
  • Favorite Pringles Flavors
  • An intriguing Would You Rather

And much more!

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Direct download: HWP_113_No_Picks_No_Trades_Huge_Problems_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Expansion is finally over, and we can all finally move on with our lives! But before we fully cast our attention to NHL Draft Weekend, we decided to do a mid-week podcast to assess the impact and fallout of the Expansion Draft.

Our good friend Dustin Nelson joins the podcast to discuss that and more!

Topics include:

  • The awful NHL Awards
  • Mikko Koivu losing the Selke
  • "The Pledge"
  • Whether Vegas used their leverage well enough
  • Does this new team even want to be competitive?
  • Whether the current Golden Knights will be there in 3 years
  • Why Erik Haula was a best-case scenario for the Wild in Expansion
  • How Minnesota's depth may have helped them at the Draft
  • Will Alex Tuch be a major loss for Minnesota?
  • Reigniting the rumored Alex Galchenyuk talks
  • Can anyone pry the Wild away from Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba?
  • Drooling over the near-impossible possibility of a Minnesota-Toronto trade

And more!

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We'll see you next week!

Direct download: HWP_112_Vegas_Gets_a_Haula_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

It's here! After months of speculation, of trade rumors, of positioning and jockeying to preserve as many players for the Expansion Draft, the day has finally arrived for GMs to put their cards on the table and decide who they don't want the Vegas Golden Knights to swipe from their rosters.

The Minnesota Wild were no exception, and they had to make some incredibly difficult decisions as to who to protect, and who to expose. Tony and Joe sat down right after those decisions were made public to discuss them at length.

Topics include:

  • The Minnesota Wild's massive trade this week! How will Tyler Graovac's loss impact the roster?
  • The Minnesota Wild finishing in second for the Jonathan Drouin Sweepstakes
  • Drouin's contract, and whether we'd want to take a risk on that
  • Minnesota's trade rumors with Montreal
  • The (apparently very real) steam surrounding flipping Scandella for Galchenyuk
  • Would losing both Brodin and Scandella really be as bad as the Wild think?
  • Why the Wild's "kids" should stop being seen as kids in trade talks
  • The Wild's over-attachment to their roster in general
  • We go over Minnnesota's protection list
  • How Jason Pominville's (probable) refusal to waive his No-Move Clause hurts the team
  • Why Pominville's refusal to waive is perfectly reasonable
  • Could Erik Haula be the perfect player for Vegas to claim?
  • Were the Wild right to expose Eric Staal?
  • Minnesota choosing Jonas Brodin over Matt Dumba
  • Can the Wild still bribe Vegas to avoid snagging one of their prized defensemen?
  • What's the best-case scenario for Minnesota
  • Oh, yeah! The NHL Entry Draft is also this week!

And much more!

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Direct download: HWP_111_Whats_Exposed_To_Vegas_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

We're now a week away from the Expansion Draft, and things are heating up!

We assume.

No doubt the Wild's front office is working hard behind the scenes to sort things out, but the actual news getting out there is at a crawl.

But don't worry! Even with a light news week for the State of Hockey, we still bring it in a jam-packed episode. Because there's something about expansion we've yet to discuss.

What are the Vegas Golden Knights going to look like, anyway?

To find out, Joe and Tony decided to do an Expansion Mock Draft. Joe played GM for the Eastern Conference, Tony the Western, each deciding who to protect for their respective teams. Then, they each played Vegas, picking from the players the other left exposed. Once you get through the episode, you'll see a team that might well resemble what the Golden Knights will look like in their first season.

Topics include:

  • Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup
  • Nashville's electric atmosphere
  • Matt Cullen's victory lap
  • Jake Guentzel's ascension
  • Expansion Mock Draft
    • Which teams are in a bad spot?
    • Potential buyouts on the horizon
    • Who decides to protect 7 forwards/3 defensemen, and who decides to protect 8 skaters
    • The goalies potentially available to Vegas
    • Can the Golden Knights build a good, young defensive core?
    • The barren wasteland known as "The Available Forwards"
    • Post-hype sleepers Vegas could scoop up
    • Tony and Joe pronounce names badly!
    • They also argue about Nail Yakupov!
    • And of course, how will the Wild handle expansion? And who would Vegas want?
  • Jason Pominville's NMC drama
  • A glimpse at the Wild's new sweaters
  • The guys discuss their favorite candy bars
  • Who would pick the warm-up music in case Dumba leaves?
  • A ton of Pokemon questions
  • And more!

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We'll see you next week!

Direct download: HWP_110_Expansion_Mock_Draft_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am EDT