10K Rinks Radio- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

It's another episode of 10K Rinks Radio!

This week, Tony and Joe chat about some strong performances in the early goings. Mikael Granlund and Eric Fehr get some shout-outs from the week. Then Joe talks about how the Minnesota Wild have done in third periods over the season, they look at Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek, check out the AHL, and end with Tony setting high expectations for the team's long road trip.

If you somehow listen to this show but hate Wild hockey, Tony also gives indispensable marriage advice and Joe dreams of what he'd do if he won the lottery.

Make sure to subscribe to 10K Rinks Radio so you never miss an episode! We'll see you next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EST

Hey, Rink Rats.

We're back with another episode of 10K Rinks Radio! We take some calls* and discuss the Minnesota Wild turning things around with impressive victories against Dallas and Tampa over the weekend.

We also talk about Devan Dubnyk kicking ass, and what's been different about him coming out of the gate. We also talk about the 4th line chipping in on offense, Matt Read, Zach Parise's resurgence, the week ahead, and more!

*a call.

Subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, leave us a 5-star review, and we'll see you next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Tony and Joe are back for another episode of 10K Rinks Radio!

On this episode:

  • A brief recap of the week
  • Chicago's ancient defense
  • Minnesota getting destroyed by Carolina
  • What's wrong with the breakouts?
  • Mikael Granlund, goal-scoring center
  • Charlie Coyle out-of-sorts
  • Is anything wrong with Nino Niederreiter?
  • Should the Wild trade for William Nylander?
  • What Minnesota can do to be as soap operatic as the Timberwolves
  • Mikko Koivu's Team of 18,000
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07am EST

Joe's back as we officially kick things off as 10K Rinks Radio! Heads up, there's a possibility that we'll have to change feeds, so if you're subscribed to us and don't see a new episode by, say, next Wednesday, make sure to look for us on your favorite podcast app.

Anyway, we talked about the slow start that Minnesota had, as the Minnesota Wild dropped two unwatchable games. We talked about what was bad, which was tough to narrow down from "everything", but we did it, because we rule.

We then talked about our thoughts on the shake-up in the lines that are going to occur. I'm not saying what our thoughts are, because you could just listen to it. 

Then we answer your mailbag questions about Devan Dubnyk, Joel Eriksson Ek, Charlie Coyle, Joe Satriani, and the next former Wild player to dagger Minnesota.

That's it! Follow Tony and Joe on Twitter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:55am EST

In 10K Rinks Radio's first bonus episode, the Evolving Wild boys discuss the Wild's change in goal song. Hear why we hate it and what should the new goal song be.

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

Hey, everyone! With Joe in San Diego and Opening Night just around the corner, Tony sat down with old friends Josh and Luke from Evolving Wild to discuss:

  • Joe Mauer's send-off
  • Mikko Koivu's outlook for the season
  • Trying to figure out who the Wild actually are
  • Can the Wild recoup the depth they lost in the summer of 17?
  • Playing with the best and worst case scenarios for the team
  • Looking at the slugfest that is the Central Division

And more!

Again, we'll be re-branding as 10K Rinks Radio going forward, so don't panic when you see the name of the podcast change suddenly! Joe and Tony will be back next week, reacting to the Opening Night and more!

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

On this episode of the HWPodcast, Tony and Joe discussed:

  • Recapping the Wild's free agent signings
  • Nick Seeler's new deal
  • Matt Dumba's new deal
  • Jason Zucker's new deal
  • The fight for the last roster spot
  • Sam Anas deserves a chance
  • Will new contracts lead to more ice time for Dumba and Zucker?
  • Minnesota Championship Probability Rankings
  • Was Zucker's season a mirage?
  • Best Dumba contract reactions
  • Mikko Koivu's declining faceoffs

And more to come in the NIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

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:general -- posted at: 8:40am EST

After the nuclear meltdown on Night One of the NHL Draft, Tony and Joe are back, a little calmer, and cooler. They discuss the draft as a whole and how it panned out for the Wild, along with some not-so-surprising front office changes. Then they get into some of the free agents that will be available on July 1st.

Topics discussed

  • Filip Johansson
  • Alexander Khovanov
  • Other Wild draft picks
  • Tom Kurvers joining the Wild and what it means
  • Petr Mrazek as an intriguing free agent piece
  • Not wanting to do too much in Free Agency
  • 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:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EST

After the conclusion of the first-round of the NHL Draft, Tony, Joe, Greg, and Ben Remington sat down to discuss:

  • The baffling pick of Filip Johansson
  • What Johansson brings
  • Higher upside picks available
  • Who in the Wild front office made the decision
  • Reacting to rumored discussions about sending Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker to Arizona
  • A lack of trades on draft night
  • BBQ sauce
  • The 10th anniversary of George Carlin's death

Thanks to Greg of Hockey Wilderness, and Ben from Giles and the Goalie for joining us today!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back for another episode and this week we prime for the NHL Draft. Yes, back where we started, now on year four of the show. The Wild have the 24th pick in the first round so Tony and Joe broke down a few of the players that may be available around the Wild's pick.

Players discussed include:

  • Dominik Bokk
  • Ryan McLeod
  • Jared McIsaac
  • Ryan Merkley
  • K'Andre Miller
  • Ty Dellandrea
  • and more!

Also, we are having a Hockey Draft party hosted by Hockey Wilderness and Giles and the Goalie podcasts on Friday, June 22nd at 7 PM.

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:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions and Alex Ovechkin is celebrating like must of us think we would. Joe and Tony talks about the Final, Ovi, the Vegas Golden Knights year, and talk about all the things surrounding the Wild. 

Topics include:

  • Ovi legitimizing his legacy
  • The Golden Knights' run to the SCF
  • New Wild AGM Jack Ferreira
  • New Wild Assistant Coach Dean Evason
  • Wild players outlined as potential trade pieces

Also, announcing the Hockey Draft party hosted by Hockey Wilderness and Giles and the Goalie podcasts on Friday, June 22nd at 7 PM.

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:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EST

The Minnesota Wild hired Paul Fenton as General Manager. Due to extremely foreseen circumstances (Tony's wedding), the HWP crew couldn't get together at the time. But better late than never! Tony and Joe sat down to look at where the Wild organization is heading under GM Fenton. 

Topics include:

  • Vegas' pre-game festivities
  • The Stanley Cup Final
  • Pumping the breaks on the Alex Tuch revisionist history
  • The Minnesota Whitecaps joining the NWHL
  • What to target at the draft
  • Paul Fenton's time in Nashville
  • The untouchable players on the Wild
  • Fixing Minnesota's blue line
  • Kaapo Kahkonen and the Wild's non-existent goalie depth
  • Dmitry Sokolov signs
  • Minnesota has to fix their drafting and development
  • Chuck Fletcher's last poison pill

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

It's a brand-new regime! Tony and Joe sat down Monday night to discuss the Wild moving on from Chuck Fletcher. They also talked about Paul Fenton interviewing for the job, and whether an incoming GM can be creative enough to get the Minnesota Wild over the hump. 

Also being mentioned was Wild prospect Sam Anas' new extension, Mikko Koivu's eventual role on the team, re-litigating Vegas, a long discussion on whether Ryan Suter was out of bounds when he (according to speculation) met with Craig Leipold over Fletcher's fate, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am EST

For the third year in a row, the Minnesota Wild don't make it to May. The Wild got knocked out of the playoffs on Friday night in the most humiliating fashion possible, and all of a sudden big changes are on the table.

Huge ones.

In fact, we don't even know who will be the Wild's GM come June. So with all the uncertainty in the air, Tony and Joe sat down on Sunday Night (Before Black Monday??? We have no idea.) to chat about the ramifications of this series loss, and where they go from here.

And of course, answer a metric ton of your questions.

Topics include:

  • The Wild's embarrassing 5-0 loss in Game 5
  • Was Friday's loss that much different from Games 1 and 2?
  • What are the Wild missing?
  • A detour about the playoff format
  • The Josh Morrissey cross-checker
  • Help Wanted: Hockey Wilderness writers
  • The eerie silence surrounding Chuck Fletcher's job status
  • Giving Top-6 minutes to Joel Eriksson Ek, Jordan Greenway, and Luke Kunin
  • Will Eriksson Ek ever bring the offense?
  • Projecting the end-of-season injury news
  • What could Jason Zucker get back in a trade?
  • Guessing Matt Dumba's extension
  • Will next year be the first year the Suter/Parise contracts hamstring the Wild?
  • Is the GM market disappointing?
  • Will speeding up the youth movement hurt the Wild
  • Who are we watching now that Minnesota's out?
  • Is Bruce Boudreau on the hot seat
  • Freddy vs Jason vs Nino vs Coyle
  • Who deserved the "A" when Parise left?
  • The (second) most exciting prospect in the Wild's system
  • Will Koivu's offense rebound?

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:general -- posted at: 2:03am EST

Joe and Tony are back to breakdown the first three games of the Jets/Wild Series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Topics include:

  • Brett Connolly desperately trying to make a young fan's day
  • The Wild's fourth line coming up huge
  • Where have all the Wild's stars gone?
  • Marcus Foligno's hit on Tyler Myers
  • Thoughts on the first three games
  • Mikael Granlund being a stud
  • Your Twitter questions

And much more!

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We’ll see you soon!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EST

Hey, again!

This is part two of our conversation with Josh from Evolving Wild (Part 1 was Episode 133: Requiem for Mike Yeo). This part has us answering your mailbag questions and discussing what we think will be the keys in the upcoming Wild-Jets series. 

I'm really sad that the episode title doesn't get said in the description, because that is the funniest thing I've ever written.

Topics include:

  • Can the Wild overcome the loss of Ryan Suter?
  • Does Minnesota need to slow down the Jets?
  • What happens if Winnipeg takes away the Eric Staal line?
  • Blake Wheeler is bae
  • Do the Wild finally have game-breaking forwards?
  • Our Stanley Cup Predictions
  • Interesting Round 1 Match-ups
  • How the Wild blue line will shake out
  • Jordan Greenway vs. Tyler Ennis
  • Can Matt Dumba defend the Jets' top players?
  • Has Chuck Fletcher done enough to keep his job safe?

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:general -- posted at: 9:25am EST

The regular season is over! Before we turn to the playoffs, we take a look back on the regular season. Tony and Joe sat down with Josh from Evolving Wild to discuss:

  • Mike Yeo missing the playoffs
  • Jason Zucker's emergence
  • The Wild defensive pipeline still going strong
  • The debut of Louie Belpedio
  • Matt Dumba's comps
  • Marcus Foligno being better than you think
  • The amazing job Bruce Boudreau has done with the Wild
  • The Hart Trophy Race
  • Manny's salad

And much more!

We'll have another episode with Josh dropping Wednesday which will preview the Wild-Jets series. Make sure to subscribe to never miss an episode!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EST

It was nice while it lasted.

Minnesota's Stanley Cup ambitions appear all but dashed after Saturday night's game, where Ryan Suter exited with a broken fibula. In desperate times such as these, people must step up to analyze the fallout. 

So Tony and Joe are back from another unannounced hiatus. They quickly explain that, apologize, and get into the show, which is... pretty bleak, actually!

They discuss the fallout of Suter's injuries, including:

  • The fact that it's kinda incredible Minnesota will probably make the postseason despite the injuries
  • The collective blow that losing Suter and Jared Spurgeon during this time is
  • Will Nick Seeler be able to continue playing well in a Top-4 role?
  • Will call-up Carson Soucy contribute to the Wild?
  • Jonas Brodin taking Suter's place
  • Matt Dumba becoming the Wild's #1 defenseman
  • Do the Wild have any shot this postseason?
  • Will Suter's injury be the excuse Chuck Fletcher needs to get his contract renewed

And more, including our thoughts on Jordan Greenway's debut!

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:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

It's All-Star Weekend for the NHL, and Tony and Joe are here to break down all the action! OK, maybe not all the action, as they weren't gonna watch it. 

But they had reasons, and they discussed their gripes with All-Star Weekend, what the Wild should be looking for at the trade deadline, and dig into the mailbag. Enjoy!

Topics include:

  • Looking at Joe's initial foray into The Office
  • How an Office writer got Tony into sportswriting
  • How the NHL All-Star Game isn't for you
  • Ugh... Why Kid Rock??
  • Ugh... Why Patrick Kane??
  • Previewing what Seattle's entry into the league means for Minnesota
  • Minnesota getting destroyed by Pittsburgh
  • Sam Anas
  • The Wild's complete lack of speed
  • Coming up with Minnesota Wild Skills Competition Events
  • Giving Nate Prosser some Props...ser
  • Looking at Minnesota's needs at the Trade Deadline
  • Looking at trading Charlie Coyle
  • Are there any sacred cows on this roster?
  • Is Jaromir Jagr a good fit in St. Paul?
  • Which Central Division teams will slow down?
  • What needs to be changed if Minnesota can't make the playoffs?
  • Why Minnesota's scouting department needs an overhaul
  • Ranking the original trilogy

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!

 

NOTE: Tony couldn't come up with garbage things Kid Rock said on the spot, but our friends at OutSports could. You can read more here.

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

With the Minnesota Wild on a bye week, we decided to get you some other Minnesota Sports Talk this week. While the Vikings got a mention or two, today's topic of choice was the Twins. Maija from Twinkie Town stopped by to help us break down the Twins offseason.

Tony and Joe talk a setback for Nino Niederreiter, the Wild's domination of Tampa Bay on Hockey Day in Minnesota, and comment on the Wild's trade deadline strategy. Then Maija lets us know about the Twins' rebuilt bullpen, their pursuit of Yu Darvish, and Minnesota's potential path to the Central Division crown.

By the way, we promised more mailbag and talk about the Wild Card Race. That had to get axed for scheduling conflicts this week, but we'll make sure to get to that next week. 

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:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

That happened.

For a bit of a change of pace this week, we wanted to give you, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast listener, something we haven't been able to give you for quite some time.

That is, some talk about a team that advanced out of the first round of the playoffs. 

Sure, maybe we didn't know it at the time, but Joe and Tony delivered on some Vikings talk. The HWP crew reminisced on their miserable lives of Vikings fandom, swapped some good stories, and then we went to Matthew Coller of ESPN 1500 the day after the game to recap the Vikings' miraculous win, and look ahead to a possible Super Bowl.

Oh, yeah, and we also chatted about the Wild at the end.

Topics included:

  • Our journey with the Vikings
  • Our most joyful Vikings moments
  • Tony stanning for Randy Moss
  • Why the hurt from the '98 Championship loss will never go away
  • The guys break down Paul Allen's most agonized calls
  • The moment when Stefon Diggs caught the touchdown
  • What makes Diggs a Top-10 receiver in the NFL
  • Giving the Vikings defense credit
  • Case Keenum's journey and future with the Vikings
  • The unsung heroes of the playoff game
  • Previewing the NFC Championship Game vs. Philadelphia
  • The potential of having a home Super Bowl in Minneapolis
  • Nino Niederreiter's injury
  • Mikael Granlund playing out of his mind
  • Sorting through the Wild's road woes
  • Tony's experience as a street preacher

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:general -- posted at: 12:34am EST

Awwwww, yeah!

We took an unofficial, unplanned hiatus (and we're sorry about that!), but now the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back! 

Tony and Joe sat down on Sunday morning to talk about Zach Parise's return, the Wild at midseason, and prospect stuff.

Topics include:

  • Tony and Joe's New Year's Resolutions
  • Zach Parise's return to the lineup
  • Can the Wild fix their lack of speed?
  • Jordan Greenway making the USA Olympic Team
  • Dmitri Sokolov's World Junior run
  • Chuck Fletcher finally meets Kirill Kaprizov
  • Looking at 3 players who have made us happy at midseason
  • Looking at 3 players who have not made us happy at midseason

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:general -- posted at: 10:02am EST

The Minnesota Wild are still scuffling along, sitting out of a playoff spot even after a 2-1 week. We take a look at some roster shake-ups and other news with our friend Luke Solberg (EvolvingWild) of Hockey Graphs. Luke joins our show to discuss the team's issues, potential strategies to improve, and also these topics:

  • Looking at the Nate Prosser - Kyle Quincey swap
  • Investigating the thought process behind the Quincey move
  • Are the new rules impacting the Wild?
  • The sorry state of the Wild's depth
  • Nino Niederreiter still not getting enough ice time
  • Joel Eriksson Ek returns- will he get the help he needs?
  • Jared Spurgeon's injury
  • Matt Dumba partnering with Ryan Suter
  • Jonas Brodin's rough season
  • Is Nate Prosser going to block Minnesota's younger defensemen?
  • Evaluating Ryan Murphy
  • Why won't the Wild use 4 forwards on the power play?
  • Minnesota's 3-on-3 OT changes

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:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back of after a Thanksgiving break! When we last left our heroes (Tony and Joe) the Wild were riding high after Devan Dubnyk posted a Brick Trick. Fast forward a couple weeks, add in destruction at the hands of a couple Central Division rivals, and we get a ton of ranting. Among the topics discussed:

  • Dubnyk and the goaltending not playing up to snuff
  • Kyle Quincey was bad...really bad.
  • Really? The Wild are looking at solving issues with...Nate Prosser?
  • A disparity of skill between the top 6 and bottom 6
  • Minnesota could use Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek back
  • Kirill Kaprizov saga
  • Your Twitter questions 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:general -- posted at: 12:31am EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back! Joe returns from his two-week hiatus in Florida and joins the podcast. Just in time too as we cover a multitude of topics including:

  • Jason Zucker's scoring streak
  • Devan Dubnyk with 3 consecutive shutouts
  • What should be call 3 consecutive shutouts by a goaltender?
  • The mood changing around the Wild after 3 big wins
  • What do we think of the current line combos?
  • Coyle nearing a return
  • Your Twitter questions

 

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:general -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

We're back! Sorry friends, we weren't able to get a show in last week, but we made up for it by giving you a fun, jam-packed episode covering big news for the Minnesota Wild, and in-depth breakdowns of what ails them.

Joining Tony today is Derek Peterson from The Athletic Minnesota, and together they discussed:

  • Their new interest in the Timberwolves
  • Marcus Foligno's full cage
  • Mikael Granlund's return making Jason Zucker better 
  • Luke Kunin making the most of his shot
  • Zach Parise's back surgery
  • Nino Niederreiter's return
  • What's wrong with Matt Dumba
  • Trying to fix the blue line
  • Can Kunin really replace what Parise brings to the table?

Good news, everyone! We're finally on Google Play! Subscribe to us there, or on iTunes, or Stitcher, or wherever else podcasts are bought and sold!

Also, you can leave us an iTunes review and help boost our signal and reach new listeners looking for smart Minnesota Wild talk. If you know any of those potential new listeners, you can tell them about us!

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

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!

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:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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We'll see you soon!

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

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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We'll see you soon!

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

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 EST

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 EST

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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We'll see you next week!

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

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 EST

We're back, and it's trade season. The Expansion Draft draws even nearer, which means the Minnesota Wild will want to be doing some shuffling before that time comes. To prepare for this, Tony sat down with Alec Schmidt, and the two ranked the Minnesota Wild's most tradeable assets, then looked around the league for trade targets. 

Topics included:

  • How Nashville managed to win without tanking
  • Building through trades
  • Why Chuck Fletcher hasn't been able to pull off a franchise-changing trade
  • Would other teams really value a Jonas Brodin?
  • How Mikko Koivu's trade value is higher than we think
  • Why Alec is on #TeamExposeStaal
  • Should the Wild sell high on Charlie Coyle?
  • Is Matt Dumba the Wild's most coveted (moveable) asset?
  • How Nino Niederreiter is valuable even during slumps
  • Who is Minnesota's most valuable asset?
  • Do the Wild need Jordan Eberle?
  • Is Alex Galchenyuk the center they need?
  • How the #3 Overall pick could solve the Wild's expansion woes
  • Should Minnesota take a gamble on Sam Bennett?
  • How Derek Stepan could be a coup for Minnesota
  • Could the Wild find a superstar in Jonathan Drouin?
  • Why Matt Duchene might be the best fit for the Wild
  • Hot Dogs vs. Hamburgers
  • Hamburgers vs. Bratwursts
  • Our top breakfast cereals

And much, much more!

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Thanks for listening. We'll see you next week!

Direct download: HWP_109_Trade_Values_and_Targets_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29am EST

This is it. The big one. With Las Vegas conducting their expansion draft in just 3 weeks' time, it's time to give it our full attention. Barry joined Tony on Tuesday night, and they sat down to break down the Wild's options. Who should they protect??? Find out!

Topics include:

  • Scott Stevens' surprise resignation
  • What a $77 million salary cap could mean to Minnesota
  • More Kirill Kaprizov KHL rumors
  • Could Minnesota be on on Dallas #3 overall draft pick?
  • Erik Haula on the outside, looking in
  • Should Jason Pominville agree to waive his no-movement clause?
  • Debating the value of Mikael Granlund vs. Nino Niederreiter
  • Should Zucker be a no-brainer to protect?
  • Charlie Coyle at a crossroads
  • Can the Wild afford to lose Eric Staal?
  • Could Gustav Olofsson be a dark horse for Vegas?
  • Did Marco Scandella raise his stock enough to be taken or protected?
  • Jonas Brodin's reliability vs. Matt Dumba's upside
  • And more!

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Direct download: HWP_108_Expansion_Draft_Blood_Feud_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

With the expansion draft a month away, the hot stove is finally starting to heat up!

But guess what? Minnesota has a first-place team to talk about. So Tony and Joe sat down to chat with our good buddy Panda Pete of the Twins and Losses Supershow to discuss the Minnesota Twins' surprising start! We then talk about the Minnesota Wild and 90s music.

Topics include:

  • What's causing the Twins' hot start?
  • Are the Twinkies ahead of schedule?
  • Miguel Sano coming into his own
  • Concerns about Byron Buxton
  • Ervin Santana's hot start
  • Jose Berrios' 2017 debut
  • Looking at the Alex Ovechkin hate- Is any of it justified?
  • Tony says something really dumb about Ovechkin
  • Nino Niederreiter trade rumors
  • Protect, Expose, Trade: Nino, Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle
  • Protect, Expose, Trade: Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella
  • Singing the praises of coleslaw
  • 90s Album Draft- Tony, Pete, and Joe draft their favorite albums in the 90s

And much more!

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That's all for this week, we'll be back soon! 

Direct download: HWP_107_Save_Nino_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

Guess who's back? Back again? Bouley's back. Tell a friend.

With Joe back on the podcast, we talk about cleanout day, Mike Yeo, Miguel Sano and more!

Topics include:

  • Fawning over Miguel Sano
  • Joe's thoughts on the series
  • Joe and Tony argue over Mike Yeo
  • Mikael Granlund's broken hand
  • Random surgeries
  • Kirill Kaprizov's new Russian team
  • Which 3 Wild players we'd build around
  • Blowing up the core
  • Trade partners within the division
  • Twin Cities play by play options
  • Is fountain Coke the best Coke?
  • Our least favorite fanbases
  • Best video game systems
  • The Draft Lottery
  • The underrated greatness of Blake Wheeler

And more!

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Direct download: HWP_106_Spring_Cleanout_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EST

Well, the Minnesota Wild's season ended not with a bang, but a hot goalie. The Wild were eliminated by the Blues in just 5 games.

It's not a fun time to be a Wild fan, but it's time to take a quick look back at the series, and then look ahead to the summer.

To help do that, we brought in Matthew Coller of ESPN and ESPN 1500. Matthew joins the show to discuss what went wrong, what's still good, and what's needed going forward.

Topics include:

  • Oh, my God. Are we talking about the Vikings??? THE VIKINGS??????
  • How weird it was that Jake Allen stole the series without looking all that superhuman
  • What the Blues did right in defending the Wild
  • Whether the Wild played into the Blues' hands, or if they did the right thing
  • Did Boudreau do anything different in the postseason?
  • Chuck Fletcher's end-of-season press conference
  • Who could even fill the missing "SUPERSTAR" role for the Wild?
  • Why trading Mikael Granlund could maybe be a good idea
  • Matthew weighs in on the expansion draft

Thanks to Matthew for joining the show. You can read his latest Wild article here, and make sure to check out his own Wild podcast.

Tony did a crap ton of stuff on Hockey Wilderness this week. Check out his recent articles here.

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Direct download: HWP_105_Short_Sweet_Sadness_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EST

It's crunch time for the Minnesota Wild. Time for them to show what they're made of, and all that stuff. Maybe something about grit. I don't know. Playing the right way probably would help. What the hell am I even saying right now?

Anyway, Minnesota is fighting for their playoff lives after going down 3-0 in the series to start. A win on Wednesday bought them some time, but they still need to win 3 straight against a goalie that has pretty much slammed the door on the Wild this series. 

Tony sat down on Thursday night to talk about where things went wrong, the reasons Minnesota has for hope, and answers a ton of mailbag questions.

Topics include:

  • A quick rundown of the series
  • Stupid Jake Allen
  • How the Wild out-played St. Louis
  • Devan Dubnyk's strong series
  • Why Tony is confident Minnesota can pull off the "Reverse Sweep"
  • Is Mike Yeo really coaching well this series?
  • Minnesota's Black Aces- should any of them play?
  • Mikko Koivu's Selke nomination
  • Who should Koivu run in Game 5?
  • Tony argues passionately against firing Chuck Fletcher
  • While he's at it, he argues passionately for Martin Hanzal, who is good
  • Why hasn't Granlund risen to the occasion?
  • Do the Wild really lack a superstar? And does that matter?
  • And a ton of fun nonsense questions

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That's all for this week, we'll be back next week with a special guest.

Direct download: HWP_104_By_a_Thread_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EST

It's Playoff Season, and we're #COMM17TED to bringing you the best playoff preview we possibly can here at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast!

The Wild will be facing the Blues, and Tim and Tyler from Beyond Checkerdome stopped by to give us a breakdown from the St. Louis perspective. Then, Tony talked to Joe Bouley, and they looked at the series from the Wild side of things.

Topics included:

  • How St. Louis overcame the loss of 3 key players
  • What Mike Yeo has done for the Blues
  • How a coaching change resurrected Jake Allen's season
  • How St. Louis' identity changed from the last playoff match-up
  • Who is scary besides Vladimir Tarasenko?
  • Can Allen or Devan Dubnyk become "playoff goalies"?
  • Is Minnesota the ideal match-up for the Blues?
  • Who is the player St. Louis most needs to shut down?
  • Minnesota's massive depth advantage
  • Does Mike Yeo's return make us nervous?
  • Why Yeo will need to change up his style to beat Minnesota
  • The Wild's transition game
  • Goalie troubles with the Wild
  • X-Factors for the Wild this series
  • Our Predictions!!!!

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We'll be back soon! Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_103_Wild_vs_Blues_Preview_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

It's over!

The long grind of the 82-game season is finally over, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here. We'll get into the Wild vs. Blues match-up in the next couple of days, but first we wanted to put a wrap on the regular season. Joe and Barry sat down with Tony to recap the season, revisit our Opening Night Predictions, and chat about who the Minnesota Wild's MVP was.

Topics included:

  • The Wild earning a franchise-best 106 points. Does that mean anything to us?
  • Jason Zucker's return, Carly Aplin dominating Twitter
  • Jared Spurgeon's injury
  • Mikko Koivu, Devan Dubnyk, and Mikael Granlund getting rest
  • Charlie Coyle's streaky af season
  • Eric Staal exceeding everyone's wildest expectations
  • Looking back at how crazy we thought the idea of a Granlund breakout year was
  • Devan Dubnyk squandering his Vezina lead 
  • Checking in on the blue line's development
  • What stopped Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter from getting into the Wild MVP conversation
  • Why Mikko Koivu deserves some love
  • The Wild's sudden spike in possession numbers
  • Granlund vs. Staal- the MVP debate to end aall MVP debates
  • Our favorite moments from the year
  • Final thoughts for the regular season

And much, much more!

Thanks for sticking with us throughout the regular season! If you're looking for a good way to support the show, start by subscribing to us on your favorite podcast app. Also consider taking time to rate and review our podcast on iTunes. It takes just a few minutes, but helps people find the show, so we grow. How great is that?!

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We'll be back later this week to preview the Wild vs. Blues match-up in Round 1. Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_102_The_Minnesota_MVP_Race_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

The Minnesota Wild are finally starting to come out of their brutal March slump. This past week saw Minnesota claim 5 of an available 8 points (Hey, it's a start) as the Wild are looking to get momentum heading into the playoffs. Which are a week away, you guys!

So, to get our podcasting game right for the postseason, we brought in long-time Hockey Wilderness writer Chris Boyd for this episode, PLUS Todd Milewski, the Badger Hockey beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Topics included:

  • Alexander Ovechkin's Hat Trick of Terror
  • Nino Niederreiter busting out of his slump
  • Alex Stalock's great debut and subsequent demotion
  • The return of Joel "Eazy E" Eriksson Ek
  • Eric Staal's Masterson nomination, and a few other Staal tangents
  • Changes coming to Minnesota's sweaters
  • Finding out about the tenacious Luke Kunin
  • Why Minnesota slumps hard every year
  • Will Darcy Kuemper ever start another meaningful game for Minnesota?
  • Who will have more wins in April: The Wild or Twins?
  • Does regular season momentum matter in the playoffs?
  • Will the Wild set their single-season Points record this year?
  • Who needs to step up for the playoffs
  • Talking about possibly moving Matt Dumba to the wing
  • The big earth-shaking news surrounding the Olympics

And much more!

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Direct download: HWP_101_Tune-ups_and_Top_Prospects_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

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.

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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

It's happened! The Trade Deadline has arrived, and the Wild have cashed in it's chips, sending several draft picks to Arizona to acquire Martin Hanzal. We had actually recorded the bulk of the show on Saturday, so we brought in Friend of the Show™ Dustin Nelson to chat with us about the Wild's new acquisition.

Speaking of new faces, Tony and Joe were joined by Luke Solberg, a Twitter-er who is big into analytics. Luke stopped by to chat about the Wild's defense, their meltdown against Chicago, and much more!

Topics included:

  • Who is Martin Hanzal?
  • Did the Wild overpay for his services?
  • The silver lining to the high price to acquire him
  • Whether Hanzal makes Minnesota deeper at center than anyone in the West
  • Ryan White and the battle for the fourth line's soul
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard
  • Should we panic after last Tuesday's embarrassing loss to Chicago?
  • Shouldn't the Wild's defense be way better than it is?
  • Defending Matt Dumba
  • Is it smart to break up the Suter-Spurgeon pair
  • What is WAR good for? Absolutely nothing?
  • Why Jason Pominville is underrated and Erik Haula is overrated
  • Signing Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter this offseason

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_096_Hanzal_So_Hot_Right_Now_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

The Minnesota Wild are heading into a bye week, so we decided to take a step back and look at where the Wild are at, and where they're headed. Carolyn Wilke (Managing Hockey Editor of FanRag Sports) was kind enough to join us to lend an outsider's perspective, as we discussed the struggles of her favorite team (the Dallas Stars), the Minnesota Wild, and the shifting balance of power in the Western Conference.

Today's topics:

  • What's going on with everyone's favorite player, Antoine Roussel?
  • The very disappointing list of players who wore #95
  • Why the Stars struggles don't solely rest with their goaltenders
  • What's wrong with the Stars blue line?
  • Lindy Ruff's status as head coach
  • Why Bruce Boudreau is awesome
  • Seriously, he should win the Jack Adams this season
  • And really, he should have won it last season, too
  • Just retroactively give every Jack Adams Award to Bruce Boudreau
  • Why Minnesota shouldn't worry much about regression
  • What the Wild need at the trade deadline
  • Can they snag a Number One Center™?
  • Looking ahead to the expansion draft
  • Who are the elite teams in the Western Conference?
  • Why Anaheim is a sneaky bad team
  • Who's a scarier first-round opponent for Minnesota- Nashville or Los Angeles

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_095_Mild_Mild_West_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EST

What has four thumbs and isn't suspended? It's the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! After a two-week absence, Joe is back, and he sat down with Tony to discuss all the things that happened in a busy, busy, news-worthy week for the Minnesota Wild.

Topics include:

  • Notable players who wore 94, including Derek Boogaard
  • Jeremy Roenick's trolling
  • Darcy Kuemper's tougher workload
  • Gustav Olofsson's latest NHL stint
  • Alex Tuch demoted, recalled again
  • Tyler Graovac hits waivers
  • Ryan Carter's comeback hopes
  • Gustav Nyquist spears Jared Spurgeon, gets suspended for 6 games
  • Antoine Vermette slashes a referee in the Ducks-Wild game, gets a 10-game suspension
  • Are we OK with losing Dumba (no) in the expansion draft (definitely not)?
  • Can the Wild hang with more physical teams in the playoffs?
  • Futurama references
  • Tony and Joe lay out their unpopular music takes for all to ridicule

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_094_Suspensions_of_Disbelief_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am EST

It’s been a busy week in the Wilderness! Call-ups, trades, and old friends in new jobs! To break down this whirlwind week, we brought aboard Hockey Wilderness writer Adam Stafki. Be prepared- it’s impossible to find a duo who loves Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker more.

Together, Adam and Tony discuss:

  • Mike Yeo’s new gig
  • The Minnesota Wild’s first trade of the season
  • Defenseman shake-up
  • Alex Stalock’s new deal
  • Bye Bye Kuemper?
  • Alex Tuch’s NHL debut
  • Charlie Coyle’s new home
  • Mikael Granlund’s coming-out party
  • Does Mikko Koivu deserve some hardware?
  • Expansion Draft Power Rankings
  • Who is Minnesota’s preferred first-round opponent
  • A very, very unfortunate F/M/K
  • The best drinking establishment in the Twin Cities

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_093_Bad_Mother_Tuchers_and_Zuckers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast has returned refreshed from the All-Star Break! Joe was a scratch due to illness, but we have some strong podcasters coming off the bench. Our long-time writer from the OG days of the podcast, Aaron Holm, as well as HW College Hockey expert and Gogol Bordello fan Jack Van Thomme. Together they looked ahead to the second half of the season, and the Trade Deadline.

Specifically:

  • Whether Bruce Boudreau’s All-Star Game failure should have us worried about the playoffs
  • The NHL’s Top-100 Players of All Time list: Which current Blackhawks players should have replaced Crosby, Ovechkin, and Jagr?
  • Is the West Minnesota’s to lose?
  • Crediting Bruce Boudreau and Chuck Fletcher’s recent work
  • The lack of pending UFA goaltenders on the trade market
  • Could Jaroslav Halak be the ideal solution in a trade?
  • Should Minnesota even look at upgrading their blue line?
  • Why the Wild’s fourth line needs upgrading
  • Who the hell is Derek Ryan???
  • Tony digs up some potential buy-low candidates
  • Is Minnesota still looking for a Number One Center™?
  • One surprise name that could mayyyybe be available

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, I Heart Radio, 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 to discuss Mike Yeo’s new gig and more! Stay tuned!

Direct download: HWP_092_Trade_Deadline_Preview_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

The Minnesota Wild are almost at the All-Star Break, but there's no rest for the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Tony and Joe sat down on Wednesday Night to discuss the Minnesota Wild's week, answer your questions, and more!

Topics included:

  • Recapping the results from last week's All-Star Draft
  • Talking about the growth of Hockey Day in Minnesota, and why it's actually a really great event
  • Casey Middlestadt. He's good.
  • Why the Wild shouldn't tank for Middlestadt
  • Another Wild win on Hockey Day, thanks to Ryan Suter
  • Jonas Brodin's broken finger, and its fallout
  • A plague of two-goal leads blown this week
  • Minnesota Prospects rising in Corey Pronman's Top-50
  • What to do with Darcy Kuemper
  • Realistic trades for the Wild at the deadline
  • How to snap Zach Parise's slump
  • Why Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker should play NBA Jam with Tony

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_091_Hockey_Day_Hijinks_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

For just the second time in Hockey Wilderness Podcast history, we join face-to-face and have a live show for you. After a skate with several friends of ours in the Wild podcasting community, Tony, Joe, and so many others sat down at Grumpy's in Roseville to discuss the Minnesota Wild's week.

Topics included:

  • Talking about our Blogger Classic outdoor skate
  • The Minnesota Wild's battle for first place
  • Whether we've seen the best of Minnesota
  • We get sad and talk about Darcy Kuemper
  • Minnesota's potential rebranding for the new Adidas jerseys
  • Our Central Division All-Star Draft
  • Debating Artemi Panarin's true value
  • Trying to figure out how the Jets aren't good yet
  • Ryan Suter vs. Jared Spurgeon
  • Why Zach Parise still has a compelling All-Star case
  • Even more homer picks
  • Who the John Scott of the 2017 All-Star Game should be

The draft includes Friends of the Show™ Ben Remington of Giles and the Goalie, as well as Bob Spencer and Dan Ginter of the Hashtag Hockey Podcast. Make sure to follow their work, too. Also joining the show: Panda Pete of Twins and Losses and Chris Boyd of Hockey Wilderness.

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, I Heart Radio, 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_090_The_All-Star_Game_Draft_Live_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

All is right in the State of Hockey. Minnesota continued their winning ways on the road, their prospects did well in the World Junior Championships, and a couple of those prospects brought home the Gold for Team USA. With such a big week, we had to get an equally big-time guest, so we got Dustin Nelson of Thrillist, The Hockey Writers, and Sports Illustrated.

Dustin joined Tony and Joe to discuss all that happened, including:

  • Merciless Monday: Where we mock Star Sunday
  • Devan Dubnyk’s struggles over the week
  • Why Darcy Kuemper will be important over the second half and beyond
  • Zach Parise putting his game back together

Then after the break, they move on to the World Junior Championships

  • Getting excited for Joel Eriksson Ek’s well-rounded game
  • Jordan Greenway’s meteoric rise- Will he be able to be as dominant against stronger competition?
  • Luke Kunin shines in a defensive role
  • Kirill “The Ghostface Krilla” Kaprizov drags Russia all the way to a Bronze Medal
  • Where does Alex Tuch factor into this forward group now?

And 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_089_The_Ghostface_Kirilla2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

It's a New Year, and the Minnesota Wild are going to have to build a new streak. After dropping a much-anticipated matchup to the Columbus Blue Jackets on New Year's Eve, the Wild are looking to build on the momentum they created themselves. Joe Bouley and Tony Abbott sat down on Sunday night to discuss those positives that defined the streak.

Topics included:

  • Devan Dubnyk, of course. Is it OK to call him an elite goalie yet?
  • Jason Zucker becoming a complete player
  • Jordan Schroeder making the most of his shot- both literally and figuratively
  • Mikael Granlund's impressive season- why aren't we talking about him more?
  • Dissecting the end of the 12-game streak
  • The Chris Stewart fight and Matt Dumba fight/ejection
  • Is this Wild team for real? How can they avoid the annual slump?
  • A brief World Junior Championship update
  • Who will make the biggest impact for Minnesota in 2017?
  • What would be our ideal Minnesota Wild lineup?

Help start us off on the right foot in 2017! You can start by subscribing to our show wherever you get your podcasts from. We're in the process of adding even more places to hear our show, but your favorite podcast app should have us. 

If you want to help even more (and you definitely want to), leave us an iTunes Review! You can find the link here, and in just minutes, you can leave us your feedback and help more Wild fans find our show.

We'll be back with a special guest to cover the World Junior Championships in-depth next week! Stay tuned!

Direct download: HWP_088_My_Streak_Left_Me_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EST

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!

Direct download: HWP_087_Captain_America_Winter_Badger_mixdown.mp3
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

Direct download: HWP_086_Two_Minutes_for_Defamation_mixdown.mp3
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!

Direct download: HWP_085_Not_a_Hired_Hitman_mixdown.mp3
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!

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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!

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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?

 

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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)

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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!

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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 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!

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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 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!

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: 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!

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!

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

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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We’ll be back soon!

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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!

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:general -- posted at: 1:02pm 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!

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: 9:31am 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!

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: 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!

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: 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!

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: 10:24pm 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!

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: 1:20pm 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

We celebrate our milestone 50th episode by welcoming Jack Van Thomme as he makes his podcasting debut. Jack (Hockey Wilderness' college hockey writer) joined Joe and Tony after the Wild's win over the Avalanche to discuss everything that happened with the Wild this week, including:

  • Ryan Suter's questioning Coach Mike Yeo to the media
  • Marco Scandella playing through pain this season
  • Getting a win in Chicago to fight off the dreaded December slump
  • Jason Pominville heating up
  • Why is the media giving Patrick Kane so much love?
  • How Mike Reilly's call-up signals just how broken the Iowa Wild are
  • Matt Dumba's improving game
  • Darcy Kuemper spelling Devan Dubnyk and helping the Wild get a shutout
  • What are the Avalanche going to do about Patrick Roy?
  • Why Dubnyk's wife should consider giving birth in a bowling alley

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.

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, and consider leaving us a review while you’re there. Reviews definitely help the show grow, and it’s great to get your feedback.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:17am EST

Aaron, Joe, and Tony got together after Saturday's devastating loss to the Dallas Stars to talk about all that happened in a frustrating week for the Minnesota Wild, including:

 

  • The Wild's Stadium Series jerseys finally being released
  • Completely falling flat vs. the Canucks before Thanksgiving
  • Zach Parise's return to action
  • The Jets dominating Minnesota
  • Justin Fontaine's return to action
  • Darcy Kuemper playing for the first time in a month
  • Minnesota letting Dallas comeback from 3-0 to win
  • Granlund's subpar play
  • What we would do to prevent another December slump

And much, much more.

Programming Note: Thanks for your patience in the last few weeks. We're working on tweaking things behind the scenes to speed up the turnaround between recording and releasing these episodes.

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.

Also, please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, and consider leaving us a review while you’re there. Reviews definitely help the show grow, and it’s great to get your feedback.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

After missing the week after Halloween, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast returns! Joe, Chris and Tony gathered together to talk about recent happenings with the Wild including:

  • Zach Parise and Justin Fontaine receiving knee injuries due to questionable hits
  • Devan Dubnyk struggling in St. Louis, then dazzling against John Stamos and the Lightning
  • Changes that we'd make to the Wild's Power Play?
  • Is Spurgeon or Suter the Wild's best defenseman?
  • The Wild's need (or lack thereof) for an enforcer like Kurtis Gabriel
  • Do we swear enough on our podcast?

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.

Follow us individually on Twitter!

@MonsieurCRay

@JoeBou15

@TonyWiseau

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, Aaron, Joe, Chris, and Tony converge after the Wild’s loss to Winnipeg to talk about all of the week’s happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • Breaking down the firing of former Wild coach Todd Richards, and the hiring of John Tortorella
  • The Wild then spoiling Tortorella’s first game behind the Blue Jackets’ bench
  • The Wild’s utter dominance of the Anaheim Ducks
  • Thomas Vanek continuing his hot streak
  • Darcy Kuemper melting down in Winnipeg- When should he have been pulled?
  • Dustin Byfuglien’s dirty hit to drive Jason Pominville’s head into the boards
  • Whether the criticism Pominville has been receiving in the media is warranted
  • Friend of the Show Angelica leaving Hockey Wilderness to join The Victory Press
  • Our Halloween plans
  • Remembering Flip Saunders, who passed away on Saturday

And much more.

If you are interested in Angelica’s article on the Minnesota Whitecaps, you can find it here.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, your choice! Feel free to leave a review of the show, too! It’s really does help grow the show, and we love to hear your feedback. Visit HockeyWilderness.com for all your Wild news and analysis as the season progresses, and follow the show on Twitter @HWildernessCast.

You can also follow us individually on Twitter:

@The_Noogie

@JoeBou15

@MonsieurCRay

@TonyWiseau

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, Tony and Joe are joined by notable Twitter funny person/antagonist Anthrax Jones to preview the Central Division. Together, they tackle some of the biggest issues surrounding #ConferenceIII, including:

  • Was Nashville as good as their record indicated?
  • Can Winnipeg get solid goaltending again?
  • Did Dallas improve enough in areas of need to make the playoffs?
  • Why is Ken Hitchcock still in St. Louis?
  • Did Chicago take a big step back this offseason?
  • Are we being silly in assuming Colorado is doomed to last place? 

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, your choice. Feel free to leave a review of the show, too! It’s always great to hear your feedback. Visit HockeyWilderness.com for all your Wild news and analysis as the season starts, and follow the show on Twitter @HWildernessCast.

 

You can also follow our guests on Twitter:

 

@AnthraxJones

@JoeBou15

@TonyWiseau

@hockeywilderness

 

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

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

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, Tony is joined by Hockey Wilderness writers Joe, Alec, and Barry, as they cover some of the biggest happenings of the week, including:

  • Shaming pointless players in Minnesota’s 8-1 flogging of Winnipeg. 
  • Thomas Vanek's comments to the media.
  • Is Matt Dumba worthy of the #1 spot on the Hockey Wilderness' Top-25 Under-25?
  • Breaking down 3-on-3- Who should the Wild use in the new overtime format
  • Barry and Alec’s Season Preview

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, your choice. Feel free to leave a review of the show, too! It’s always great to hear your feedback. Visit HockeyWilderness.com for all your Wild news and analysis, and follow the show on Twitter @HWildernessCast.

You can also follow our guests on Twitter:

@Schmitty_16

@BJVCampbell

@JoeBou15

@TonyWiseau

@HockeyWildernes

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Summer is over, now it’s time to make way for Training Camp! Hockey Wilderness Contributor Barry Campbell makes his podcast debut as Tony, Joe, and Aaron attempt to work their way back into podcasting shape. 

We discuss a great many topics, including:

  • Our Top-25 Under 25 series, and how it differs from other Wild Prospect lists
  • Early line combos, including the swoon-worthy Zucker-Koivu-Nino line
  • Can Tyler Graovac, Kurtis Gabriel, or Ruslan Fedotenko make the big club?
  • Handicapping the roster battle for the third defensive pairing
  • What we’re looking for in the pre-season
  • Tony’s first Hate Email
  • And much more!

You can show your support for our show by subscribing on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, leaving us a review on either site, or following us on Twitter or Facebook.

And if you enjoyed the Women’s Hockey Panel on Episode 039, guest Zoe Hayden is currently fundraising to start a Women’s Hockey site called Victory Press. You can help by donating here.

Follow us on Twitter!

@HWildernessCast

@BJVCampbell

@JoeBou15

@The_Noogie

@TonyWiseau

@HockeyWildernes

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am EST

After a long absence from the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, featured writer Ger Devine returns to offer his opinions on everything that occurred during the draft and in free agency.

 

Topics Include

*Talking Tony into liking the Joel Eriksson Ek pick

*Wild draft picks Jordan Greenway and Kirill Kaprizov

*Why the Devan Dubnyk deal was good

*Signing Gopher stand-out Mike Reilly

*Keeping Nate Prosser and Ryan Carter

*How the Wild dodged a bullet by not trading Jared Spurgeon

 

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Radio, and if you leave us a review, we’ll read it on the show. You can follow the show (and ask questions for our mailbag) on Twitter @HWildernessCast, as well as follow Hockey Wilderness on Facebook. Follow Tony and Ger on Twitter @TonyWiseau and @GerWilderness.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Haven’t scoured over the scouting reports quite yet? Fret not! Hockey Wilderness is giving you a crash course of just about everyone we think the Wild might pick with the 20th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

 

Joining Tony, Joe, and Chris today is Tiffany, Hockey Wilderness’ prospect writer. With her help, the gang breaks down more than 15 prospects, including:

 

Anthony Beauvillier

Paul Bittner (A Minnesotan!)

Brock Boeser (Another Minnesotan!)

Kyle Connor

Jake DeBrusk

Joel Eriksson Ek

Denis Guryanov

Jansen Harkins

Noah Juulson

Travis Konecny

Oliver Kylington

Nick Merkley

Daniel Sprong

Evgeny Svechnikov

Colin White

 

Who should the Wild take? Who should the Wild avoid? When should the Wild take a goalie? Can the guys come up with a single good pop-culture reference? Find out these things- and more- on the podcast!

 

Follow us on Twitter @HWildernessCast, and on Facebook by searching “Hockey Wilderness”. You can find us individually on Twitter at:

 

@1SadClown (Tiffany)

@MonsieurCRay (Chris)

@JoeBou15

 

@TonyWiseau

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST