Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

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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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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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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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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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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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