Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

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.

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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!

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We’ll see you soon!

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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