Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

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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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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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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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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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!

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We’ll be back soon!

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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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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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