Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast (general)

Get ready, Minnesota, it’s playoff time! After several days of brutal technical difficulties, we’ve got our newest episode up! Today, Tony and Joe joined by Tim Cron of St. Louis Game Time and the Beyond Checkerdome podcast to break down the Minnesota Wild-St. Louis Blues series in progress.

Topics we discuss today:

*Tim’s perspective on former Blue Chris Stewart.

*Jori Lehtera and Paul Stastny’s first season in St. Louis.

*Previewing the Blues, forwards, defense, goaltending. Does this team have a weakness?

*Rivalries- the great ones in both team’s history, and why these teams don’t have one yet.

*What will either team need to do to beat each other?

*Nate Prosser = Nick Punto. Discuss.

*Why the Wild’s Centers are the key to this series.

*Why the 2015 Wild are the 2009 Blues.

*Does anyone on the Wild or Blues deserve a trophy?

*Do Minnesotans embrace hometown players T.J. Oshie and David Backes?

*David Backes: Monster or Giant Dork?

*Witnessing a Triple Overtime in person

*With Las Vegas getting a team, could Kansas City be next?

*Actually, we talk about a lot of Vegas stuff.

You can catch Tim’s (@CrossCheckRaise on Twitter) work at St. Louis Game Time, which is a very cool group, as well as the Beyond Checkerdome Podcast (@BYNDCheckerdome).

 

Make sure to catch up with our playoff coverage on hockeywilderness.com! Subscribe to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or both. Leave a review while you’re at it, “Like” our Facebook page, and enjoy a Minnesota Wild series win!

Direct download: HWP_032_Blues_Wild_101_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Chris, Joe, and Tony sit down to discuss all of the goings-on with the Minnesota Wild in the last two weeks.

Topics include:

*First Impressions of Chris Stewart

*A flukey win against the Blues

*Who we want to see in a playoff series

*Dubnyk for Vezina/Hart?

*The tough schedule ahead

*Why Justin Fontaine should never, ever, ever leave the lineup

*Whether Pekka Rinne is dating Taylor Swift

*David Backes’ favorite method of consuming kittens

 

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Direct download: HWP_030_Dubnyk_For_Vezina.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

This episode of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is about as MEATY as you can get. First, we break down the Wild’s Trade Deadline Deals. What are we to think of the end of the Zack Phillips era? Is Jordan Leopold going to help or hurt the Wild? What were the Wild thinking with the Chris Stewart Trade? Ger sits down with Tony to figure it out. 

After that interlude, we get to the main show, where Alec Schmidt (writer of Hockey Wilderness’ “Playing the System”) lends his experience and perspective to the show. Along with Tony, Aaron, and Joe, the gang looks at the recent Avalanche game and the ensuing antics, the recent Sean Bergenheim deal, and breaking down a lot of young players for the Wild. We cap it all off by answering your questions in the mailbag.

You can find Alec on Twitter (@Schmitty_16), and read his work on Hockey Wilderness under the “Playing the System” section. Follow the show, too (@HWildernessCast), and make sure to Like Hockey Wilderness on Facebook. Subscribe to us on iTunes, and maybe leave a question or feedback on the show by calling the Hot Take Line at (218) 348-1002.

Direct download: HWP029TradeDeadlineandAvsAsshattery.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm EST

Our streak of great guests continues- this week we enjoy the company of Ben Remington, writer for the recently-materialized Wild Xtra (as well as Gone Puck Wild). He joins us for a MEATY podcast where we talk and share laughs about everything and everything going on in the Wild universe, including:

Jason Zucker’s Injury

Being closer to a playoff spot

Huge trades in the Central

Do the Wild need to make a trade?

Breaking down Minnesota’s young assets

“Red Army” and “Of Miracles and Men”

Why Thomas Vanek should be the Wild’s captain

 

You can follow Ben on Twitter (@BenRemington), and you can check out his work at Wild Xtra (which includes his weekly satirical “Stand-Up Goalie” column) and Gone Puck Wild. 

Direct download: HWP_028_Breaking_Jason_Zucker_or_VaneKaptain_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

 

Friend of the show Adam Stafki of Along The Boards stops by for a chat on the suddenly surging Wild. The Wild are 5-0 since our last episode, and they’ve gone from “lost season” to “playoff contenders” in just two short weeks. How did they do this? It’s got a lot to do with Devan Dubnyk, whom we talk about at length, as well as the state of the playoff race. From then on, we talk about Matt Cooke’s injury and it’s impact, Marco Scandella’s minutes, the joy of Left Shark, and Darcy Kuemper’s rehab stint in Iowa. 

Direct download: HWP027BackInTheRaceWithAdamStafki.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

In this episode of the Hockey Wildeness Podcast, Tony Dean of Hockey Buzz returns to join Aaron and Tony for a discussion of the Wild (finally) getting a Stadium Series Game. Yay outdoor hockey! 

The discussion then turns to the All-Star Game, and Ryan Suter’s participation in the festivities. We have a lot to say about it despite the fact that Aaron was the only one who actually watched it.

Again, we have another week of As the Goalies Turn, as Devan Dubnyk showed some cracks in his armor after starting the second night of a back-to-back. We also talk about Darcy Kuemper getting sent back down to Iowa.

And finally, Aaron and the two Tonys try to come together to find some middle ground on Mikko Koivu.

 

Make sure to find Tony’s work on HockeyBuzz, as well s his appearances every Wednesday on the Jeff Dubay Show. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @HWildernessCast. Make sure to leave a voicemail with your questions or comments on the Hot Take Line (218-348-1002).

Direct download: HWP026StadiumSeriesSummit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45am EST

Join Hockey Wilderness Editor Tony Abbott, as well as HW Writers Angelica Rodriguez and Christopher Boyd as they make you think and laugh while discussing the state of the Minnesota Wild, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, the Hockey Community's treatment of women, the New York Islanders, and more. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:57am EST

Joe, Ger, and Tony sit down to break down the early part of the Minnesota Wild's season. How good was that Jonas Brodin extension? Should we be concerned that the Wild Power Play isn't producing? Does Nino Niederreiter need to get more ice time? And what Eddie Vedder was doing in a Justin Fontaine jersey? Before the episode, Tony talks a bit about the recent Charlie Coyle extension.

Direct download: HWP_Episode_017_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Bob Spencer (@BobaFenwick) of the Minnesota Wild blog "Hashtag Hockey" joins Tony, Aaron, and Chris to talk about the new contract that Nino Niederreiter signed. Did they like the contract? What impact will it make on the future? Also in this episode, they also talk about Erik Haula and what to expect from him next season, what to do with the Power Play, whether Mikko Koivu should be the Wild's captain, and about hats. A lot of hats. Please "Subscribe" to our podcast on iTunes, like Hockey Wilderness' Facebook page, and as always, you can tweet us questions using "#HWPodcast"

Direct download: HWP_014_Talkin_Bout_Hats_With_Boba_Fenwick_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20am EST

It's been a month and a half, but we're back! The Hockey Wilderness Podcast returns, with Tony, Joe, Aaron and Chris recapping the back half of the Wild's offseason. Hello, Jordan Schroeder and Justin Falk, and goodbye, Nate Prosser and Dany Heatley. We also discuss the contract status of Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper. What's the holdup? Are the guys worried they won't get a deal done soon? They're supposed to come to camp, did they even see the memo?

In addition to that, we go to your mailbag (Tweet us your questions with "#HWPodcast"!), discuss killing Joe, eating brains, movies, and more! It's the glorious return of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Enjoy!

Direct download: HWP_Episode_013_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EST