Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

After a lengthy absence (Sorry, everyone!) Joe, Aaron, Chris, and Tony sat down to talk about the happenings with the Wild lately. They discuss the newest goalie debacles, with Dubnyk and the Wild not close in their negotiations and Niklas Backstrom undergoing surgery that could prevent the Wild buying him out. Then they talk about the Jared Spurgeon trade rumors. And finally, they talk about the discussion surrounding Hockey Wilderness’ pick in the SB Nation Mock Draft. We recorded before the Matt Cooke buyout was initiated, but you can bet we'll discuss it next week.

In addition, there’s a Healthy Living segment, some details of our Superior, WI-based draft party, and more!

Make sure to follow the Hockey Wilderness Podcast on Twitter (@HWildernessCast), and also like our Facebook Page!

Direct download: HWP_035_Dubnyk_Spurgeon_and_The_War_Room.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Sure, sure, the Wild got swept. But that’s not going to get the Hockey Wilderness Podcast down! Or, rather, it’s going to get them down, but they’re going to try and joke about it to make it better. But in the process, Joe, Chris, Alec, Tony, and Ben Remington of Wild Xtra touch on some really important stuff.

*How on earth could a team this good get swept?

*Do the Wild need to fire Mike Yeo?

*How can the Wild take that next step?

*Can the Wild find a superstar?

*How much money did Devan Dubnyk lose this series?

You can find Ben Remington’s work at Wild Xtra, and make sure to head over there for offseason Wild coverage (after stopping by Hockey Wilderness prior, of course). The season is over, but the Hockey Wilderness Podcast need sleeps! We’ll be back throughout the summer, too. 

You can now listen to our show here, or on iTunes, and now we added Stitcher Radio to our listening options. Follow us on Twitter (@HWildernessCast) and Facebook (Hockey Wilderness), subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and perhaps leave a review or tell a friend about us!

 

Thanks for a terrific season, and we’ll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_034_Sweep_the_Leg_Jonny_Toews_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

We're back, and we're back with some GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! The Minnesota Wild toppled the St. Louis Blues in 6 games in order to advance to the 2nd round, where they will play the Chicago Blackhawks. Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) of the Beyond Checkerdome Podcast and St. Louis Game Time is magnanimous enough to join us for a bit to give us his perspective on the show. Then, Joe, Tony, Chris, and Alec take over to look behind and ahead.

Topics Include:

 

  • What Happened to the Blues?
  • Is this the end of the line for Ken Hitchcock?
  • Will T.J. Oshie be traded?
  • What does a Blues fan think of the Wild now?
  • Did the Blues dominate the series?
  • Who stepped up big for the Wild?
  • Is Chicago worse than they were last season?
  • Is Tony really that kid-unfriendly?

 

You can listen to the show right here, or on the go with iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Make sure to subscribe in order to get future episodes downloaded straight to your mobile device. Also, make sure to leave a review or tell a friend. 

Direct download: HWP_033_GoodbyeBluesHelloBlackhawks_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:30am EST

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

A Very Special Episode of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast ensues when both Nate Wells and Dan Shrader join Tony. Nate and Dan ran a blog called “First Round Bust”, a Minnesota Wild blog with a heavy prospect focus. They’ve moved on to covering college hockey and scouting, respectively, putting them in a unique position to talk about Wild prospects.

Topics we discuss:

*Mario Lucia: Will he sign? How good is he?

*Alex Tuch: Was he the BPA at this year’s draft?

*Louie Belpedio’s awesome play

*Why doesn’t anyone talk about John Draeger?

*Matt Dumba’s evolution

*What is character, and why is it important?

*Werner Herzog eating his shoe, and similar acts

*Michael Cera Movies

And a ton more. 

You can now listen to our show here, or on iTunes, and now we added Stitcher Radio to our listening options. Follow us on Twitter (@HWildernessCast), subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and perhaps leave a review or tell a friend about us. 

Follow us individually on Twitter:

@gopherstate

@ShraderD

@TonyWiseau

@HockeyWildernes

 

And don’t forget to follow Nate’s work at SBN College Hockey, as well as  at Wild Xtra!

Direct download: HWP_031_Prospecting_Shoe-Eating_With_First_Round_Bust_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:51pm 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

 

You can now listen to our show here, or on iTunes, and now we added Stitcher Radio to our listening options. Follow us on Twitter (@HWildernessCast), subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and perhaps leave a review or tell a friend about us. 

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