Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

We're back! Sorry friends, we weren't able to get a show in last week, but we made up for it by giving you a fun, jam-packed episode covering big news for the Minnesota Wild, and in-depth breakdowns of what ails them.

Joining Tony today is Derek Peterson from The Athletic Minnesota, and together they discussed:

  • Their new interest in the Timberwolves
  • Marcus Foligno's full cage
  • Mikael Granlund's return making Jason Zucker better 
  • Luke Kunin making the most of his shot
  • Zach Parise's back surgery
  • Nino Niederreiter's return
  • What's wrong with Matt Dumba
  • Trying to fix the blue line
  • Can Kunin really replace what Parise brings to the table?

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

Direct download: HWP_123_Granlunds_Back_Ninos_Back_Parises_Back_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

The Minnesota Wild took 3 of 4 points this week, but things are looking down in the State of Hockey. Injuries, injuries, injuries. More than half of the Minnesota Wild's Top-9 is out of the lineup for the near future, and it's most of what we talk about today. Is it kind of a bummer? Yeah. But we try to have some fun on this week's episode, regardless.

Topics include:

  • Injuries to Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, and Marcus Foligno
  • The Wild being able to gut out a devastating victory in Chicago
  • Breaking down Jason Zucker's controversial assist
  • Minnesota blowing a lead against Columbus
  • Landon Ferraro's first goal
  • Devan Dubnyk coming up short when he's needed most
  • Are these injuries dooming the Wild?
  • Should we change our minds about Chris Stewart?
  • Looking for the silver lining after this week
  • Luke Kunin debuts- should he be in a bigger role?
  • Checking in on Tyler Ennis
  • Can the Wild make a move for reinforcements?

And more!

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We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_122_Everybody_Hurts_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

Tony and Joe are back with the Hockey Wilderness Podcast episode 121! We take no breaks around here as we talk the first two games of the rocky start of the Minnesota Wild's season. 

Other topics discussed:

  • Marcus Foligno seeing more minutes than Nino Niederreiter
  • Mikael Granlund is out with a groin problem
  • Ryan Suter just takes up way too much time on the power play
  • Carolina Hurricanes exposed a slow Wild squad
  • Ruing the day the Wild traded away Jason Pominville
  • The Tyler Ennis experiement
  • What's the best way to watch a Wild game?

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Direct download: HWP_121_Bruce_Lets_the_Moose_Loose_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

It's back and bigger than ever! With less than 24 hours until the puck drops to open the Minnesota Wild season, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast wants to make sure you are ready to go!

We assembled a team of 16 hockey experts to weigh in on how they think Minnesota's season will play out. How many points will they get? Can they make the Stanley Cup Final? Who will put Minnesota on their back? Find out that- as well as everyone's hottest bold prediction!

Here are each of our guests, and where you can find them online!

Joe Bouley (Hockey Wilderness, 2:27)

Dustin Nelson (Minnesota Hockey Magazine, 7:50)

Panda Pete (Twins and Losses, 22:15)

Giles Ferrell (Zone Coverage, 29:50)

Jessi Pierce (USA Hockey, NHL.com, 38:14)

Chris Boyd (HW, 42:00)

Derek Felska (Crease and Assist, 46:00)

Shayna Goldman (Hockey Graphs, 1:01:20)

Luke “Evolving Wild” S. (Hockey Graphs, 1:06:39)

Ben Remington (Zone Coverage, 1:14:33)

Heather Rule (Zone Coverage, 1:24:43)

Bob Spencer (Hashtag Hockey, 1:36:52)

Derek Peterson (The Athletic MN, 2:06:24)

Matthew Coller (ESPN 1500, 2:10:54)

Aaron Holm (2:20:04)

Tony Abbott (2:30:01)

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you next week!

Direct download: HWP_120_Opening_Night_Prediction_Extravaganza_2017_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

We're less than a week from the season, but there's other huge news afoot in Minnesota. Our local baseball club is going to make the playoffs this week. So Tony and Joe brought in our friend Panda Pete from the Twins and Losses podcast to try and do the impossible: Cover the Wild, Twins, and leave some room for breakfast talk. 

Strap in, this episode is a monster.

Topics include:

  • Re-litigating last week's Appetizer Draft
  • Reviewing last week's Training Camp Cuts
  • Defending Carson Soucy from Tony
  • Could Zach Parise hit the LTIR?
  • Weighing the pros and cons of the Wild's roster bubble
  • Craig Leipold's Stanley Cup or Bust comments
  • What should Wild fans' expectations be?
  • The Twins finally returning to the postseason
  • Who was the Real MVP for the Twins this season?
  • Joe Mauer's resurgence
  • Previewing the one-game playoff
  • Who should the Twins be hoping to face in the ALDS?
  • Should we bet big money on a World Series appearance?
  • Saying goodbye to Glen Perkins
  • Drafting breakfast foods
  • Should you ever eat hash browns with ketchup? (No.)
  • And much more!

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Check in with us on Thursday to see our 2nd Annual Opening Night Prediction Extravaganza!

Direct download: HWP_119_Wild_Cuts_and_Wild_Cards_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13am EDT

The preseason is still dragging along, but we have a special guest to help us get through it! Not anyone you haven't heard before, mind you, but still extremely special. Joe Bouley returns to the co-host's chair, and he sat down with Tony Abbott to discuss the preseason, jerseys, and a lot more! 

Topics include:

  • Reviewing the Wild's new jerseys in action
  • Will the "M" logo be the next 3rd jersey?
  • Ranking the Wild's home jerseys
  • Checking in on the position battles
  • Parise's back is back at practice
  • Referees are calling more slashing penalties... is that good?
  • Did the Minnesota Wild get better or worse in the offseason?
  • Will the Iowa Wild be any good this year?
  • Our favorite alcoholic beverages
  • Marshmallow roasting tips
  • The cap implications of Parise's health problems
  • Is Chris Stewart on the hot seat?
  • How's Alex Stalock doing?
  • Podcasting tips
  • Our appetizer draft... Who will come out on top?!
  • And much more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_118_Appetizer_for_the_season_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:49am EDT

The Minnesota Wild are back, and so is the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! We try getting back in shape during training camp, and we've recruited Derek from The Athletic MIN to help! Derek and Tony sit down to discuss all the recent happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • The Minnesota Twins sniffing a playoff spot
  • Why Byron Buxton is a good baseball boy
  • Marcus Foligno's new contract
  • Foligno's spot in the lineup
  • Zach Parise's back issues
  • Daniel Winnik signed to a Professional Tryout contract
  • Is Chris Stewart in jeopardy of getting cut?
  • The Wild at Traverse City
  • Mikko Koivu's extension
  • Why Koivu criticism is overblown
  • Why Luke Kunin should start the season on the top line
  • Kevin Gorg's chance of getting a statue at the Xcel Energy Center

And much more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_117_Mo_Mikko_Mo_Problems_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

We promised a second August show, and we delivered! It helps that Minnesota did their part to create buzz by signing hometown hero Matt Cullen to be their fourth-line center. To discuss that and more, Tony sat down with Derek, who you may know as @StateOfStats on Twitter. 

Topics discussed:

  • Matt Cullen's signing in Minnesota
  • Where Cullen fits in on the depth chart
  • Can Cullen succeed outside of Pittsburgh?
  • Can he fix the Wild's penalty kill?
  • The Wild's forward lineup being set
  • Will the Wild give Marcus Foligno 3 years on his next deal?
  • Minnesota's surprisingly high showing on Corey Pronman's prospect rankings
  • Minnesota's severe lack of prospect death
  • Kirill Kaprizov's amazing skill
  • Kirill Kaprizov's not-so-amazing chances of coming to North America soon
  • Luke Kunin vs. Joel Eriksson Ek
  • Jordan Greenway's status as a top prospect
  • Re-visiting the Alex Tuch trade
  • Summer beers
  • What our last meals would be
  • Whether Minnesota can re-sign Mikael Granlund at the end of his contract

And more

Follow Derek on Twitter @StateOfStats, and his prediction bot @Computron_NHL. You can find Tony on Twitter @OhHiTony.

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_116_Cullens_Coming_Home_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

After a month-long absence due to lack of news, the Hockey Wilderness Podcast re-convened when the Minnesota Wild all but ended their offseason. Their two big restricted free agents signed this week, with Nino Niederreiter taking home a 5-year, $26.25M contract, whereas Granlund re-upped for 3-years, $17.25M. 

Tony and Joe sat down on Wednesday night to discuss these moves, answer your mailbag questions, and do a Sandwich Draft. Enjoy!

Topics include:

  • Nate Prosser heading to St. Louis
  • Nino Niederreiter's new contract
  • Whether Nino's long-term deal will mean more ice time
  • Saying (again) that Nino is a first-line talent
  • Can Nino accomplish the 30-goal season he wants?
  • Breaking down the Granlund extension
  • Why weren't the Wild willing to commit to Granlund long-term?
  • What kind of player will Granlund be going forward?
  • Grading the Wild's offseason
  • Will Kirill Kaprizov or Jordan Greenway see time with the Wild?
  • We draft our favorite sandwiches. Who will be the first pick???

and more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_115_Extensions_and_Sandwiches_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:39am EDT

Last week, we bemoaned the lack of movement happening with the roster.

My, how things change in a week.

The Minnesota Wild made their big move, shipping out Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville for Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. It's a big trade that we have a lot of opinions about. Listen to those.

You'll also want to hear about all of Minnesota's Free Agents, especially because you've not heard of a bunch of these guys. 

So here we go.

Topics include:

  • The Scandella/Pominville trade
  • How that trade freed up much less cap space than most think
  • Playing Captain Hindsight with a Scandella trade
  • The inherent risk of Ennis
  • Why Foligno might not be that bad
  • Why Scandella got less value than expected
  • Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund filing for arbitration
  • Breaking down the Wild's free agents
  • Suggesting names for the remaining needs for Minnesota
  • Departing Wild free agents
  • Why Dallas is scary again
  • Connor McDavid's $100 million deal

And more!

If you want to support the podcast, you can subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app, tell your friends about our show, and take a few minutes to leave us an iTunes review! We appreciate any support!

We'll see you soon!

Direct download: HWP_114_Leaving_the_Town_of_Pominville_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EDT