Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

With the expansion draft a month away, the hot stove is finally starting to heat up!

But guess what? Minnesota has a first-place team to talk about. So Tony and Joe sat down to chat with our good buddy Panda Pete of the Twins and Losses Supershow to discuss the Minnesota Twins' surprising start! We then talk about the Minnesota Wild and 90s music.

Topics include:

  • What's causing the Twins' hot start?
  • Are the Twinkies ahead of schedule?
  • Miguel Sano coming into his own
  • Concerns about Byron Buxton
  • Ervin Santana's hot start
  • Jose Berrios' 2017 debut
  • Looking at the Alex Ovechkin hate- Is any of it justified?
  • Tony says something really dumb about Ovechkin
  • Nino Niederreiter trade rumors
  • Protect, Expose, Trade: Nino, Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle
  • Protect, Expose, Trade: Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella
  • Singing the praises of coleslaw
  • 90s Album Draft- Tony, Pete, and Joe draft their favorite albums in the 90s

And much more!

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That's all for this week, we'll be back soon! 

Direct download: HWP_107_Save_Nino_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

Guess who's back? Back again? Bouley's back. Tell a friend.

With Joe back on the podcast, we talk about cleanout day, Mike Yeo, Miguel Sano and more!

Topics include:

  • Fawning over Miguel Sano
  • Joe's thoughts on the series
  • Joe and Tony argue over Mike Yeo
  • Mikael Granlund's broken hand
  • Random surgeries
  • Kirill Kaprizov's new Russian team
  • Which 3 Wild players we'd build around
  • Blowing up the core
  • Trade partners within the division
  • Twin Cities play by play options
  • Is fountain Coke the best Coke?
  • Our least favorite fanbases
  • Best video game systems
  • The Draft Lottery
  • The underrated greatness of Blake Wheeler

And more!

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Direct download: HWP_106_Spring_Cleanout_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EST

Well, the Minnesota Wild's season ended not with a bang, but a hot goalie. The Wild were eliminated by the Blues in just 5 games.

It's not a fun time to be a Wild fan, but it's time to take a quick look back at the series, and then look ahead to the summer.

To help do that, we brought in Matthew Coller of ESPN and ESPN 1500. Matthew joins the show to discuss what went wrong, what's still good, and what's needed going forward.

Topics include:

  • Oh, my God. Are we talking about the Vikings??? THE VIKINGS??????
  • How weird it was that Jake Allen stole the series without looking all that superhuman
  • What the Blues did right in defending the Wild
  • Whether the Wild played into the Blues' hands, or if they did the right thing
  • Did Boudreau do anything different in the postseason?
  • Chuck Fletcher's end-of-season press conference
  • Who could even fill the missing "SUPERSTAR" role for the Wild?
  • Why trading Mikael Granlund could maybe be a good idea
  • Matthew weighs in on the expansion draft

Thanks to Matthew for joining the show. You can read his latest Wild article here, and make sure to check out his own Wild podcast.

Tony did a crap ton of stuff on Hockey Wilderness this week. Check out his recent articles here.

If you want to show the Hockey Wilderness Podcast some love, start by subscribing to our show on your favorite podcast platform. We're on iTunes, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, Podcast Addict- all your favorites and more!

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That's all for this week, we'll be back soon! 

Direct download: HWP_105_Short_Sweet_Sadness_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EST

It's crunch time for the Minnesota Wild. Time for them to show what they're made of, and all that stuff. Maybe something about grit. I don't know. Playing the right way probably would help. What the hell am I even saying right now?

Anyway, Minnesota is fighting for their playoff lives after going down 3-0 in the series to start. A win on Wednesday bought them some time, but they still need to win 3 straight against a goalie that has pretty much slammed the door on the Wild this series. 

Tony sat down on Thursday night to talk about where things went wrong, the reasons Minnesota has for hope, and answers a ton of mailbag questions.

Topics include:

  • A quick rundown of the series
  • Stupid Jake Allen
  • How the Wild out-played St. Louis
  • Devan Dubnyk's strong series
  • Why Tony is confident Minnesota can pull off the "Reverse Sweep"
  • Is Mike Yeo really coaching well this series?
  • Minnesota's Black Aces- should any of them play?
  • Mikko Koivu's Selke nomination
  • Who should Koivu run in Game 5?
  • Tony argues passionately against firing Chuck Fletcher
  • While he's at it, he argues passionately for Martin Hanzal, who is good
  • Why hasn't Granlund risen to the occasion?
  • Do the Wild really lack a superstar? And does that matter?
  • And a ton of fun nonsense questions

If you want to show the Hockey Wilderness Podcast some love, start by subscribing to our show on your favorite podcast platform. We're on iTunes, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, Podcast Addict- all your favorites and more! 

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That's all for this week, we'll be back next week with a special guest.

Direct download: HWP_104_By_a_Thread_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EST

It's Playoff Season, and we're #COMM17TED to bringing you the best playoff preview we possibly can here at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast!

The Wild will be facing the Blues, and Tim and Tyler from Beyond Checkerdome stopped by to give us a breakdown from the St. Louis perspective. Then, Tony talked to Joe Bouley, and they looked at the series from the Wild side of things.

Topics included:

  • How St. Louis overcame the loss of 3 key players
  • What Mike Yeo has done for the Blues
  • How a coaching change resurrected Jake Allen's season
  • How St. Louis' identity changed from the last playoff match-up
  • Who is scary besides Vladimir Tarasenko?
  • Can Allen or Devan Dubnyk become "playoff goalies"?
  • Is Minnesota the ideal match-up for the Blues?
  • Who is the player St. Louis most needs to shut down?
  • Minnesota's massive depth advantage
  • Does Mike Yeo's return make us nervous?
  • Why Yeo will need to change up his style to beat Minnesota
  • The Wild's transition game
  • Goalie troubles with the Wild
  • X-Factors for the Wild this series
  • Our Predictions!!!!

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We'll be back soon! Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_103_Wild_vs_Blues_Preview_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

It's over!

The long grind of the 82-game season is finally over, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here. We'll get into the Wild vs. Blues match-up in the next couple of days, but first we wanted to put a wrap on the regular season. Joe and Barry sat down with Tony to recap the season, revisit our Opening Night Predictions, and chat about who the Minnesota Wild's MVP was.

Topics included:

  • The Wild earning a franchise-best 106 points. Does that mean anything to us?
  • Jason Zucker's return, Carly Aplin dominating Twitter
  • Jared Spurgeon's injury
  • Mikko Koivu, Devan Dubnyk, and Mikael Granlund getting rest
  • Charlie Coyle's streaky af season
  • Eric Staal exceeding everyone's wildest expectations
  • Looking back at how crazy we thought the idea of a Granlund breakout year was
  • Devan Dubnyk squandering his Vezina lead 
  • Checking in on the blue line's development
  • What stopped Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter from getting into the Wild MVP conversation
  • Why Mikko Koivu deserves some love
  • The Wild's sudden spike in possession numbers
  • Granlund vs. Staal- the MVP debate to end aall MVP debates
  • Our favorite moments from the year
  • Final thoughts for the regular season

And much, much more!

Thanks for sticking with us throughout the regular season! If you're looking for a good way to support the show, start by subscribing to us on your favorite podcast app. Also consider taking time to rate and review our podcast on iTunes. It takes just a few minutes, but helps people find the show, so we grow. How great is that?!

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We'll be back later this week to preview the Wild vs. Blues match-up in Round 1. Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_102_The_Minnesota_MVP_Race_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

The Minnesota Wild are finally starting to come out of their brutal March slump. This past week saw Minnesota claim 5 of an available 8 points (Hey, it's a start) as the Wild are looking to get momentum heading into the playoffs. Which are a week away, you guys!

So, to get our podcasting game right for the postseason, we brought in long-time Hockey Wilderness writer Chris Boyd for this episode, PLUS Todd Milewski, the Badger Hockey beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Topics included:

  • Alexander Ovechkin's Hat Trick of Terror
  • Nino Niederreiter busting out of his slump
  • Alex Stalock's great debut and subsequent demotion
  • The return of Joel "Eazy E" Eriksson Ek
  • Eric Staal's Masterson nomination, and a few other Staal tangents
  • Changes coming to Minnesota's sweaters
  • Finding out about the tenacious Luke Kunin
  • Why Minnesota slumps hard every year
  • Will Darcy Kuemper ever start another meaningful game for Minnesota?
  • Who will have more wins in April: The Wild or Twins?
  • Does regular season momentum matter in the playoffs?
  • Will the Wild set their single-season Points record this year?
  • Who needs to step up for the playoffs
  • Talking about possibly moving Matt Dumba to the wing
  • The big earth-shaking news surrounding the Olympics

And much more!

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Thanks for all you do. We'll be back next week with a playoff preview! Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_101_Tune-ups_and_Top_Prospects_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

Two big things happened this week: The Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast hit the milestone of 100 episodes!

OK, one of those was more exciting than the other. 

To celebrate these amazing achievements, Tony went to Joe's hometown of Shakopee to record an episode in person, just hours after the Wild lost to Detroit in overtime.

Topics included:

  • The Minnesota Wild locking down their playoff spot Saturday night, when the Kings lost to not-the-Wild
  • The hollow feeling of going from 1st in the Conference to backing into the playoffs for the second year in a row
  • Darcy Kuemper making it impossible to rest Devan Dubnyk
  • Minnesota's scoring completely drying up...
  • Except for Eric Staal, that is, who gets some props
  • Our favorite moments from the show
  • How podcasts have helped bring the Wild blogosphere together
  • A lot of thank yous
  • Does this slump mean the Wild should break up the core?
  • Charlie Coyle's big slump
  • Defending the Martin Hanzal trade once more
  • Is the Wild's team culture to blame?
  • What can the Wild do other than ride out the slump
  • Tony goes "Full Stalock"
  • Is Chuck Fletcher on the hot seat? Should he be?

Again, all the thanks in the world to every guest, whether inside or outside of the Hockey Wilderness machine, all the listeners who participated in the show, and to each and every one of our listeners. This show wouldn't be what it is without all of our Friends of the Show™ and our wonderful listeners.

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You can also leave us a review on iTunes. It takes just a minute to leave us a 5-star rating, and that helps more and more Wild fans find our show. It gives us a boost- and it makes for a great 100th episode present. 

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That's all for this week. See you next week! It's almost playoffs time!

Direct download: HWP_100_Clinched_on_the_Couch_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast wasn't panicking last week when the Wild lost to Chicago.

Maybe they should have.

The Wild lost all 4 of their games this week and are reeling, having lost their Division lead with little hope of getting it back.

To make matters worse, Tony screwed up the audio of the podcast he and Joe recorded on Monday night.

But at least one thing got better on Tuesday: Tony sat down and flew solo as he broke down what's wrong with the team, what the Wild are doing right, and much more! Tons of mailbag questions get answered, so tune in!

Topics include:

  • Players who wore number 99. Get ready for some Rick Dudley talk.
  • Tony gets depressed comparing his life to Wayne Gretzky.
  • Why Dubnyk, not the defense, deserves blame for the plague of goals allowed.
  • What's wrong with Dubnyk, anyway?
  • Should the Wild rest him, or let him fight his way out of his slump?
  • Reasons for optimism in St. Paul
  • Why the Martin Hanzal trade helped, not hurt the team
  • Are the Wild tired?
  • Has a players-only meeting worked for the Wild in the past?
  • Comparing the Blues and Predators- which potential playoff opponent is Tony more worried about?
  • Would it have been better to target someone other than Martin Hanzal?
  • Someone asks why Matt Dumba sucks
  • Which Wild players have surprised and disappointed this season?
  • Should Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway go pro, or go back to college?

And much more!

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Thanks for listening to the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. It means everything to us that you listen to and enjoy the show. We’ll be back next week for Episode 100!

Direct download: HWP_099_Slip_Slidin_Away_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

It's been 4 months since the Wild's last rough stretch, and fans all over across the State of Hockey (And no, we're not talking about Chicago) aren't sure of what to now that a new one has arrived. Tony and Joe sat down after the loss to Chicago to break down what it means, the struggles of Matt Dumba, the Minnesota High School Boy's Tournament, and more!

Topics include:

  • The State of Hockey Song Project or whatever they're calling it
  • The High School Tournament
  • Tony gets talked into liking St. Thomas
  • Casey Middlestadt's kinda-sorta disappointing 5-point showing
  • Bruce Boudreau's quick hook with Devan Dubnyk
  • Why people are piling on a struggling Matt Dumba
  • Examining whether Dumba's making an impact offensively
  • The warts in Ryan White's game
  • Whether it's time to start re-evaluating Alex Stalock
  • Media narratives about the Wild we want to destroy
  • Why has the defense struggled lately?
  • Why didn't the Wild trade for a defenseman at the deadline?
  • Is the Hanzal trade responsible for the team's struggles?
  • Having to watch national games in French to avoid Doc Emrick
  • Nino Niederreiter's mad ukulele skills

And much more!

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Thanks so much for all you do. We’ll be back next week.

Direct download: HWP_098_Time_To_Panic_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am EST