Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast has returned refreshed from the All-Star Break! Joe was a scratch due to illness, but we have some strong podcasters coming off the bench. Our long-time writer from the OG days of the podcast, Aaron Holm, as well as HW College Hockey expert and Gogol Bordello fan Jack Van Thomme. Together they looked ahead to the second half of the season, and the Trade Deadline.

Specifically:

  • Whether Bruce Boudreau’s All-Star Game failure should have us worried about the playoffs
  • The NHL’s Top-100 Players of All Time list: Which current Blackhawks players should have replaced Crosby, Ovechkin, and Jagr?
  • Is the West Minnesota’s to lose?
  • Crediting Bruce Boudreau and Chuck Fletcher’s recent work
  • The lack of pending UFA goaltenders on the trade market
  • Could Jaroslav Halak be the ideal solution in a trade?
  • Should Minnesota even look at upgrading their blue line?
  • Why the Wild’s fourth line needs upgrading
  • Who the hell is Derek Ryan???
  • Tony digs up some potential buy-low candidates
  • Is Minnesota still looking for a Number One Center™?
  • One surprise name that could mayyyybe be available

And much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, I Heart Radio, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 to discuss Mike Yeo’s new gig and more! Stay tuned!

Direct download: HWP_092_Trade_Deadline_Preview_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

The Minnesota Wild are almost at the All-Star Break, but there's no rest for the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Tony and Joe sat down on Wednesday Night to discuss the Minnesota Wild's week, answer your questions, and more!

Topics included:

  • Recapping the results from last week's All-Star Draft
  • Talking about the growth of Hockey Day in Minnesota, and why it's actually a really great event
  • Casey Middlestadt. He's good.
  • Why the Wild shouldn't tank for Middlestadt
  • Another Wild win on Hockey Day, thanks to Ryan Suter
  • Jonas Brodin's broken finger, and its fallout
  • A plague of two-goal leads blown this week
  • Minnesota Prospects rising in Corey Pronman's Top-50
  • What to do with Darcy Kuemper
  • Realistic trades for the Wild at the deadline
  • How to snap Zach Parise's slump
  • Why Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker should play NBA Jam with Tony

And much, much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_091_Hockey_Day_Hijinks_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

For just the second time in Hockey Wilderness Podcast history, we join face-to-face and have a live show for you. After a skate with several friends of ours in the Wild podcasting community, Tony, Joe, and so many others sat down at Grumpy's in Roseville to discuss the Minnesota Wild's week.

Topics included:

  • Talking about our Blogger Classic outdoor skate
  • The Minnesota Wild's battle for first place
  • Whether we've seen the best of Minnesota
  • We get sad and talk about Darcy Kuemper
  • Minnesota's potential rebranding for the new Adidas jerseys
  • Our Central Division All-Star Draft
  • Debating Artemi Panarin's true value
  • Trying to figure out how the Jets aren't good yet
  • Ryan Suter vs. Jared Spurgeon
  • Why Zach Parise still has a compelling All-Star case
  • Even more homer picks
  • Who the John Scott of the 2017 All-Star Game should be

The draft includes Friends of the Show™ Ben Remington of Giles and the Goalie, as well as Bob Spencer and Dan Ginter of the Hashtag Hockey Podcast. Make sure to follow their work, too. Also joining the show: Panda Pete of Twins and Losses and Chris Boyd of Hockey Wilderness.

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, I Heart Radio, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_090_The_All-Star_Game_Draft_Live_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

All is right in the State of Hockey. Minnesota continued their winning ways on the road, their prospects did well in the World Junior Championships, and a couple of those prospects brought home the Gold for Team USA. With such a big week, we had to get an equally big-time guest, so we got Dustin Nelson of Thrillist, The Hockey Writers, and Sports Illustrated.

Dustin joined Tony and Joe to discuss all that happened, including:

  • Merciless Monday: Where we mock Star Sunday
  • Devan Dubnyk’s struggles over the week
  • Why Darcy Kuemper will be important over the second half and beyond
  • Zach Parise putting his game back together

Then after the break, they move on to the World Junior Championships

  • Getting excited for Joel Eriksson Ek’s well-rounded game
  • Jordan Greenway’s meteoric rise- Will he be able to be as dominant against stronger competition?
  • Luke Kunin shines in a defensive role
  • Kirill “The Ghostface Krilla” Kaprizov drags Russia all the way to a Bronze Medal
  • Where does Alex Tuch factor into this forward group now?

And more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_089_The_Ghostface_Kirilla2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

It's a New Year, and the Minnesota Wild are going to have to build a new streak. After dropping a much-anticipated matchup to the Columbus Blue Jackets on New Year's Eve, the Wild are looking to build on the momentum they created themselves. Joe Bouley and Tony Abbott sat down on Sunday night to discuss those positives that defined the streak.

Topics included:

  • Devan Dubnyk, of course. Is it OK to call him an elite goalie yet?
  • Jason Zucker becoming a complete player
  • Jordan Schroeder making the most of his shot- both literally and figuratively
  • Mikael Granlund's impressive season- why aren't we talking about him more?
  • Dissecting the end of the 12-game streak
  • The Chris Stewart fight and Matt Dumba fight/ejection
  • Is this Wild team for real? How can they avoid the annual slump?
  • A brief World Junior Championship update
  • Who will make the biggest impact for Minnesota in 2017?
  • What would be our ideal Minnesota Wild lineup?

Help start us off on the right foot in 2017! You can start by subscribing to our show wherever you get your podcasts from. We're in the process of adding even more places to hear our show, but your favorite podcast app should have us. 

If you want to help even more (and you definitely want to), leave us an iTunes Review! You can find the link here, and in just minutes, you can leave us your feedback and help more Wild fans find our show.

We'll be back with a special guest to cover the World Junior Championships in-depth next week! Stay tuned!

Direct download: HWP_088_My_Streak_Left_Me_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

The Minnesota Wild have extended their winning streak to 7 games! Surely, this means that we’re going to be positive this week, right?

Right?

Don’t worry, after a couple of weeks of measured, pessimistic thinking, Tony and Joe sat down Monday night and said some positive things about the Wild.

They started out by discussing player numbers, because it’s Episode 87, which is the number of a hockey legend: Donald Brashear. We also got the jersey talk for Episode 88 out of the way, reflecting on the Brent Burns trade, and go down the road of talking about how weird it was that the Wild traded away their leading (per-minute) scorer in two of the last 6 years.

Things do get rolling, and the crew knocks out a bunch of news, including the winning streak, the team’s playoff odds, Erik Haula’s injury, Eric Staal’s greatness, Tyler Graovac stepping up, and 30-year-old Pat Cannone making his debut. They even make themselves praise the Wild for doing things good.

In Segment Two, they give you a quick rundown of the prospects that will be playing in the World Junior Championships over the next few weeks, and have Jack Van Thomme step in and discuss Team USA Captain Luke Kunin. Funny- don’t hear many people knocking that draft pick now.

Then in Segment Three, we read our first Celebrity iTunes Review. You’ll never guess who it is. Then we delve into our mailbag, which covers aging vets, drafting goalies, whether Graovac can shake up the Wild’s centers long-term, the John Scott Rule, and instability in Florida.

After you’re done listening to this great podcast, you can show your support by subscribing to our show on your favorite podcasting app, leaving us an iTunes review, or telling your friends about us.

We will also be taking the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so we’ll be back in action in the first week of January.

2016 sucked for a lot of people, but at least for the podcast, it was great. Thanks to everyone who listened, subscribed, reviewed, and shared us. We’re incredibly grateful, and looking forward to an even better 2017. Have a great, safe holiday season!

Direct download: HWP_087_Captain_America_Winter_Badger_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

The Wild are on a roll right now, and so was the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. On Monday night, Tony sat down with Joe Bouley and Alec Schmidt to discuss a lot going on with the Minnesota Wild.

Topics included:

Opening topics: Babies and beer! A great combination!

The Cal Clutterbuck extension: Is it worse than Jason Pominville’s?

We actually kinda talk a lot about Garth Snow

Is Chuck Fletcher a bad GM?

What’s up with Matt Dumba?

Defending against high-profile defamation claims

More Kurtis Gabriel talk (sorry)

Tyler Graovac and Chris Stewart stepping up

What do the Minnesota Wild do well?

What’s wrong with Zach Parise?

Why Nino Niederreiter should be considered an “eye test” guy

Direct download: HWP_086_Two_Minutes_for_Defamation_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast is back after a long road trip (for the Wild, not the HWP Crew). Tony and Aaron Holm (or, The Noogie, if you prefer) sat down on Tuesday Night to chat about the Wild’s week. Buckle up, because a ton of ranting and a huge mailbag made this a monster episode.

Topics we discussed:

  • Pominville’s 2-goal outburst in Vancouver
  • Darcy Kuemper with another stinker
  • Gustav Olovsson’s debut
  • Shootout in Calgary- Neither Koivu nor Parise got an attempt
  • Zach Parise’s recent slump. What’s wrong with him?
  • Charlie Coyle continuing to be great
  • We spend more time talking about Kurtis Gabriel than he’s spent playing this year.
  • November’s Prospect 3 Stars of the Month
  • Backup goalie options for Minnesota
  • Should the Wild consider a Pominville buyout
  • Who will the Wild’s next Captain be?
  • Who are we excited to see in the World Junior Tournament?
  • Who are our favorite non-Hockey Wilderness writers and analysts?
  • What should the Wild do with their jerseys if they re-brand?
  • Our favorite bands
  • Is Chuck Fletcher on the hot seat?????!!!!!1

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_085_Not_a_Hired_Hitman_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast has worked off that Thanksgiving turkey and is back in your earbuds! On Tuesday evening, Tony was joined by Greg Spiroff of Hockey Wilderness and Panda Pete of Twins and Losses to discuss the Minnesota Wild, and much more!

Topics include:

  • Panda Pete’s hockey experience in San Diego
  • Remembering Randy Moss and Thanksgiving football
  • The Minnesota Wild’s scoring slump (Annihilating Pittsburgh aside)
  • Charlie Coyle firing up
  • Gerard Gallant’s weird firing
  • Marco Scandella’s return to the lineup
  • Jonas Brodin’s big two weeks
  • Whether it’s a good idea for Minnesota to expose more forwards to protect 4 defenseman in the expansion draft
  • Devan Dubnyk is still on fire
  • Darcy Kuemper struggling to find his way into the lineup
  • We talk about Star Wars for… reasons?
  • Three Pokemon Fans’ first impressions of the new installment in the series: Sun and Moon.

And much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_084_Dubymon_Gotta_Save_Em_All_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

You love it, you need it, it’s the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Earlier this week, Joe, Tony, and Adam Stafki of Hockey Wilderness sat down to discuss all that happened during the week, including:

  • Erik Haula’s return to action
  • Zach Parise’s then-imminent arrival
  • Getting the better of Pittsburgh
  • Minnesota’s Top-Line shining this week
  • Minnesota actually winning an overtime game! No, really!
  • Adam discussing his findings after tracking zone entries and zone exits for Minnesota
  • Why tracking that data matters, and what it means for the team
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s future in doubt. What did we think was the best course of action?
  • Who would be best suited to replace Eriksson Ek?

And much more!

Looking for a good way to support the Hockey Wilderness Podcast? There’s a few good ways to do that!

First, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts from, whether that’s iTunes, Podcast Addict, PocketCasts, Doggcatcher, Stitcher Radio- wherever you listen to podcasts, that’s where you can find us!

While you are there, you can leave us a review! They give us a boost in the algorithms so that more Minnesota Wild fans can find us. If you’re having a hard time finding where to leave a review, here’s the link to our iTunes page.

Lastly, any sharing of the podcast- whether it’s word-of-mouth to your friends, or on social media- is helpful. Let your friends know what your favorite Wild podcast is (so long as it’s ours).

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 for more next week. Stay tuned, and Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_083_Bye_Bye_Eriksson_Ek_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT