Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

82 games are in the books, and it’s time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Barry Campbell of Hockey Wilderness sits down with Tony to discuss the upcoming series, mostly from a Minnesota Wild perspective.

We covered these topics:

  • Niklas Backstrom stealing a win from Minnesota in potentially his final NHL game
  • Does the Wild’s 5-game losing streak into the playoffs matter?
  • What are we to make of the Wild’s streakiness since January?
  • Parise, Haula, Vanek injuries
  • Will Mike Reilly make the playoff roster?
  • Tyler Seguin’s injury
  • What does Minnesota have to do to impress you this postseason?

As well as these Keys to the series:

  • Will Minnesota’s defense be their strength?
  • Can Dallas maintain two first lines if Seguin’s hurt?
  • Can the Wild avoid turtling with a lead?
  • Is Antoine Roussel going to take Minnesota off their game?

And much, much more.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Direct download: HWP_060_Wild_vs_Stars_Round_1_Preview.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

We’ve got not one, not quite two, but basically two podcasts for you, all wrapped up in one kick-ass package.

The first was recorded Sunday morning, before the Wild clinched. Joe, Chris, and Tony sat down to discuss everything leading up to the Wild’s loss to Winnipeg, including:

  • The Duncan Keith suspension
  • Do the Wild really play down to their competition?
  • John Torchetti wanting the Wild to be more offensive

And then once they clinched on Tuesday night, Jack joined Joe and Tony to discuss everything else.

  • Minnesota clinching a playoff spot… only because Colorado is terrible
  • Should Wild fans feel good about making the playoffs?
  • What will it take for Minnesota to pull off an 8-seed upset?
  • Re-evaluating the Brent Burns trade
  • The Wild’s comments after clinching the playoffs
  • Patrick Roy calling out Matt Duchene for celebrating his 30th goal
  • Frozen Four Preview

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_059_How_To_Clinch_A_Playoff_Spot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

It was just one week ago that we didn’t want to talk about the struggling Minnesota Wild. Weirdly enough, it turns out that a 5-game winning streak gets people more excited to discuss a team. Who knew?

Joe and Tony sat down on Easter Sunday to discuss every aspect of the Wild’s hot streak, including:

  • Zach Parise re-discovering his scoring touch
  • Devan Dubnyk carrying the team
  • Niklas Backstrom’s return to Minnesota
  • Nail Yakupov trade rumors
  • Which Wild player has been most disappointing?
  • Looking ahead to post-season match-ups
  • Looking at recent college signings: Mario Lucia, Nick Seeler, and Alex Petan
  • Everything you need to know about LASIK surgery

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_058_Playoff_Bound.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

After a two-week absence (work stuff caught up to us, sorry!), Joe, Aaron, and Tony sat down to discuss all the recent happenings with the Minnesota Wild (even though they've been kind of a bummer). We take a ton of listener questions, and discuss all of this and more!

  • Are the Wild bad, or do they just not care?
  • What’s the deal with Zach Parise?
  • First impressions of David Jones
  • Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kemper are struggling. Do the Wild have a Goalie of the Future?
  • Is it time to give the keys to this team to the young players?
  • Which Wild prospects can we expect to turn pro this summer?
  • We’re asked to make a case for each of us to be the next GM of the Wild… so we did…
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard retired this week, and we ended the podcast remembering his time in Minnesota.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_057_MakeMNWildGreatAgain.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EDT

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Hockey Wilderness Podcast is here to keep you all up to speed on the latest with the Minnesota Wild. This week, Tony sits down with Barry and long-time Friend of the Show™ Ben Remington of Wild Xtra. We have a brief but fun show that covers the busy week that was, including:

  • Mike Yeo’s first comments since his dismissal
  • The Niklas Backstroke trade and his legacy in Minnesota
  • Ranking Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, and Jason Zucker
  • Preliminary Rosters for the World Cup of Hockey
  • The new Adidas jerseys

and much, much more.

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends! Make sure to also check out Ben's podcast, Giles and the Goalies

We’ll be back next week!

 

Direct download: HWP_056_Bye_Bye_Backstrom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EDT

Some notable firsts this week! John Torchetti won his first game for the Wild, then rattled off three more. The Wild won their first Stadium Series game this weekend. And for the first time in the two-year history of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, we recorded the podcast in the same room!

After an insane week for the Wild that saw them fire their coach, climb back into the playoff race, and knock around the Blackhawks in an outdoor game, Barry, Chris, Joe, and Tony assembled at a conference table to discuss everything that happened including:

  • The Wild’s sweep of Western Canada
  • What’s different about this team under Torchetti
  • Whether the Wild’s offensive output indicates the team quit on Yeo
  • Re-living the North Stars during the Alumni Game
  • Checking up on some of our favorite Wild Alumni
  • The atmosphere at the Stadium Series
  • Erik Haula’s resurgence
  • Coach Q pulling the goalie with 7 minutes left
  • The Rozsival-on-Zucker hit

And an absurd amount of fun stories!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

Definitely not a slow news week at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! Less than 24 hours after the Wild fired Mike Yeo, Tony, Joe, Aaron, and Alec sat down to discuss the firing, and all it’s fallout, including:

  • Was this the right time to make a coaching change?
  • What went wrong for Mike Yeo
  • Whether Yeo given a fair shake by the front office
  • Why Chuck Fletcher escaped the firing line
  • What we expect to see from interim coach John Torchetti
  • Some very cold remarks from Thomas Vanek
  • Who the Wild could look to trade at the deadline

And much, much more!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-384-1002 (We fixed the number, it is indeed correct now!). We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_054_Yeozymandias_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

The “Big Super Bowl Game” pushed delayed this week’s podcast, but after heathy scratching Joe, Tony sat down with Chris and Jack to discuss all the happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • Mike Yeo healthy scratching Jason Zucker and Thomas Vanek
  • Whether there truly is accountability on this team
  • The ideal power play lineup for the Wild
  • Jonas Brodin’s broken foot
  • Whether the Wild can still make a trade without Brodin
  • Which defensive prospect do we think will make an impact down the stretch
  • Goalie poops

And much, much more!

If YOU want to have your questions, reactions, or opinions on the show, call into our Hot Take Line and leave a voicemail letting us know what you think! Our number is 218-348-1002. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week.

 

 

Direct download: HWP_053_Heathy_Scratches_Mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

After the All-Star Game, Tony, Joe, Aaron, and Jack sat down to discuss the game, and the very painful struggles of the Minnesota Wild. But don’t worry! There’s plenty of laughs, spontaneous beatboxing, and we even respond to some listener questions!

Here’s what we covered:

  • What (surprisingly) worked about the All-Star Game
  • John Scott’s MVP weekend
  • The limitations of Mike Yeo
  • First-half MVPs
  • Who needs to step it up in the second half? (No one says Jason Pominville!!!)
  • Why reports of tension in the locker room might not be that big of a deal
  • Is it a problem that Devan Dubnyk was Minnesota’s only All-Star representative?
  • Will the Wild make the playoffs?
  • And much more!

Make sure to support our show by subscribing to us on iTunes. Other great ways to support the show are leaving us an iTunes review (they really do help!) and sharing our show with your friends!

We’ll be back next week.

Direct download: HWP_052_The_System_is_Down_mixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

The Hockey Wilderness Podcast returns! After getting completely destroyed by the holidays and a computer crash, the #HWPodcast crew gets back on track in style. Joe and Tony sit down with Hockey Wilderness contributor/Writer for everywhere Dustin Nelson, and they talk about all of the happenings from the last month +, including:

  • Jarret Stoll’s acquisition and impact on the Wild
  • Jared Spurgeon’s big extension
  • Trade rumors surrounding Jonathan Drouin and Loui Eriksson
  • The Wild’s recent free-fall in the standings
  • Mike Yeo’s job security

And much, much more.

Check out Dustin’s newsletter at tinyletter.com/dlukenelson!

Apologies if the audio isn’t perfect. Experimenting with a new program, and we’ll be perfecting it in the coming weeks.

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Big shout-out to Jack Van Thomme for designing our new logo!

We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_051_Cant_Stump_the_Slump_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT