Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

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


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Direct download: HWP_030_Dubnyk_For_Vezina.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT


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 EDT

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 EDT

Hockey Dubnyk In Minnesota

Tony, Joe, and Chris get you with all you need to know about the most recent shake-up with the Minnesota Wild, the Devan Dubnyk trade. How has he looked so far? Is Dubnyk a potential long-term solution for the Minnesota Wild? Does this mean we’ve seen the last of Niklas Backstrom?

After discussing Dubnyk, the crew turns their attention towards the playoff picture. The Wild will need to pass 4 teams in the standings in order to make the playoffs. Can they do it? Which teams are most vulnerable to falter down the stretch?

Finally, the gang closes out the show by talking defense, defense, defense. How did Matt Dumba look upon returning to the big club? What do we think of the fight he had in Buffalo? And why on Earth is Ryan Suter playing so many more minutes than anyone else on the team?


That, and some fun nonsense await you in this episode of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast. We’re also announcing a new way to interact with the show- The Hot Take Line. Call (218) 348-1002 to leave a voicemail with questions or comments about the Wild, and you may have your call played on the show! Make sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter @HWildernessCast!

Direct download: HWP025_HockeyDubnykInMNmixdown.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:33am EDT

In the newest edition of our podcast co-managing editor Tony Abbott and writer/moderators Ger Devine and Aaron Holm are joined by, special guest, Dustin Nelson of Gone Puck WildThe Hockey Writers and (soon to be) Hockey Prospectus to chat about all things Wild including:


  • Is the Wild's season over?
  • Discussing the virtues of Mike Yeo and Chuck Fletcher. Who's to blame?
  • Defending Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu
  • Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle and other coaches out there...
  • Are the Wild just not putting in enough effort?


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