Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

The day after the Minnesota Wild were bounced from the playoff by the Dallas Stars, Joe and Tony sat down to put a wrap on the season and look ahead to the offseason.

Topics they discussed were:

  • Charlie Coyle’s crazy goal in Game 4
  • Mikko Koivu carries them to a win in Game 5
  • Prince sparking a comeback from down 4-0 in Game 6
  • For the last time: Was the problem with this team skill or heart?
  • Is Chuck Fletcher’s job safe?
  • Should the Wild make John Torchetti the full-time coach?
  • Do Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba still have a future in the Wild organization?
  • Where should the Wild play Mikael Granlund and Coyle going forward- Center or Wing?
  • Do we want to see any of our fourth-liners return?
  • Who in Iowa can we see making a jump to the NHL next season?
  • What’s one bold move we would make this offseason to get the Wild back on track?

And much more!

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Thanks for another great season, but make sure to stick around! We'll be checking in throughout the summer.

Direct download: HWP_064_Out_of_the_Playoffs..._Again...mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EST

Flying solo no longer, Tony sees his regular co-pilot Joe return to the podcast to recap the Wild’s Game 3 win vs. the Stars, and break down all of the major plot points of the game.

Topics include:

  • Kurtis Gabriel joining the Wild for Game 3
  • The Jason Pominville - Erik Haula - Nino Niederreiter going off
  • Why it took until Game 3 for Minnesota pulling off a victory?
  • Mikko Koivu stepping up in this series
  • On a weirdly related note, possible landing spots for Koivu and Pominville this offseason
  • What to expect in Game 4
  • We put a spotlight on Joe’s inability to say “Torchetti” and Tony’s inability to be Tom DeLonge

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_063_Game_3_Recap.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Sometimes, you have no choice but to be all by yourself. This last week, Devan Dubnyk has been all alone in net. And today, Tony reacts to Game 2, with no support.

He manages, though reacting to Game 2, college signings, and reader questions.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota playing a closer game Saturday than in Game 1
  • Why Antoine Roussel’s goal shouldn’t have counted- but why the Wild can’t blame the referees for the loss
  • Mikael Granlund’s great and terrible game
  • How to avoid alcohol poisoning throughout this series
  • How the Wild can increase the offense without sacrificing defense
  • What’s the Wild’s competitive window now?

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_062_Game_2_Reaction_The_Dub_Stands_Alone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a guest representing another team, so we made sure to go out and get the best! Carolyn Wilke is one of the sharpest analytic minds out there, and she’s a must-follow on Twitter (@Classlicity) and on Today’s Slapshot.

We break down Game 1 between the Wild and Stars for a bit before Tony got really sad and moved the conversation to talking about the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances as a whole.

Some topics we discussed are:

  • Dallas taking a page out of Minnesota’s playbook in Game 1
  • Does the Wild have a prayer of beating the Stars?
  • Should Lindy Ruff keep Tyler Seguin out of the lineup to heal until Minnesota proves they can keep up with them?
  • Why aren’t we considering Dallas, and not teams that tanked to win Cups like Chicago, the league’s model franchise?
  • How the confusing Kris Russell trade helped the Stars
  • Dallas’ path to a Stanley Cup Championship- Can they pull it off?
  • What GM Carolyn Wilke would do to fix the Minnesota Wild

And 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_061_Game_1_Recap_Losing_with_Classlicity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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