Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

This week on the Hockey Wilderness Podcast Tony is joined by Joe and Chris to discuss everything surrounding the Minnesota Wild this week. Topics include:

  • Joe and Chris’ first impressions of Bruce Boudreau
  • Whether we want to see any of the Wild’s assistant coaches back
  • Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund lighting it up at World’s
  • The Top-3 picks of the 2016 Hockey Wilderness Mock Draft
  • What personnel changes we think the Wild will want to make
  • Possible trade targets for Minnesota… that aren’t Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • The Minnesota Wild Road Tour
  • Is Matt Cullen a vampire?
  • Parents in high school sports

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. You can find more information HERE.

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We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_067_Top_3_and_Trade_Talk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

It’s official! The Wild have hired their 4th coach in team history. The good news? It’s not Randy Carlyle. The better news? It’s Bruce Boudreau, the top coach on the market. Tony sits down with Dustin Nelson of Pretty Much Everywhere to break down all the ramifications surrounding the Wild’s big hiring. Topics covered are:

  • What made Minnesota such a good fit for Boudreau? Was it more than the money?
  • Can he develop the Wild’s young defensemen as well as he did in Anaheim?
  • Whether his playoff failings- especially in Game 7s- are a concern
  • What style of play we might see under Boudreau
  • Is the Wild’s cap situation as bad as everyone thinks?
  • Did the Wild miss the boat on Jonathan Drouin?
  • Why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might actually be the player the Wild need right now
  • Whether Edmonton’s 4th overall pick should be the team’s #1 trade target
  • Potential Draft targets for the Wild at Pick 15
  • What a rampaging Ryan Suter might sound like
  • Boudreau’s potential as an action hero

And much, much more!

If YOU want to see a LIVE RECORDING of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, make sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 24TH! We will be recording a live podcast in Wild Tymes in St. Paul at 6 PM throughout Round 1 of the NHL Draft, followed by a concert by Same Day Delivery, who does our theme music. Find out all the information here!

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_066-_The_Boudreau_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Now that we’ve had some time to process the end of the Wild’s season, it’s now officially time to start doing off-season things. We had Friend of the Show™ Adam Stafki (@NorthernRinkRat) of Along the Boards join us to discuss some pretty big topics concerning the Minnesota Wild, including:

  • Announcing our Super Awesome Pulling-Out-All-The-Stops 2016 Draft Party!
  • Why we, of all people, may have been underrating Nino Niederreiter
  • Chuck Fletcher’s denial-heavy end-of-year press conference
  • John Torchetti getting the first crack at the coaching search
  • Why we think Randy Carlyle is a poor fit for the Wild
  • Why Bruce Boudreau’s firing is an opportunity for Minnesota
  • Is Minnesota the most attractive job available for a coach right now?
  • Is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter’s influence on the team too great?
  • How expansion should shake out for the Wild

And much more!

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We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_065_Fletcher_Court_Ya_Bou.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

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 EDT

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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We’ll be back next week!

Direct download: HWP_063_Game_3_Recap.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

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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We’ll be back soon!

Direct download: HWP_062_Game_2_Reaction_The_Dub_Stands_Alone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

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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We’ll be back soon!

Direct download: HWP_061_Game_1_Recap_Losing_with_Classlicity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

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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We’ll be back soon!

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!

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_058_Playoff_Bound.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:57am EDT