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  1. Wild Sign Kirill Kaprizov to 5-year, $45 million deal and more Wild news I share my thoughts on the deal and other Wild news. I really don't get the full no trade the last two years. Stupid and too much money. Enjoy and discuss.
    5 points
  2. If you mean the player, I don't see why not. It's like any other NMC or NTC in a contract.... gives player control, but, if the player wanted out, he could waive it, giving control back to the team, allowing the GM to make a move. But, now that this contract nonsense is settled for now, we will really see what the Minnesota Wild have in both Kaprizov and in their young players. Given the cap crunch Minnesota will find themselves in the next 4 seasons or so, players can't expect much help in the way of prime additions, thus who they have on the roster, in Iowa, or who they recently draft
    5 points
  3. The apples to apples comparison of a 24yo Russian recently winning the ROY would be Artemi Panarin. Panarin signed a 2Y/$12M deal with Chicago, got dealt, and is making $11.6M per year in the three years that Kaprizov is signed at $9M. Chicago got three years of Brandon Saad, a season of Anton Forsberg, and Calvin De Haan and Aleksi Saaralea. Saad's not bad, but his 20/50 isn't the 30/70 of a Kaprizov/Panarin and he was making $6M anyway. As with any contract, how the player produces over the course of it will determine whether or not it was a "b
    5 points
  4. I'm very optimistic about this team. So much so I joined a discussion forum (Hi) . Amazing how beautifully they redid the D (which was the biggest problem imo) and now this team is so much more balanced than it was. I definitely think this is a playoff team, and Hart should be much better behind this D too. It will be a good year.
    4 points
  5. Start with Chuck, let it trickle to AV, then bump it up to Risto. By the time you get there a clearly defined a$$-hat will emerge Trust the process
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  6. He should actually do well there if he plays opposite Laine. Voracek does nothing but pass (and stickhandle) and Laine does nothing but shoot. If they end up with any kind of chemistry it could be a very good stats year for each. They just need a center who can win some faceoffs and can take some space near the net and in the corners.
    4 points
  7. Wild Fans Speak: 2021-22 Pre-Season Edition - Part 1 of 3 Its that time of year again, where I ask 7 fans their thoughts on the upcoming Minnesota Wild season. This year I also included the results of some fan polls I had on Twitter about a month ago and you can see how they they answered as well. People certainly seemed to have their opinions and views and it was another fun article to put together. I will post the next one in a few days. Check it out and discuss!
    3 points
  8. Svechnikov did enter the league as an 18 y old kid, Kaprizov was 23. That's a pretty big difference. Will Svechnikov make as many headlines as Kaprizov in two years, I don't know but the difference between those two IMO isn't really that big despite Kaprizov's awesome rookie season. I'm sure you and me and the Russian hockey channels will be much wiser after the upcoming season. I'm thinking Kaprizov will have his hands full of keeping Andrei behind him in that pecking order rather than surpassing any of those guys above him. I guess it's pretty clear already but I really, real
    3 points
  9. I'm pretty high on this team this year. A decent amount of new blood, changed up locker room in combination with players wanting/needing to prove themselves (TK, OL, Hart, Frost, to some extent Risto....). It *can* be a good combination to have and if everything comes together, this team can win some playoff rounds but they have to stay healthy and get off to a good start.
    3 points
  10. I want a minimum of 40 goals. I want 80 points or more. I am not going to expect any less. The guy is getting big money, he's got to accept the pressure that comes with it and the criticism if he doesn't meet those expectations. My disappointment is irrelevant, but we should demand more now.
    3 points
  11. I always look forward to these article. I especially like the inclusion of DJ Ricky. I find the views outside the Wild fanbase informative. Sometimes they confirm what we've thought all along. Other times it shows we do look at things through rose-colored glasses. I wasn't surprised by the Parise buyout, because he just couldn't keep up anymore, and I think he wore out his welcome with the coaching staff. Suter I was more surprised at, because of the two Wonder Twins, I felt he kept up his end of the bargain. So the only reason I could see in cutting him loose was that the country club rumors
    3 points
  12. From Thunder Bay News Watch https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/flyers-legend-leach-faced-racism-at-the-rink-4458766 Former Philadelphia star says he and other players of his era should have spoken up, glad to see Dryden's Truth and Reconciliation Game spread awareness of the issues Canada's Indigenous people are still facing today. about 17 hours ago By: Leith Dunick Former NHLer Reggie Leach was a guest of honour at the Dryden Ice Dogs Truth and Reconciliat
    3 points
  13. I can't lie is was so nice watching the scrimmage this morning and not seeing him or hearing his name. I didn't see one Flyer try to skate the puck in between 3 defenders and turn the puck over in the time i watched. So refreshing...
    3 points
  14. Foligno is a great choice. Dumba...kind of predictable but it could've been worse. Still way better than #20 and #11.
    3 points
  15. That was just Bettman handing Crosby over to save the Pens franchise....they tanked for Mario.
    3 points
  16. No turn soon for rottenrefs. Parise and Kaprizov are absolutely different players with a different achievements in their careers. For these money Kaprizov will play like a lion. Parise was not a lion for this team. Even Guerin agreed Kaprizov is the worth of money they pay to him after so much attention is having team after his arrival last season.
    3 points
  17. AAV 9 mil is just insane, no matter what.... However, the blow is softened if he produces at a high level. If he's not a 30-40 goal, 80 point man, this contract sucks even more.
    3 points
  18. Wow...$9 million a year for 5 years after a 55 game NHL career. Nice work if you can get it.
    3 points
  19. That no trade deal is a win for him puts him in complete control BG screwed the pooch big time. I dont believe how stupid that was.
    3 points
  20. Well, it makes the Brassard pick-up more "relevant." Or--it hands Mr. Frost or other an opportunity to spread his wings. Injury news is never good. This guy loses a brother, then suffers an injury when he's expected to have a comeback year. There isn't much to say other than "ouch."
    3 points
  21. Getting rid of their three goalies was not really the best move Carolina made. They are still competitive but I'm really doubtful about the Andersen/Raantaa duo.
    3 points
  22. Trade him to wherever the hell he wants to play....he played half a season and thinks he's a free agent....
    3 points
  23. I am sure @DJ Ricky will appreciate the praise! I am glad you look forward to reading these articles, I certainly look forward to gathering up their responses each year. I think its good to have Ricky's perspective to get at least one opinion outside the Minnesota Wild echo chamber. I have to admit, hearing that Suter was ambushed by the news brought a big smile to my face. Clearly Wild GM Bill Guerin didn't have any illusions about either of them anymore. I thought Souhan's piece on how he didn't thank either #11 for #20 for their leadership was very telling and a keen obser
    2 points
  24. Group B van Riemsdyk-Frost-Farabee Laughton-Thompson-Aube-Kubel Bunnaman-Rubtsov-Sandin Willman-Cates-Wilson Sanheim-Ristolainen York-Clendening Millman-Wylie Day-van de Leest Jones Sandstrom Something to prove Is that the new motto for the 2021-22 season?? I will say it has been awhile since i have been this intrigued by the new additions to the team and don't know what to really expect. I will be checking in and their performance will determ
    2 points
  25. Sorry, I'll clarify. It's not that I don't think York might actually be better than Yandle at this point in his career, I just can't see Yandle not in the lineup because of coach choice. If anything, I could see them make Braun the 7th because he would be a player/coach type.
    2 points
  26. I don't know man, York has ice water in his veins. He does not get rattled. A moment in camp will certainly not be too big for him. I also think because he's LHD I don't know that he and Braun are competing for the same spot.
    2 points
  27. I like those lines OR. You're in my head on this one. The 1st line is a little concerning if JVR goes in a slump but Farabee and Coots can probably carry him for a while. Giroux helps Frost get to his potential, Atkinson pots 30+. Giroux finally gets a finisher on his line. Lindblom came in healthier with more muscle. He and TK have something to prove. That 4th line will be a b!tch to play against.
    2 points
  28. Yes on paper you are right it seems like it should work....until Jake skates into 3 defenders and losses the damn puck trying to stick handle through them. One thing is for sure man he better be glad Torts isn't there anymore. Can you imagine the melt down Torts would have with Laine AND Jake on the ice together??? His head would explode.
    2 points
  29. Thinking twice about this, I think it does make perfect sense. I just heard a couple of former NHLers and coaches who basically said "yeah, a shitload amount of money but that's the new NHL standards". Every other team would've done the same. And as confirmed by Russo and the Athletic, the 5-yr/$45M was the offer on the table from day one. Negotiations lasted long probably because of the NTC are maybe also the money distribution (real salary) over the years as young players want to get most of the cash early in the contract while GMs are likely to distribute it more or les evenly.
    2 points
  30. Media day in Columbus. It’s really real, lol. jake doesn’t look homeless anymore. I still hate him!!
    2 points
  31. Kaprizov and his agent probably added the NTC so it felt like they won the negotiations. Done is done, Now the only way other teams can't just focus on shutting him down is if Rossi and Boldy and others play up to expectations. Would be great to have some real chemistry with whatever linemates he ends with. Oh, And C&A..."But the mustard-colored breezers and gloves are garish" Thank You !! ....I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt that way.
    2 points
  32. Camp is going to start tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with a group A. It is a nice group where included Kaprizov; EEK; Zuccarello; Lodnia; Novak; Shaw; Goligoski, but for me the most interest is presenting the group C. In that group we can see Fiala; Boldy; Rossi; Dumba; Brodin; Sturm; Lambos; Gordeev; Kahkonen; Kozlowski who all are having lots of potential power.
    2 points
  33. The NMC makes this a potential disaster, for the reasons C&A stated in the article
    2 points
  34. Yes but they struggle to separate what is good for the team and what is good for the kid most times. So for once I hope they do what is best long term for the kid, not the short term for the team. I'll hold my breathe...
    2 points
  35. I’m fully on board. Downside is after this season it’s going to be tough to get him some help. Hopefully the young guys step up
    2 points
  36. Now hes got a lot to live up too 45mil should be fun to watch.
    2 points
  37. Wild and Chicago aren't going to Traverse anymore, they broke off from it and have formed their own prospect showcase for the time being.
    2 points
  38. Yup. Giving the world for him would take a lot from the rest of the team, wrecking the room. Let him sit William Nylander style.
    2 points
  39. Boldy and Rossi seem to be working together nicely. Let's see how they manage against tougher competition.
    2 points
  40. I'm actually more concerned about him. Nothing against Morin but I think Allison becomes the more important player of the two on Philly. And why is practically everyone who writes for the Flyers are total jerks?
    2 points
  41. After watching both games against Chicago I came to an opinion that Boldy and Rossi are completely ready for the big club and both could be a real candidates for the Calder trophy at the same year. This will develop a nice competition between them as well as production for entire team and a huge interest to the Wild team as well too. Beckman is a nice prospect too and could be a Calder trophy candidate for the next season.
    2 points
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