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  1. Oh, and I gave them an earful....at several levels..on behalf of myself and several other STH's I know (a few of which are also dropping).
  2. I would be happy to fill you in with more offline or at a bar. The GM hire just dumped gunpowder into an non-contained fire.....It was time for me to cease donating to a $hit$how with no end in sight
  3. Modano - Desperate backup plan for BOZO the clown; AKA: Paul Fenton
  4. I have had a few conversations of late with some people in the front office. I asked to speak to a few people prior to dumping my tickets. What I heard, I confirmed with some people in the MN hockey community. It is bad enough that I would not even consider re-upping my tickets in hopes of the future without a total facelift. What we see on the ice is the tip of the iceberg. The inside of the Wild organization is a four alarm fire - back stabbing, fear mongering, you-name-it. LIG and Russo are correct. The culture is malignant - all the way around. There are now 5 megalomaniacs in the organization - the owner, the GM, and the charter members of the Country Club. They are not going to get ANY informed players and agents to entertain playing for this dumpster fire unless it is a pure money-grab prior to retirement.
  5. Fenton is an arrogant dip$hit. I have already had enough of his pathetic trades and single first round pick. This guy was the definitive botched hire. Just because he came from a solid Preds front office, doesn't mean he was a capable executive. CL must have really screwed the pooch on this interview, and demonstrated his past bias and affiliation with Preds organization in lieu of any objectivity and discernment with a very important hire. I actually would RATHER have Fletcher at this point.
  6. That was f$%^in hilarious! I had to give you a shout for that humor while watching Coyle vs. NN in the Eastern Conference Finals. I guess they got the last laugh......
  7. I am guessing Kaprisov is licking his chops at the prospect of facing that old cement truck, Ryan Suter. Should be easy pickings I wonder why Suter keeps getting picked for these National Showcases (he must turn it up when he is not on the Wild, where he just plays for a paycheck, not pride).
  8. VERY solid article. I feel very much the same way. I have been looking for a PLAN, and I really don't think Fenton had/has one. I think at this point, he has done a lot of 'trading to make a trade,' and has completely mismanaged not only his existing assets (NN, Granlund, etc), but has tried to repair stupid trades (acquiring a useless Center like Rask), by reversing his 'go younger/faster plan' by resigning Staal (old and slowing, and redundant with Koivu, but better) to account for how $hitty Rask is on the Wild. His reliance upon cast-offs (Bittetto), or validating his regimes old picks (Fiala) smacks of a GM 'way over his head.' It is also just inexplicable that if he saw what an abysmal pick the Wild scouts were touting in Fenton's first draft (Johannson), why he would NOT step in and encourage a different pick, as opposed to becoming the idiot in charge of picking a player that ranged from 3rd round (best) to 7th round (worst) in the first round. I think I have made myself VERY clear with the NN/Rask trade, but I also hated the Granlund/Fiala trade, and was mixed on Donato/Coyle. I think in all cases, assets were NOT maximized. This is a key for any GM, as is having a PLAN. On both counts, Fenton FAILED, and subsequent actions prove this. I am willing to give him time, but if he is as 'thin skinned' as we are hearing, he will be out as GM in another year, and never realize another GM opportunity again. For F#$%s sake, I hope he has at least realized that 11, 20, and 9 are NOT the core - he needs to reach this understanding and acceptance by his boss (CL) too.......Not hopeful for our #12 pick this year
  9. Gusev, arguably the best player beside Kaprisov in the KHL, signed with the Knights. He was let out of his deal too. One year deal, so it IS possible, but not if the Wild 'drag a$$' to get over there and make a deal. I also would put ZERO concern into how many signed F's the Wild have. Trade or dump whomever you need to. We NEED a goal scorer that is young and we can build around, even if it takes him a few years and an adjustment to his level of play in the NHL. I see very few options for goal scorers among all 11 of the signed Wild F's. They just don't scream 'goal scorer' to me. Sign Kaprisov if there is any way to do so.
  10. This development would really bring some potential excitement back to what will likely be an otherwise DULL off season. I still have little faith in our ability to draft - I have not seen an addition of all new scouts, so expect more WTF choices this year. Even if Kaprisov (and less so Svetlakov) are not immediate gamebreakers in the NHL, I think everyone just wants to see some change of aggressiveness of Front Office (to IMPROVE the team). It would be a flight I would hope that they would schedule immediately upon learning there is an opening to negotiate. But, who knows with this management team. Just DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR ONCE, before apathy and ambivalence takes a firm hold. And, for f#$%sakes, keep the Country Club the he77 away from any of these newbies.
  11. There are so many issues rightfully identified above, but solutions come down to the following for me: 1) Per Illa, no matter what Wild do in terms of 'going younger,' or 'bringing in complementary players,' nothing will change if 9, 11, and 20 enjoy the same leadership influence, position preference, TOI, and Special Teams play 2) If you have laughing in the locker room at losses, lack of energy, lack of care regarding the playoffs, unexpected shutouts, continued lapses at home and against inferior teams, etc., who do you count on to keep team focused and executing - typically your captains. Since the Wild have missed expectations for 6 years or more, tell them "your time is now past as Core (9, 11, and 20)". 3) If you do not allow coaches to make 'coaching decisions,' and allow players to dictate TOI, partners, starts (in goal), Special Teams - you have sabotaged your chances. New agreement needs to be made in Mgmt - someone stated 'stay in your lanes,' would be a good Mgmt discussion upon EOY assessment. The solutions and execution to 1-3 are pretty simple. You bring in 9, 11, and 20 and advise them what 2019/2020 will be; a focus upon youth, and finding the 'next leaders' that may lead the Wild to a deep playoff run. As a result, new As and C will be chosen, and new lines, alignments, and TOI expectations will be instituted. So, "do you want to be part of the transition, or would you like to waive your NMC/NTC and go elsewhere?" You advise them that they are welcome as 'supporting players, but not Core players.' I think 12 would accept this edict much more than 9, 11, and 20, as he did so in coming to the Wild Thereafter, I would get rid of all the 'deadwood' by any means necessary (starting with all within Scouting - and sign the best). That also means Bitteto, Aberg, Rask (or booth expectations to start the season), Brown, Pateryn. I would not sign any FA over 24-25, and I would force my scouts to scout the NHL playoffs, and ANYWHERE they can find some 'diamonds' in the draft (Junior playoffs - no rest for scouting - and I would bonus them for performance). I would focus upon any trade that brings in a player that has character, then skill. Not the other way around. Culture needs to be changed. I would draft potential offensive players in Rounds 1-3 (where skill and readiness are obvious, not worrying about two-way game). I would NOT allow next season to begin without a Team Meeting in Training Camp concerning the new expectations, and I would bring in as many of the young players from Juniors or Iowa as I could, and provide them every opportunity to make the team (including my first and second round draft choices). I would do the same for the next two years to see what I have. I would also pull Greenway, Kunin, Donato and Fiala in with Dumba, Brodin, and Spurgeon and tell them that they are now the Core of the Team (not sure about Staal and Zucker). Just my $.02
  12. Such as; " At pick number, X, the MN Wild select D, Filip Johansson...." A collective "Who!?!" ensues.....
  13. Stalking dissenting opinions. Again. Go back to your bunker. You clearly supported participation trophies in your youth.
  14. Results and our own eyes sure support your baseless conclusions. (I side with Crease and Assist that the locker room is a mess). You will still be there caressing these two selfish players, as they continue to circle the drain. I don't question the effort of 11 this year (absolutely question the effort of 20), I ABSOLUTELY question the leadership of both. The proof is everywhere. I am fairly neutral on Staal - though I think it was clearly a weaker year for him. Who do you think Foligno was calling out a few weeks back. Clue - it wasnt the new guys, the young guys, or his linemates. That leaves very few options. Go ahead and continue to be a sheep.
  15. Which trolls would those be? The trolls that have placed $ and time into the team and watched them fail over and over, and have finally had enough of the status quo? BTW: I have played golf with a few of those people you mention. Though I am not saying any of 11 and 20 (or the father's before they passed) are bad people, we have a right to expect more at that level of pay and responsibility - it goes with the job and pay. Too bad if you don't like people's opinions. Who made you the decorum police?
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