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Everything posted by Icechipper

  1. I imagine he might get a half dozen games in Minnesota then returns to either the 67s or is loaned to an Austrian club so he can begin season on time.
  2. It's musical chair time for NHL goalies. All were all-world at points in their career, and every team that takes one is looking for either a big turnaround with the proverbial "change of scenery" or a mentor. Stalock unfortunately can mainly mentor a minder to ride the pine.
  3. For a third round pick in 2021. Other move of the day is signing Sturm for two years. Sturm is stronger, a better skater and can take face offs as a center or work the wall as a left wing. Donato, I don't know, seems like his stick was too long. Clears really more a roster spot, as Donato is at $1.6 million.
  4. Well, he was Mr. Hockey Minnesota. His bio mentions core surgery and leg injuries. Hope he has no underlying concussion issues we don't know about.....
  5. You guys know how I feel about this, as in my opinion Brodin is the best hockey player on the Wild, mobile, high hockey IQ, and ability to shift directions seamlessly. He's also a cool hand carrying the puck out of our zone. Might I add speed as well.
  6. Brilliant. We got ourseleves another Johansson. Coaching pee wee, all I had to do is say, "Justin....get out there," and five guys jumped over the boards. So in about two years' time we will have Marcus Johannson at center, and Simon Johansson and Filip Johansson on the defense. At a minimum, this could cause confusion for Wild opponents. "Keep an eye on Johansson out there," a coach might instruct. "Which one, coach?"
  7. What's the story with Buff? Never heard a definitive account of that mess...
  8. Time to turn C over to Brodin. Clearly best hockey player on the Wild and one of the most mobile defenseman in the NHL. Skating is unreal and he can carry the puck through traffic.
  9. And I have to say this here: Jonas Brodin is the best hockey player on the Wild and it's not even close.......
  10. This dump and chase boring. Get puck on good sticks
  11. Name them the Wanderers and they can wander around as the NHL shuffles rinks and shuttle shifts teams to the next hockey "hotbed."
  12. Johnson is 25, a product of Grand Forks, N.D, four-year starter at the University of North Dakota. He has proven he can perform at the NHL level..... Anas is among the hottest players in the AHL, a product of Maryland, 28 years old, who played collegitly at Quinnipac University....put up 70 points in 63 games....
  13. As I understand it, the NHL is allowing clubs to bring 28 skaters and four goaltenders to Phase II camps. I'll spitball a potential roster here. I have avoided allotting spots to juniors, late-season signing and college free agents. For ske of composition, I am choosing 18 forwards, 10 defenseman and four puck stoppers. All were on either the Minnesota or Iowa rosters this season. Here we go: Centers 12 Staal 9 Koivu 14 Ek 27 Galchenyuk 49 Rask 7 Sturm Left wingers 11 Parise 18 Greenway 17 Foligno 6 Donato 37 Rau 74 Sokolov Right wingers 36 Zucarello 22 Fiala 38 Hartman 19 Kunin 23 JT Brown 26 Mayhew Outside shots: 41 Johnson (C/RW) 48 Sam Anas (C) 57 Mike Liambas (LW/Enforcer) Defensemen 20 Suter 46 Spurgeon 25 Brodin 24 Dumba 21 Soucey 77 Hunt 29 Pateryn 44 Bartkowski 47 Belpedio 61 Mennell Outside shots: 75 Falkovsky 79 Warner Goaltenders 40 Dubnyk 32 Stalock 31 Kahkonov 42 Robson I welcome your input and maybe your own Corona Hockey League lineup!
  14. I've thought the same. Minneapolis-St. Paul one metro area but Wild play on the east side of the Mississippi at XCel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. But yeah, hotels on both sides of the river would be required to host the event. National Guard called in and cleared streets last night. I am a former guardsman but only call ups were for floods, not for this kind of sh*#show....
  15. Why would a young man move away from home to play hockey in the thug-fueled sh#*storm in Minneapolis-St. Paul?
  16. Advantage: last change and two periods, vs. one, with more favorable bench proximity for changes on the fly........
  17. Good point. Did the NHL ask the fans? I love hockey and even skate some summer nights in pickup games, but admit my diet for watching playoffs gets tested in June. Here I the Northland, winters are long, and I wonder if even hockey-mad Canadiens will tune in at the end of long summer days. Suppose we could watch around the bonfire......
  18. If we're making world competion comparisons, shall we have the seven weak sister teams play a relegation tournament in Grand Forks or Flin Flon, kind of like the NIT basketball tournament, with the worst team relegated to the ECHL for next season? yeah, a top four seeded team ca lay an egg on the qualifiers, go 0-3, then turn on the jets. Four goalies fits with the six skater practice rules for the wind up phase. So with 28 players, since this is for all the marbles, each team may elect to ice a minor-league knuckle dragging pugilist from the minors, who can goon it up and get tossed from the tournament, without his team skipping a beat.....oh the possibilities. What's to keep top four teams from resting groin strained or superstar players in those meaningless contests?
  19. To the league's credit there are at least three women on the committee working on this, attorneys to both the league and players, in addition to at least one of the physicians consulting......
  20. I actually read the 14 page phase II plan online. What I can't find anywhere is the allowed playoff roster. Theoretically could apply to up to 50 players under contract. The document specifically mentions teams paying travel and accommodations for AHL players with NHL contracts. What's to stop teams who signed college players and other foreigners and free agents from bringing those guys into camp? Top teir teams may even cosse to field several vastly different lineups in the play in games. May not be practical to have overstuffed locker rooms and 10 or more black aces in the press box. The 23 player cap does it apply in playoffs. Unless someone else has heard a number, it appears to me that the league and players are, for lack of a better team name or word, winging it........can anyone enlighten us?
  21. The other dynamic here is talk of expanded rosters. You have Minnesota talking about signing Kiprosov while other clubs I assume could bring in the cream of the NCAA. Meanwhile no AHL playoffs. Lineups could be vastly different from those that existed pre-pandemic. Stalock as playoff MVP! Crazy approach to crazy times leads to crazy results.

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