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  1. Kountry Klub atmosphere being addressed. 2 founding members still active. We will see if this gets them motivated. I wonder who will wear the "C" this year. I kinda like Foligno for that.....
  2. 1 of these 3 will be available at #9- Rossi, Holtz, Lundell. I would pick them in that order, best of those 3. Do you all think any of them could make the lineup right away, or will we need to wait?
  3. So 14 of 15 so-called draft experts were wrong then last year. Only 1 had Newhook ahead of Boldy and the average bewteen these guys was Boldy #9.1 to Newhook #13.4. I don't know what joy most of you find in constantly whining on this board. They got rid of Riesbrough and then Fletcher, oh now it must be Leipold that's the problem, they get rid of Fenton, yep Leipold's guy. Bring in Guerin, trade Zucker, fire Bruce and now Guerin is in question. Mikko is he problem, he's too tough on the young guys. Parise and Suter are the issue, they make too much. Dubnyk sucks (totally agree - for many years). You know some, maybe even all are issues, some I would agree, others I would not. But constantly whining can't be a fun life. Let's look at the good news when we have it. Let's cheer for the team and prospects when they deserve it. Let's have a little fun with the Wild. One thing that I think is a posiitve right now is the prospect pool. No #1 Center yet. No sure fire goalie yet. But hey, lot's of good years being had by some of our picks from the last few years. Plus you have an AHL team that is playing pretty darn good right now. Enjoy what you have.
  4. Some good news, Young Mr. Boldy has 10 points in his last 5 games. I wish I knew what the line pairings were in College and Minor hockey. Does anyone have a resource for that kind of thing?
  5. Here are the numbers. The last 5 games, he's been better, statistically. Only guessing and hoping, but maybe he is asserting himself a little more. IT appeared, by the boxscores, that he is in on more of the overall goals in that time. Let's hope it works out.
  6. You're correct, I only browsed your article. I will now read more diligently. Still, I think he will be fine.
  7. 5 points in the last 5 games, seems to be shooting the puck a little more. It is probably too early to sound any alarms. He is on a good team and will be well seasoned. Let's not read too much into the slow start he had.
  8. We would be a better team if Nino and Charlie were going, right? So as long as we are winning as a team, why not try to help them get going by putting them in good situations. The more guys we can "get going" the better. If we start losing again, then we will need to shift gears to get the wins. But for now, let's give them chances.
  9. I think they need to convince Nino to start hitting again like he used to. The number official hits is about half of what he did 2-3 years ago. He can start there. Go hit someone, Nino!
  10. Seems like the team is playing pretty well right now. Dubnyk looking strong, solid defensive play, contributions from all over the roster. Some guys have not scored yet, if we can get them going, things should be even better right? As far as the playoffs go, if you've watched the past few years, we look faster, not slower, but we get pushed around. The trade-off for dropping Cullen was to add some toughness. Let's face it, Cullen was not going to scare/hit anyone, a true gentleman. That is one example of how we should be tougher. I think we have a chance to have a good playoff run. That being said, you have to make the playoffs first. Looking good so far and if we can get guys like Nino and Ek to actually hit the back of the net, it should only get better.
  11. Coyle seems to be playing hard and getting some results. Nino, I don't understand. He used to play with grit and some speed for his size, but he now falls over a lot and never blasts anyone. I would like to see him put on the checking line to go out with a mission to hit, forget the damn puck for a while. See if that invigorates him a little. Right now, he is adding nothing to this team. Also, Greenway falls over way too much. He needs to get a better base. 6'6" must be tough, but he's got to figure it out.
  12. I've noticed quite a few BS calls so far this season. It's caught my attention. The Wild seem to be getting the short end of the stick in almost every game. Maybe we should track the penalties and call them bs or fair as we go forward and see what the number show. The total penalties for vs against go beyond statistical error. I think it's something to watch. The good news is that statistically speaking, we should start seeing that disadvantage tilt in our direction.
  13. Staal - 32 Zucker - 30 Niederrieter - 25 Parise - 25 Granlund - 25 Coyle - 20 Dumba - 16 Koivu - 15 Ek - 15 Greenway - 10 Spurgeon - 10 Foligno - 10 Suter - 5 Brodin - 10 Brown - 5 Kunin - 0 Kloos - 0 Fehr - 5 Hendricks - 5 Read - 0 Rau - 0 Seeler - 2 Pateryn - 1 Prosser - 0 Pateryn - 1 Total 266 An improvement by 13 goals. I believe they will focus on cutting down goals as well and improve from 232 down to 220. A net positive of 25 goals. That will be a great season and will be in the top 10 for the league.
  14. I think we need 270 goals (up 17from last year) and allow 220 (down 12 from last year. League was 296 and 203 respectively. My tally comes pretty close to this on goals for (Staal 30, Zucker 30, Nino 25, Parise 25, Granlund 20, Ek 15, etc...) I think we can do it if we get full years out of these guys and maybe a couple of young guy surprises. I think we can cut down on the goals against too. We added some grit and with any luck, we will get more PP opportunities. Our numbers are not terrible, in fact they could be very, very good. I am going to go into the season with high hopes. We are in Minnesota after all!!!

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