Wilds issues started with Leopold grabbing Fletcher. From there it snowballed badly. No development in the AHL. Weak drafting that has crippled the team. Insane contracts that anybody with hockey sense seen were terrible. Tying the franchise to a 2nd line center at best but more of a third liner. Trades throwing picks for rental players that literally disappear out of the NHL after their contract is up with the Wild. There is so much more!
I think the thing that drives me the most nu
Injury related or not, why are injured players still getting their full equated minutes as usual?
Two years ago Granlund dropped off in production shortly before the playoffs. After the playoffs it was discovered he had a broken hand.
How the hell can a broken hand go undetected by teammates, coaches, staff? A broken bone in the foot, strained groins, hampered hamstrings, etc., etc. Bruised elbows, knees, a broken heart, not getting laid by the old lady
Because they are more talented than deadbeats on the 4th line who shoudn't replace them. Do you really think Winnik , Stewart, or Foligno could have replaced Coyle's minutes last year? Or maybe you are thinking 3rd line center Cullen could have replaced Koivu since his scoring was a bit less than the previous year, but then Cullen only had 22 pts himself What did Ericsson-Ek do last year that deserves 2nd line minutes?
There is also a 23 man roster limit. NHL teams can't just sit
Let me preface this by saying I am not a Mikko Koivu fan. That being said:
Mikko’s PP face off percentage annihilated Staal’s 65% to 52%. That’s why Mikko got the extra ice time on the power play. Because you need to win the face off to have a shot at keeping the puck in the zone to get a PP goal.
And look at the number of shorthanded face offs Koivu takes vs Staal: 265-50. Both came in at 44%.
That’s why Staal doesn’t play the PK. Because
Because they just plain refuse to change the root of the problem so instead they blow smoke and the Mn Nice fans eat it all up... yum, yum, yummmy
In my opinion the root of the problem is Mikko and his so called leadership skills. Obviously his style of leadership does not work and if you think it does work, please explain which year? They desperately need a shake up (like 5 years ago) they need to be hollered at and kicking/screaming leadership... obviously babying them does not wo
The Wild's power play has never been great. As far as getting a lot worse? Depends on what you mean by "a lot worse". The Wild's power play hasn't really changed much, consistently hovering around that 17%-20%. In Lemaire's last season (08-09) the power play was at 20.1%. In Richards two seasons, the power play was at 19.1% and 18.1%. In Yeo's first season the power play was at 15.1%. The remainder of Yeos tenure saw the power play at 17.9%, 17.8%, 15.8% (Brunette coached), 18.5% (Brunette coac