Thursday, April 30, 2009

Minnesota Wild need Money

The Minnesota Wild moved their annual “Select A Seat” event for season ticket holders up a month. Usually the event is in July and this year it will be in May. What’s up with that?

I am guessing the Wild need to start collecting money from their season ticket holders. I heard that the Wild are having trouble making budget without that playoff money in the bank. Usually (when the Wild make the playoffs), season ticket holders send in money to secure Wild Playoff tickets and then when the Wild lose in the first round that unused ticket money goes toward next years season ticket deposit. So: No Playoffs = No Early $$.

I would hate to think of the Wild as a financially strapped team, but the truth of the matter is that the Wild front office was banking on playoff dollars and they didn’t get them so now they have to lure the season ticket holders into the venue and start collecting money asap.

Other poor NHL teams? The Phoenix Coyotes. I just read they had to borrow tons of money from the NHL just to pay rent. Bummer.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another Minnesota Wild Player Hospitalized

It just seems injury and surgery are every day words for Minnesota Wild players. The latest player to go under the knife: Niklas Backstrom.

Backstom has two cysts on the bony part of his hip and will have them removed on Friday. Recovery time on this type of operation is 3 to 5 months so that means one of our highest paid players won’t be at training camp and could possibly miss the first week of the season. If Backstrom does miss the opening games and the other goalie is hot hot, will management make the switch or be kicking themselves for spending money a goalie they might not need. Oh, I see drama ahead.

Don’t forget the other Wild players that have recently underwent surgery: Derek Boogaard had a shoulder repaired, Andrew Brunette had the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee repaired and Brent Burns will have the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder surgically repaired.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Minnesota Wild Roster

There is no question that the Minnesota Wild Roster will look dramatically different next year and I don’t usually like to play the guessing game on who’s going and who’s coming, but I think it would be beneficial to the Wild organization on many levels (team skill and fan marketing) to convince Saku Koivu (Mikko’s Brother) to sign via free agency.

Any other predictions on the future of the Minnesota Wild roster?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Minnesota Wild Starting Over - Breaking News

Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold releases Doug Risebrough
I sort of feel like I should have known this was coming. New owner wants to clean house, no surprise, I guess.

Minnesota Wild Season End

The Minnesota Wild Season End is bittersweet on many levels.

We won the last game of the season 6-3 and we were on a winning streak and probably playing some of the best hockey all season, but it was just too late. The Wild barely missed the playoffs. I just keep thinking if we would have played better in just one other game (like the Feb. 14 home loss after a three goal lead) it could have changed the whole season. I know you can’t go around wondering what if and chasing points, it will drive you crazy, but it sure would have been nice to make the playoffs…but then the question is did they even deserve to make the playoffs? The win one lose one team of the last few months certainly did not.

It’s also a closing of the Jacques Lemaire chapter. He and I have a love hate relationship so I am looking forward to the next era in Minnesota Wild hockey. Are you?

p.s. All the press conferences seem like Jacques made the choice to leave, but a source of mine at the Xcel Center said he was forced to leave. Hmmmmm….either way, Jacques Lemaire is gone and a new chapter will begin.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wild Tickets

It is obvious to me that the Minnesota Wild fans understand just how important Friday's game versus the Calgary Flames is. I took a quick peak online at Minnesota Wild Tickets on my favorite Minnesota Ticket Broker website and found that there are very few available and they are relatively expensive. I think that I am going to stay at home in St. Paul and watch the game on TV. GO WILD!!!

As a side note, I have never been so fired up for the Minnesota Twins season as I am this year. I am 100% going to snag some Twins Tickets for opening weekend. Maybe, they will bring Minnesota the championship that I am afraid the Wild won't bring us this year. GO TWINS!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Minnesota Wild Playoff Picture

This is the most important link for a Minnesota Wild fan right now:

Its’ the NHL Current Playoff Matchups courtesy of ESPN.

For those who don’t know the down and dirty of the NHL Playoff chase, the deal is this: the top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. The division winners in each conference are seeded Nos. 1 - 3, and the remaining five teams are seeded Nos. 4 - 8, according to point total.

Every game is crucial for the Wild, we are still in the hunt. I check this link daily to see where we stand - no joke.