Monday, September 27, 2010

Josh Harding Out For Season With Torn ACL/MCL

Josh HardingBack up Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is out for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL in his right knee. St. Louis Blues forward Brad Boyes landed awkwardly on Harding and collided with his right knee in the crease. Anton Khudobin will likely take over the new back up role, a draftee from the 7th round in 2004. After the collision, Harding was in severe pain and told reporters he had heard a "pop". Best of luck to a quick recovery for Josh.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Minnesota Wild Lose 5-1, Sell-Out Streak Over

Xcel Energy CenterThe Minnesota Wild scored first but that didn't matter - the St. Louis Blues responded with 5 unanswered goals and were victorious 5-1. Martin Havlat scored 42 seconds into the game but that lead was quickly erased. However, it's just a preseason game so don't read too much into it. Note - With an announced crowd of 16,219, the Wild had its consecutive sellout streak snapped at 409. It was the first non-sellout at any Wild game in franchise history including preseason, regular-season and postseason.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Minnesota Wild Start Preseason This Week

Mikko KoivuThe Minnesota Wild will start their Preseason this Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center. The offseason moved quickly and it's hard to believe that the hockey season is right around the corner. The Minnesota Wild will get some looks at some young faces for the preseason that have a chance to make the team. Those faces include Marco Scandella, Tyler Cuma, Nate Prosser, and Casey Wellman. The Minnesota Wild will hope for an injury-free preseason.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Minnesota Wild Prospects Win Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Marco ScandellaThe Minnesota Wild prospects defeated the Detroit Red Wings prospects 3-1 in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament Wednesday night. Minnesota goalie Matt Hackett had 30 saves, and Cody Almond, J.T. Barnett, and Marco Scandella scored. Hopefully this can carry into training camp where some of these players have the chance to earn a spot on the NHL squad. Congratulations to the Minnesota Wild prospects for their Traverse City Championship!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Minnesota Wild Name Darby Hendrickson Assistant Coach

Darby HendricksonThe Minnesota Wild have named former player Darby Hendrickson an assistant coach to the organization. He has been a Fox Sports North analyst the last few seasons but will return to the bench this season. Hendrickson is a Richfield, Minnesota native who played for the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Wild. Head Coach Todd Richards said he thinks Hendrickson will fit just right in because "he's a young guy, energetic, a guy recently retired from the game." Welcome aboard, Darby.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Preseason Countdown: 12 Days

Minnesota WildThe Minnesota Wild kick off the preseason on September 22nd at the Xcel Energy Center against the St. Louis Blues. Pretty crazy that hockey is only 12 days away. None the less, I am excited for another season to get underway. The Minnesota Wild will start the season in Finland against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 7th. With some new faces this year, the Minnesota Wild will be looking to get back into the playoffs after a 2 year hiatus. Go Wild!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

James Sheppard out 3-4 Months

James Sheppard Minnesota WildAccording to the Star Tribune, Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard will be out 3-4 months with a knee injury sustained from an ATV accident in Vail, Colorado. He has already undergone surgery and head coach Todd Richards claimed it happened on James Sheppard's kneecap. After signing a one year contract with the team in the offseason, the road to building a solid reputation in the NHL will have to be even longer. Sheppard was drafted 9th overall in 2006 and has registered 49 points in 224 games.