Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Minnesota Wild traded fro a physical forward in Darroll Powe over the weekend. The Wild traded a 2013 third round pick to get him. Powe was a fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his hitting and hard play. He is really fast and strong, although he is not very skilled.
The Wild really like the idea of having their back lines being filled with high energy guys such as Clutterpuck and Powe. Their aggressiveness and speed represents the types of players that the Wild are trying to add to their roster.
Powe isn't much of a scorer, but he was great at killing penalties. He led all Flyers in short handed minutes last season with 257 minutes. He really hasn't done much goal-scoring wise in his career, scoring only 22 goals in 203 career games.
Don't worry Wild fans, Powe understands his role:
"My role is to use my speed and be a physical presence. My game is mainly energy," said Powe, who has scored 22 goals and 43 points in 204 games. "I've definitely watched [Clutterbuck] play over the last few years. He's a guy who plays his role very well. He's a physical presence and someone to watch and someone who would be fun to play with."
Powe is also Scandinavian so he should fit in swimmingly in Minnesota.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wild defenseman Brent Burns is the center of many trade rumors. Brent Burns is going to be a restricted free agent next year, so the Wild are trying to figure out if they are going to try and sign him for the long haul or if they should be trading him. If they trade him, they can likely acquire the impact forward that they have been looking for and maybe a few other assets. Burns is well aware of this and knows its all apart of the business. They might not sign Burns just because he could be asking for a ton of money. The Wild have been in contact with Burns' agent all week to try to figure out if signing him to a long term extension is at all feasible.
The NHL Draft is tonight and the Wild are very excited. They've got the 10th pick in the draft. They say they will either pick an impact forward or defenseman with the pick. They have also discussed moving down or up a couple of slots and maybe picking up a few assets or a player they have been targeting. General Manager Chuck Fletcher said that we shouldn't expect the Wild to move down more than a couple of spots if they do. He believes there is a huge drop off in this draft after the first 13 picks or so. I bet the Wild stick at 10 and make a real solid pick.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
2011 NHL draft at Xcel Energy Center
First round: Friday, 6-9 p.m. (VS); door open for fans at 4 p.m.
Rounds 2-7: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., (NHL Network); doors open for fans at 8 a.m.
Tickets: All tickets for Friday's first round have been reserved; tickets for Saturday's session are available. For information, go to www.wild.com.
Wild picks: 10 (first round), 71 (3rd), 101 (4th), 131 (5th), 161 (6th), 191 (7th).
All this information is from the Startribune website
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Former Wild Coach has got interviews with Colombus, Winnipeg for assistant coaching positions. Detroit’s also interested in Richards, while Dallas could be a possibility if Peter Horachek, who used to coach Richards in Orlando, gets the Stars’ coaching job. This is all according to the Startribune.We should expect to see him on someones bench next season. Later in the article, he mentions that he really likes watching the games, but would really like to get back into coaching.
Good luck Todd, even though you were a terrible coach for the Wild and you don't know how to coach a hockey team.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The most exciting game in all of sports. Game 7 is going to be needed to decide these Stanley cup Finals. I'm personally rooting for the Vancouver Canucks. Why the Canucks you might ask? Let's let Canada win something they really care about. Boston, you have the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics, I won't at all feel bad for you if the Bruins don't win this game. What else is even in Vancouver, nothing? Let them win, they will be very happy and you can wait a couple of monthes for your precious Red Sox to win the World Series (they're stacked). Plus, the Canucks have way cooler jerseys and their best players are twin brothers, that is so cool.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Peter Horachek has spent the past 7 seasons as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators. His responsibilities included running the forwards and the Predators power play. He has a natural ability to relate to players, both with veterans and young players transitioning to the NHL.