Happy New Year, Wilderness. Hope the morning finds you all happy, safe, and only moderately hungover.
We'll keep today's Walk somewhat short for you, since we know you are all really excited to get ready for the Winter Classic today. Oh wait. That's right. It's not on today, it's on tomorrow. At 2PM on a Monday. In the middle of a workday. Well, at least they avoid that precious last week of the NFL when teams only play their starters for four plays. Riveting stuff.
Regardless, the Walk is somewhat short, but hopefully gives you something to discuss. Russo got Brendan Shanahan on the record, and shares more of that conversation, though don't expect it to make you feel better. His words are, however, more entertaining than the Winter Classic will be tomorrow. So enjoy that.
First things First
Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: Disciplinarian Shanahan defends decisions | StarTribune.com - Great job, as always, by Russo. I take zero issue with the work he did. Here are my issues with what Shanahan had to say:
1. "I can't pay much attention to fanatics." Since this is a site for fans, by fans, I'm guessing that means he doesn't have time for us. Right? Right.
2. "Sometimes people want to say we're not clear or confusing, but they never pick up the phone to ask us..." Yep. Still waiting for the response on the email I sent. Tough to call you without a number, and tough to be told we didn't ask when we did and the league simply can't be bothered to answer. At all.
3. From Russo: "But I also know Shanahan doesn't hate Minnesota." Indeed. I don't think we here at HW ever said he did (yes I know this wasn't directed as us, but as the looney tunes on Twitter. etc.). We would still very much like to know why he can't do his job, is completely and 100% inconsistent, and has become softer than a marshmallow in July.
Great article, and good to see Shanahan actually answer (or at least sort of answer) to someone, even if he feels Russo is the only one worthy.
One more loss ends Wild's month of woes | StarTribune.com - Ugly month. Time to pull on the big boy pants.
Prosser is providing an edge with heady, aggressive play | StarTribune.com - Kid deserves to stay. He won't get to, but he deserves to.
Tending the Fields
The Third Intermission: Happy New Year - T3I has some well wishes for you.
US World Juniors: What Went Wrong? - Western College Hockey Blog - Clearly their Fenwick and PDO just weren't right.