Wilderness Walk for 2-12-2012

Gee. What could today's Walk be centered around. Let's see... there's "The Meltdown" to go with "The Comeback." There is some stuff out of Houston. Hmm... what could possibly be the story of the day. I wonder...

With this morning's post, and the comment section for it, it is fairly clear Marek Zidlicky will be the talk of the day. I've already fielded a couple requests for my take from other sites so expect this to only grow. The twisted thing is, with The Meltdown, Mike Yeo has no choice but to put Zidlicky back in the lineup. And what is the message there? If you go outside the walls of the team, it's OK, as long as we get smoked that night?

Tough situation for the coach. If it's me, I leave him benched one more game. I put Lundin back in first, just to prove my point. Accountability is the key here. Of course, that likely won't happen. Maybe the three games, and the position he has put himself in will be enough. There's always hope.

First Things First

Defending The Blue Line | Joining Forces Community Challenge - Your reminder to go vote again today. DTBL has fallen behind in the voting. Time to reclaim the top spot.

Wild News

Unhappy Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky: 'I can't be quiet' | StarTribune.com - This started it all. Great work by Russo, once again. Every time I read some one say how easy Russo's job is from now on, I'm just going to send them this link.

Wild coach Mike Yeo on Marek Zidlicky: "One thing for sure, we’re going to talk" | StarTribune.com - And then this one.

Are we witnessing the end of Marek Zidlicky with the Minnesota Wild? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Almost certainly.

First Round Bust: Who Do You Play For? - Herb Brooks and Zidlicky would not get along.

Unhappy Marek Zidlicky meets with Wild GM - TwinCities.com - Would have loved to have been in that room.

With game in control, Wild collapses in regulation loss to Nashville | StarTribune.com - The Meltdown shall live in infamy.

Souhan: Wild s déjà vu scenario does not bode well | StarTribune.com - Things looking ever darker.

Zulgad: Wild's latest defeat another sign that focus must be on future | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) - Agreed.

Losing lead 'incredibly huge negative' for Wild - Knocked for a loop is fine. Time to pick it up and try again.

With shoulder improving, Koivu returns to practice | StarTribune.com - Still "Waiting for Mikko?"

Tending the Fields

The Third Intermission: Oh, Hackett! - Hack was in the All-Star game. Surprisingly it didn't go well. Pure and utter shock. Not really.

The Third Intermission: If The Playoffs Started Now - Yep. Playoffs.

The Third Intermission: AHL Western Conference Power Rankings - Oh. Power Rankings. Which reminds me... any ideas for the next round of rankings?

Off the Trail

Western Conference Teams Assess Needs As Trade Deadline Looms Part 1 | January - Agree with most of the assessment of the Wild part. Koivu not being a franchise player? Not so much.

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