Good morrow WILDerness! And what a frigidly wonderful day it is! No game last night, no game today, no game tomorrow, so we sit here firmly in limbo. Not much going on around the squad yesterday, but we managed to find a few nuggets for your daily dose of time wasting.
Of course the one bit of Wild news from Monday comes from Devin Setoguchi's cross check to the head of Red Wings defensemean Kyle Quincey. It was revealed he will likely not face a suspension from the ever consistent dean of player discipline Brendan Shanahan, but must face the music today and most likely be levied some sort of fine for the infraction. Have to give a little credit to the guys over at Wingin it in Motown for recognizing this was not a malicious act with this very simple tweet:
and of course, the slightly less flattering ....
Seriously though, Setoguchi is a shit and the guy flops like a fish, but that hit on Quincey looked like an accident.
Seriously though, Setoguchi is a shit and the guy flops like a fish, but that hit on Quincey looked like an accident.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) February 18, 2013
At any rate, accidents happen, and there is no reason whatsoever we should see anything more than Seto losing a little scratch.
Lets get into some links, because you didn't come here to read what I have to say...
Is Setoguchi's crosscheck on Kyle Quincey Suspendable? | Last Word On Sports - Not hardly, but we never know with the guy who makes these decisions. (see: Pierre-Marc Bouchard)
Setoguchi faces disciplinary hearing Tuesday; will not be suspended | StarTribune.com - Russo chimes in on the Seto situation.
Wild rookie Brodin wise beyond his hockey years | StarTribune.com - Russo puts in writing what we have all been thinking.
Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: Darcy Kuemper of the Wild; back from vacation, on a rampage; Roenick’s book | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Kuemps talks about his new life in the NHL. Might take a little digging or mulling around on iTunes, but you'll find it.
Three is Company, Too—The Minnesota Wild Goaltending Controversy - Gone Puck Wild - And there you have it ... Didn't take long did it?
Zach Parise Signing Will Be Huge Mistake for Minnesota Wild - I suppose we will see stuff like this for the next 13 years or so ... I'm good with it, how about you?
Ryan Suter is a Cap Liability - Where there is one, there is obviously another ... Although I seriously question these folks creditably in analyzing NHL contracts.
Tending the Fields
The Third Intermission: Hackett/PK lead Aeros to fifth win in six games - Aeros win a Monday afternoon game. I was still sleeping at my desk when this was going on...
Toronto Marlies lose in shootout to Houston Aeros | Toronto Star - Aeros goalie Matt Hackett was the game’s first star, making 25 saves for his 17th victory.
Minnesota Wild: With AHL Aeros, 'Who's next?' always a hot topic - TwinCities.com - Torchetti talks about grooming the kids for the bigs.
Off the Trail
What We Learned: Religiously converting your non-hockey friend into a raging puckhead | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Your step-by-step instructional to get your friends to understand your obsession.
Predators incensed over Matt Duchene’s blown offside goal; NHL confirms its terribleness (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - oh boy .... could you imagine if this happened in the wrong building?
Blackhawks have chance to make NHL history Tuesday against Canucks - Chicago Sun-Times - Man .... glad they aren't in our division, yet ...
Max Pacioretty scores on center ice dump-in, courtesy of Cam Ward’s gaffe (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - With all the dump and chase the Wild do, perhaps we should employ this strategy.
Nonis: Leafs still looking to acquire experienced goalie | ProHockeyTalk - A little fuel for you "goalie controversy" conspiracy theorists out there.
Draft lottery odds to remain the same (but winner gets first pick) | ProHockeyTalk - You just know somehow the worthless Oilers will win this, yet again ....
The Saratogian Blogs: Rink Report: Boucher, Murray deny comments 2/7 - An older story that showed up in my feed. Apologies if you read this already. Apparently you don't even have to talk to people to get quotes anymore!
Belfast Giants abandon franchise after owner is revealed as registered sex offender | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Wow .... A guy, owns a team, but no longer has players, front office or a rink to play in ... I kinda hope they all quit, one at a time to his face, and kicked him square in the berries with their hockey skates on.