Good morning Wilderness. Welcome to what has become a rare day off in the game schedule. I feel like a lost puppy here, no game last night to discuss, nothing coming up this evening. What is one to do with themselves? So I've been reading through some articles, collecting my thoughts. Should I really be shocked that a New Jersey publication has the Devils ranked much higher than the Wild? Naaaa! Being a fan of Minnesota sports I've grown very accustomed to not getting any credit around here. Its also worth mentioning the Charlie Coyle has gotten the call up from Houston to make his debut in the seemingly likely event Cullen can't go Monday. We'll know more about this as the day goes on I'm sure.
Speaking of not getting any credit around here, I would be remiss if I did not mention a very big day for one of our local guys. The folks over at Daily Norseman have to be just tickled pink that their boy Adrian Peterson was voted the AP Most Valuable Player, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Huge congratulations out to the guy, who if you've been living under a rock the last year or so, are well aware of just what he came back from and how close he was to breaking a very big record. If you have in fact been living under a rock, fortunate for you, you have found the internet and are here, which means you will probably find a link somewhere pointing you in the right direction.
Wild recalls Charlie Coyle for likely NHL debut Monday at Phoenix | StarTribune.com - Zucker stays with Aeros, Coyle on his way to Phoenix.
Wild gets back to work Saturday after one-sided loss in Anaheim | StarTribune.com - Top line to stay the same, 1 bad game does not mean you dismantle the bulk of our scoring.
Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: You got Q's, we got A's | StarTribune.com - The great Russo answers your questions! Unless you asked him something he's seen a million times already.
Jonas Brodin Brings Stability To Minnesota Wild Blue-Line - Brodin, who doesn't love this guy right now?
First Round Bust: Minnesotans watching the Wild in record numbers - I think some people just want to know what 198 million bucks looks like.
Wild Notes From Phoenix | - Saturdays practice recap, no bag skate ... yet ...
Tending the Fields
Matt Cullen Injured, Time to Make a Call to Houston? - Gone Puck Wild - We know Coyle got the call, but here is a numbers breakdown of the potential kids anyway.
Orlando Solar Bears get their championship banner – 12 years after winning title | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
12 years late, Solar Bears put a championship in the rafters.
Third period spells doom for Trenton Titans vs. Orlando Solar Bears | NJ.com - Bears surge in 3rd to beat Titans.
Swarm Fall At Colorado 15-9 | Minnesota Swarm - Several first for the LAX team last night, Game recap from their site.
Minnesota Swarm vs Colorado Mammoth: Game Re-Cap - Hockey Wilderness - The Swarm dropped another road game to the Mammoth, but the story of tonight will be the reffing. And that is not OK.
Off the Trail
Lightning would support a gay teammate - Tampa Bay Times - It doesn't matter that 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver tried to take back his antigay remarks.
Ice Hockey at Soldier Field - ‘It’s Like You’re a Kid Again’ - NYTimes.com - Who needs the Winter Classic anyway?
N.H.L. Grapples With Applying Its Own Concussion Protocols - NYTimes.com - Concussions are serious business, sure wish everyone thought like that.
Gary Bettman era NHL milestones and issues - NHL - Brian Cazeneuve - SI.com - Love him, hate him, he's still in charge. Lets review what he's done with that, shall we?
Smith's shootout goal helps Predators hand Sharks first loss of season, 2-1 | StarTribune.com - The last of the mighty have fallen.
Scary fall takes out Wisniewski; Stoll hit knocks Fowler from game (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - The boards are not always your friend. Scary collisions all over the NHL this weekend.
John Erskine suspended 3 games for elbow to head of Wayne Simmonds | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Shanahan drops the hammer.
Barons Win, Raise 26,850 For Special Olympics - Hate to give an Edmonton affiliate credit, but this was a classy move.
Adrian Peterson overcomes knee injury to win NFL MVP - Congrats out to AP!