Well, even in an off-day, things are bustling around here.
We've got an injured player coming back, some trade deadline chatter, more fuel for the visor debate, and something called the Minnesota High School Tourney.
I don't really have all that much to say that I don't say later on. So let's get on with it.
Playoff Bubble Today
Wild are still tied for 9th, with 24 points. 3 points behind the division lead. 3 points out of for 4th. 1 point out of the bubble.
Calgary (22 points) defeated San Jose (26) in regulation by a score of 4-1. San Jose remains in 5th, Calgary moves up to 12th.
Anaheim defeated Phoenix (25 points) in regulation by a score of 2-0. Phoenix remains in 7th place.
Clutterbuck ready to return for Wild | StarTribune.com- That's good news.
Minnesota Wild hope rare practice recharges team - TwinCities.com- Me too, guy. Me too.
NHL Rookie Watch: Jonas Brodin - Minnesota Wild | SportsCity.com- Read some drooling over Jonas Brodin- including two of our writers!
Minnesota Wild's Darcy Keumper Shines in Relief of Nicklas Backsrom- That he did. Probably the brightest spot in the Chicago game, unless you were a Blackhawks fan.
First Round Bust: Dump-and-Chase is Killing the Wild- Jarick from First Round Bust contends that the Wild's personnel is ill-suited for so much dump-and-chase.
Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks—a Playoff Match Made in Heaven? - Gone Puck Wild- Looking at how awesome a playoff series between Chicago and Minnesota would be. A #1) I just hope the Wild get into the playoffs and B #2) I'd like to see the Wild get an out-of-division opponent before the monotony of divisional playoffs kicks in. Though I might be in the minority on that stance.
Minnesota Wild Not Interested in Trading Matt Cullen- Honestly, I get it. He's not worth 3.5 million, but there's little the Wild can do about that now. He doesn't have the sexy skills you want from a second-liner, but his speed, faceoffs, and shootout prowress are valuable. I'm not as on board with trading Cullen as I was at the beginning of the season.
I'm sorry. Never really got into the High School Hockey scene (unless the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks had anything to play for, and even then, just barely), so I'm really not in a position to give any analysis/banter about these games. However, Minnesota Hockey Hub is a good place to get your Tourney info. Here are the recaps from yesterday's games.
Off the Trail
Minnesota Wild: Secret of Blackhawks' success is balance, depth, coach says - TwinCities.com- And consistency. One of the great things about being consistent is that you always get the same result, and when you're consistently consistent, then you've achieved a consistent consistency that will be consistent over the long haul. And that's how you win games.
Wild star Zach Parise has no regrets - Chicago Sun-Times- I also do not regret that Zach Parise didn't become a Blackhawk.
Chris Pronger opens up about the loss of his peripheral vision, and retiring on his own terms | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- This is awful to hear, but expected after his injury has put him out for this long. The guy may have crossed the line at times, but he was a great player with a fantastic career, and no one deserves to go out like that.
After Marc Staal’s eye injury, the NHL visor debate continues to rage | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- The debate should be more like so:
INT. HOCKEY RINK. DAY.
EVERYONE: Hey players! Please wear visors!
PLAYERS: Well, we don't do that now. Why should we start?
EVERYONE: Because it's a pretty painless way to prevent possible awful injuries from happening. Pucks move pretty fast, and if they hit you in the eye, it's gonna suck.
PLAYERS: Wow, that is pretty reasonable! We should all wear visors right now!
THAT GUY: But what about figh-
EVERYONE: Just shut up, That Guy.
(Also, Marc Staal's situation appears to be optimistic at this point.)
On the curious necessity of tie downs, or "fight straps" | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Another Justin Bourne piece that puts attention on something I've never thought of. This is a good thing.
The NHL's 10 most powerful people - NHL - Stu Hackel - SI.com- I'm going to guess I was #11.
Top 10 NHL power forwards of all time - NHL - Allan Muir - SI.com- A joke of a list! Al Secord was 7th, and everything I've heard has led me to believe that Secord Sucks.
Rumblings: Where Iginla, Alfredsson could land - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- Pierre LeBrun previews the trade deadline.