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In the third, after Okposo tried to remove Zidlicky’s kidneys, Clutterbuck and Okposo were having a...

In the third, after Okposo tried to remove Zidlicky’s kidneys, Clutterbuck and Okposo were having an unbelievable barking match from penalty box to penalty box. Then Clutterbuck started gesturing. I thought he was pretending to wipe tears or something. After the game, I asked Clutterbuck what he was doing and he said, "Told him to shave his neck. I told him if he can’t grow it on the rest of his face, why try at all?"

Russo’s Rants

Islanders Gameday: Where the Wild things aren't - Lighthouse Hockey

Everyone should read this article. Seriously. Dominik did a great job taking a look at our squad. "What once seemed like proper, patient, ground-up expansion franchise husbandry now seems like complacency. They rarely make the splash to try to push Lemaire's team over the hump, and the combination of letting free agents Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra go, followed by the inert handling this year of UFA and original star Marian Gaborik, gives the franchise the appearance of treading water while rolling in that market's sellout machine. Not that long-term deals for those three are the answer, but the team knew it had to get offense from somewhere." "As a fan of some recently very bad teams, I know all too well how last place sucks. But worse than that is the constant, nagging feeling that you're not headed anywhere. Watching Lemaire/Risebrough from the outside, it's hard to read if there is an anywhere in their future. Personally, it again makes me happy that Garth Snow chose the aggressive Scott Gordon for his franchise restart rather than a stringently defensive coach."

Minnesota Wild: Another team on the playoff bubble, and another team that stood pat. Michael Russo...

Minnesota Wild: Another team on the playoff bubble, and another team that stood pat. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune explains how it went down: I was told by a very good source that Marian Gaborik was in play, but clearly the Wild wasn't able to find a market. Asked if he tried to trade Gaborik, Risebrough would only say, "No." Like I said, I trust my source though, and it would make no sense that the Wild wouldn't at least dangle a carrot. Assistant GM Tom Lynn said the Wild was in a "major deal" up until this morning, and then it fell through. Talking just now to Risebrough, and reading between the lines as you'll read tomorrow, I think it was for Jokinen again. The Wild was just not willing to give up a young player and definitely not willing to give up a first-round pick in any big deal, Risebrough said. Olli Jokinen on the Wild would have been an interesting fit, but giving up a No. 1 for a player that still wouldn't elevate Minny to elite status was probably a smart decision.

The Silent Six: Teams that failed to make the big deadline move - Puck Dadd... - NHL - Yahoo! Sports

Ms. Conduct Weighs in on the Deadline

For Ms. Conduct's take on the Wild moves... follow the link.

Natalie Darwitz is sick of the Wild

Former Gopher and US Olympian Natalie Darwitz is sick of the Wild, too.

We need to make a total 360 here and figure this thing out.

We need to make a total 360 here and figure this thing out.

Dan Fritsche, as quoted by Michael Russo. No wonder the Wild can't get things going in the other direction.

Wild's GM not tipping trade hand

Doug Risebrough said his motivation is not to trade goaltender Niklas Backstrom as Wednesday's trade deadline approaches, but the Wild general manager quickly added that he doesn't "want to be hung with that." "How can I begin to think I'm going to compete for a playoff spot by trading Backstrom?" Risebrough said. "Now, that's showing you my motivation. I don't know what somebody else's motivation is. To say 'never' is illogical, and I don't want to be hung with that because I don't know what somebody might offer me. "If somebody says, 'I really want to overpay,' well, then what do I do? Now they put me in a dilemma. But I've told you my motivation." Asked if that includes Marian Gaborik, whom Risebrough also says he'd prefer to hold onto, he answered, "Both."

Weller Placed on Waviers

Me Thinks a Trade involving Marian Gaborik or Nikolas Backstrom for the Return of a few Prospects is Imminent.

Tyler Cuma to miss remainder of season

" Ottawa 67's star defenceman Tyler Cuma will undergo knee surgery in Minnesota today and could be lost for the rest of the season. Cuma, who injured his knee at the world junior selection camp in December, attempted a comeback a week ago against the Brampton Battalion, but re-injured his knee. He went to Minnesota to be examined by doctors for the Minnesota Wild, which drafted Cuma in the first round last summer. Doctors determined Cuma needs arthoscopic surgery to repair the meniscus. He's expected to remain in Minnesota for rehab for up to a month and the Wild is recommending he shut it down for the rest of the season. " One bright spot anywhere in the minors.. and he's out with knee problems. Oh, joy.

Cuma to be examined by Wild doctors

"Things get worse when it comes to star defenceman Tyler Cuma. He tried to come back from a knee injury Friday night against the Brampton Battalion in a 5-2 loss, but apparently aggravated the injury and missed Saturday's 3-2 OT win against the Oshawa Generals and yesterday's sloppy loss. Now Cuma will travel to Minnesota this week to have the knee looked at by doctors for the Wild, which made Cuma a first-round pick (23rd overall) last summer "

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