With the Wild enjoying a bit of success, Wild fans have eased through the letting go phase rather nicely. Imagine what would have happened if the Wild had started poorly. You can see the comment section, right? "Burns is the bestest evar!!!11" "How could they have possibly traded away Bruno? The loss of his speed is ridiculous!"
Yet, here we are. Wild in first place, many former players enjoying some success of their own, and everyone seems to be happy. When everyone is happy, it's time to just smile and be happy. Enjoy it, everyone. You never know when it might change.
#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks
Mar 09, 1985
|2011 - Brent Burns||25||4||5||9||10||2||3||0||1||65|
Wild fans have distanced themselves from Burns, but only a bit. Two games against the Sharks has certainly helped them to see that life can go on without him. I am still firmly on the side of "How much better would the Wild D look with him?" Tough to argue with the moves with the position the Wild are in, but Burns is still missed.
#9 / San Jose Sharks
Apr 19, 1981
|2011 - Martin Havlat||21||1||11||12||8||10||1||0||0||56|
No one really thought that PPG pace would hold up, did they? Hope not. One thing we did see in the last game was Havlat out on the PK against the Wild. That is not something Wild fans are used to seeing. Even with the "struggles" of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, it doesn't sound like anyone misses Marty.
#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers
Apr 04, 1986
|2011 - Cam Barker||12||1||0||1||3||14||1||0||0||21|
Still out with his ankle surgery. Of course... they likely aren't missing much.
Out of work. No word on if he is searching for a new gig or not.
#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks
Aug 24, 1973
|2011 - Andrew Brunette||29||6||5||11||-10||0||4||0||0||39|
Minus 10? Yikes. Clearly Bruno is filling a role of more of a third line checker over in Chi town. Not exactly what he has been used to, but he's still around, so hopefully he is enjoying it. The Hawks are doing fine, and next Wednesday's matchup should be intense.
#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche
Apr 17, 1982
|2011 - Chuck Kobasew||28||3||3||6||-7||20||0||1||1||33|
Such an intimidating stat line. How have the Wild possibly survived without him?
Word is, Sheppard is practicing. Good news for everyone involved.
#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Feb 14, 1983
|2011 - Eric Nystrom||22||10||2||12||0||9||0||0||1||39|
Only one goal this week? Psh. Slacker.
Nystrom continues to make himself a valuable part of the Stars organization, which is good for him and them. Little else to say here. He would not have had that chance with the Wild, so it's good to see him excelling.
#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers
Sep 13, 1976
|2011 - Jose Theodore||20||1191||11||5||43||2.17||608||565||.929||2|
All they do is win. Sounds familiar. Nice to see the doubters eating yet another serving of crow in FLA.
What it All Means
Burns is losing his luster with Wild fans and Bruno is at a -10? How easily things change. Matt Hackett, Niklas Backstrom, and Josh Harding holding the fort in net, Theodore also enjoying success... players the fans liked all enjoying at least minor successes. It's a win in all directions, and that is pretty rare.