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...Well that game sucked.

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Well this is starting to get depressing. I'm starting to have real doubts that this Wild team will even make the playoffs. (I can't believe I'm actually typing that.) I currently don't know if we are going to turn this thing around or if we should focus on the McDavid/ Eichel sweepstakes. We knew the goal tending situation could be a problem in the off-season. It shouldn't be a shock to anyone that Harding is hurt, Backstrom is still spotty, and Darcy is having some growing pains.

The most frustrating part about this is that I don't know how to approach fixing it.

Do we trade for a reliable goalie? What would that even cost? (Hell, I would gladly throw a 5th at Anaheim if we can have Bryz back.) Will Josh Harding ever play for this team again? Is Tim Thomas available? Is anyone decent available? Will the Blues drop Marty, and then can we sign him? What about one of Toronto's goalies?

Obviously, goal tending isn't the only problem here. Our other problems include: Defense, Offense, Special Teams, Hustle, Slow Starts, Motivation, lack of playing time for some, too much playing time for Stu Bickel, Pominville missing half the shots he takes, passes going nowhere, turnovers, and Vanek actually trying only 15% of the time he is on the ice.

Hell, Stu Bickel even being involved in this organization is a major problem!

...I don't know what to do, hopefully Chuck and Yeo have some ideas. And fast!

Merry Christmas Everyone, and Happy Holidays if you celebrate something else.

On to Your Walk

MN Wild News

Postgame: Tension, frustration submerging the Wild as it skids into NHL's holiday hiatus | Russo's Rants |
Fans are ready to burn the X down. This is getting difficult to watch

Sloppy start, shoddy defense doom Wild to 5-2 loss to Flyers | Star Tribune
This game was a shit show

Mike Doyle's Five Takeaways vs. Philadelphia - Minnesota Wild | Features
Mike Doyle's Five Takeaways vs. Philadelphia

Postgame Notes vs. Philadelphia - Dec. 23 - Minnesota Wild - News -Some interesting notes about the game.

Philadelphia Flyers at Minnesota Wild - 12/23/2014 -Miserable game

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video recapping the best and worst of the season.

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College Hockey News

NCAA Hockey 101: Breaking down bizarre first half; holiday tournament preview | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A nice mid-season review. Go Sioux Go!