As you will know if you were awake for the Trade Deadline, the Rangers underwent a bit of a makeover when they traded captains with Tampa Bay, sending gritty goal-scorer Ryan Callahan to the Lightning in exchange for the aging, but still prolific Martin St. Louis. St. Louis has been quiet in his four games with New York, mustering just one night with points (a goal and assist against Carolina). They haven't had any problems being in sync after the trade deadline, though, as they picked up 5 of a possible 8 points since.
Will the Wild be able to, I don't know, win? Tonight? We'll have to see.
On to the Walk.
Wild goalie Josh Harding unlikely to return this season despite recent skate - TwinCities.com- Sad, but not entirely surprising. Harding was having such a good season, that you hate to see it robbed from him.
Minnesota Wild: Yeo will call on Kuemper again versus Rangers - TwinCities.com- In other net news, Bryzgalov will not be called upon tonight. Darcy Kuemper has the net, firmly.
Loss dials up pressure on Wild | Star Tribune- Zach Parise talks about chemistry quite a bit.
Wild's Wednesday practice: In search of chemistry | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- The Wild also worked on 5-on-3s in practice today. That was certainly needed.
Minnesota Wild: So far, deadline trades net two points and a reality check - TwinCities.com- As Ger pointed out in the comments yesterday, the Wild haven't done poorly since the trade deadline. They should have won against both Dallas and Edmonton, and they evenly matched the Blues. They've been better than they have for weeks in terms of possession. Let's see how it plays out.
Scoggins: Leipold's deeds match his words for Wild | Star Tribune- Best owner in Minnesota? I don't think it's a debate.
Mid-day talker: The NHL standings are frustratingly dishonest | RandBall | StarTribune.com- News that isn't really news.
The Team of 18,001: Where Do We Go From Here?- Winning tonight would be a start, certainly.
Off the Trail
Rich Peverley done for season, NHL career in question | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Another situation, much like Harding's, that's just sad. Peverly's health could rob him of his career.
Mike Gillis refuses to address John Tortorella’s status, whether he lost room | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Yeah, it's pretty much a dumpster fire in Vancouver.
30 Thoughts: Canucks brass must resist panic | Hockey | CBC Sports- In addition to a lot of dumpster fire talk, the Wild were in the mix for Vanek, so there was interest in trading for him. My guess is the price was getting low enough for the Wild to sniff around. And then it looks like Chuck Fletcher is getting an extension, which I thought would wait until the end of the season. So I guess he's a bit more secure than he was last year.
NHL -- John Buccigross gives his Stanley Cup contenders - ESPN- Surprised Colorado is included in here, as they are pretty young, and their core has almost no playoff experience.
Ramblings: All eyes on Caps' Kuznetsov - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- The young winger is being brought about slowly for now.
Danish hockey players suspended, fired from team after game fixing scandal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Not a lot of gambling scandals in sports since Pete Rose, so I appreciate those guys for trying to make it relevant again.
J.S. Giguere, last active Hartford Whaler in NHL, 'leaning' toward retirement | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Should have retired before the 2003 playoffs, methinks.
Behind Enemy Lines
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New York Rangers news: Cam Talbot to start Thursday against Minnesota - Blueshirt Banter- So, there's your goaltender for tonight.
Rangers Vs. Hurricanes: That Was Ugly - Blueshirt Banter- The Rangers are coming off a loss in Carolina.
New York Rangers news: Free agent Ryan Haggerty inks deal - Blueshirt Banter- The Rangers also nabbed a college free agent.