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Oooooooh Mr Darcy

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I was super thrilled to see the home team get shutout at the SAP Center today.

I am, of course, talking about Matt Hackett's shutout over the AHL's San Jose Barracuda. The former Wild goalie made 32 saves to lead the San Diego Gulls to victory. I asked a friend who was actually at the game if Hackett was impressive or if the Barracuda were flat, and she said the whole game was, and I quote, "pretty ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ tbh" which seems like a pretty fair summary of Matt Hackett as a concept.

Oh, also Darcy Kuemper got a shutout for the Wild? Playing against the Sharks, who are an NHL team. So I guess the decision of which goalie to trade is looking pretty sharp.

The Wild played well, and are headed back home for a bunch of games.

Wild News

Defense shines in Wild's win at San Jose - StarTribune.com Such shiny defensemen, sparkling bright like gemstones.

NHL Insider: Every Wild dollar counts in re-signing Zucker, Spurgeon and Dumba - StarTribune.com News from the recent Governor's Meetings.

Wild notes: Modano excited for outdoor alumni game - StarTribune.com Wow, I really don't care.

Off the Trail

Penguins fire Mike Johnston; Mike Sullivan takes over - TwinCities.com This was the big news story of the day.

Can Mike Sullivan turn Penguins around, or is roster doomed? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports I thought there was some interesting systems stuff in here.

Women's Hockey Notebook: Toxicity in wake of Winter Classic announcement | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Women's sports updates, though nothing on the story that's most interesting locally.

Boston Pride Top Minnesota Whitecaps 5-1 - TSS I watched this on TV! It was really neat to see a women's hockey game on my television, with a Minnesota team. Sure, they didn't win, but it was still great.

Meet what may be Minnesota's next professional sports franchise: the Whitecaps — MinnPost This is a pretty cool look at the history and the future of the Whitecaps.