The next round of the playoffs begin as Minnesota Wild fans continue to work through their frustration and angst with how the post-season played out. Personally, after the initial crush of Game 5 passed, it’s the reactions I’m seeing in certain corners of Wild fandom that are more frustrating than the lost series itself. Ultimately, every team but one goes home disappointed. Not every team will consider boneheaded moves to “correct” what is a fundamental fact of the playoffs: they are really hard, somewhat random, and most everybody loses.
The terrible icing on the cake is that for a couple weeks, we’ll all read about how the players will either win and advance, or go home and play golf. Golf is terrible. It’s expensive and slow. It’s a leisurely walk on manicured lawns for a few hours and now has become shorthand for your team losing.
Wild's Eric Staal knows concussion 'could have been worse'
Granlund doesn't blame broken hand for playoff struggles - StarTribune.com
What is he supposed to say? “Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have tried to play with broken body parts.” Actually, that might have been an okay thing to say.
Souhan: Five playoff games isn't good enough, no matter what Fletcher says - StarTribune.com
What else were the Wild supposed to do, Souhan? What possibly could they have changed about how they played? Idiot.
Written by our friends at St. Louis Game Time. I’m sad it had to be written, but they did a hilarious job of it.
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Biggest surprise going in: Blackhawks. Biggest surprise based on actual play: Wild.
30 Thoughts: Islanders working hard on John Tavares extension pitch - Sportsnet.ca
So many coaching rumors.
Is smaller equipment actually making goalies even better? | The Hockey News
The petty hockey fan in me takes much delight in NHL management’s tinkering failing to get the result they expected. The rest of me worries that it means they’re going to screw with something else now because of it.
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The Vancouver Canucks will hire Travis Green to be their new head coach, Sportsnet has confirmed.
Because it’s the Cup
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The two hottest goalies of the playoffs square off in what I’m sure will be impressive but low scoring games.