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Wilderness Walk: All-Star Staal

The Wild beat Chicago, Staal is selected for the All-Star game, and Duclair finds a new home in the Windy City

NHL: JAN 10 Wild at Blackhawks Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Big news day for hockey fans. The NHL announced the All-Star selections, and Eric Staal was given the nod for the Minnesota Wild. Seeing as he’s leading the team in points and has been critical to the Wild’s success this season and last, it’s a well-deserved selection. Many people, myself included, figured that Staal would likely get snubbed in favor of either Ryan Suter or Devan Dubnyk due to the small size of the All-Star rosters and the large number of talented forwards in the Central Division. Not that those two aren’t good representatives for the Wild to send, but in both cases it would be easy to argue that overall roster requirements played a hand whereas Staal really is the best choice for the Wild.

What wasn’t a good decision was the Arizona Coyotes sending Anthony Duclair to the Chicago Blackhawks for Richard Panik. I don’t mean that it wasn’t a fair return. I don’t care about that. What I am concerned with is that seemingly every team not in the Central deciding that it’s okay to keep dealing with Chicago and allowing them to somehow scrap together a team that leaves them competitive for the playoffs. STOP. DOING. THAT.

At least the Wild managed to come from behind and beat the Blackhawks last night. In Chicago, no less. It was a great example of national announcers having to change their tune over the course of the game. After Suter’s wicked wrist shot scored the go ahead goal, hockey fans no longer had to listen to what an amazing hockey team Chicago has. That makes me happy. So even though the Hawks have once again worked some trade magic, it don’t matter now (at least for a little while).

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