Happy Fri-Yay Wilderness!
Friday Fun Fact: Only three former members of the Wild, all goaltenders, have worn the jersey number 30. Derek Gustafson originally repped the number in 2001, during which he only played in one game for Minnesota. Next to wear the number, was fan-favorite Dwayne Roloson from 2002 to 2006. The third and most recent goaltender to have 30 stitched on the backside of his jersey was Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian netminder, otherwise known as “Mr. Universe,” wore the number in 2014 after being acquired via trade from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round draft pick.
Michael Russo of The Athletic wrapped up his Q&A with new GM Bill Guerin:
Wrapping up our Bill Guerin Q&A. This one tackles all things #MNWild, from the state of the roster to his plans with Kirill Kaprizov, Jared Spurgeon's future and more.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIN) August 29, 2019
On Wednesday at Hockey Wilderness, Kyle took a look at projecting the Wild’s five-year outlook. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News did something similar yesterday. So, what will the Wild look like in five years?:
What will the Minnesota Wild look like in five years? https://t.co/xZhaAhbBt7— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 29, 2019
New GM Bill Guerin gets his first taste at the Minnesota State Fair:
Off The Trail
“I DECLARE BANKRUP.... I MEAN RETIREMENT,” says Ben Lovejoy. After 11 seasons in an NHL uniform, the defenseman decided to hang them up yesterday, but didn’t go away without a couple chuckles and a joke from The Office:
Is Cam Ward a Hall of Famer?:
Cam Ward has a Conn Smythe, a Stanley Cup and accomplished another rare feat: he spent nearly 700 games in one NHL crease. @THNJaredClinton on why that puts Ward in exclusive company:https://t.co/ReAThCLs3t— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 29, 2019
Hockey is a beautiful game. Throughout it’s history there have been some pretty inspirational stories: