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Power Ranking the NHL’s Top 15 First Lines

July 20th, 2010
In the NHL, line combinations are pretty pointless. Coaches match lines and flip flop line combinations more than you change seats in a game of musical chairs. There are some teams, like the San Jose Sharks, that have a pretty consistent top line. There are others, like any team coached by Jacques ...

NHL Free Agency: Minnesota Wild Scratches Seven-Year Itch, Extends Koivu

July 15th, 2010
The last remaining drama of the Minnesota Wild’s off season is over. The Wild have signed their franchise player, captain Mikko Koivu to a seven-year contract worth $6.75 million per season, plus a bunch of signing bonuses that add up to be about the GNP of a third-world country and a ...

NHL Offseason: Minnesota Wild Notes

July 13th, 2010
Well, let’s face it. It’s the offseason. We’re on day 10 of Kovie Watch 2010, with no signs of anything happening anytime soon and free agency news has slowed to a trickle. So what’s a hockey fan to do? Make news out of nothing? We’re not in that business here. So, let’s just ...

NHL Free Agency: Top 10 Improved Teams

July 13th, 2010
One of the best analogies I’ve heard of for the beginning to the free agency portion of the offseason is that it’s a lot like a speed dating service. Does anyone really think that a player signed just minutes after the opening bell really mulled over all of his offers? Or ...

NHL Free Agency: 10 Teams That Need to Make A Move

July 6th, 2010
Please note that these rumors are not predicated by any inside information, nor are they actual trade rumors in the least. Instead, these are players and trade partners that would make sense for said organizations, via both trade and free agency, and players that could be had for the right ...

NHL Free Agency: Minnesota Wild Signs Matt Cullen and Eric Nystrom

July 1st, 2010
Day one of the official off season is in the books and, boy, was it a doozy for the Wild. Two players, two needs filled, and the general manager already saying that the team might be done? Man, that’s got to be a good day at the office. Before I get into ...

Minnesota Wild Season in Review, Part 5 of 5: Looking Ahead

June 30th, 2010
Well, it’s taken a lot longer than I’d expected, but here we are—part five of my five-part season in review. I’ve looked at the season on a whole—the forwards, the defense, the goaltenders, the management—and now it’s time to take a look ahead to what this off season could bring. The Wild ...

2010 NHL Draft: A Review Of The Minnesota Wild

June 28th, 2010
It’s officially three days before the free agency period starts. The draft is over. The die has been cast on the players that the Minnesota Wild selected and it’s now a waiting game to see how they progress. But what do they look like initially? Let’s take a look, shall we? Round 1, ...

2010 NHL Draft: Minnesota Gets Granlund, Can’t Make Trade

June 25th, 2010
Well, the Wild went into the first round of the draft with one simple mandate: take the best player available. With both Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley still available when the Wild came up to pick at No. 9, there was a lot of discussion at the draft table. Now, I wasn’t ...

2010 NHL Draft: Top Five Tradable Players

June 23rd, 2010
Wow. That’s really all that there is to say about the couple days leading up to the draft. So far, we’ve seen Jaroslav Halak moved to the Blues, Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers and Jason Arnott traded to the Devils. Not to mention the two players that were previously on this list ...