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  • Edge is Nice, But Wild Need Scandella on Ice


    In terms of the usual signifiers of toughness, the Wild don't have much.

    Do the Wild have an enforcer? Nope, unless you count "F***ing" Stu "I've played in 3 games this year" Bickel. Do the Wild have guys that play super physically? Not really, Charlie Coyle's team-leading 52 hits is tied for 86th in the league, and the Wild are dead last in the league in hits. With Matt Cooke gone now, is there anyone on this team that can put the fear of God into the eyes of opponents?

    Actually, maybe.

    Scandella was fined for the Oshie incident, with the Department of Player Safety presumably determining the hit to merely be incidental contact. What fining Scandella did do, however, is giving him status as a "Repeat Offender", should a similar incident happen again.

    And chill out, Scandella should. I don't mind seeing edgy play from Scandella, I think the Wild would benefit more from play that skirts the lines of acceptable play. But it can't hurt the team, and right now, Scandella's putting the team at risk more often than I'm comfortable with.

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