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  • PWHL Minnesota Aiming To Even Up Final Series In Game 2

    Image courtesy of © Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
    Thomas Williams

    That's Wild

    • PWHL Minnesota had their momentum halted during Game 1 of the inaugural PWHL Final. After coming back to earn the playoff series win over Toronto in the form of three consecutive victories, they have to face a very good Boston team to lift the Walter Cup. They suffered a loss in Game 1 over the weekend and now on Tuesday, have the opportunity to get right back in it at Game 2. [CBC]
    • Marco Rossi is showing off his big-game moves and top-line skill at the World Championships right now. [Hockey Wilderness]
    • Minnesota is now famous for some Game 7 heroics in Colorado. First, it was two Wild players who were able to claim that title and strip joy from that central state. Now, it's Karl-Anthony Towns. [The Hockey News]

    Off the trail...

    • After earning the playoff series win for the New York Rangers, some people are saying that they could see Chris Kreider's number hung from the rafters of Madison Square Garden some day. [ESPN]
    • We should have really been cheering on the Vancouver Canucks to earn the second-round series win over the Edmonton Oilers. Just to show that all you need is some decent goaltending, a star from Europe, a steady minute-munching defenseman, and some solid offensive depth, to go far in the playoffs. Our beloved Wild could have all of that, but now we just know that some stupid star can ruin it all for us, after the Canucks lost in Game 7. [Sportsnet]

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    I didn't watch the game, but I would have been betting heavily on Edmonton. Vancouver had a nice run this season, but they just didn't have the horses to go up against Edmonton. All Edmonton needed was competent goaltending. 

    However, Vancouver did hold McDavid scoreless.

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    While I'm an out of town fan, I do have to ask this question: Out of all the states in the union, Minnesota produces the most NHL hockey players. Of these players, how many of them want to leave the state and play anywhere, and how many of them want to come home?

    For instance, Parise wanted to come home. Faber grew up a fan of the team. I assume Stramel did the same, though he chose WI over UoM. Could coming home be a recruitment technique? There are a few players who might like that. Casey Mittelstadt and Brady Skjei could be 2 of them. 

    Every franchise looks for a way to be competitive on the UFA front. If money is competitive, you look for tiebreakers. Weather and taxes are not going to get it done. Being a large hockey market inside of a mid-market city might be for some guys. I would think this would be especially appealing for some of the Swedish guys. 

    But, could coming home be a recruiting tool? 

    For those in the area, if this is not a recruiting tool, what would be your suggestions in attracting UFA talent (besides winning)?

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