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  • Wilderness Walk: Heading To Sweden

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    Thomas Williams

    The Minnesota Wild are heading overseas to start their batch of games in Sweden alongside some other Scandinavian-powered teams. They will be facing the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs during this fun little vacation across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, they head to the other country uncertain of their recent performances.

    To secure their roster, they will be bringing over goaltender Jesper Wallstedt as a third netminder to not count against the cap -- to protect from injuries. As well as their top prospect, Daemon Hunt will be rejoining the team as the extra skater.

    That's Wild

    • Nothing is feeling really good in Minnesota right now. We're looking for reasons why the Wild are playing the way they are. Maybe one hypothesis is that the team's management thinks more like a coach than an executive. [Hockey Wilderness]
    • It was always coming, but Frederick Gaudreau has officially been placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve by the Wild before the trip to Sweden. [DailyFaceoff]

    Off the trail...

    • Connor Bedard started his NHL career shooting so many shots, and now, they're finally all going in.[Yahoo Sports]
    • The 2023 Hockey Hall of Fame induction just happened, but what players are available and will be voted into next year's class? There certainly are lots of legends. [ESPN]
    • Despite the Oilers hiring his junior coach, Connor McDavid is adamant that he had no input in hiring Kris Konblauch, and is ultimately surprised. [NHL dot com]

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    Let’s see how the boys show up for this out of town tournament.  This distraction is exactly what this group needs right now. Cup cake (OTT) and a solid team (TOR).  Head on a swivel with Reaves on the ice boys.  Reavo has been getting savaged on internet lately so he’ll have something to prove.  Hopefully it’s Bogo who gets Reavo’s revenge.  Serve your purpose Bogo.  
    Dean watch: I don’t think he gets fired before Jan 1, but if this group looks as uninspired and disorganized thru December, deans done.  They play out rest of season with interim head coach and continue to utilize ltir to have prospect tryouts and tank with dignity

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    That is IF, the Wild organization is willing to deviate from their playoff aspirations. 

    All is not lost at this point and I think the team should be better and can be. BUT, that's gonna require some serious getting it together starting with taking fewer penalties and playing defense. 

    Dean is invested and trying I'm sure. He's not a villain or Mike Babcock type coach with reputation as unlikable but results is what matters. GMBG has painted himself into a corner with those kinds of previous statements. 

    It should go one way or the other. Make the playoffs or be the worst in the Central...

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    I'm fully on board the Dean's got to go bus.  The 2 days off + 1 hour practice after getting back from Jersey completely changed my mind. There's too much work to do and Dean's got no answers. 

    I believe the interim coach might be the right call, and I might be interested in seeing Shooter come down to ice level and be that coach. Perhaps spending a little time with the guys will help out with his culture perspective? 

    The thing is simple, whatever guys Shooter's looking at to replace Deano, they are not really available right now. I think Shooter also needs to see these guys without their pads on and realize how tiny they actually are. Perhaps he'd have some perspective on the slow starts too? 

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    So, we've got Toronto coming up. Reaves sent Gaudreau to LTIR with a blindside hit. Which Leaf is getting decleated on a reverse hit much like Ehlers got last year? 

    A "don't mess with us" message needs to be sent to the entire league! Reaves' hit was very gray. I'd suggest Bogosian would endear himself to the fanbase with a huge, solid hit on a Leaf forward that knocked that player out of the game (but was as clean as Reaves' hit).

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    One of the biggest issues the team has is undisciplined penalties. I don't have the stats but it seems to me that the bottom six is taking a much too high percentage of these penalties. It isn't a good idea to have the worst PK and your bottom six is in the sin bin. Those damn NTC/NMC contracts are really starting to blow up. Dewey1's play has really tanked. Surprised he isn't on a NMC.

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    Wild are getting too slow and too old.  Replacing a 23 year old with an upper 30s guy on defense plus giving contract extensions to some of tge older veterans seems odd.  It's too bad that they think we need a bunch of hooligans with very limited hockey skills on this team.  They used to be fun to watch because of their speed.  Now they mostly slog up and down the ice.  Has anyone seen Kapril around any place?  Have they put in a missing person report?  Someone should find him because he can't be found at thr Excel Energy Center.

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