August 20, 2014

Weekly Ramblings

As I slowly get back on the blogging horse, today I offer these random thoughts:
  • Goaltending aside, the most important player on the Minnesota Wild is Jonas Brodin.  I thought Brodin suffered through a bit of a sophomore slump last season and he needs to bounce back if this team is to take the next step.
  • Speaking of goaltending, I am totally comfortable going into the season with a tandem of Josh Harding and Nik Backstrom.
  • I'm thinking of taking 6 months off my day job and touring the country stopping to eat only at places featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives. 
  • Could the Canucks do me a favor and be relevant again?  Life is much better when I didn't feel guilty about hating on a bad team.  It's like pushing the fat kid over.
  • I am done with super hero movies.  Not interested anymore, sorry Marvel/DC.
  • Chorizo rocks.
  • I am narrowing down my favorite Eastern Conference team to these finalists:  Islanders, Senators and Panthers.  Clearly I'm not a bandwagon-jumper.
  • The NHL Network needs to add some sort of Kathryn Tappen show in the offseason.
That's it for now.  More to come later in the week.

August 15, 2014

Almost Here!

Due to circumstances out of my control, the volcanic eruption of hockey opinions is delayed until Sunday or Monday.  I will, however, give you one pearl of wisdom until then:  Unless you enjoy stomach discomfort, avoid the shredded chicken Quesarito at Taco Bell.

August 12, 2014

Upcoming Surge

Look for a surge of new posts beginning tomorrow.  Most will be hockey-related, but not all.

June 26, 2014

Please Not Vanek

According to all reports, the Minnesota Wild are going to try and sign UFA Thomas Vanek when the market opens on July 1st.  Most people seem to think this is a no-brainer and a great get for the team.  A forward who can score is needed and he lives in Stillwater.  HE LIVES IN STILLWATER!  People around here are wetting themselves with excitement.  We might sign a former UMTC Gopher who lives here!  Calm down, people.

For reasons that I won't explain here, it should make no difference whatsoever where a player is from or where he lives.  I'm guessing Wild GM Chuck Fletcher does not care where Vanek lives other than it might give the Wild a better chance to sign him.  My beef with signing Vanek has nothing to do with this, however.  It has to do with the fact that he his 30 years old and his talents are starting to rapidly decline.

Unless your name rhymes with Sheemu Telanne, forwards do not get better after they turn 30.  Their production declines and they get hurt more often.  Are you ok with paying Vanek around $5.0m next season for 20 goals?  Are you ok with paying Vanek $5.0m in 2017-18 for 10 goals?  I am not.

I say use this money to beef up the defense.  And please, Chuck, do not handcuff the team's future ability to sign Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin to extensions next season.

June 25, 2014

The NHL Hosings

I have come to expect this, really.  It is no secret around here that the National Hockey League pays no attention to this hockey-crazy market and the terrific collection of players that make up the Minnesota Wild.  First, Gary Pinhead Bettman passes on the State of Hockey for another Winter Classic, but now the NHL Awards are handed out and nary a Wild is in the running.  Here is a recap:
  • Vezina ~ sure, Tuukka Rask deserved the award and Semyon Varlamov also deserved consideration, but to completely ignore Josh Harding's first 3 months of the season is ridiculous.  Surely Harding was worthly of a Top 5 vote.
  • Norris ~ Ryan Suter should have won, but to not even finish in the Top 3 is an insult to defensemen everywhere.  The dude plays half the game every night and excels.
  • Selke ~ why Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu were not voted for at all is mind-boggling. 
  • Jack Adams ~ No votes for Mike Yeo?
Normally I am a guy who thinks teams that play the "no respect" card and fooling themselves, but clearly the voters for the above NHL awards forgot about our plucky club.

June 7, 2014

Sloppy Joes or Hockey

As luck would have it I have a graduation party to attend at the same time as tonight's Stanley Cup Final Game 2.  While I have avoided recording live sporting events in the past, tonight's game may have to go on the DVR.  Rumor has it there is going to be a wicked good batch of Sloppy Joes at the party.  I just have to be careful not to (a) check Twitter before I get home and (b) not wear a white shirt.  I have a tendency to overload the bun.

Wow, I really didn't have much to say in today's blog post.  I will make sure I have something a bit more interesting come Monday.

June 6, 2014

Sonmor Coming Back?

I seriously didn't know if Jim Rutherford was still alive.  The Pittsburgh Penguins' hiring of Rutherford as their general manager is the Minnesota Wild equivalent of hiring Glen Sonmor as its coach.  Granted I don't watch a lot of Penguins' hockey, but to me it seemed that there biggest problem wasn't coaching or even with most of their roster, but with their goaltending.  Here's hoping Wild GM Chuck Fletcher can swindle Rutherford out of some talent.  Maybe get Matt Niskanen in exchange for a Buick Skylark and a 12 pack of Ensure.