If only the NHL regular season were like a Netflix DVD. That way the Minnesota Wild could just press the stop button, put the poor season in the return envelope and send it back to Netflix, only to get a new, fresh season in the mail a few days later. After last night's lethargic 5-1 loss in the Motor City, it is clear that with 15 games remaining the team has given up.
And with only 15 games left, it's time to say goodbye to James "The future power forward of 2007" Sheppard. Shep's a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season and I can guess with amazing clarity that he won't be back. And it's not like he wasn't given playing time to figure this game out, either. Sure, he did get rushed to the NHL by former GM Doug Risebrough, but he's had plenty of time to overcome that.