Should we be worried about Darcy Kuemper?

Now that Justin Fontaine has signed on with the Wild for another two years, only two pieces remain to bring back into the fold for the Wild, assuming no other free agent signings or trades happen this summer; two scenarios that seem unlikely at this point.

If you read Michael Russo’s column in the Star Tribune this morning, you may know that those two pieces are forward Nino Niederreiter and goalie Darcy Kuemper, and while negotiations with the former seem to be promising, talks with the latter haven’t been nearly as encouraging to date.

Actually, that isn’t even a fair assessment, as negotiations with Kuemper’s agent have been fairly non-existent, which is at best strange, and at worst cause for concern. Continue reading


Zucker re-signs for two years

Another restricted free agent has been sorted out by the Wild, as Jason Zucker has re-signed for two seasons.

Zucker has 12 points (8-4) in 47 games over the past three seasons for the Wild, and one big post-season overtime winner in there for good measure. Injuries and inconsistency have kept him from reaching any further heights. Continue reading

Development Camp Scrimmage #2: Notes and Thoughts

Had a chance to check out the second scrimmage between the creatively named “Team White” and “Team Green”* at development camp last night. Here’s a few thoughts on the 5-3 victory for team Green: Continue reading

The Wild, Role Reversal and the 2009 Draft (redux)

Convoluted headline, yes, but bear with me.

Remember 2009? I do. Things were happening. You had that job/internship/stretch of 2-5 years for B&E, um, Obama…some other stuff. I don’t know.

Anyway, right around the middle of the year, the NHL draft was fast approaching. The Wild had the 12th pick, a farm system that reeked of Risebrough and a new GM with a stoic manner and a neat haircut. What was he going to do? Continue reading

Breaking down Free Agency’s First Day

So, what do we have? The worst kept secret in hockey is no longer a secret, or kept, or whatever. The Florida Panthers went on another shopping spree for mediocre players that will both get them to the cap floor and keep them in 10th place, while the Capitals went out and bought the Penguins…all the Penguins.

Now we get to go through the rash of “who won/lost?” articles, which is always fun. Nothing like judging performance before it happens. However, there were some head-scratching moments during the day, as well as some shrewdness by GM’s, some who are named Chuck Fletcher, some who weren’t. Let’s take this team-by-team and see how everyone did. Continue reading