Wild Down to 27* Players

The Wild made several more cuts today,  dropping their roster to 27 players, with a severe catch. Continue reading

Who’s left? Observations on the 32 remaining players in camp

The Wild made some roster-trimming moves today.  Nothing that was amazingly earth-shattering, but there are some nuggets involved that are mildly enlightening, both in terms of the players that are gone as well as those who are still around.

First, the hard facts: The Wild sent Brett Bulmer, Tyler Graovac and Guillaume Gelinas to Iowa, waived Justin Falk, Jonathan Blum and Joel Rechlicz, and sent goaltender Brandon Whitney back to juniors in Victoriaville in the QMJHL.

No surprises among the three players outrighted to Iowa. Gelinas fits the mold of a pure AHL defender. He’s mobile and scored a ton in the QMJHL (albeit in an overage year), but he’s smallish to tiny for a defenseman, and probably doesn’t have everything you need to compete at the top level. In terms of a comparable in Wild history, think Maxime Noreau, which is…not good. Continue reading

Season in Review: Darcy Kuemper

Over the course of the next month, Konopkaesque will review each player who suited up for the Wild this season, with a few exceptions. 1) They had to play at least ten games during the season and/or playoffs (sorry, Brett Bulmer, Carson McMillan and John Curry) and 2) they had to finish the season as part of the organization, which ironically excludes the man for whom this blog is named, among others. 

-Sigh-

So, without further blathering, here’s today’s subject:

Darcy Kuemper, G, Age 24 Continue reading

Season in Review: Ilya Bryzgalov

Over the course of the next month, Konopkaesque will review each player who suited up for the Wild this season, with a few exceptions. 1) They had to play at least ten games during the season and/or playoffs (sorry, Brett Bulmer, Carson McMillan and John Curry) and 2) they had to finish the season as part of the organization, which ironically excludes the man for whom this blog is named, among others. 

-Sigh-

So, without further blathering, here’s today’s subject:

Ilya Bryzgalov, G, Age 33 Continue reading

Three Things: Game 1

It’s just one game. It was a missed opportunity. Long series ahead, just need to steal one on the road. The Wild have absolutely no answer for Nathan MacKinnon. The Wild could play like that and win nine times out of ten. The Wild could play like that and get blown out nine times out of ten. Continue reading

An Avalanche is Coming: Colorado Series Preview

The Wild are in the playoffs for the fifth time. Their first round opponent, for the third time (because to hell with variety), will be the Colorado Avalanche. If it feels like we do this every four or five (or six, whatever) years, you aren’t losing your mind. The Wild enter the series as the underdog, but the good news is that the underdog won both series the first time these teams met. Of course, those series happened so long ago, they have absolutely no bearing on the present.  That being said, let’s take a look at the history first. Continue reading