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Hockey Wilderness Jan 19, 2017
Is Marco Scandella's contract a bad deal?

Is Marco Scandella's contract a bad deal?

I've heard critiques about the contracts of Eric Staal, Devan Dubnyk, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund but not Marco Scandella. So I took a look if that's justified of just something that's gone unnoticed. Marco Scandella has been a regular on the Wild blue line since 2013-14, and on November 30, 2014, he signed a 5-year, $20 million contract. Since entering the years covered by that contract, the level of his play seems to have dropped. In 14-15 he scored 11 goals and 12 assists for his career high for points and goals. He established that he has a good shot, which he...
Hockey Wilderness Jan 12, 2017
WATCH: Ryan Suter rips one home on the power play

WATCH: Ryan Suter rips one home on the power play

Carey Price is not having a good night. Ryan Suter rocks a monster shot past him to put the Wild up 6-rip against the Canadiens. Video courtesy of nhl.com
Hockey Wilderness Jan 11, 2017
Hockey Wilderness: Rest and Relaxation

Hockey Wilderness: Rest and Relaxation

Sometimes we love the NHL schedulers, sometimes we hate them. We'll love them for now for a bit of a respite, but we'll hate them later for too many games in too few days In a move that is somewhat unnatural to Minnesota sports fans, the Wild will find themselves well represented at this year's NHL All-Star game.  Joining coach Bruce Boudreau will be Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Suter, with discussions surrounding Mikko Koivu or Eric Staal being a potential replacement for the injured Patrik Laine.  The NHL will carry over last year's 3-on-3 format with each division competing in a round robin...
FOX Sports Jan 10, 2017
Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk, Suter, Boudreau Named to All Star Team

Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk, Suter, Boudreau Named to All Star Team

At noon the NHL announced the final rosters and coaches for the All-Star Game in LA to be played on the 29th of January. The Minnesota Wild did well with selections of goaltender Devan Dubnyk, defenseman Ryan Suter, and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau all set to represent the Central Division. But should ...

Wild's Devan Dubnyk, Ryan Suter chosen for NHL All-Star Game

The league named 44 players to the All-Star Game, which has a 3-on-3 format featuring four 11-man teams. Bruce Boudreau will coach the Central Division team.
Hockey Wilderness Dec 29, 2016
Game Score and the Minnesota Wild

Game Score and the Minnesota Wild

We’ve used this space for the past three weeks to look at the Minnesota Wild through shot metrics, largely because the team hit the 20-game mark in December, when some of these metrics start to become predictive of future outcomes the rest of the season. We started with a look at the defensemen and found that Jonas Brodin has added a little offense to his game this season and that that seemed encouraging. We also noted that the top pairing of Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon come off looking below average and we anticipated that their numbers will likely improve. Then, we took a look at the...
Hockey Wilderness Dec 22, 2016
Nino Niederreiter leads the way in advanced metrics for Wild's forwards

Nino Niederreiter leads the way in advanced metrics for Wild's forwards

Two weeks ago in this space, I pointed out that the Minnesota Wild had finally passed the 20-game threshold at which point shot metrics start to become predictive over the course of the remainder of the season. In discussing the Wild D this season, I noted Jonas Brodin’s improved play, largely due an improvement on offense. And we discussed the fact that the Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon tandem produced some of the worst results of the D core so far this season. And we figured that that will likely tick up over the course of the rest of the regular season. Last week, I took a look at the...

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