Holy $#*! It's Cold Outside!
Another week in the record books and it's been a good one for the Wild as they've won their last three games by a combined score of 14-1. Throw in the US Pond Hockey Championships this weekend (I salute those brave souls as the current temperature in Minneapolis is -2) and there's plenty of great hockey to be found. Good news for someone who has to go skate shopping.
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-After reading this article, John Madden might be irritated at Tom Powers. (Pioneer Press)
-Minnesota still feeling effects of weak 2006 draft. At least it's better than 2005. And 2004. And maybe 2007. (Hockey's Future)
-And by six games it was $2500. More Senseless On-Ice Acts (ESPN)
-This always reminds me of fifth grade and playing the Stock Market Game. Wild Stock Market Report: Left Wingers Edition. (Hockey Wilderness)
Prospects and the Farm:
-Darcy Kuemper continues to win the WHL Player of the Week.
-The big picture featuring all the Wild prospect updates. (Wild.com)
-Joel Broda gets sent to Bakersfield. (The Third Intermission)
-Not the first nor last time this headline is used. Jason Zucker heats up ice. (DU Clarion)
-Video of Mikael Granlund in the shootout. It's good to see someone associated with the Wild organization be successful in it again.
-Bouchard knows concussion struggle all too well. Yes it features PMB, who admits he's not 100% back yet, but the overlying focus of the article is on concussions and player saftety. (Globe and Mail)
-How Elite Is Tampa Bay? The answer might surprise you. Or not that much. (Hitting The Post)
-Aiming For The Top Episode 3 (Sports Agent Blog)
-The origin story of the NHL Guardians. True to form, we're seeing parodies already (Puck Daddy/PensBlog)
-Hockey As You've Never Seen It (NY Times)
-The NHL is changing up the Superskills competition (corporate sponsorship and all) although personally I'm saddened there is no Ric Flair woo-off. (NHL.com)
College and HS Hockey:
-The Gophers and Sioux played nice last week. Oh wait...
-Hobey Rankings (INCH)
-INCH Power Rankings
-Let's Play Hockey Rankings