Becoming Wild Episode 15 talks with former Minnesota defenseman Brad Bombadir, who currently is the Director of Player Development.
I've been interested in hearing more about Bombadir's role in developing prospects because it's a role that goes under the radar (and can't think of him doing interviews) but honestly, if you're a regular reader of First Round Bust there's not much to learn.
There is, however, plenty of other news after the jump.
-Former Calgary coach Brett Sutter is now the GM of 2012 first rounder Mathew Dumba's Red Deer Rebels. It isn't a big step for Sutter, who also owns the Rebels, but an interesting development nonetheless.
-The Orlando Solar Bears are having open tryouts and 32 brave souls showed up for a chance to play in the ECHL. (WESH)
-Ben Goessling caught up with Zach Parise and other Minnesota Wild teammates at a pair of local hockey camps and discussed their take on the CBA discussions going on. It's sympathetic to the players, who come off as wanting to just ply their trade.
No one does more than Cal Clutterbuck. From the article:
"We want to play in a system that's fair for both sides," Clutterbuck said. "We're not asking to get 100 percent of everything. We're just trying to make a compromise. As long as we're in the right system, I think it's important for us to get it right this time, so we don't have to be in this situation ever again."-Meanwhile, the NHLPA has a lot to think about after a new proposal by the owners. (SB Nation)
-After already playing with Chicoutini, Pierre-Marc Bouchard was on the ice at a different hockey camp in Montreal (@walsha)
-Former Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (Wild parent company) employee Mike Snee was named the new Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc. Snee had previously spent the past two years as the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey.
-Lulea - who Minnesota prospects Johan Gustafsson and Daniel Gunnarsson play for - has been working their way through the European Trophy tournament (which is close to the hockey version of the soccer Champion's League) and are 5-0 so far. Their most recent win, a 4-1 victory over HC Plzen 1929 Sunday, saw Gustafsson named the second star with 25 saves. Gunnarsson has two points (both assists) with three qualifying games left.
-Louie Nanne was the featured participant of this week's Vees Minute as he sits down with friend of First Round Bust Fraser Rodgers.
-Team of 18,001 is rolling out their ongoing "Welcome to the State of Hockey" series and focused on Ryan Suter yesterday. There are also ones on Jake Dowell, Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell.
-Finally, HockeyBuzz ranked all 30 announcing teams and has Minnesota 26th.
(26) Minnesota -- Anthony LaPanta and Mike Greenlay
This ranking is a bit of an unknown, with LaPanta coming in to fill the vacancy left by the departed Dan Terhaar. If you're looking for a positive, it's that Terhaar was one of the worst PxP guys in the business, comically missing the play, mispronouncing names, and putting a pro-Wild spin on things at any passing chance. LaPanta's been prepped by Fox Sports North for this role for quite some time; he's loved by the company, and has made the rounds. Unfortunately, this is his first NHL-level call.
I don't have a whole lot to say on Greenlay. He was Terhaar-lite. Perhaps LaPanta can come in and turn the broadcast in a positive direction.