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Skyrocketing Wild beat plummeting Coyotes

Mar 28, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 27: Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes reacts as the puck shot by Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild gets past him in the final minute of the third period of the game on March 27, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

It took some time for the new-and-improved Minnesota Wild to find their groove, but they certainly seem to have lately. Minnesota extended its winning streak to seven games with a 4-3 overtime victory at home against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.

They wouldn’t have prolonged the streak without some last-minute dramatics. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who now has points in 12 of his last 15 games, found the back of the net with 54.3 seconds remaining in regulation time.

Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu assisted on that goal and went on to net the game-winner in overtime.

“I don’t know if we would have handled this as well, trailing in the third period, at the beginning of the season,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said in a Star Tribune report. “I just don’t think we played a good game, but we found a way to win.”

Minnesota is competing with the Vancouver Canucks for the Northwest Division lead. Both teams have 42 points, but the Canucks have played in 33 games to the Wild’s 32.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes’ free fall continues. Although they did still end up with a consolation point, the Coyotes have now lost seven games in a row and are five points behind the eighth seed San Jose Sharks.

“We’re right at the cliff as far as I’m concerned,” Coyotes Don Maloney recently warned. “If we slide much further, all bets are off. We’re going to go out and find assets. This is reality.”

In other words, if the Coyotes don’t start winning immediately, they’ll become sellers. As it is, Maloney might already be convinced that trading for prospects, picks, and youngsters is his best bet.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Lets go (to Quebec City) coyotes

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    suter should win the norris…with letang out indefinitely he will be a shoo-in. impressive especially after his disasterous start to the season, good for him, you like to see teams get their money’s worth with signings like these.

  3. lordfletcher - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Remember a few months ago Nashville fans were ripping (!!!) how NOT great Suter was and that he couldn’t hold Weber’s jock strap, yada yada yada. “Wait and see, I’ll come back to Wild boards and say I told you so” blah blah blah….. a couple NJ fans did this too about Parise.

    Hmmm….. as of right now, the best 200million I’ve seen spent in a long time.

    Suter / Norris

    • windmiller4 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      too be fair thats the only 200 hundred million ive ever seen spent

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    There’s the quote I was waiting for…

    …Doan’s going to Boston.

    Hope he likes the Dropkick Murphy’s.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      bruins dont want that 21 mill contract…they would be stuck with him and would have to give up a lot for it…dont see it happening

    • rodeoclowndc - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Who DOESN’T like the Dropkick Murphys?

  5. comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    The bright side: The Coyotes’ recent woes can’t do much more damage to their home attendance.

    • thailer35 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Except attendance has been up.

      So there goes that theory.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        You’re right. The Western Conference finalist could go from second-worst back to worst. I stand corrected.

  6. danglesnipecelly24 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Suter= SICKKKKKKKKKKKKK, hand him the norris now.

  7. valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I think the Wings should try to pry Clutterbuck away from the Wild as he is RFA next season and Detroit has bits and pieces that the Wild might want and find more affordable.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Clutterbuck will be traded, but it won’t be mid season. He’s a locker room guy and someone you want for a physical game, playoff push. I see him being moved near the draft.

      I thought this season would decide who the wild would keep, seto or clutter. Seto won

      The only way I would be okay with seeing clutter moved mid season at the deadline if its for a player like Wayne Simmonds (Highly unlikely, I understand this) or a top 4-6 dman with a physical game.

      realistically, he stays this season and Fletcher keeps the locker room happy.

    • nvandy42 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      I don’t see Clutterbuck being traded. Yeo loves his game and it really does bring a much needed physical aspect. Yeo preaches being a tough team to play against and Clutterbuck defines that (even though he can’t bury it without a tip in). I think we will trade either PMB or Heater if we get a decent offer, PMB being the obvious more likely candidate. If not I see us letting Cully and PMB walk, amnesty Heatley. And make room for Granlund, Zucker, and Larsson on next years squad. What to do with Backstrom is the more pressing question….

      • woodstakes - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I’ve seen multiple people post the “amnesty for Heatley” idea and I have a hard time understanding WHY would we amnesty a guy next year in his final year of his contract?? Doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose of the amnesty idea, isn’t the idea to get out from under long term mid to high cap hit contracts?? Why waste it on a guy in his last year of his contract??

      • lordfletcher - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Clutterbuck almost has to be traded at the end of the season. Lets say Cullen keeps playing well, no chance they don’t resign him unless he retires or chooses to leave. I would rather have Cullen if he’s scoring than a prospect that can still develop in Houston. Pmb is very likely to walk. I would have said he would be traded at the deadline but now that he’s playing and fairly well, its hard to deal him and there’s almost no chance the resign him. Zucker is his replacement on the top 6. Granlund if Cullen stays will continue to grow in the ahl ….

        I want to clarify my clutterbuck trade idea for Simmonds. Clearly that wouldn’t be a player for player deal as Wayne is a serious top 6 scorer with a great physical game. I’d take Simmonds over clutter in every way on the ice …. if Philly doesn’t see playoffs in their future, I’d do everything possible to get him. I would. move clutter, any d prospects not named Dumba (cuma and other crap guys) along with this years 1st and whatever else. Simmonds on the first line would be amazing and would let us send coyle back to Houston with granlund.

        As for heatley. Keep him on the 3rd line till his contract ends.

      • lordfletcher - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Also forgot to mention about my man crush Simmonds. He’s a right handed shot. We need him on the power play.

        Its not too late to join the Wayne bandwagon :) Philly is 7 points ( I believe ) out of the playoffs and could use more d prospects even tho ours aren’t great and more draft picks. Clutter would go well on their 3rd line.

        Make it happen….. I promise no more posts on the topic :D

      • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        I did choice the word Pry from the Wild because he is a good player and one they should keep but there is a cap and that cap goes down next year.Clutterbuck will be looking for a hefty raise and deservedly so.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      @ valo

      nothing against your logic, I just don’t see it happening with Detroit is all. I see Clutter going out East if the Wild move him. I’m sure any GM wouldn’t move their top checking skater over to a club that they play 4+ times a year.

      It could happen, who knows… but I doubt Detroit is willing to give up draft picks for Clutter or D prospects that GM Fletcher would see as fair compensation

      cheers

      • woodstakes - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        lord I agree with the idea that Clutter is probably not going to get traded and PMB is probably the 1st out the door. Nobody is going to give what the Wild will probably ask for in return for Clutter. But, there is just a minor flaw in your logic above… as Detroit will be going to the East next year… lol. Had to bust your chops there, even if you are a great poster and a fellow Wild fan!

      • lordfletcher - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        how quickly I have forgotten. I stand corrected :) so it is possible but I still don’t think Detroit is the most likely destination. Who knows.

        Good call out woodstakes, kudos

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I was gonna say that rodeoclown.

    Dropkick is awesome!

  9. bustmustplus - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Sky rockets in flight beuuuuup afternoon delight beooooop

  10. ynothockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Last 2 coyotes games have been sell outs even tho they are not doing so good in the standings. FYI

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