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PHT Morning Skate: Where there’s plenty of Minnesota sadness

May 10, 2013, 7:34 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

There was much sadness in the Wild after getting beat by the Blackhawks in five games, including center Matt Cullen who thinks he may have played his final game with the team. (@Russostrib)

Adding to that, coach Mike Yeo feels bad for Mikko Koivu saying he thought his captain was snakebitten through the series. (@Russostrib)

Know what’s been a brutal part of the Anaheim-Detroit series? The arduous travel. Both teams are probably happy to see Detroit go east next season. (Detroit Free Press)

There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on in Vancouver, and one of those fingers is going toward how the goalie situation was handled. (The Province)

Meanwhile, “Roberto Luongo” tweets out: “So………… Shall we try this one more time??? #offseason” (@Strombone1)

Montreal’s loss in five games to Ottawa wasn’t all bleak when you remember the Habs finished last in the division last year. (Montreal Gazette)

  1. hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Interesting how many Habs fans want Luongo there and Price out! (both his tweet and the responses are humorous – somebody needs to take the guy).

  2. polegojim - May 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Koivu Snakebitten??? No, how about star studded roster failure…

    There’s nothing mystical or victimizing in the quick exit beyond woeful underperformance by the Wild.

    • ignath - May 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      How about you go back to trolololing some other team polegojim? Just because your team didn’t get Suter doesn’t mean you need to be butthurt and troll every Wild post you see.

      How’s your team doing in the playoffs BTW?

  3. comeonnowguys - May 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    You might say they’re feeling Minnesota.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Nice…certainly outshined.

  4. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    200 Million Dollars buys you 1 Goal, 0 Assists, and a NEGATIVE TWELVE. “No Show” Parise strikes again and Minnesota still has only made it past the first round once in their history! Looks like that Cups950003 guy was right!

    LOL! LOL! LOL!

    • credible316 - May 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Do you and cups share the same tanning bed?

      FYI – Zach and Ryan didn’t sign one year deals.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        I just find it hilarious when fans of a team that has made it past the first round only once in their history (and normally never even make it to the playoffs), tries to remedy it by shelling out nearly 25 percent of their cap for the next 13 years on two overpaid players only to have those two players put up 1 G, 0 A, and a NEGATIVE Twelve while their team fails again.

        Not too mention the further comedic gold that ensues when they Wild fans try to talk trash to fans of teams that have actually won the cup are consistent playoff teams.


      • ignath - May 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Priceless is the butthurt fans that find it necessary to TROLOLOLOL every single Wild post that can be found on PHT.

        Go back under your bridge and wait for another billygoat to cross…o wait, that’s not a billygoat…it’s your over-tanned jersey shore momma who forgot to shave this morning…now STFU and find some Devils posts to make comments on…oh wait, there are none. They’ve not played a game in a couple weeks right? First to Worst, FIRST TO WORST!!1!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        I’m sorry the truth stings so much.

        Not a Devils fan but I guess you can join them now. Hey, atleast they can tell you stories of how to Win a Cup. That should keep you occupied as you spend the summer wondering why your team hardly ever makes the playoffs and is all but guaranteed to be embarrassed out in the first round if they manage to squeak in.

        Happy summer!

  5. findthetwine - May 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    It’s hilarious reading these troll posts ragging on the Wild. So the Wild paid less money for these guys than they were offered elsewhere, right? Then those other teams fans that lost out on the two players, rip the Wild franchise for signing them? That seems to be the basic theme here… Pretty pathetic. Any brilliant hockey minds out there ever witnessed a team go through some growing pains? might be a similar situation, just maybe.

    • ignath - May 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Agreed, and sorry to anyone I offended in my above post. I am just sick of the bull$hit from some butthurt trolls who find it necessary to come on other teams’ stories and spew garbage all the time. Getting as bad as the idiot Packer trolls in the PFT boards.

  6. lbeezyse - May 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    A true Wild fan knew that this team from the get go was a fringe playoff team likely to exit in the first round. With that said, a foundation to future success has be laid. The franchise has it’s cornerstones in Parise, Suter, & Koivu. For the lack of Koivu’s offensive production he makes up for it with smart hockey senses & get 2 way play. I do think he should have the C stripped from his jersey & given to Suter. Suter deserves that C more than anyone else on the team with Parise not to far behind.

    The Wild also boats one of the best group of prospects in the league. Fontaine, Lucia, Granlund, Dumba, Coyle, Zucker, Haula, Brodin, Phillips, & one of the top goalie prospects in Gustafsson. We know we have studs in Coyle, Brodin Zucker, & Dumba, but don’t forget about Granlund who was toughted as a top prospect overall. If 50% of the rest pan out to go with Coyle, Zucker, Brodin, Parise, Koivu, Seto, Suter, & Spurgeon the Wild have a very good chance to be where Chicago is in 2 years. The future looks very bright for this team & I am happy to be a fan from the beginning.

    I really think Yeo needs to go. His “system” doesn’t work & his boneheaded idea’s cost the team. Brodziak is not a first unit PP guy. Coyle can man that position & not mess up lines. This is a mostly veteran team that needs a coach that knows how to win. Lindy Ruff or Dave Tripplett come to mind for our next coach. It’s time for Fletcher to stop messing around with these non experienced coaches & get someone that will get the players to play.

    Lastly I hope the Wild buy out Heater & Gilbert. Let PMB walk as well as Backstrom. Look into trading Stoner, Falk, Konopka, Clutterbuck, & Brodziak. Resign Cullen & Spurgeon. See what develops in the goalie market. Fluery, Bryz, & Price could all be bought out & maybe willing to sign “prove it” deals for the right lengh & $$$. We need grit also & I think someone like Stalberg from Chicago would be a perfect addition to the team.

    Sorry for wasting 3 minutes of your life

    • rolstoncansnipe12 - May 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Agree with you 100% on every point you made. Heater has been nothing but a waste of $7.5 mil cap space every year here, Stoner is terrible he better not be back with the Wild either. Wouldn’t mind any of those 3 goalies you named or Miller. Koivu wouldn’t even be in my top 3 for Captain, and I don’t think he deserves that 1st line Center job either, get Pominville and him to switch and maybe Koivu will start proving why we ever gave him the C in the first place. Cullen would be a huge loss if we can’t resign him, but I’m real excited for the next few years to see what these rookies do once they develop.

  7. lofty35 - May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I do believe 15 million (actual cap hit, not 200 million) got the Wild… A. Into the postseason. B. leading goal and point scorer for them. C. Norris trophy finalist. I’d say that is money well spent

    • purpleguy - May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      The trolls are a joke, as are the Columbus would have done better cracks. The Wild was down to one healthy rookie goalie, played 4 rookies, 3 second year blue liners, and was without Heatley and Pomenville — yet still took the Hawks to 2 overtime games. Like Columbus would have won even one game without their #1 goalie, the Wild paid Parise/Suter less than the other teams were offering (the cap ain’t a problem with the contract length grandfathered in under the new CBA), and have several good young players in the system. Most didn’t expect a Cup run this year anyway.

      • lbeezyse - May 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I find the trolls amusing as well. I still love feeding crow to those who said Suter will be garbage without big bad Shea Weber. What do you guys want to see the Wild do in the offseason to address issues?

      • rolstoncansnipe12 - May 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Ibeezye- I’d like to see these guys gone: PMB, Heatley (but doubt they’ll buy him out, cause we’d still have to waste $4 mil cap space on the buyout), Backstrom, Stoner, Gilbert. The salary cap’s being lowered $6mil next year so there’s not a ton we can do to improve, probably use the money we save from losing PMB and Backstrom to resign Pominville, Spurgeon, Setoguchi, and hopefully Cullen to extensions. Wouldn’t mind if they brought Clutterbuck back for cheap, but if anyone offers him more then the $1.4 mil let him walk.

  8. lbeezyse - May 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Also, for the 15 million hit this season I am sure C. Leopold raked in $ hand over fist from new season ticket holders, jersey sales, & the buzz that surrounded this team all year.

  9. ashtongronholz8 - May 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Cullen will retire before he goes somewhere other than mn say I have a feeling we may get a one year cheap contract from him. Would like to see pmb and healthy gone. That said, this team doesn’t need improvement they need chemistry. Give them an offseason plus this year and I have no worries about being a contender the next couple years. And for the argument of only making it past the first round once, our team isn’t that old and it’s the state of hockey… I have absolutely no doubt we will get a cup over the praise/suter era.

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