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And then there were six: Wild eliminated

May 14, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov, AP

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While the Pittsburgh Penguins see their season ended on Game 7 with feelings of opportunities slipping through their fingers, some would probably argue that the Minnesota Wild can keep their heads high after the Chicago Blackhawks dispatched them in six after a shocking 2-1 OT goal by Patrick Kane.

How about we take a look back at the Wild’s 2013-14 season, then?

  • The Wild dealt with a dizzying array of injuries and bad luck with their goalies, at least health-wise. Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper dealt with maladies at different points in the season while Ilya Bryzgalov endured a turbulent season of his own. Maybe it wasn’t always spotless, but considering the circumstances, Minnesota survived netminding headaches that would submarine more fragile franchises.
  • Speaking of goalies, answering that question for next season is key … and isn’t exactly easy.
  • Ryan Suter may just be primed for his long-awaited Norris Trophy win. If nothing else, there is little doubt that he’s recognized as a top NHL defenseman logging huge minutes. In general, the Wild’s top guys continue to produce, even the likes of Zach Parise seem to cringe at charges of boredom.
  • GM Chuck Fletcher keeps making big moves to bolster this team. While the occasional transaction backfires (Matt Moulson didn’t fit in too well), he has a strong batting average, including the proactive trade for Bryzgalov. With rampant rumors that Thomas Vanek might come to town, this team could make yet another step with the right tweaks.
  • Then again, maybe it’s just a matter of developing some of the team’s promising young players. Wild fans should be excited about the thought of Mikael Granlund‘s continued growth, alone.
  • Minnesota fought to make the playoffs and fell to the Blackhawks again, yet they tested Chicago this time around after slinking against them in five games in the second round last year. It won’t be easy in a stacked Central Division, but the question is whether the Wild can be deeper in the mix for a higher playoff seed in 2014-15.

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    That’s right.

    Just as I said.

    See me here.

    To lordfletcher, clarke16, credible316, ibeezy, strictly, slickvb, and any Wild fan who substituted basic morality for blind allegiance and defended that scumbag Cooke (most likely due to similar character association),

    I didn’t care who won the series as long as it was a fun watch, but those of you who embarrassed your franchise (that’s hard to do) by defended that scumbag have made watching this year’s Wild failure even very enjoyable!

    Have ANOTHER good summer! Maybe next year, you’ll can come back with a shred of human decency.

    Let the 198 million jokes commence!

    BUH BYE!

    P.S.

    There’s always the Vikings!

    Amiright?

    Oh wait…

    • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Whatever, buddy… You’re not only a slapd!ck, but a pathetic loser as well… Enjoy the rest of your life being who you are, eh? ;)

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        BUH BYE!

      • no - May 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        hahaha he’s so mad!

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Just as we thought, you’d be here waiting, without a life.

      Get a grip, grow a pair, get a life

      Wild fans find themselves again giving respect to the hawks fans but having to deal with your b!tch azz.

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        and for the record, tamponcraver, I thought the cooke hit tonight was unnecessary and ill advised so keep you nonsense bs out of this

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        BUH BYE! HAPPY SUMMER!

    • lordfletcher - May 14, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      I’m right here but what is it, Stanley or bust? jesus man you have the field.

      blow off tard

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        BUH BYE!

        Maybe next year you’ll be less of a pos.

        HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

      • lordfletcher - May 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        Just mad that everyone called you out for acting like a girl the last 20 days or so?

        don’t kid yourself donkey, you’re the fool

        I enjoyed the season.

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        blood you crave, oh the irony….speaking of pieces of sheit. take a long hard look in the mirror your troll

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        HAVE A GREAT SUMMER GUYS!

        SO LONG!

      • lordfletcher - May 14, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Again… Most Wild fans hate Cooke. Not sure where you get off calling a few of us out because your def and blind.

        Never have I said I approve of him but I’m not mad he’s currently on our roster. He has a solid game when he isnt gooning it up…

        Not like I’m calling the shots on our roster. I can’t not cheer for the Wild cuz of one skater … Come on dude.

      • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        Most Wild fans *hate* Cooke? That’s certainly news to me. None that I know–and he certainly seems to draw the cheers with his play from the crowd in the building… Not sure what you’re pulling your data from…

    • 950003cups - May 14, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      You shouldn’t have brought up the Vikings in such a bad night. That’s cruel. The Twins have been a better.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Meh, between the cold and all the many decades of failure, the state of Minnesota should be numb when it comes to expectations for a major sporting franchise.

        Either way, watching Cooke help his team to another early summer was almost as enjoyable as continually reminding the several pos for human beings Wild fans on this forum that defended him, simply because he wore the same jersey they rooted for, about the reality that is the complete failure of another Minnesota franchise.

        Good times tonight!

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        Ever heard of class bloodd you crave?

        didnt think so

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Class and basic human decency failed the several of you scumbags a few weeks ago when you condoned your player injuring YET ANOTHER fellow NHLer and was suspended for the 7th time in his miserable career.

        HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! GOOD RIDDANCE!

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        Condoned???? again you display your ignorance.

        Did some question whether he intended to injure barrie or not? yes

        Question whether he should be suspended for doing the same thing as two other players in the playoffs (bickell and smith) on the same night when they receive no suspension? yes

        No one wanted barrie innjured so quit living in a fantasy world. I know I’ve told you this a lot but I truly mean it: get a grip.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        Cooke had a long HISTORY OF INTENTIONALLY INJURING PLAYERS. Combine that with the clear video evidence of him making sure his knee made contact with Barrie and you’re simply just a delusional idiot.

        It’s pretty clear by now that you’re a moron and everyone else has pointed it out to you and your fellow scumbags when you were crying to free Cooke and comparing it with whatever you could find to deflect away his responsibility but I’ll state it one last time, Bickell and Smith have no history of INTENTIONALLY injuring players.

        I was consistent in condemning those hits along with the Cooke hit and stated THEY WERE ALL worthy of suspension.

        You and, several other scumbags, tossed every red herring from any river you could find to defend Cooke because he wears your same jersey.

        I didn’t care a thing about the Wild and actually was curious to see what they were gonna do this year. Fans like you and your scumbags friends made me glad to see they had yet another year of failure.

        Buh bye! And Good riddance!

      • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        LOL. See–look above… This is what happens when you’re the only boy in the 3rd grade not invited to Billy’s birthday party… :)

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        HAVE A GOOD SUMMER!

      • lbeezyse - May 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Stop feeding the trolls guys.

    • guitarisgood4u - May 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM

      you are a kunt.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 3:19 AM

        HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU!

        BUH BYE!

    • alfredosauce19 - May 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      haha you must be south side trash

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        BUH BYE!

  2. clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Congratulations to the Hawks for a fine, hard-fought series. Good luck the rest of the way!

  3. Jackson Scofield - May 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Great series Minnesota. Battled hard and stayed in it the whole way, outplaying the Hawks for a majority of the time. Victims of playing in an extremely stacked division. Good luck next year.

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      good luck, thanks for the honest assessment

  4. yourcubreporter - May 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Great series, absolutely great. Good, hard, clean play. The Wild clogged up every available inch of ice. Relieved it’s not going 7!

    Congrats on your season, MIN, but the defending champs were that much better. Go Hawks Go!

    • lordfletcher - May 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      I agree with all of that but the part of the Hawks being that much better. Hawks have the elite talent but overall, they aren’t “that” much better.

      not saying its even, just saying :)

      F!!! only in Minnesota can you lose every year

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        “F!!! only in Minnesota can you lose every year”

        You finally got something right!

        Book your tee time!! BUH BYE!

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        bloodcraver dont you have a world of warcraft meetting to get to?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Don’t you have a tee time to book?

      • 950003cups - May 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Wild are improving. Year to year. Surprisingly Bryzgalov was pretty solid.

  5. viachicago22 - May 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Yes, I know this is a major sports cliche, but like a lot of cliches, it’s often true: this is why the Hawks are champs. They didn’t play their best arguably the whole series. It wasn’t a good matchup for them. Minnesota gave it absolutely all they had. BUT they still found a way to overcome all that and move on. It wasn’t a thing of beauty, it won’t be memorialized as a clinic of skill, but in the end they won the series and defeated a tough but ultimately inferior opponent. Yet again. Magic number is 8!!

  6. bfile73 - May 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    James,

    I know you’re glad the Wild are out of the playoffs since they’ve been “sooo boring” over their brief playoff appearances in the past. I believe you said you were “scarred” by their play in the past. I guess 16 goals in the last 3 games of the 2003 series vs your Canucks isn’t enough.

    Great season for the Wild!

  7. 950003cups - May 14, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Looks like Cooke didn’t handle his guy. Glad that punk blew the series in OT.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Karma is a b!tch.

      • avscup - May 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Indeed! Phuk That pPOS Cooke and his girlfriend strictlythedanks. Go play on 35W!

  8. slysipops - May 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    great series by two great teams ! GO HAWKS GO !

  9. credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Congrats to the Hawks. Great series!

    See you next year, GO WILD!!!

  10. homegrowntalentmn - May 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Wild played way better. Crawford played his azz off! Haula is a beast! top 6 forward! Bye bye moulson and heatley. Probably brodziak and sadly harding. Im proud to be a wild fan!

    • no - May 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      cool

  11. no - May 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    I’m not going to say the hawks controlled this series at all

    but I am going to say that, after comments like “Cooke is good enough for us!”, watching the wild go down was immensely satisfying

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      who said cooke is good enough for us? We said, “cooke made the exact same play as bickell and received a 7 game suspension whicle bickell got nothing. ”

      Cooke has been clean this year aside from the barrie knee on knee and tonight I thought the hit on oduya was just plain stupid, but go ahead and assume wild fans support everything he does.

      • avscup - May 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        You were the first to defend him because “he played clean this year.” I guess you forgot about the Nichushkin incident. http://youtu.be/Y21rcU4ijVk

        You are a moron. Go back to watching your tampon video! You need it!

  12. earpaniac - May 14, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    As much as I don’t want to be part of the “198 million” crowd, in this series at least, the Hawks 2 big $ guys showed up, the Wild’s didn’t. But I still say they did the right thing in signing them.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      Wait a second!

      Are you trying to say that 198 Million Dollars for a -7, in this series alone, was not money well spent?!?!?!

  13. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    @ no

    that’s some heavyweight commentary you’ve offered in here … change hands soon will you son

    to others

    good fight wild, and what a helluva series … great hockey the last few days and as usual, bounces and great goaltending swings the series … as enjoyable as any hockey to date

    danks and clarkie, stick around

    • no - May 14, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      chill out bro social security is on it’s way

  14. bfile73 - May 14, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Who does blood hate more, Seahawks or Wild?

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Honestly I think she hates life the most, get a way from the screen and away from the funyons for just a minte bloodcraver

  15. bethgoesglobal - May 14, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    @bloodyoucrave I just want to know why you are so angry? What makes you hate the Wild so much? (or any team for that matter) I can’t help thinking that you’re holding on to some serious resentments in general. I know that posting all of these bitter comments isn’t making you feel any better. Relax, go out and have some fun because your life is probably not that bad. Be happy.

  16. tfilarski - May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    @James O’Brien – Chicago beat Minnesota in the first round in 2013, not the second.

  17. credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Mother must have given bloody his computer privileges back because we couldn’t find him with a search light all last week.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      HAVE A NICE SUMMER!

      BUH BYE NOW!!

      • credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Ah the first day of summer camp. Oh look, some people are already here and it looks like they’ve been here a while!!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Enjoy the summer! You’ve earned it!

      • credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        SMH…that’s it? I expected better out of you. I’m sure you’ll think of something more clever in the tanning booth.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        How about,”Come back next year as less of a pos?

        I thought BUH BYE was sufficient but perhaps that’s more relevant.

        Either way, enjoy your summer!

        LOL

      • credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Now he’s reaching. Sad, really. LOL

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Not reaching when you’re one of the same scumbags who tried to rationalize Cooke injuring yet ANOTHER player. Here’s the hope you come back next year as less of a pos with some basic sense of human decency. Goodbye to you and your scrub club!

        SO LONG!

        LOL

      • credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I beg you to find any article where I rationalize with Cooke’s hit.
        Looks like the UV rays from the tanning booth are getting to ya.

        Scrub club, you didn’t even make it to the playoffs. LOL

        Keep reaching! LOL

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        BUH BYE!!

        LOL

      • credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        BUH BYE!!

        LOL

  18. lbeezyse - May 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    That was a great series to watch & as I mentioned earlier, the Wild do match up quite well with the Hawks. Crawford single handedly stole game 6 with a little help from the iron. At times both teams outplayed one another, but I think the Wild outshot the Hawks in every game…maybe, too lazy to look at stats today. Unfortunately none of that mattered because the Hawks move on to the next round and we sit here anxiously awaiting the off-season. Kudos to the Hawks for playing a hell of a series and I think this is a rekindling of an old Norris rivalry. Now on to plans for the off-season aside from golfing. I think Yeo gets a 3-yr extension, Nino gets a 2-3 year deal worth 2-3 million per, Fontaine gets resigned for 2-3 years, Keumper will get locked up for around 1.5 2-3 years & Zucker gets a tender, but could be trade bait. I’d like McCormick to be resigned for about 1 million per as well. The way Stoner played, he warrants a 2 year deal at maybe 2 per. Time to show: Heatley, Prosser, Moulson, Dowell, Rupp, Brodz(compliance buyout), and Curry the door. Goalie will be tricky, but if Harding retires, Backstrom is put on LTR, and Bryz is resigned to split time with Keumper I will be satisfied. If Harding can return to this years form, I’d love to have him back. Unfortunately his MS will hinder that and it’s a shame as he has talent.

    This team is going to look very similar to this years squad, but with more experience(vital) and a couple new pieces. I expect The Haula, Fontaine, Cooke line to not change. Parise, Granny, Pommer shouldn’t either as they were our best line all year. Koivu, Coyle, Nino we decent, but I feel Mikko slows those two down too much. Suter-Brodin, Spurg-Scan, Folin-Stoner. I know we’ll go hard for Vanek, but I am not sure where he fits in our top 9 pairings. I like the idea of a pure goal scorer, but am unsure of the fit. Could Mikko maybe be shown the door and Haula bumps up or the Wild go after a Stasny type or O’Reilly for the 3rd? It will be interesting because Fletch has a pile of $ to spend, but I hope he doesn’t go too crazy as he has many youngsters to resign.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Awww, so many silver linings to think about before tee time!

      Adorable!

      Another year, another deja vu!

      So long!

      • alfredosauce19 - May 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        i think twilight is on bro, better go finger your a$$

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        HAVE A NICE SUMMER!

    • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Some good thoughts there… Vanek-Granny-Pommer is what I would expect to be the new #1 line next season. Parise-Haula-Coyle as your #2… I like the idea of retaining McCormick and clearly Koivu no longer holds a place on this team given his play and the burden of his excessive contract. He looks more and more like Heatley out there–as his legs stop moving the moment he touches the puck… Nice to trade him for a solid top 4 D-man…

      At goal–a platoon of Kuemps and Bryz…and–I can’t believe I’m saying this–but I can even live with a new two year deal for Stoner at $2/per as you suggested. They really need more of a physical presence on the blue line…

      • tved12 - May 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Clarke, I was thinking the same thing about Stoner all year. I have to say, he might be my most improved on the team.

        I remember last year, every time he touched the puck I was holding my breath for a turnover. Now he not only looked competent all regular season, he looked ferocious in these playoffs. Props to the man with the best name in hockey!

  19. purpleguy - May 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Congrats to the Hawks — they took advantage of the bounces and deserved the game and series win.

  20. Jeff - May 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    fun series to watch, it was great seeing the Wild outplay Chicago for most of the series, they’re just a couple of skilled players away. Unbelievably great effort last night, I enjoyed seeing that in person

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