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PostSubject: Oilers Vs Wild tonight   Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Wild need to win to stay in the hunt. Go Wild Go!

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PostSubject: Re: Oilers Vs Wild tonight   Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:39 am

Wild vs. Oilers post-game and more

Bouchard's spin-a-rama caps off 3rd period surge to beat Edmonton 4-1

Written by Derek Felska | 21 February 2011

You can tell the trade deadline is approaching as teams are pulling the trigger as they hope to get a head start on the competition. I remember back in the day when you could play Electronic Arts' NHL '94 where if you were patient enough it was rather easily to start a sequence of trades where you'd start with a role player like Shawn Chambers only to eventually land top rated talent like Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Mario Lemieux or Doug Gilmour. Obviously it did not replicate real life at all.

Anyone could be a GM if it was that easy, where you'd start with a team full of role players and end up with a 'Dream Team' of Hall of Famers. Out of touch with reality? Maybe, but if you look at some of those teams from the 1990's and early 2000's there were some teams out there that had a ridiculous amount of talent. The Red Wings at one time had Dominik Hasek, Niklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, and Brett Hull all on one team meanwhile the Penguins had a lineup that was full Hall of Famers in Mario Lemieux, Jaormir Jagr, Ron Francis, Mark Recchi, Bryan Trottier, Paul Coffey, and Larry Murphy. There were wide chasms between the haves and the have nots in the NHL in those days as no salary cap was in place. Nowadays trading playersis not that easy, especially in today's NHL where players have such long contracts that it makes them difficult to move. Electronic Arts has made great strides in making its trade portion of its games more realistic, in fact almost too realistic. Now one has to give away lots and lots just for a marginal player in return; this is especially true on NHL '11. That almost makes trading unrealistic in itself in the fact it makes nearly impossible to pull off. But all of the quirkiness of trades only happens in video games right? Then again maybe not. Consider the Wild's Northwest Division rival the Colorado Avalanche. What the heck has happened to them? After surprising many last year when its young, fast and dynamic roster made the post season the team struggled through injuries and suspect goaltending to be near the bottom of the Western Conference. Heck, franchise-hero Peter Forsberg threw in the towel on his career after another failed comeback attempt. Even though the team has weathered a considerable amount of disappointment it still had lots to like, a young and dynamic core with loads of potential. Avalanche management clearly saw it very differently and began shipping off components of the team including last year's hero between the pipes Craig Anderson for a goaltender who struggled mightily to find consistency in Ottawa in Brian Elliot. A poor trade with Ottawa placed clearly as the winner of the deal would've been bad enough had Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman hadn't made another head-scratcher of a trade when he sent promising power forward Chris Stewart and dynamic defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the St. Louis Blues for 3rd line penalty killer Jay McClement and underwhelming 1st Overall pick Erik Johnson. No offense, but a young dynamic goal scorer like Stewart is probably worth McClement and Johnson by himself. Goals are something every team in the NHL is looking for and Stewart appeared to be a franchise cornerstone for the Avs, but apparently they decided to go in a different direction which is baffling at this point in the season where team's chances for the post season are slim to none. Stewart was off to a torrid pace scoring-wise this season until he broke his hand in a fight with the Wild's Kyle Brodziak, and Shattenkirk is also a young defenseman who has great mobility and can bring a lot of nice things offensively as well. To see him thrown into the deal makes the trade that much more lopsided. If the Avs are that desperate to rid themselves of their young talent I'd offer them Cam Barker for Matt Duchene. They were both taken 3rd Overall!?!? Good trade right?

Minnesota hosts the upstart Edmonton Oilers who have embraced the role of spoiler as of late. Young phenom Taylor Hall is starting to heat up and demonstrate why he was worthy of the 1st Overall pick. The Wild better prepared to take on a loose opponent who is playing some of its best hockey right now. So will the Wild be able to bring their "A" game against the Oilers who have nothing to lose or will they overlook Edmonton and pay the price of over confidence? (click on the link for the rest of the article)

I have to admit I wasn't sure they were going to win this one, I thought this might be a game this team was going to regret especially after that terrible 1st period. Yet they stepped up their game and won a game against a team they should beat. There might be some sparks the next time Staubitz sees Jacques. There is a prospect report on Kris Foucault and Brett Bulmer as well as a ranking list for Class 1A / 2A boys high school hockey. Enjoy!
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