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PostSubject: Wild vs. Edmonton 3/31/2011 - Official GDT   Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:29 pm

Wild vs. Oilers post-game and more

Quick start helps Wild earn 4-2 home victory over hapless Oilers

Written by Derek Felska | 30 March 2011

For some strange reason, Kenny Rogers' classic ballad the Gambler was playing in my head, "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run, you never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table, they'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done." Its sage advice whether you're playing cards or the General Manager of a professional hockey team. Just as the case is with hands of poker, you win some and you lose some. This sort of sums up how I feel about Minnesota losing out on the Stephane DaCosta sweepstakes. Merrimack's Stephane DaCosta was arguably the most sought after college free agent since Casey Wellman. Last year, the Wild and General Manager Chuck Fletcher marked a dramatic change in team-building philosophy by aggressively pursuing undrafted college free agents which was something almost totally ignored by the Doug Risebrough regime. While it never feels good to lose out in these situations, the Wild were in the race until the very end being amongst the top 3 teams vying for his surfaces joining the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators until the Sens' bid ultimately won him over. Senators' GM Bryan Murray was noted as saying that Ottawa's situation at center was the deciding factor in DaCosta's decision. (shrugs) Sure, the Wild have Mikko Koivu, Matt Cullen, Kyle Brodziak, and John Madden but whatever it was DaCosta's decision to make. So he'd rather play in Ottawa, fine. Go ahead, enjoy playing with ex-college hockey stars Colin Greening, Erik Condra, Patrick Wiercioch and Bobby Butler!?! See if I care!?!?

Now Matt Foy can rest safely knowing he is the best former Merrimack player to have played for the Wild. In all honesty its a minor inconvenience to the Wild. The Wild's season is in purgatory until its final game against the Dallas Stars on April 10th. Minnesota ended its 8-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over St. Louis who promptly turned around the next night and handed Detroit a 10-3 loss at Joe Louis Arena. So as I said before, you win some and you lose some. As the song wrapped itself up by saying, "Ev'ry Gambler knows, the secret to survivin', is knowin' what to throw away, and knowin' what to keep, 'cause every hand's a winner, and ev'ry hand's a loser, the best you can hope for is to die in in your sleep." While I hope no one dies in their sleep, but perhaps its best this season can end so we can all move on to the drama of the draft and free agency. So will the Wild start a winning streak or will it stumble and fall against the worst team in the Western Conference? (click on the link for the rest of the article)

Not a real good game, pretty ugly at times. But a win is a win. (shrugs) There is a CHL prospect rundown as well. Enjoy!
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PostSubject: Re: Wild vs. Edmonton 3/31/2011 - Official GDT   Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:12 am

if you were at the game and watched the second period intermission sumo wrestler shoot out, i was the 2nd guy to go. shit was insane hard to even try. didn't care that i lost, wanted the Wild gear more than the free phone anyhow. lol

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