Granlund to remain in Finland for 2011-12

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  • Updated: May 19, 2011 - 10:12 PM
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gankmanMay. 19, 1110:56 PM

Hopefully the Wild will get a strong head coach to clean up the team (bad contracts) to get ready for all the young players next year.

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hnidynightMay. 19, 1111:40 PM

AAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!! say it isn't so! was looking forward to a little M & M action this year. sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders though, which i'll take any day of the week and twice on sundays.

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heineken77May. 20, 1112:09 AM

excited to see this team 2-3 years from now....

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macwildfanMay. 20, 1112:54 AM

@gankman I'm sorry, but I don't think the coach plays any role in getting rid of bad contracts, that would fall more in the hands of the GM. I'm also saddened to hear that we'll have to wait another year for the NHL debut of Granlund, as he certainly would've provided some much needed excitement for a team sorely needing some.

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mylba83May. 20, 11 3:42 AM

Just to let you all know, in Finland army service is obligatory for all men. Don't you think its better that Granlund takes care of it now, not in between NHL seasons as Koivu has to do this summer. Finnish army service respects top athlete's needs but it will surely still affect Koivu's preparation for the upcoming season. What comes to finishing school first, I think you all should all raise your hats to that, after all there is life after hockey. Granlund is a great role model for young hockey players already and will take NHL by storm year from now. Be patient.

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winterstormMay. 20, 11 6:59 AM

I respect the kids choice, but REALLY hoped he would play this comming season!!

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jakemanoMay. 20, 11 8:07 AM

Mikko didn't start playing for the Wild until he was 22. It appears that Granlund is following that model. Next year, if he doesn't make the big club, he can play in Houston (like Koivu did) and then play for the Wild the following season. I really think the kid seems ready for the NHL, but he thought this out and it makes sense. Smart kid. See you next year!

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ctillhockeyMay. 20, 11 8:24 AM

I'm glad to hear this. Granlund seems to be a mature kid and I think it's fine to let our players develop a little before coming up. I think he'll feel eager to cross the pond next year and be ready to go!

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n8rzzzMay. 20, 11 8:49 AM

Great decision by the kid an his people. It's best that he tie up all the loose ends first before moving half a world away. Can't wait to see him in a wild jersey, though. I sure think he'll be entertaining!!

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april24May. 20, 1112:02 PM

My concern is that he gets another concussion or two (since he had one this year) and it ends up affecting his abilities to play in the NHL. Guess we'll see. Also, mylba83, that was the most PC answer I've ever heard. Did you have a PR firm write that? You managed to give a thumbs up to the military, education & being a role model all in one comment. Don't mean to be rude but geez....you should have ended it by screaming "What about the children?!!"

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