Homecoming for the Wild

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2011 - 11:31 AM

The new NHL format means that starting next season, Minnesota will leave the Northwest and rejoin such regional foes as Chicago and Detroit.

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grapeape1969Dec. 5, 1110:34 PM

Is "ridded" a real word? Sounds odd to me...

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bhappyDec. 5, 1110:41 PM

This is great, but I hope they realize they just signed on to compete head on against some big money US teams, versus small market Canadian teams for playoff positions. I do have to admit I'll hate Vancouver til the end of time. Gotta love all of these rivalries.

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kingcoleyDec. 5, 1110:44 PM

So when do we get our name back?

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Douglind33Dec. 5, 1110:54 PM

Almost too good to be true. It will be exciting to see renewed rivalries with Detroit, St Louis and Chicago. The change eliminates midnight hockey and will boost the Skating W's TV audience. Good move all around.

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northstarstDec. 5, 1111:01 PM

Looking at the new divisions, the Wild are one of the winners. They get essentially reunited with the old Norris division. I mean, think about it, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis are old rivals. Dallas is connected due to the North Stars leaving Minnesota. Winnipeg is a new regional rival. The only teams I don't care about are Nashville and Columbus. The one problem I do have with this division is: We will be playing perennial power Detroit, the now reborn Chicago Blackhawks, the young but getting stronger Blues, the usual playoff bound Nashville Predators and the usually good Dallas Stars. Point is, this will be a tough division and if the Wild don't develop the team more, we may be spending some years on the bottom. That aside though, I'm happy. No more 11:00 pm games aganist Canadian teams I don't care about.

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calsunshineDec. 5, 1111:02 PM

We have our name It's the Minnesota Wild!

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lloyd55423Dec. 5, 1111:09 PM

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, my buddy Hoppy and me would watch many a NorthStars game against their rivals the St. Louie Blues with the Plager brothers, Glenn Hall, and their fiery coach Scotty Bowman. Hal Kelly was the TV announcer, and we'd often see him at the local watering holes with a local lovely on his arm, and always a strong highball in his fist. Needless to say, I'm happy with the realignment, and Hoppy would be too if he didn't pass away back in '89 due to a bad liver.

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gvflorenceDec. 5, 1111:18 PM

Now the NBA should do the same for the Wolves.

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mrteethDec. 5, 1111:35 PM

Thank you. For years, I've been saying that the Wild doesn't belong in the NW division. They have no natural rivalry. Who wants to see Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver 40 times a year? No. I want to go back to the old Norris Division and the rivalry with the Hawks, Wings, Blues, and even the Jets. So thank you Betmann for getting it done even if you're over 10 years late.

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midifarmDec. 5, 1111:48 PM

Can't we just have the old division names? I want to be in the Norris again!

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