Frustration lingers as earlier success keeps eluding Wild

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2012 - 12:26 PM

Mike Yeo chose his words carefully Saturday night because he's coaching a "fragile group" that is trying desperately to halt a standings nosedive like few others.

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Douglind33Jan. 9, 12 6:34 AM

It's going to be hard for this team to compete unless they find a way to prvent mid-ice turnovers, 2/3-on-1-breakouts, and point blank shots on shell-shocked goalies. Socring a goal or two every once in a while would also help.

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wildpruJan. 9, 12 8:41 AM

Go get Ryan Getzlaf now!!! Give up a D-man and a 1st rounder. We wont be seeing Latendresse back on the ice and I wouldn't sign him after this season unless he is at a bargain, this is the 2nd season he has been out extended amount of time. We have our cupboards full of prospects and I don't want us to do what the Blackhawks had to do when all of their rookie contracts came due the same season. Work your magic Fletcher, we know you can get this team back on track!!!!

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kellyesqueJan. 9, 12 8:44 AM

Yo Mike, I've got a secret so come close, real close. You've lost this team and you will not be able to save the sinking ship so my advice to you, get out while you still can.

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Douglind33Jan. 9, 12 8:48 AM

I've been a big Getzlaf backer for a couple of seasons. He would be a great addition here. His play around the net is dominating, sorta like a Pete Forsberg.

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elmore1Jan. 9, 12 9:29 AM

Love the Getzlaf idea! A big, nasty forward who can score!

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jdtconlineJan. 9, 1210:03 AM

Can/will Getzlaf play wing? Do you want to move Granlund to wing? If not, Getzlaf doesn't make a lot of sense.

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ToddWJan. 9, 1211:07 AM

Do not fret. Do not start talking trades in an attempt to save the season. It was all a mirage. Inspired by a new fresh forward thinking coach and a few daff moves by the forward thinking front office. The real fun begins in 2013. And, I can wait.

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uffda57Jan. 9, 1212:02 PM

This is certainly not a time to panic. Anyone who thinks that the addition of a single new player, no matter how talented, will suddenly turn this team around isn't thinking clearly. The issue isn't player ability right now...the same group of guys was nearly unbeatable for the first 30 games or so. What has changed is mental, as evidenced by Scandella. You'll get as much chance of mental change by giving each player a lucky rabbits foot as you would by bringing in Getzlaf, Ryan, Parise, or whoever the flavor of the day is. If coaches and management see a structural problem with the team, then by all means, make a trade, but if you're doing it just to shake things up, forget it. Fortunately, it seems like Fletcher and Yeo are too smart to think a trade needs to be done just to snap a losing streak.

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jennakJan. 9, 1212:03 PM

The true talent level on this team is showing itself ... hard-working guys yes, goal scorers -- no. Yes to Getzlaf.

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uffda57Jan. 9, 1212:32 PM

I disagree that there are no goal scorers on the team. Setoguchi and Heatley can score far more than they have so far, for example. And we're not talking about scoring a lot more goals to win here...if your team can score two goals per game, you have a 50-50 chance to win, as long as your defense and goaltenders do their jobs. For the most part, they have done that, but the scoring has absolutely disappeared. The Wild has a number of players that can and should score 25-30 goals per year, yet all of them have suddenly shut down. This tells me it is a team-wide problem, and not just one or two guys that aren't getting it done. What happens if you bring in Getzlaf right now? He joins the ranks of the guys who can't score. Fix the problem with the team with real solutions, not bandaids.

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