Wild blue-liners lacking offensive punch

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2012 - 12:10 AM

With some key forwards injured, the Wild needs to find a way to get scoring from its defensemen.

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lindy_frank123Jan. 16, 1212:07 AM

Where is Craig Hartsberg When you need him? What a cannon. Well Zidlicky do you have cannon? Lets see it!

njc264isbackJan. 16, 12 1:14 AM

Al Iafrate and Phil Housley ready?

firefly70Jan. 16, 12 3:53 AM

Wait! Where's the usual comment by Yeo about how the defensemen are making comtributions that are beyond their offense - how they are strong defensively? Like he stated with Mikko and Heatley. So let me get this straight. We're not allowed to criticize our highly paid "skilled" offensive players for their lack of goal production; but we're going to get on the defensemen for not helping to produce goals? Ummm... okay. Seems like worrying about not having enough air in your car's tires when the transmission is broken.

mgalaforetJan. 16, 12 7:47 AM

Russo, you may want to mention the SJS have not gotten what they want out of Burns in the trade, just to make it a complete picture. Then , look at the team that started the season and one would have to say not a lot of offense should have ever been expected with this defensive group. Stoner, Zanon, Schultz, Lundin, Spurgeon, Zidlicky and Falk. And now to expect them to all of a sudden start filling the net, when they really couldnt before, seems more than just a bit ludicrous. Sure it may help if they did, but they hould be viewed as a bonus everytime they do it.

ctillhockeyJan. 16, 12 9:20 AM

In related news, Dany Heatley fails to get a shot though due to his 5 second wind up.

washburnlkJan. 16, 12 9:30 AM

I would say the Spurgeon is by far the most reliable and productive Dman we have. He was drafted 156th and unsigned by the Islanders, which in my mind solidifies the idea that prospects can be surprising in a good way, as in Spurgeons case, or a bad way like 16th Gillies or 9th Sheppard. Keeping in mind that PROVEN NHL talent is what this team needs, I hope Fletch doesn't let hanging on to PROSPECTS stand in the way of aquiring what we need, proven talent. Go Wild!

chuchadoroJan. 16, 12 9:46 AM

I'm almost longing for the days of Marc Andre Bergeron. Almost.

dakfanviewJan. 16, 12 2:31 PM

I think the Wild need to take a look at their scouting staff I think they just like going to Europe for a trip now an than. There is more That plenty of excellent Hockey players in the US an Canada. Hello The Bismarck Bobcats and UND beat the Russian JR's this year before they went World Cup.

GertronJan. 16, 12 5:42 PM

I wrote a comment three weeks ago that essentially stated what this article states today. The Wild 'd' are offensively challenged and Zids is playing very poorly. The 'best' play that most of the d-men have is banking the puck off the glass and hoping it doesn't go for icing! Spurgeon is the only d-man that moves the puck well. Of course, most of the o-men are offensively challenged as well! :) By the way, I watch the SJS all the time and Burns has 7 goals, 9 assists, and is +11, not too shabby. Throw him in with Boyle and Vlasic and you get to watch d-men attacking the net all the time.

cfgfsmJan. 16, 12 5:49 PM

I stated about a week ago that the Wild need an offensive defensmen. Jake Gardner of Toronto has been a healthy scratch lately for Toronto. Low salary and definetly better than some of our current D. This would be a no risk pickup for the Wild. Also Burke the G.M. of Toronto is from Minnesota. Time for Fletcher to take a chance.


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