Momentum plunges south again in Dallas

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 7:21 AM

The Wild made a move on its roster, then moved backward in the West again at the Stars' hands.

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knight63Feb. 24, 1210:45 PM

Could see this one coming a mile away. Back to normal.

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washburnlkFeb. 24, 1211:17 PM

That was the straw that broke the camels back. We've needed more talent all year and didn't get any help from Fletcher, unless you want to count Christensen and now Velieux (smirk). He did accomplish a salary dump at least. I still wonder why our PP is so miserable, I think Yeo needs to take some heat on that. I'm going Sunday, but I don't know how much longer I can support this club. Disappointing

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wildwildFeb. 24, 1211:54 PM

AAArrrg... so frustrating. The Wild knew they were going to lose this game before it even started. I'm REALLY sick of Heatly's utterly ridiculous 5 minute windup that he NEVER scores with...it's just comical at this point. Setoguchi falls down more than any player I've ever seen outside of Mites, and how in the world is there not a greater sense of urgency on the power play!?! GET THE PUCK TO THE NET! and ATTACK!! Why is that so hard?!? A power play is 2 minutes, not 20! URGH!! End rant.

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MNYOGIFeb. 25, 12 6:35 AM

This one was a tough one to watch the boys seemed like they didn't want to be there. No energy but what irritates me is they show a flash of how good they can be and than fall quickly to below average.(the previous two games) I hope the trade helps hopefully it will light a fire and pull some urgency out of their tales

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hockeyfoxFeb. 25, 12 7:05 AM

I think this team has actually gotten WORSE under Fletcher. He has had 3 years to improve the team. If you mean after 3 years missing the playoffs is an improvement, those are some lofty goals. Hey Chuck, remember to manage fans expectations....like us fans should not expect a playoff appearance after 3 years of trading away number 1 draft choice and getting nothing, and bringing in no real offensive talent. But we have hope right. All of the talent up and coming will surely add instant first and second line offense. I'll believe it when I see it, but even then it will take several more years for the players to develop. Prediction...the Wild will not be a solid playoff team for AT LEAST the next 3 years, maybe longer. By then, Fletcher will be gone and the rebuilding process will start all over again. The perpetual state of Wild hockey...REBUILDING.

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mrblueskyFeb. 25, 12 7:37 AM

How can you play great Hockey, then play like a group of bantams the next game? I have never seen such a mess on the ice in my life! I too get a kick out of Heatly putting his stick 10 feet in the air, either someone takes the puck or he shoots it wide! Has anyone ever seen him score with this "big" shot? What happened to CC? He sure hasnt done anything the past month, or more. Hopefully this trade will bring some charector to the Wild, they need some.

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mgalaforetFeb. 25, 12 7:43 AM

Bluesky, CC is what he is. A solid 3rd or 4th liner. Also, like I have said many times, he disappears during the second half of the season. Look at the past two season's statistics. Seems like a repeat this year. Package him with Harding, Fletch, while CC still has perceived value around the league as most likely don't see him game in, game out. I knew the Wild would lose when they put Backstrom in goal. Hopefully some watched the game carefully and saw how painfully slow Backstrom is, and how quick Hackett is.

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nshockeyFeb. 25, 12 8:24 AM

Backstrom did seem off last night... not in sync or something but almost the entire team looked that way. Hackett looked very good. Glad to see the Zid drama is over just because it was a distraction. I wish him the best in NJ. Anyone know much about Palmeiri (SP?)

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elmore1Feb. 25, 12 9:18 AM

hockeyfox, I agree that this team has gotten worse under Fletch. During the JL regime I at least felt that they would be in the game. This team just breaks down and then rolls over. 3 years is enough time to expect to see visible improvement year on year.

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bugmenot99Feb. 25, 1210:34 AM

Backs did look awful, but I put that on yeo as well as Backs...backs should NOT have been started, he was very busy at Boston (almost 2 games worth of shots) and then played the night before. There needed to be some change before heading into Big D where we always lose...Yeo made a rookie mistake.

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