Veilleux back in Minnesota with a vengeance

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2012 - 6:41 AM

 The winger hopes his aggressive, physical play will keep him in a Wild uniform beyond this year.

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bobo72Mar. 1, 12 2:48 AM

Keep him in a Wild uniform next year??? Hmm. And where do we find room for Stephie V with Heatley, Koivu, Setoguchi, Parise, Cullen, Brodziak, Clutter, Johnson, Powe, Granlund, Larsson, Coyle, Bulmer, Zucker, and Phillips???

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mrblueskyMar. 1, 12 6:47 AM

Did anyone watch Pitts vs Dallas 0r Chic and Toronto? They look like they are in a league above the one the Wild play in. Nice passes, beautiful plays/goals, fast game! Maybe next year the Wild can play in that league?

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siouxchampMar. 1, 12 8:17 AM

So can we officially stop talking about the Playoff race for the Wild? Get's VERY, VERY old every darn year, when really.....let's face it. The Wild aren't making the playoffs. Even if they were healthy.

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uffda57Mar. 1, 12 8:21 AM

Yes, I saw the Pens vs. Stars last night, and my thoughts were the same as yours...those teams played in a different area code than the Wild. It was great to see top quality hockey by both teams, and it was obvious that the Wild has a ton of work to do to get to that level. Both teams actually passed to get out of their zones instead of flipping the puck up the ice, both teams had solid forechecking, and the offensive and defensive skills were enough to make the Wild look like an AHL team, (which they basically have been for most of the year). As for Veilleux, I wouldn't count him out. Parise isn't coming here, nor are most of the prospects, with the exception of Granlund and maybe Coyle. In the meantime, guys like Ortmeyer, Peters, Christensen and maybe one or two others won't be here. I always liked the intensity that Veilleux brought to the game, and I think he'd be a good addition to the 4th line.

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thesnackerMar. 1, 12 8:57 AM

I always liked Veilleux's gritty work in the corners. But it would be nice if he could add more scoring to his game as that is what we need now and in the future. Good luck to him.

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uffda57Mar. 1, 12 9:15 AM

His role as a 4th liner is not to score, but to make the other team miserable, make them cough up the puck, keep them trapped in their own zone. Any goals that result are gravy.

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northsportsMar. 1, 12 9:49 AM

The Wild has been short on leftwings so SV has a chance to hold down a spot and he is a character guy who can help out in that area also. I wouldn't be surprised if he and Foster were given 2 way deals of some kind for next year to add some depth and character.

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april24Mar. 1, 1210:09 AM

bobo...first off not all of those rookies will be on the big squad to start with so it wouldn't be hard to find a spot. I've always liked Veilleux and hope that the Wild bring him back as an energy guy. I would take him over Powe or Johnson anyday. Also the fact that he WANTS to be here says something. Here's hoping the Wild do the right thing and keep him around.

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boydogMar. 1, 1210:38 AM

"Not known as a goal scorer, but rather a gritty, defensive player. He's an energy guy" Where have I heard that before??? Isn't the entire Wild team known for not scoring goals and playing defensive hockey; particularily in their own end?? Nice story, but spare me the mushy details.

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bigchicago8Mar. 1, 1211:25 AM

By the gods! Please CF, just say no to re-signing S "Stonehands" V. The Wild have enough 4th line talent that always miss the net by 5 ft.

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