Souhan: Compressed NHL season will be sprint for Wild

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 7:37 PM

A 48-game season will mean the deeper, more talented Wild's playoff push must start as soon as the puck is dropped.

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pazalunaJan. 12, 1310:30 PM

if you look at this team objectively, you will see they've added 3 pretty good players to a team that scored the least amount of goals in the league last year and finished with the 3rd worst goal differential. it will be shocking if this team makes the playoffs. if this is the most talented team in franchise history then people need to ask themselves why they've allowed themselves to be ripped off for so long by cheering for an inferior product. the sports media in this town needs to learn that there is a difference between covering a team and rubbing elbows with it.

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lindy_frank123Jan. 12, 1311:21 PM

Don't expect any competition for dollars from the Twins in April - June. Heck I'm betting Gardy is fired by June.

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saldomanJan. 13, 13 8:06 AM

Check out any national poll and hockey rates closer to who cares than wow I missed it. Same story as any year. A 48 game schedule seems about right, 82 games is ridiculous in many ways. I am excited to see how this turns out for the Wild. I am cautious about any statements about a deep playoff run, making the playoffs would be a big step forward for this franchise. Love hockey for what it is, the nation is never going to go ga ga over the NHL. I say who cares, hockey is a great game!

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reader8Jan. 13, 13 9:03 AM

The need for re-alignment is really going to obvious this season. Most of the Wild's away games are going to be 9:30 pm (Minnesota time) starts and not many of us will be watching...

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mgalaforetJan. 13, 1310:13 AM

Interesting how you talk to fan favorite Cal Clutterbuck. The 48 game season will probably suit him well. After all, the past 3 seasons he has completely disappeared after the mid-season breaks. Personally, I wish he would be traded before the rest of the league catches on to his limitations. But he is the early-on favorite for leading the league in finishing his checks behind the play. So MN so-called hockey fans will love him because that's considered old-time hockey in their minds.

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thebigoneJan. 13, 1311:39 AM

Where is the schedule for the TV games on FSN?? I am sitting down here in Mississippi, paying for TV coverage, and I can't seem to find any schedule.....Is FSN going to cover any of the games??

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skeptikJan. 13, 1312:04 PM

Good point in your article Jim regarding the idea that perhaps most teams will not have their suffocating and mostly boring to watch defensive systems firing at 100%. I have watched the 20 and under World Championships the last three years and am amazed at not only the fine quality of the play displayed but also that it is a terrific up tempo style of hockey that I am afraid to say is much more entertaining than most NHL contests. So I hope that you are correct and that we as fans will be seeing a consistently faster more wide open style played this mini season. My apologies to the Goalies of course.

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rshacklefordJan. 13, 13 4:11 PM

To be the team to win the Stanley Cup but with a huge asterisk after it. Something to be proud of? Really?

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cutthebullJan. 13, 13 4:32 PM

Minor nitpick - being the only game in town does not seem to have helped the Bluejackets very much...

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sgjsdadJan. 13, 13 9:19 PM

Disagree rshackleford. The NHL regular season, once upon a time was 50 games. There were only six teams then so there were only two rounds of playoffs. There should not be and there will not be any asterisk attached to any team that gets through 48 games vs its conference rivals and four best of seven playoff rounds. The team that hoists The Cup in June will absolutely be a legitimate champ.

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