Demotions, promotions: Few spared in Wild shakeup

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Charlie Coyle's arrival from Houston beefs up front line. Other moves are aimed at motivating underachievers.

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caferevFeb. 3, 13 9:15 PM

Really smart line shuffle. Looking forward to seeing Cullie and PMB back together alongside Coyle. Also think Mitchell can add a bit of giddy-up to that third line. This works. Should make the team deeper. And, hopefully, they have the courage to send Granlund to Houston and let him work it out down there.

mkia130johnFeb. 3, 1310:09 PM

I don't understand, I think they are being a little harsh with Grandlund, he is a rookie and few months separated from being a teenager, the Wilds management put him at center and they also believe he is strong enough and fast enough to be effective in general otherwise why play him on a regular shift on your second line for 8 games ?? Missing something, Fletcher wants to be associated with these decisions involving Grandlund ?? Still afraid to pull Parise off of the line with Koivou and Heatley for fear of ego issues..... By now I would think Yeo is jealous of the job Todd Richards has

djm55422Feb. 3, 1311:10 PM

You cannot mask that this team has no offensive weapons other than Zach Praise. This team is as low scoring as last years team. This team has a minus 3 in goals for/against. Good thing there are no good teams in our division.

rsmaggiemae1949Feb. 3, 1311:27 PM

I am still upset about the 2010 draft when the Wild picked Granland over Bjustad, who is 6'4 and 225 lbs compared to Grandland. You need bigger players in the NHL now compared to years ago. I can only wish the Wild would trade for Bjustad from FLa,but I doubt that will ever happen Can the Wild afford Heatlys 7.1 million a year after his contract expires in 2014. I dont think so, never was a fan of his and just watching him so far just stand in front of the goal while Parie and Koivu do all the work, not good... not one is going after the puck, no tape to tape passing, its like certain guys just dont want to play hockey here.. Bring back our hometown guys here to play

freedubayFeb. 4, 1312:04 AM

Bring back Lemaire and Risebrough. At least they made it the conf. finals and the playoffs. this team is heading nowhere.

calsunshineFeb. 4, 1312:15 AM

Good start how about setiguchi and butch for kessel

haleybirdFeb. 4, 13 1:10 AM

seto has been a voyuer this year...i'll say again also; is miko REALLY a #1 line player??

comment229Feb. 4, 13 4:33 AM

Some nights I watch and scratch my head at the lack of hustle during the game. It's like a few of the players are saying "you brought in some super stars so let them do it... I'll coast for awhile." Believe it or not, I honestly think the vikings have the same exact problem. A move needed to be made, and maybe a few more should be made as well? I keep waiting for this team to gel and take off... and I'm still waiting, but hopeful.

arguzmanFeb. 4, 13 5:10 AM

Seto wasn't the issue on that line Granlund move him to Houston for a year of learn/earn a winger role, and, let Seto get a chance with a real center, aka, Cullen. Heatley is overrated, put Coyle on 1st line with Kouvu & Parese (at least Coyle would skate/pass, up/down with the other two), and, trade Heatley for Bjustad, which would be an ideal even-swap move "now" before Heatley's contract issues start to surface and his value goes down...and, then, figure out how to bring up Zucker next! I hope/pray for our two goalies to be the best 1-2 tantum in the league...

sage62Feb. 4, 13 6:22 AM

The criticism raining down on Seto are unfair. Whomever thought the 'minnie Finn' was ready for prime time, especially on the second line was/is deluding themselves. Send Granny to Houston with the caveat that he has to add 15 pounds of muscle in order to get called up again. I didn't like the pick in the first place. Leave the first line in tact, second line; Seto/Cully/Coyle, Third: Brodzie,Clutter/Mitchell and Fourth: Knopka/ Kassian/Zucker or Larsson.


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