Souhan: Wild's spin on season can't cover the failure

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 12, 2013 - 12:00 AM

GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo still have plenty to prove.

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mnhockeyguyMay. 11, 13 8:40 PM

Spot on article! What's happening to you Souhan? Your turning into a logical media writer... at least in regards to hockey! Now if you ever could admit that Terry Ryan is fallible you might become one of my favorite Strib writers.

lindy_frank123May. 11, 13 9:16 PM

Didn't we hear this speech last year by Jimmy Pohlad and Terry Ryan? I thought so.

yathinksoMay. 11, 13 9:43 PM

May wishful Wild fans are happy with being blown out of the playoffs and feel this team is headed in the right direction. Next year will prove them to be wrong and fools. Just wait and see. More rebuilding in the future. Leipold is turning out to be an extremely clueless owner.

steveyyforgmMay. 11, 1310:10 PM

best hockey article this paper has ever wrote, I just hope your right about fletchers butt being on the line next year

lindy_frank123May. 11, 1310:22 PM

bitter? these people/some of them anyway...paid big bucks with the promise of a DEEP/notice I used the word DEEP run in the playoffs THIS YEAR...not in two years...these hockey fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting..of course they're angry and bitter...wouldn't you be? another clueless owner...Minnesota breeds Ziggy, Jimmy and Mr. Taylor..

ear2groundMay. 11, 1310:29 PM

"the bitter fans are out" We're not bitter, just frustrated. And there is a difference. Frustrated with the performance during the month of April especially. Frustrated with Yeo's coaching style, or lack thereof. The list is long and dull. We look forward to next fall---and also to some of the play-off match-ups this spring. Ottawa-Pittsburgh should be fun. The Kings are sneaky too. Might make the finals.....

caferevMay. 11, 1311:29 PM

While you are correct, Jim, and while I've been very critical of this team as of late on these boards, let's NOT forget that before Heatley and Cullen got hurt, this team was on a 17-6-1 run, average almost 3.5 goals a game, and it looked like it would destroy everything in its path. That WAS the same team, so the key this next season is to try and bottle that. Also, no team in the NHL had as much turnover as the Wild. Teams like Chicago have been together for YEARS. Teams like the Wild have been together for WEEKS. Not making excuses, just saying that this team still has potential, if it makes the right buyout this off-season (Gilbert), and the right trades (Clutter, Brodziak, Rupp, and Knopka).

firefly70May. 11, 1311:51 PM

Also, regarding Leipold, I agree with those that believe he is a clueless owner. Here's the reasoning: I think most people can agree that Fletcher has done a pretty good job so far with the draft (Brodin, Zucker, Leddy) and restocking the talent cupboards. These are players that have not played one game in the NHL yet prior to being drafted. So clearly Fletcher DOES have an eye for hockey talent. BUT, then Fletcher supposedly goes out and signs/trades for players from other NHL teams? Players that obviously scouts and other GM's have actually seen PLAY. So now suddenly Fletcher doesn't realize these players aren't that good? Or at the very least not worth what the Wild gave to get them? There's an obvious dichotomy/disconnect in the "evaluation" of talent. However, if one looks at some of trades that occurred when Leipold was the owner of the Nashville Predators, one can see a bit of a pattern forming. In 2006-07, Nashville traded 2 former 1st round picks (Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent), plus their first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2007 draft, to the Philadelphia Flyers for five-time NHL all-star Peter Forsberg. Sound familiar? And the reason for the trade? Because they believed the franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest. Again, sound familiar? Point, the Wild is now stuck with an owner who seems to be somewhat more concerned with the bottom line ("Straight cash, homey!"); wants to win NOW; but not really knowing how to actually put a good product out on the ice. And worse, he doesn't know what is FAIR VALUE for players. Great.

knight63May. 12, 1312:53 AM

Yeo better be on a short leash this fall. If they come out 3-13 or 4-15'ish, Yeo needs to go.

cfgfsmMay. 12, 13 1:06 AM

Fletcher did very little to get Parise and Suter. As i have pointed out the whole NHL knew Parise was leaving NJ.When Nashville signed Weber they could not afford the money Suter wanted. Both have local ties and got same money here as elsewhere so chose the Wild. No hurry to resign Backstrom overpaid now and overpaid if the Wild sigh him. His numbers just do not show that he is a high priced no.1 goalie.Also this garbage Fletcher throws out about not having picks is no big deal is exactly opposite what he said in the past years. I guess he operates like George Costanza.New players to mesh? Seems Detroit is doing better than the Wild.How about the Senators.Please just say we struggled down the stretch and leave it at that.Fletcher is just as much on the hot seat as Yeo.


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