Wild's Brodziak hopes to rebound after lost season

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 12:12 AM

Kyle Brodziak is coming off a miserable season and is looking to regain the form he flashed in 2011-12.

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bhrnew1lSep. 13, 13 9:31 PM

IF Lemaire and DR was here or if Joel Quenville and Scott Bowman in Chicago was here, would Brodziak be minus 18 and look pathetic, would Parise perform at career lows for points per game average, would Backstrom play so much beyond his comfort level that he would get injured, would their team get booed off of the ice and lose to the leagues worst teams at home with no effort in the last 2 home games of the year...... Not to create an excuse for Brodziak but the leadership situation could be better. You have not one of the teams head leaders Fletch and YEO with successful experience in their CURRENT positions AND you have UNCLE LEO as a key leader, probably responsible for bringing Nordy on the scene, he is as good of an identity for the Wild as I can think of at the moment

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ac3100Sep. 13, 1310:24 PM

bhrnew1l sound frustrated which is understandable but I think a shortened season is not a great measuring stick. I can't remember the last time we have such an interesting mix of old and young talent on this team. I for one love everything about the teams direction, the new division and the new playoff structure. With no lockout looming in the near future, I think this is a great time to be an NHL and Minnesota Wild Fan. Kyle Brodziak couldn't get much worse than last year. There's nothing but upside here. Cal hit his peak the year before and I don't think I could take anymore wrist shots missing the upper corner by a couple feet. I don't think there was much of a future with that line combo. Matt Cooke is scary to think about being on this team with all the baggage but I think he's a better player than most think. I think Kyle will be part of one of the best third lines in the NHL.

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genericloginSep. 13, 1310:53 PM

ac3100 - you must be new around here. Do yourself a favor and skip on by bhr's post. I think it may be DR himself - or it is the only Wild fan that would rather have DR still at the helm instead of Chuck Fletcher.

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lars471Sep. 13, 1311:05 PM

Exactly right - he or she probably thinks these posts bring some sort of self fullfilment or personal fame. Young Bowman had a huge resume before he inherited a stacked Hawks team - ha ha, even his dad & every - EVERY other coach & GM had to start somewhere!

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bhrnew1lSep. 14, 1312:03 AM

True LARS, everyone needs to start somewhere. Is 5 years of bad character on the ice enough now OR do we need to see the team stop working again when they have must win games down the stretch like last year..... So many underachieving players over the past 5 years, they probably have 3 players that it does not matter who the coach is and that is Suter, Pomminville and Brodin, those guys are pretty static looking players, you could have any pee wee coach be the guy and those guys are ready..... The rest of these guys need a solid coach with big time credibility...... The shortened season is the only reason they found a way into the playoffs last year, this year with the long season, it will hurt the management of this team, and they probably will finish 9th just behind Columbus- Todd Richards and Gaby

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april24Sep. 14, 1312:15 AM

I definitely hope Broziak can have a bounce back year. He was awesome two years ago. He needs to get to that level again.

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minnystinkSep. 14, 13 8:48 AM

The Wild need Brods and Heatley to pick it up this season, with losing Butch, Cullen, Seto, and Clutters, I do not trust all the young guys like Coyle, Granlund, Nino...I think they are going to be challenged to make the playoffs. I hope I am wrong...

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dmorley21Sep. 14, 13 8:57 AM

If you look at some at the on ice shooting and save percentage when Brodziak was on the ice last year, both were well below average. Just due to that alone, he should be in for a bounce back year not to mention the fact that he's not sick right off the bat and and will have a full training camp. Though I think much of Cooke's success was due to Staal, as he struggled last year without Staal.

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ml1snyderSep. 14, 13 9:14 AM

Cooke catches a lot of flak from Minnesota Nice fans; and not undeservedly. But I'm getting really excited to see Matt Cooke ramp it up with the Wild. It will not take him long to win over the MN fans with his physical play and determination. I think his shenanigans are in the past. Cooke, Brodz and Mitchell would be a formidable line to play against for any of the league's top players. That's a PK line there. And if they chip in a goal or two here and there, bonus! The big thing is they need to shut down the other teams #1 line first. That's what the 3rd line is designed for.

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goalieguruSep. 15, 1311:50 AM

Bhrnew1I - what's with bashing Leipold?? He's opened up the check book to do whatever has been asked. Both Fletcher and Yeo were part of championship organizations. I think that carrys a lot more weight than anything DR has on his resume. I'll say that Lemaire was very very good at getting the most out of his players but he was also a 20 year coaching veteran and experienced NHL player in his day. You don't just find that off the street. Also, look at the coaches in the league with similar deep experience, they aren't all getting top performance out of their clubs either. So, who should the Wild go and get for a coach?? Once identified, how do they get him??? Not so easy. So let's consider a different conversation that is more relevant and within the team's control. The approach Fletcher is going with - banking on young players to step up - is a good approach. They have managed to draft and trade for a couple pretty darn good guys in Zucker, Coyle, and Brodin. Granlund is still a big question mark. I for one don't think he'll pan out but 100% of draft picks don't. If these guys can't step up and make a big time impact, it's a bust but what's the alternative?? Go sign Crosby or Ovechkin?? Not going to happen.

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