Wild notes: Roster pared to 28, Haula among demotions

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 5:53 AM

 

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ctillhockeySep. 24, 13 9:30 PM

They're doing the right thing with Haula and Bussieres. Both are going to be contributors to the Wild. The best thing right now is to let both grow, get some serious ice-time at their respective clubs, and continue to develop. I bet Haula will make his debut this year at some time. Go Wild!!

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sage62Sep. 25, 13 7:11 AM

Please dump konopka & rupp and sign steckel.

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Latvia2006Sep. 25, 1311:06 AM

Looking forward to seeing "Koivu" on a Team USA jersey in about 18-20 years! (born in US = automatic citizenship) Hopefully, the Koivu kid will choose us instead of Team Finland...

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caferevSep. 25, 1312:28 PM

Assuming Nino makes the third line and Fontaine the fourth line...I know everyone and his brother is going to disagree with this, but if you insist on rostering Brodziak as the third line center, why not give Granlund the fourth line and just increase that line's minutes a bit? Russo already reports that he expects Fontaine to make the fourth line. Now, considering the size you have on the first three lines, why not allow a "smaller" line into the mix and actually roll four skilled lines this year? This formula of having "checking lines" and bruiser lines has never done anything for this organization. And if we're going to actually play a possession game this year...just give Granlund the fourth line and let's roll four lines for a change. He's earned it, and that line of him, Fontaine, and Mitchell could become quite dynamic. Try it for 10 games and let's see what happens. I mean, Granlund himself is making almost what Konopka and Rupp are COMBINED, so why this loyalty to those guys??? Again, I'm sure everyone will disagree with this, but, man, I liked watching the style of play you got from the Red Wings, Blackhawks, and Bruins in the playoffs last year, and you're just NOT going to get that with the same throw away third and fourth lines we've been rostering in the past few years.

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