Wild restructures defense with Brodin out

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2013 - 6:30 AM

The Wild defenseman has a broken cheekbone and is out indefinitely.

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cntrygntlmnOct. 23, 13 9:42 PM

With the restructuring of the first D pairing, now might be an ideal time to restructure the first line. Even though he is injury free, move Koivu down two lines. Put him where he can really thrive on the third line. No first line player in the NHL is able to go 30 games with just three goals scored, yet somehow Koivu retains his spot beside Parise. Again for the mathematically challenged, that is one goal every ten games. How isn't that grounds for removal? We want more goals right? Take the first step and get Koivu off our 'goal' scoring line.

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toatsmcgoatsOct. 23, 1310:43 PM

I don't mean to seem cold, but out with a broken cheek bone? Even 5 years ago, before the wussification really took hold of pro sports, a defensemen wouldn't have missed a practice with this injury. Put on a mask and lace em up!

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JRBOct. 23, 1311:49 PM

Hard for most to imagine right now - and it will take a while longer - but eventually we will see full face masks in the pro game. We've gone from no helmets whatsoever (even goalies!) to bare-bones leather helmets to better helmets with no eye shield to advanced helmets with an eye shield. This evolution took about 50 years. Hopefully the next step - even more advanced helmets with full face protection - won't take nearly that long.

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mgalaforetOct. 24, 13 5:24 AM

Funny Country, Mikko has the same exact number of even strength goals as Parise, this year, and since he has been here. Of the 58 players in the league with four goals, Parise has the worst shooting percentage, despite being 2nd in the league in number of shots. That would infer Parise getting more than his adequate share of shots, he just can't get the job done. For all you know Mikko is frustrated with Parise, and wants someone else to be on that line. But since Parise is a local perceived legend, he is a permanent fixture on the first line per Craig.L. Highest paid player should be putting the puck in the net, not just be a power play specialist. I hope Russo and poster keep all their Heatley comments for next year when he is gone, and then re-post them, only change the name to Parise.

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fwallenOct. 24, 13 6:26 AM

Brodin has a lot more damage than just a break. His face is cut, swollen,and he's lost a few teeth. Not exactly "wusification". In baseball they call a pitcher an inning eater. Brodin is a period eater. Some games it seems like he's always on the ice. Plus he was becoming better and more complete with every shift.

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baconatorOct. 24, 13 6:51 AM

I prefer that Brodin take time and heal up. When you're not at 100% capability, it's more difficult to contribute to a team. It's like being sick at work- yeah you're there, but your output is going to drop significantly. I hope for a speedy recovery!

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twelty1Oct. 24, 13 8:28 AM

Yeo needs to be fired immediately for this Brodin mess. He shows once again he can't coach defenseman making Brodin pinch right where that puck was. First Ballard, then Brodin. How many more defenseman will we lose before we can get a coach who can position defencemen away from errant pucks? Also, where was Koivu on the plays where Brodin and Ballard got hit? On the bench? In the neutral zone? I'm not the first to say it, but he needs to be sent to Des Moines or at least stripped of his captaincy if he keeps refusing to get involved and take pucks that are targeted at his defenseman.

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Cory089Oct. 24, 13 8:39 AM

twelty - I am going to enter your contest in the next preposterous statement tournament. Yeo should be fired because Brodin was near the wall (he wasn't pinching by the way; you obviously didn't watch the play)? Yeo is supposed to position guys because of the completely randomness of errant pucks (which, by definition, cannot be predicted)? Now that's rich. I'm not sure that one can be topped.

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chicagowildOct. 24, 13 8:52 AM

Umm. Cory...Twelty was engaging in what the rest of would call sarcasm.

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bakkenshaleOct. 24, 13 9:09 AM

@twelty1 Are you serious?! Yeo has created one of the best, if the not the best defensive systems in the league. Obviously our guys are positioned correctly when we allow the least amount of shots in the NHL. Yeo wasn't afraid to put a 19 Y/O with Suter last year, Yeo hasn't been afraid to use Brodin on the point during a PP and watched him flourish offensively. Yeo couldn't handle Brodin any better!!!!

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