Wild notes: Struggling second line seeks success

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 9:00 AM


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SonofbeachDec. 9, 13 4:01 AM

What's to talk about? Heatley can't play hockey anymore and drags whatever line he's on down. That line had no success....the good second line was Granlund, Pominville and Nino. Hard to believe how much they are walking on eggshells around a 7 million dollar boat anchor who won't be here in 6 months.

geckojayDec. 9, 13 9:42 AM

I'd like to know what has happened to Coyle, he was fantastic in preseason play and now is disappointing offensively on a nightly basis. Is he still not fully recovered from his injury or is he playing scared? For us to be successful we need him and Nino to step up and put the puck in the net.

bryanbcornyDec. 9, 1311:02 AM

2nd line has struggled ever since Granlund went out, Coyle moved to center, and Heatley "promoted" when he was thriving and doing well on 4th. They need to move Haula to 2nd line center, Coyle back to 1st line wing, Heatley back to 4th and Pommenville back to 2nd line wing. That is when things were going well, the problem is there was too much juggling when Granlund got hurt. They could have kept every status quo with only change was to center my bringing up Haula.

quickrickDec. 9, 1311:09 AM

There's some real sweet kool-aid being guzzled. Always good for fans to stay positive, but the Wild have some serious problems right now. At what point do you just cut Heatley loose? Give him half, 2/3s of a season.? At this point get Zucker up for longer that a cup of coffee and let it shake out. So looking forward to next season and utilizing that 7.5 on a couple of productive players. Should see a substantial leap forward with the squad.

skeptikDec. 9, 1311:13 AM

Nice game again for Harding. I hope that all his bad luck (health wise) over the years is behind him and that he continues to make up for lost time by playing so well. PS A win is a win. 13 shots or 33 shots, who cares.

untzuntzDec. 9, 1312:11 PM

I'm looking for a compelling argument on who got the worse of the Heatley/Havlat deal. Anybody? Anybody?

romperroomDec. 9, 1312:59 PM

lot's of Heater hating and I'll admit I've thrown a good share of it on these comment boards as well, but what about el nino'? Talk about a disappearing act! Everyone was laughing at the Isles a few weeks back for burying him in the AHL last year. And what exactly has he shown us the past four weeks? Zippo.

al_wblDec. 9, 13 2:20 PM

The Wild really need Granlund back as 2nd line center. I like that Coyle is getting center NHL experience (you can never have enough), but it's obvious that Granny is the missing link. I'm a little leery of putting Haula on the 2nd line as a replacement until he sees more time with the team.

milesmikeDec. 9, 13 2:34 PM

I see Bouchard was put on waivers. Maybe bring him back?

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