Wild lose at Anaheim 2-1

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 6:29 AM

The Ducks, now 12-0-2 on home ice, found plenty of holes in the Wild defense.

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rsmaggiemae1949Dec. 12, 1312:21 AM

Just another sloppy game.. In the first 7 min of the game Brodziak gave the puck to Perry and then to GetZlauf. In the second period,Brodziak had the puck on the left wing side with a perfect shot to the goal and missed by a mile again. Brodziak has had 5 breakaways in the last 15 games and cant even come close to hitting the net. He cant pass in the neutral zone, does not skate anymore, wont go after players to pinch, just flat every game Yes., he wins some faceoffs thats it Is he really worth money for this type of play He is +3 in 32 games and Haula is +1 in 6 games Bring Haula back up and send Brodziak to Iowa and maybe he can score down there. Give Haula and Zucker a chance to play more, they need the experince of the NHL Trade Brodziak or send him down as he has done nothing since signing his contract 2 yrs ago. Sometimes I think there is a personal connection between him and Yeo as Yeo will never never say anything bad about how brodziak plays its always tremendous and very good, Yeo must be watching a different player than myself. I am not saying that Brodziak is not a nice guy, but he is just a pretend hockey player and does the team no good Why does Fox Sports interview Brodziak 3 times in the last 2 weeks??? He does not have the answers to anything anymore Why would a hockey sense coach as Yeo pretends to be put 4 left handed shots on the PP last week?? What logic is that?? I am not a Yeo fan and I hope they dont renew his contract I heard that the Isles may want to Trade Vanek and the more I think about it, it would be a great trade and with the cap going up to 71 mil next year the Wild could afford him and get rid of some of the other dead weight on the team and bring up some of the young guys to give them experience in the NHL I dont see why Yeo just does not like Haula there is just something that yeo does not like about him cant pinpoint it...I thought he distributed the puck well in his first game for a beginner. He had a assist in that game. Just dont understand why Haula seems to be under Yeos skin... I am tired of Yeo mixing lines all the time, and sending guys back and forth to Iowa. If they dont play together for a period of time to get to know each other on the ice, how is switching lines always going to work. Haula and Zucker can outskate Parise on a 200 ft rink, they have speed to contend just need the chance

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mjlordDec. 12, 1312:54 AM

This team just does not have what it takes. No grit, too many little guys that get pushed around. Just awful to watch. Tomorrow night in San Jose will be another 6-1 blow-out just like last year. You've got to be able to win on the road to even come close to competing for Lord Stanley's cup; the Mild? Pathetic. Not even close. Light years away. Granlund, Zucker, Haula, Fontaine, Mitchell, Cooke, Spurgeon, even Pominville and Parise are all munchkins compared to guys like Perry, Getzlaf, just about everybody on St. Louis, San Jose, and L.A. and maybe half the skill level that Chicago has on their very best day. Coyle and Niederriter might have some game developed in 3-5 years. If Coyle had serious promise there's no way San Jose would have traded him away. Brodziak, Rupp and Konopka are garbage. Koivu disappears against the good teams, and Heatley skates just a little better than a 100 yr. old oak tree. The icing on the cake is the head coach who's in way over his head. C'mon Fletch, look around. You've got to get big and grit along with skill to win in this league. This collection of soft, gritless wannabe's won't even make the playoffs. Back to the drawing-board Fletch!!

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lindy_frank123Dec. 12, 13 1:22 AM

It's not called "grit" it's called size! Get a clue! This team isn't big enough to go anywhere Fletch. Get some big bodies on this team!

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sage62Dec. 12, 13 7:08 AM

I wonder who's job it is to prepare his team for a critical road game...? Men against boys last night, disinterested boys at that for 40 minutes. CF, you need get the some talent, large forwards on this team and soon.

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mgalaforetDec. 12, 13 7:48 AM

I hope the Wild continue to rotate the muchkins/fan favorites/local interest stories Zucker/Haula/Fonzie in and out of the line-up, and keep 6'3" 212 lb gritty, leading goal scorer for Iowa, Brett Bulmer, down on the farm.

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obstakesDec. 12, 13 8:09 AM

Same thing tonight. Sharks are big and talented too. Also, we just beat them so they will want revenge. Although the Wild are going nowhere, at least they are going to entertain for the rest of this year. Go Wild!!!

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nihil55Dec. 12, 13 8:21 AM

Road weary??

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cabramsDec. 12, 13 8:42 AM

Even the fans can see the lack of effort and costly neutral zone turnovers. Sure, Zucker needs to learn better D, but what excuse to you give Brodziak and Heatley? Those two give up a lot of pucks and Heatley especially gets knocked off the puck easily and really doesn't pout any effort into checking at all. I know sitting him may be hard to swallow with his huge salary, but he is a total liability. I know he has a few slop goals in front of the net, but it seems hardly wrath it as badly as he plays the rest of the time.

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reader8Dec. 12, 13 8:50 AM

What is the reason for wasting a roster spot on Heatley. He has no passion or smarts for the game. Gets knocked on his butt all game, turns over the puck constantly! Pay him off and let someone else develop.

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genericloginDec. 12, 13 9:29 AM

I love hockey but what a snoozefest. From the 1/2 of the game I saw before nodding off into a deep sleep, Harding was the one keeping it close. Pretty neat how Getzlaf and Co. are able to carry the puck up ice, even with a little pressure on them. I had forgotten that you don't have to pass/dump/turnover at the 1st sign of a forecheck.

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