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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/15/2022 3:17:18 PM   
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A snippet from Russo's interview with Evason in the Athletic about the D:

When I talk to Bill Guerin, he almost sounds like Andrej Sustr is going to make the team. And digging into his analytical numbers, he’s been a good penalty killer at the NHL level and his teams have been good on the PK. Could that help him land a spot in the top seven?

Well, with Jon Merrill being out (after offseason surgery) and us not being sure where his progression is going to go and with Kuli’s trade (to Anaheim), we’ve made room. I think that’s the message in camp here is that there are spots, not just forward spots. We’ve got a spot or two on D. Well, a spot for sure. But maybe two new people, as I’m sure you’re going to ask me about Addy (Calen Addison), too. I don’t know Sustr, so I’m not going to pretend to. But everybody that I’ve spoken to feels he can play in the National Hockey League. So he’ll get as good a look as anybody.

Similarly, with Sustr on the PK, Addison quarterbacked the Iowa power play and your power play stunk. Does that give him a leg up in camp?

Hundred percent. That’s his job. He’s done it. Much like the world juniors, I have that memory in my head of him running the PP at the top. So, yeah, we obviously have guys here that are capable of doing that. But again, same as we talked about Rossi, people get drafted for a reason and positionally for what they do. Addy is a power-play player and he needs to make that step and hopefully he can be a power-play player for us.

Will you go with Jake Middleton-Jared Spurgeon again or could we see you mix up Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba?

We are going to try Middleton with Dums and try Brodes with Spurge. We know Dums and Brodes work well. Same with Spurgeon and Middleton. But we are going to have a look at that. We think that it might give us the opportunity to play Spurge and Brodes against the high, high, high-end guys, speed-wise, and then those other two against a little bit more, the grittier, heavier groups. So it’s something that we’re going to give a real good look at.

Then Alex Goligoski and Addison as the third pair to start?

Well, again, there’s Goose (Goligoski), Addy, Sustr, Dakota Mermis. There’s competition for that.

Lots of guys had career years last year: Foligno, Hartman, Zuccarello, obviously Kaprizov, Gaudreau, Eriksson Ek. How do you build on that as a coaching staff or do you worry about regression?

Well, for me personally, I don’t bring it up. I’m not going to bring Gaudreau in and say, “Wow, you did this. You need to better that.” We just want them to do exactly what they’ve done: compete, battle. And we’ll see where the points shake out. That’s not something that I particularly worry about.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 7:13:15 AM   
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He's at least over 5 feet tall. That would help.

I'm just not crazy on the fact that it's probably Addison that stays up. Not a need for this team IMO.

I've always been in favor of a bigger and more physical blue line, but at least Addy has the skill to play the kind of game that Kulikov is trying to play. At this point, I would rather see the Wild move on from guys like Goligoski, Dumba and even Spurgeon.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 7:45:50 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TJSweens

quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser

He's at least over 5 feet tall. That would help.

I'm just not crazy on the fact that it's probably Addison that stays up. Not a need for this team IMO.

I've always been in favor of a bigger and more physical blue line, but at least Addy has the skill to play the kind of game that Kulikov is trying to play. At this point, I would rather see the Wild move on from guys like Goligoski, Dumba and even Spurgeon.

We have some young guys coming up and I suspect of those 3 only Spurgeon will still be standing after this season. Spurgeon will still be here due to influence from Southern Minnesota and of course a huge contract.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 8:31:14 AM   
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The Wild are rapidly coming to the shit or get off the pot point with Dumba. He is in the last year of his contract. They either move him or extend him to preserve the asset or they let him walk after the season to free up some needed cap space.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 8:33:04 AM   
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ORIGINAL: stfrank

quote:

ORIGINAL: TJSweens

quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser

He's at least over 5 feet tall. That would help.

I'm just not crazy on the fact that it's probably Addison that stays up. Not a need for this team IMO.

I've always been in favor of a bigger and more physical blue line, but at least Addy has the skill to play the kind of game that Kulikov is trying to play. At this point, I would rather see the Wild move on from guys like Goligoski, Dumba and even Spurgeon.

We have some young guys coming up and I suspect of those 3 only Spurgeon will still be standing after this season. Spurgeon will still be here due to influence from Southern Minnesota and of course a huge contract.

SMF told me he thinks Spurgeon should be traded.

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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 2:00:09 PM   
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The Wild are rapidly coming to the shit or get off the pot point with Dumba. He is in the last year of his contract. They either move him or extend him to preserve the asset or they let him walk after the season to free up some needed cap space.

I see Dumba being moved at the deadline for draft picks instead of letting him walk without getting anything for him.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/16/2022 2:04:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TJSweens

quote:

ORIGINAL: stfrank

quote:

ORIGINAL: TJSweens

quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser

He's at least over 5 feet tall. That would help.

I'm just not crazy on the fact that it's probably Addison that stays up. Not a need for this team IMO.

I've always been in favor of a bigger and more physical blue line, but at least Addy has the skill to play the kind of game that Kulikov is trying to play. At this point, I would rather see the Wild move on from guys like Goligoski, Dumba and even Spurgeon.

We have some young guys coming up and I suspect of those 3 only Spurgeon will still be standing after this season. Spurgeon will still be here due to influence from Southern Minnesota and of course a huge contract.

SMF told me he thinks Spurgeon should be traded.

Going to be hard to trade him with that new contract of his. A 7.5 million cap hit for the next 5 years counting this season.
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/18/2022 9:29:07 AM   
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Wild prospects pretty much dominated the Blackhawks prospects Friday night 5-2. Wallstedt gave up 2 quick ones early, but that was it as the Wild scored 5 unanswered and dominated the final 2 periods.
Another game today at 1 PM streaming from the Blackhawks website if anybody is interested.

Update from Russo:
Marco Rossi and Jesper Wallstedt won't play with training camp starting Thursday and the Wild not wanting to risk injury.

< Message edited by stfrank -- 9/18/2022 11:47:19 AM >
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RE: Wild Post Mortem, Off Season and Draft - 9/22/2022 4:50:00 PM   
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Russo Reporting:

#mnwild GM Bill Guerin expects left wing Jordan Greenway and defenseman Jon Merrill to debut five to 10 games into the season.

Besties Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello doing a joint presser. Only hockey questions though. Kaprizov has declined comment on the stress he endured getting back to the US

Can Guerin swing a trade for forward help with about 5.7 million in cap?

Lines, d pairs of the NHL group was as had been reported, only Sam Steel started with Freddy Gaudreau and Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi between Connor Dewar and Brandon Duhaime. Evason indicated there will be lots of experimenting with lines in camp

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