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Old 11-18-09, 18:07
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Hockey perspective from a Minnesotan:

I'd like to get into predictions, but it's way too early in the season for me.

Having grown up in the state that produces more hockey players than any other in the US, has arguably the best fan base, and best rink in the NHL in the Xcel Energy Center, I'm at a total loss why the Wild cannot produce a better team than 4th worst in the league this season.

I was a North Stars Fan instantly as a kid, and I'd like to imagine that had the cycling bug not caught me at such a young age, I would've made a fine hockey player. But all wishful thinking aside, is it too much to ask that "the State of Hockey" produce a cup challenging team? We had glimmers of hope from '06-'08, but clearly not any rosters that are cup worthy.

Backstrom looks like he's moving in slow motion compared to the last 2 seasons, Havlat can't score, Boogie and Scott are good for a rumble, but that doesn't win games, neither does a hit leader in Cal "buttercup" Clutterbuck. Sykora and Bouchard are injured. And then there's Mikko Koivu, Capitan and best player for the last couple years, but I've never seen someone work so hard and get nothing done. The rest are mediocre at best that only have slight moments of glory.

Parting words from the end of the North Stars era, hopefully never repeated again: "When [Norm Green] came here, he said, 'Only an idiot could lose money on hockey in Minnesota.' Well, I guess he proved that point."

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Old 11-18-09, 18:20
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Having grown up in the state that produces more hockey players than any other in the US, has arguably the best fan base, and best rink in the NHL in the Xcel Energy Center, I'm at a total loss why the Wild cannot produce a better team than 4th worst in the league this season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the most valuable team in the NHL. But look at their performance in the ice - last in the Northeastern League with only three wins from 19 games. I understand why the Leafs are so rich, but cannot understand why this does not translate into more success on the ice. (But I am glad they suck!)
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Old 11-18-09, 21:25
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HOCKEY



ICE SKATING
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Old 11-18-09, 21:31
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GIRLS HOCKEY



BOYS HOCKEY
I fixed!
That's how it was at my high school in western New York state anyway.
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Old 11-18-09, 22:31
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i agree with IK about the pens winning it all...not only are they defending champions but the majority of their nucleus is still crazy young...crosby, malkin, staal and MA fleury are all a year wiser

random predictions that i dont want anyone to hold me too:

Eastern Conference Finals: Penguins over Capitals in 7, Crosby outduels Ovechkin
Western Conference Finals: Sharks over Avalanche in 5
Stanley Cup Finals: Penguins over Sharks in 6, American media realizes that Malkin is a better player than Crosby, but Crosby is still a better leader
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Old 11-19-09, 15:58
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where are the devils in this conversation? NJ DEVILS RULE!!!
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RDV, I think 3 things are plaguing the Wild this year. One is adapting to a system change after 9 years of Lemaire's tight defensive style, another is the loss of Gaborik, who when healthy is a genuine superstar, and the third is that their lineup just ain't that good. Not too many guys who can put the puck in the net. Every coach wants M. Koivu on his team, but that's more due to his leadership skills than his hands. I like Backstrom and Harding, you will probably be fine in net when they get their game straight. That's my 10 cent analysis of your team. The problem with being mediocre is you don't make the playoffs but you can't get a top draft pick either. If it's any consolation, their new 3rd jerseys are one of the best in the game. Good to hear the Xcel Center is a good rink, next time I'm in MB I'll slip across the border to catch a game.

Elapid, I don't know what the Leafs problems are, probably too numerous to list, but I hope they continue!
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HOCKEY



ICE SKATING

So True.

Hockey and Football, luckily we get it over here.
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Ice hockey is a great sport... I have a fantasy team so I onlty keep track of the teams that the players i have, so I now know Kovalchuck is very good..

The canucks arent doing too bad after the terrible start, especially the donkey luongo, went to an ice hockety for the 1st time, vancouver v columbus around 2 months ago and he was on top donkey form that day :S.... I am not sure they wil make the play offs though they seem to be abit too inconsistent, and i think D.Sedin is still out. Kesler is doing very good for an american :S

I guess chicago to win the whole thing, they seem to be looking strong :S.
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Ice hockey is a great sport... I have a fantasy team so I onlty keep track of the teams that the players i have, so I now know Kovalchuck is very good..

The canucks arent doing too bad after the terrible start, especially the donkey luongo, went to an ice hockety for the 1st time, vancouver v columbus around 2 months ago and he was on top donkey form that day :S.... I am not sure they wil make the play offs though they seem to be abit too inconsistent, and i think D.Sedin is still out. Kesler is doing very good for an american :S

I guess chicago to win the whole thing, they seem to be looking strong :S.
Now that their injured players are coming back, you should see a far better Canucks team. And Luongo... when he's on there is nobody in the game like him. That guy can win a series or three by himself. Chicago... great offensive talent, not sure the goaltending will get them deep in the playoffs. They're fun to watch though.
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