Top Wild Head Coaches in History

Top Wild Head Coaches in History

May 6th, 2020 The search continues for Bruce Boudreau’s replacement. It has the potential to be a long one for Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin, as he looks for the next great head coach in franchise history. There are a few reasons. For starters, Boudreau is a tough act to follow. Secondly,...
Did the Bruins Really Win the Coyle-Donato Trade?

Did the Bruins Really Win the Coyle-Donato Trade?

April 8th, 2020 As I write this, I’m trying to decide which is worse, sheltering in place with no NHL playoff hockey or watching the Boston Bruins crash last year’s Stanley Cup Final? The truth is, I have suffered less this year than last. Charlie Coyle, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) I...

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March 27th, 2020
Wild Management

The Minnesota Wild have a prospect problem. It’s on the verge of being fixed, but it’s up to current general manager, Bill Guerin, to continue fixing it. Bill Guerin (AP Photo/John Locher, File) In order to keep the franchise moving forward towards becoming a contender in the Western Conference, Guerin will have to be smart, shrewd and downright devious. He's also going to have to do it while rebuilding the major departments he will rely on for his information and mitigating the damage of his predecessors. Where Did the Trouble Start? The problem began in 2013. Coming off a 4-year playoff drought, then-GM Chuck Fletcher decided to add to his team at the trade deadline. The Wild were riding high. They had inked the gargantuan Zach Parise and Ryan Suter deals in free agency during the offseason and both players had arrived as advertised. The playoff-bound Wild wanted to gear up and make a real run. To that end, they traded a 2013 first-round pick, a 2014 second-round...
March 24th, 2020
Wild Management

The surge by the Minnesota Wild down the stretch this season emphatically states that general manager Bill Guerin is not going to tear the whole thing down. However, upon taking this job he received a tangled web with some young unproven players, not a whole lot of previously drafted talent in the prospect system, and an aging core of veteran players. Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild, welcomes Bill Guerin as the new general manager (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) He has limited cap space to work with and not a lot of roster flexibility. All hope is not lost, though, and Guerin has proven that he is capable of making smart moves and getting good value when he makes them. These are items that should be on his offseason to-do list. Re-Sign Alex Galchenyuk Alex Galchenyuk has had a really turbulent couple of years. He really seemed to be progressing the right direction with the Montreal Canadiens, but then in June 2018, he was traded to the Arizona...
March 15th, 2020
Stars History

To play against Dino Ciccarelli was to hate him. There can be no higher compliment paid to a player who made his living in the kitchens of opponents. However, even though Ciccarelli knew exactly which buttons to press as one of the most infamous so-called shift disturbers of all time, there was an art to it. In fact, dislike him or not, few opponents had just cause to truly not respect him. And not just for his ability to get under their skin, either. A Hall of Fame Career for Ciccarelli After all, Ciccarelli was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame (2010) for a reason. He isn’t just one of the top-scoring undrafted players in NHL history, which should theoretically be enough. He is one of the top-scoring players in NHL history, drafted or not. Ex-Detroit Red Wings forward Dino Ciccarelli - (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) Of course, Wayne Gretzky still remains the highest scoring undrafted player (by a wide margin). However, Ciccarelli is closer to being his...
March 13th, 2020
Wild History

The year was 2003 and spring fever was definitely in the air. The Minnesota Wild, in just their third year, had not only crashed the Western Conference playoffs, but Jacques Lemaire has somehow guided his team of mostly has-beens and thank-their-lucky-stars-for-expansion players past the favored Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks and into the Western Conference Final. Head Coach Jacques Lemaire and Assistant Coach Mario Tremblay, Minnesota Wild, May 14, 2003 (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images/NHLI) Wild fans, who had sold out the Xcel Energy Center on a nightly basis following seven long years without NHL hockey, were now being rewarded for their patronage while also being reminded of how just much better spring is when it also involves playoff hockey. Related: Why Minnesota is Truly the State of Hockey Year 3 had been good to the Wild. They started 8-1-2 out of the gates in October, and never looked back. They made the playoffs for the first time ever with a record...