Penguins edge Wild 3-2 in overtime in pre-season road loss

Pre-season hockey is sort of like mad-scientist experiment.  Coaches put together lineups mixed with NHL veterans, prospects and minor league journeymen.  Chemistry is mostly trial-and-error or just pure dumb luck.  Beyond the occasional goon wanting to make a name for himself, the scraps are few and the hitting is nominal compared to your average regular […]


Wild’s young skaters fall 2-1 in pre-season opener in Winnipeg

One thing about pre-season, is that it takes me back to the days where we lived on the north side of our building and we had dial-up internet.  We moved to southern Wisconsin in the summer of 2002.  Because of our apartment’s location, we couldn’t have a satellite dish.  So any games we watched had […]


2014 Wild Pre-Season: Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets 9/22/2014

Tired of listening to the latest drama regarding Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson?  Are you not wanting to wait over half the game for the Golden Gophers football team to complete a pass?  I have the perfect solution for both ailments.  Wild pre-season hockey!  NHL training camps are in full swing with many young and […]


Wild Fans Speak, 2014-15 Pre-Season Edition

Staying connected is always important.  Whether in business or in your personal life, staying connected to people makes you aware of your strengths and weaknesses as well as gives you a valuable insight into what others are thinking.  I think this especially true when you’re talking about fans of sports teams.  Fans know their team, […]


Why are so many young players choosing major junior over college hockey?

It was nearly the day after Hockey Day Minnesota last year; the host city of Elk River was still relishing the tremendous success from the event when it got stunning news.  A prominent member of its local hockey team, Andrew Zerban, a senior and of the Elks’ leading scorers bolted from the program to go […]


The Hockey News ranks the Wild’s logo as the #11 logo in the NHL

  Ah, summer. For most people, it’s the time of year we most enjoy. It’s the time to head “up north” for fishing and relaxing at a lakeside cabin. For some of us, it’s to take the much-anticipated family vacation, whether home or abroad. And others of us, use it as time to get caught […]


Does Wild owner Craig Leipold need to back off a bit?

You’ve probably heard the phrase of “too many cooks in the kitchen” which applies to situations where you have too many people with ideas in a small area with little getting accomplished.  After reading an article in the Hockey News‘ 2014 Season Commemorative Issue by writer Adam Proteau entitled “Philadelphia Needs Liberty.”  In the article, […]


Wild sign defenseman Justin Falk to 1-year, 2-way deal

There is an old saying that goes, “the devil you know, is better than the one that you don’t.”  It wasn’t the first time in the Wild’s history that the team brought a player back after a season or two away from the organization.  The team brought back Sergei Krivokrasov after trading him late during […]


2015 World Junior Team Evaluation camp roster features a plethora of Minnesotans

Around holiday time, an international tournament occurs that flies underneath most Americans’ radar, that being the IIHF U-20 Men’s World Junior Hockey Championships.  This annual tournament is a yearly youth Olympic hockey competition which pits the best 20 and under aged hockey players from nations around the world with a chance to say whose country […]


State of Hockey Talk Podcast with Tony Dean 7/24/2014

Check out our new and improved hockey podcast, with Tony Dean of Hockey Buzz and the Hockey Writers!  Please follow us @StateofHckyNews and Tony @TonyDeanHB on Twitter!  We adopted a 2-minutes per topic (for the most part) type format ala ESPN‘s Pardon the Interruption.  In the podcast we discussed the following questions. 1. Does Minnesota […]


They Were Once Wild: Minnesota Wild All Time Obscurity Team

Its finally a little quiet around the Minnesota Wild as the offseason moves to its yawning summer nap-time days as free agency moves are almost nil and NHL players are probably finally enjoying a little time on the lake or on the links.  This means there is precious little to really discuss for those hockey […]