Wednesday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference): Alain Vigneault is very unhappy with Canucks, Mikko Koivu’s leadership in Minnesota and Brenden Morrow unhappy with Stars’ loss

This morning in the Western Conference, Marian Hossa is finding his game, Valtteri Filppula has cast removed, Mikael Samuelsson avoids media after yesterday’s game, the importance of Joffrey Lupul and Bobby Ryan in Anaheim and much more after the jump.

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Edmonton Oilers,Los Angeles Kings,Minnesota Wild,Nashville Predators,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference,Western Conference Papers on December 9, 2009

Minnesota Wild 2009-10 Season Preview

The story of the off-season in Minnesota was the upheavel in the coaching and management departments.  After last season’s disappointing performance, Jacques Lemaire stepped down as coach of the team and subsequently Doug Risebrough was relieved of his duties.  These two men have been replaced by new GM Chuck Fletcher and new coach Todd Richards.  […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Minnesota Wild,Season Previews on September 15, 2009

On the Beat: Antropov signs in Atlanta, Recchi returns to Boston and reaction to Team Canada

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: NHL The Thrashers have signed Nikolai Antropov to a 4 year, $16 million contract.  As well, the team also re-signed Chris Thorburn.  A lot of cash to be throwing at Antropov but really not out of line with the ridiculous spending we’ve already seen the past day […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in 2010 Olympics,Atlanta Thrashers,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Colorado Avalanche,Edmonton Oilers,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat,Ottawa Senators,Tampa Bay Lightning,Washington Capitals on July 2, 2009

Havlat signs with Wild

Martin Havlat’s agent is reporting on Twitter that his client has signed a 6 year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.  Obviously, that results in a team cap hit of $5 million per season over the course of the contract. Once again, I am rather blown away by the term here.  Six years for […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Minnesota Wild on July 2, 2009

Todd Richards will be the next head coach of the Minnesota Wild

From the Star Tribune (Hat Tip: IC reader Dan S.) Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune. Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Minnesota Wild on June 15, 2009

On the Beat: Wings more injured than past teams and Carolina brings back same coaching staff

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Compared to their other championship teams, this Wings squad has faced the most significant injuries.  Good point by Wilkinson.  This is obviously a testament to the Wings’ depth.  Consider that they can insert Ville Leino or Justin Abdelkader into the lineup and get solid production, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat on June 8, 2009