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R.S.S. Feed: Sept. 14, 2009

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 11:05 AM / News
By Ryan Stanzel  - Wild Digital Content Manager
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R.S.S. Feed: Sept. 14, 2009

R.S.S Feed: Sept. 14, 2009

E-mail the R.S.S. Feed at rstanzel@wild.com.

Scroll down to 1:30 p.m. entry for Tuesday's preseason opening lineup.

2:30 p.m.
And we're done for the day. At least as far as training camp goes. Still lots of work to be done back at the office.

As you saw on Twitter, Team Green outlasted Team White 4-2, behind a GWG from Colton Gillies.

Todd Richards spoke after the second session and was much more pleased with his team's intensity than yesterday.  He also spoke of the Petr Sykora signing. Sykora comes highly recommended personally to Richards by Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma, who was with Richards in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bylsma also played with Sykora in Anaheim.

Dominik "The Suit Guy" from Montreal was in town today to get orders and measurements. I tried to get any number of guys to purchase me a new fancy suit, but they declined. Although, Cal Clutterbuck did mention how I matched two days in a row. "Of course you're wearing the same clothes," he said (I wasn't). He also chimed in that I ended the "longest streak of unfashionableness in history." I didn't have the heart to tell him that my fiancee' picks out my clothes for me.

The players had a nice spread of food for post-practice, courtesy of Nick Schultz. The players had some sushi.

Be back tomorrow after the morning skate.

1:30 p.m.
Just minutes ago, Todd Richards posted his roster for Tuesday's game in St. Louis. The players are below, in alphabetical order.

Forwards: Brodziak, DiSalvatore, Gillies, Hilbert, Irmen, Kalus, Kassian, Milroy, Pouliot, Sheppard, Smith, Weller

Defensemen: Falk, Fraser, Hnidy, Noreau, Scandella, Scott, Zanon

Goaltenders: Hackett, Khudobin

Second session wrapping up. Be back soon.

Scrimmage - 2nd period

It's now Harding for Team White, versus Khudobin for Green. Score tied 2-2.

Petr Kalus, who battled with several vets yesterday, including Nick Schultz, gets shoved handily into the boards by Schultz behind Harding. A good, clean hit.

Brent Burns just threw a nice hipcheck at Matt Kassian, who managed to avoid most of the hit.

Team Green has taken its first lead of camp, a 3-2 edge thanks to Colton Gillies' second goal in as many scrimmages. James Sheppard with some nice work behind the net hit a cutting Gillies at the right doorstep, and the second-year forward popped it by Harding.

Again today, Wild management and coaching staff in the stands for the scrimmage, along with Aeros Head Coach Kevin Constantine. Aeros assistants Troy G. Ward and Mark LeRose are on the bench as coaches. We're down to 15:45 left to play.

Terrific play by Tyler "Tiny" Johnson to break up a saucer pass by Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Johnson, all 5-foot-7 of him, raced up the ice the other way. But Bouchard sets up MIettinen seconds later, and the Finn beats Harding but the puck hits the post and trickles wide.

A great rush by Benoit Pouliot and Danny Irmen, and Harding makes the save before covering up in a crush of bodies.

Down to five minutes left, and Team Green still up 3-2. I'll Tweet the final score, but won't update the blog till later this afternoon. Time for 90-minutes plus of media time.

Intermission update

A little housekeeping...

The Wild will play its first preseason game tomorrow (Tuesday) in St. Louis at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on WCCO Radio 830. The players who will play in that game will pre-game skate at Xcel Energy Center at 10:30 a.m. Generally for preseason games, we take "Day Trips" and just leave in the afternoon of the game. That allows for more practice time. The lone exception will be the final preseason game, in Philadelphia. I will be on that trip.

After the game group skates, there will be a regular practice session at 11:30. No scrimmage tomorrow. Also, we are hoping to find out later today, what group of players are going to St. Louis to play tomorrow. NHL rules state that eight NHL "veterans" be dressed for every preseason game. This protects the fans from paying full price for a non competitive game. And a reminder, follow the Wild on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mnwild). We are upping the count of followers by the hour. I love it.

11:25 a.m.

And we're back on the ice for the scrimmage. The guys will get 10 minutes to warm up, especially Team A, which hasn't yet been on the ice today.

Five minutes in, Andy Hilbert - in camp on a tryout - scores from Mikko Koivu to make it 1-0 Team White. I have returned from the Wild locker room where I was printing out "Wild Week" for the assembled group of media.

Just a minute later, Kim Johnsson uses Derek Boogaard as a screen in front, and the shot eludes Nik Backstrom for a 2-0 lead. Team White won yesterday 2-1.

Green tries to get on the board, but 2008 second-round pick Marco Scandella intercepts a centering feed from Pierre-Marc Bouchard, trying to find Antti Miettinen.

Petr Kalus whacks away at Wade Dubielewicz for a rebound, but he's pushed off the puck impressively by Scandella.

Nathan Smith crashes the net for Team Green and gets them within 2-1.

The Koivu/Havlat/Brunette line is together for Team White for a second straight day. Out there mostly with D-pairing of Johnsson and Schultz.

Cal Clutterbuck levels justin Justin Falk hard into the boards, and Falk chops at him with his stick as play ends. Some more intensity today, already.

Dubielewicz with a nice save, and a tremendous play getting the shot off by Tyler Cuma. Cuma settled a bouncing puck and launched a quick shot.

Rookie J.P. Testwuide makes an impression, deflecting a shot into the net for Team Green to make it 2-2 in the final minute of the first of two periods.

We're at the intermission. I'm going to go plug the computer in for a bit. And then leave the building, because I hear Wild radio's Kevin Falness on the PA system.



10:55 a.m.
Breaking news into the R.S.S. Feed. The Wild has invited free agent forward Petr Sykora to camp on a pro tryout. Sykora has reached five - FIVE - Stanley Cup finals - including last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But I repeat, he's in on a tryout, he'll have to earn a contract. Sykora is expected to join the Wild later this week. Biggest question is, what will "Sicky" (media relations guru Aaron Sickman) charge to give up for his nickname to "Sykkie" (Sykora).

Some line combos for you this morning from Group B
Miettinen/Bouchard/Clutterbuck
Nolan/Sheppard/Gillies
Irmen/Smith/Pouliot
Kalus/Foucault/Zingoni

The doors are open and the stands are starting to full. Being a work and schoolday, nowhere near the 2,500 from yesterday thus far, but still a nice showing already.

Wild running 3-on-2 drills. Cal Clutterbuck and James Sheppard with back-to-back nice rebound goals.

Todd Richards tells the team to be back on the ice for the scrimmage in 20 minutes. I hear the Zamboni revving up, and ice guru Travis Larson is about to open the door on the left end of the ice.

I'm going outside after hearing Kevin Falness'  voice on the PA system.


10:45 a.m.
Morning session is underway. I'm settling in, but will start updating soon!

Group B is on the ice for its 45-minute practice prior to today's scrimmage (which again, is open to the public). Niklas Backstrom is to my right, and Anton Khudobin in net to my left. Goalie Darcy Kuemper also on the ice. Todd Richards, Mike Ramsey, Dave Barr, Bob Mason and Aeros assistant coach Mark LeRose are the coaches leading the practice.

Funny moment early on, when Jamie Fraser playfully tripped up Brent Burns as he was ready to start a drill.


10:30 a.m. CDT
Morning session is underway. I'm settling in, but will start updating soon!

Until then, check out the blog from last night's scrimmage!


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