Wild's Best Of The Web - March 6
It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
Normally we like to post this feature on Wednesdays, but after yesterday's excitement with it being Trade Deadline Day and all, we had to make the tough editorial decision to push it back a day. Next week, we'll be back to regular programming. But, speaking of Trade Deadline Day...
HUMONGOUS BIG NEWS
Alright, so calling it “humongous big news may” be stretching it, but it’s a nod to the newest member of the Wild.
Tuesday the Wild acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers, adding some depth in net. When Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher spoke with the media later in the afternoon about the deal, he also said goaltender Niklas Backstrom would be shut down for the foreseeable future.
Regardless, Wild.com has all the details for you concerning the trade and what Bryzgalov will bring to the table — beyond colorful quotes and a curious knowledge of the universe. Also, check out the latest Bryz-themed #trickpic.
The Wild wasn't done yet. Yesterday the Wild made its second-consecutive Trade Deadline Day deal with the Buffalo Sabres, this time acquiring forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick. In exchange, the Wild gave the Sabres two 2nd round draft picks in 2014 and 2016 as well as speedy forward Torrey Mitchell. (Thanks for the memories Big Money Mitch, and best of luck in Buffalo!)
Be sure to check out all the related links in both stories and there is a ton of content and you can hear what Bryzgalov, Moulson, McCormick and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher have to say about the moves.
MAKE THE SAVE
The Wild is teaming up with Josh Harding's charity, Harding's Hope as March's charity of the month.
All month long, fans can participate in the Make the Save For MS drive. Fans can pick any amount to donate for each save the Wild goaltenders make during one or more of the Wild's now 14 remaining games this month. The proceeds will go to help people living with multiple sclerosis.
Not only is it a great way to support Harding and his charity, which aims to make the lives of people living with MS a little bit easier, but it's also a great way to donate to a charity and do it while watching hockey at the same time! Also, be sure to follow @HardingsHope for even more info.
LINGERING THOUGHTS FROM SOCHI
Sure the Games are a few weeks behind us now, but that doesn’t mean people are no longer talking about them.
In fact, in the week or so following the Olympics, when the Wild media finally got a chance to chat with all the Olympians, new details started to emerge about their experiences. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune shares some insider info on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter’s rooming situation and Mikeal Granlund’s intangible souvenirs from the tournament.
THE VIEW FROM THE BENCH
It’s been an interesting season for head coach Mike Yeo. Just over two months ago, the Wild was ailing, losing six in a row. Fans wanted his head.
Fast forward, and there isn’t so much as a peep about Yeo with the Wild currently holding on to a wild card bid for the postseason.
Last week, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press sat down with Minnesota’s Bench Boss and chatted about his roller coaster of a season. It’s an interesting look into the life of a coach and his approach to his work.
IN THE CREASE
In the first half, the story that kept coming back for more was Josh Harding’s incredible play. In the second half, another goaltender’s story won’t retire quietly.
It seems like Darcy Kuemper has been featured in the Best of the Web in some manner almost every week for the last several installments of this feature, but deservedly so. When a young netminder steps in and seizes the starting role and continues to play at a high level, it’s an extremely hard story to ignore.
Russo revisited the topic last week and looked into how the resilient goaltender operates.
If you watched the Oscars last weekend or have been on Twitter at all this week, you’ve seen Ellen’s celebrity-ridden selfie (stars, they’re just like us!).
Well, if you look again, you may notice a few familiar, State of Hockey faces in the photo.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Last weekend was frigid. It’s been one of the coldest winters in Minnesota in quite some time. Yet that didn’t stop Wild mascot, Nordy, from jumping into the icy waters of Lake Calhoun.
Nordy joined Team FOX Sports North for the Polar Bear Plunge. The wily animal raised funds for Special Olympics Minnesota as part of the event.