Wild's Best Of The Web - March 26
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.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Last season wasn’t an ideal one for Mikael Granlund. But one year later and he’s quickly on the rise.
From highlight reel plays with his linemates Jason Pominville and Zach Parise to an outstanding performance in the Olympics alongside Teemu Selanne — Granlund has found his touch this season to the delight of the State of Hockey.
Right after the Olympics I chatted with Granlund about his season and the difference between this year and last year. Check out what he had to say, here.
Also, Puck Daddy didn’t fail to notice Granlund’s season, though outside the State of Hockey, he has basically flown under the radar. Check out what Puck Daddy has to say about Granlund’s “ridiculously good season.”
TO THE GARDEN STATE
It didn’t end up being the return Zach Parise probably wanted, but last week the left winger finally made his return to New Jersey.
Playing out of the visitor’s locker room for the first time at Prudential Center Parise and the Wild fought to a 4-3 overtime loss with his old team, the New Jersey Devils. But see what he had to say prior to the matchup and his expectations for what awaited him come puck drop.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
As we noted in last week’s Best of the Web, Wild captain Mikko Koivu has solidified himself in the Franchise record books and the team’s leading scorer.
Well, later in the week, Managing Editor Mike Doyle sat down with the Captain for an exclusive Q & A about the feat. Check out what he had to say here.
Yes, yes, we’ve got a lot of news on our Finns this week and Erik Haula is the latest to be featured.
Haula is not new to Minnesota. He spent a year at Shattuck and three with the Gophers. And now, of course, he’s spending his first moments in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild.
Though, unlike is time with the Gophers, Haula isn’t playing in a top-six role he’s used to but rather is filling in in a more defensive game on the third and fourth lines — and he’s ok with it. See what else he had to say here.
MAKING IT COUNT
Saturday afternoon, against the Detroit Red Wings, Charlie Coyle took his first-ever NHL penalty shot. And boy did he make the most of it.
It was simply a thing of beauty, so we’ll let the video replay speak for itself. But boy, did he make Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard look silly.
EVERYBODY, CALM DOWN
After Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Red Wings, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo entered his postgame press conference prepared for the inevitable question about a late-season slide.
It was one of the first he fielded and boy was he ready. He listed off stat after stat, making it clear that fans shouldn’t worry; the world isn’t ending.
The Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins noted the moment and spoke further with Yeo on Monday about the state of the team and the concerns of a late-season skid. Check out what they have to say, here.