Wild's Best Of The Web - April 2
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.
THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE
When Zach Parise netted his 27th goal of the season Saturday at Phoenix, he didn’t just tie Jason Pominville as the team’s goal-leader at the time. With his second goal of the night, Parise passed his father on the NHL goal list with his 239th career goal.
The best part about it? J.P. Parise was in the crowd watching it all happen. WildTV caught up with Parise & Son the following day to chat about the happenstance.
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press also caught up with J.P. to talk about being on the road trip — his first father-son road trip in Zach’s career.
THE CAPTAINS WOULD LIKE A WORD
Recently the Wild has put forth quite the effort in two big wins at Phoenix Saturday and Los Angeles Monday.
But before either game took place, the Wild’s leadership held a players-only meeting as a sort of airing of the grievances and a refocusing of their efforts. The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo wrote about how the group came together on last Friday’s day off, check it out here.
It definitely seemed to work, let’s hope it continues to do so.
NEXT MAN UP
The Wild’s goaltending has been quite the storyline this year. Heck, it seemed like the Best of the Web couldn’t go a week without a Darcy Kuemper story—but of course it wasn’t a bad thing.
This week, it’s time to highlight the Wild’s newest netminder, Ilya Bryzgalov. Cited as one of the funnier guys in the locker room—I can attest to some of his antics—Graff looks into how Bryzgalov has found a place with the Wild and is really coming into his own. Check it out here.
So it’s time to put the “humongous big” references and jokes aside, and let Bryz keep doing his thing.
KEEP THE BLUMS IN YOUR THOUGHTS
We featured a similar story in the Best of the Web a few weeks ago, but with defenseman Jon Blum with the Wild now, the topic has resurfaced.
There’s no way around it: Blum has faced real tragedy. When he was 15 he lost his twin sister due to a house fire. It was exactly 10 years ago on April 2.
Russo talked with Blum about it last week and wrote about Blum, his family and his journey to the NHL in advance of his homecoming against Los Angeles Monday. You can check it out here.
Monday was in interesting day for Wild.com—and not simply because of the Wild win.
Minnesota scrambled to find an emergency back-up goaltender while on the road with hours until game they, eventually signing Rob Laurie to a Professional Tryout Agreement.
Then, during the game, it was announced that the Wild signed UMass Lowell defenseman Christian Folin to an entry-level deal. Major props to managing editor Mike Doyle, who busted out a pair of features on both players.
THE POWER OF FLOW
So as you may know, I throw a lot of praise Doyle’s way in almost every edition of the Best of the Web. He deserves it; he’s a good writer and works hard. He’s also my boss.
Regardless, it may be time to humble him, if only a little bit.
Doyle used to play hockey at St. Cloud State. Naturally, the Husky used to sport some flow. Well, Chad Graff found evidence of it and instantly made a connection to one of the most interesting literary characters of J.K. Rowlings’ creation.