Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Roseau’s own Dustin Byfuglien on last night’s Stanley Cup clincher. I think the majority of Wild fans were pulling for the Hawks, which is intriguing because I’m not sure that would have happened in the North Star days. But that was an entertaining team, and it’s great for hockey to have the Hawks return to prominence. Unfortunately for Chicago fans, that roster is going to look very different next year. And we’ll see just how good some players really are when they’re on new teams and not surrounded by so much talent.
As for good Wild news, the Star Tribune’s Mike Russo tweeted today that Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been given the green light by a neurologist to begin light workouts. One would have to think that if the light workouts go well, he should have plenty of time to get heavy workouts in and be in decent shape once camp starts.
Speaking of camp, the Wild’s preseason schedule is expected to be announced on Monday. It looks as though the opponents are going to be St. Louis, Philadelphia, Columbus, Montreal and Ilves Tampere of the Finnish Elite League.
You have to feel for Jacques Lemaire, whose New Jersey Devils were quickly ousted from the playoffs causing his “retirement.” But this recent news is worse. Lemaire’s Florida home was gutted by an electrical fire two weeks ago, and he thinks it will take a year to rebuild. See the story here.
Finally, the NHL Entry Draft starts two weeks from tomorrow. There will be a Wild Draft party held at Aperitif in Woodbury on Friday, June 25 from 6-9 p.m. More details will follow on Wild.com. Hopefully, you are brushing up on your Draft knowledge on our Wild draft page. We will have plenty more coverage on that page leading up to Draft Day and beyond.