First off, congratulations to St. Thomas Academy and Benilde St. Margaret’s on their respective state championships. Grant Besse put on one of the most memorable state championship performances we’ve ever seen last night, and he did it for a team that overcame some of the toughest adversity there is.
Not many scenes can beat the sight of Jack Jablonski cheering on each of Besse’s five goals last night. Here’s hoping we can see Jack doing that a Wild game in the near future.
One Wild player that was very happy about last night’s result was Dany Heatley, but not just because of the great story. He’s excited that Besse is committed to be a Wisconsin Badger. Of course, he hasn’t signed an official letter of intent so there’s plenty of time for him to change his mind and do the right thing by signing with Minnesota Duluth.
As for tonight’s game, the Minnesota Wild kicks off a five-game homestand with the Calgary Flames. Matt Hackett will be the starter in goal, but we’re still not positive on the backup situation. Josh Harding took some shots today and will be a gametime decision. If he can’t go, the Wild has a Plan B, but that is unknown at this point.
Would the Wild sign a college free agent whose season is over? Or is there a player in the minors that they could sign to an Amateur Tryout Contract. We may never know.
Clayton Stoner is also a gametime decision, but at least the Wild won’t be limited to five healthy defensemen tonight. Jared Spurgeon is ready to return from the illness that kept him out of Thursday’s win. That gives the Wild six D, and one would come out if Stoner plays.
Mikko Koivu did practice with the team yesterday but did not take any contact.