Thank you, New Jersey
Because of the Devils’ playoff run, the conditional pick that, at the time, might have seemed like a throw-in in the Marek Zidlicky trade with New Jersey, now belongs to Minnesota. The trade brought Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, a 2011 second-round pick and a conditional 2013 third-round pick to the Wild for Zidlicky. The condition was: if the Devils made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Wild would get New Jersey’s third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The pick might be the biggest surprise appearance in Minnesota via the Garden State since Bruce Springsteen recorded the music video for “Dancing In The Dark” along with Courtney Cox at the Saint Paul Civic Center.
Wild Re-signs Stoner
The Wild re-signed all-around good guy Clayton Stoner to a two-year contract extension. He spoke to Kevin Falness on the PONDcast about the extension, here. Stoner is a guy who isn’t afraid to mix it up on the ice and you can never have enough of those players in the lineup.
World Championships Update
Wednesday, the Lighthouse predicted Mikko Koivu was due for a breakout performance at the World Championships and the Team Finland captain didn’t disappoint. Koivu was named Finland’s Player of the Game with a goal and three assists in a 7-1 drubbing of France. Wild prospect Mikael Granlund had an assist in Finland’s French toasting. Finland is undefeated in the tourney and plays the second place Canadians later today in one of the most anticipated contests in the tourney, thus far. And don’t forget to give mom the gift of hockey on Mother’s Day as Finland skates against Team USA on Sunday, May 13 at 8:15 a.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Sweden also takes on Team Russia today with two Wild prospects in tow. Jonas Brodin and Johan Larsson have played in three games apiece, with Brodin registering a goal and Larsson tallying two assists.
Goaltending prospect Dennis Endras is 1-2-0 for Team Germany with a 2.68 goals against average and .915 save percentage. Matt Hackett has not played for Team Canada.
Team USA beat Kazakhstan in overtime 3-2 today. Duluth Bulldog fans – and you know who you are – will be happy to hear that US goal scorers were JT Brown and Justin Faulk (2).
Road Tour Dates Announced
The Wild will caravan throughout Minnesota again this summer, making stops in 18 cities in the State of Hockey on the 2012 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour. Get the full details of times, dates, locations and Wild Celebrities making stops on the Road Tour on Wild.com, here.
Sea Dogs QMJHL Champs
Wild prospects Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips led the Saint John Sea Dogs to the team’s second-straight President’s Cup, as Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champs. Coyle earned playoff MVP honors with 34 points. Up next for the dynamic duo is the Memorial Cup, which the Sea Dogs won last season, May 18-27 in Shawinigan, Que. Good luck, boys.
Welcome, Solar Bears
The Wild has added another minor league affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. Orlando will be an expansion team in the 2012-13 season, and joins the Houston Aeros as the Wild affiliates.
Tough Mudder Update
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo and the rest of the coaching and training staff preparing for the Tough Mudder event have selected a team name. Team Wild For Wounded Warriors will compete in the event on May 19, and are accepting donations on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project until the day of the race. Here is a Wild TV video update of the team in training. If you’d like to contribute to the fundraising effort, go here.
College Hockey Renovation
Well St. Cloud State fans, we weren’t sure when the National Hockey Center renovations were going to start, and some might even have become a little cynical. However, the Zapruder Film of the NHC renovations for all you conspiracy theorists exists; it’s a live cam looking in on the renovations, here.