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We celebrate the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey Team and one of its stars, Jonny "The Mouse" Mikkelson, who once told me "Our team was so good the varsity wouldn't play us." When asked why he didn't play varsity Mouse said, "Too little." Cutest ever. So, we salute the greatest Club Hockey Team ever, a squad so vaunted even Jim Craig's Miracle team wanted nothing to do with it. Trottier, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier ... dead! Long live the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey team!
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f the Wild were Judge Charles H. Older, the judge that sent Charles Manson to the clink: “2 weeks in the workhouse and 1 month probation!”
Sad-song posting today. "Throw the Roses Away." Maybe designed for those struggling with death or breakup or divorce or getting fired from a job or something. Not sure why I chose this one today except the fact the words are very powerful and I love the ditty.
ADAM CAPLAN, NFL reporter/tweeter guy, is very good with his analysis of the big show. He tweeted earlier - @caplannfl - the Vikings could be a team looking "to trade up" in the first round, which is a month from today.
I respectfully disagree. I understand given the rock-star currency we have it would be easier to move up than in some years, but our GM RICK SPIELMAN is obsessed with amassing picks. I, in fact, feel if we swap 23 or 25 it would be to a team looking for that spot and in turn would give us even more picks than the 11 we own right now.
Yep, I know last year Rick traded up to get HARRISON SMITH, a guy they had at the Senior Bowl and absolutely adored. I predicted there was a good chance they drafted Smith but not that they would trade up with Baltimore to get him. Last year's draft is different than the one in a month. This year's first round is being described as a "flat draft," meaning in some cases owning picks in the 20s is as good as like 12-19. No need to move up unless you see a guy you absolutely have to have.
I don't get that feel from the team this year. I know they like CORDARRELLE PATTERSON and TAVON AUSTIN but probably not enough to trade up to get them. Instead, if for some reason a team wants in on the 23 or 25 spot for a guy - which i think is a longshot - I believe Rick would make the move and find a second-round spot that gets him like WR ROBERT WOODS from USC. Right now we have six picks through the first four rounds and that is just awesome.
... WILD: Am I the only one feeling we truly may be on to something big with this Wild team? I attended last-night's game, and snoozy as it was that the team played poorly and found a way to win is what big-time teams do.
After Phoenix tied the game at two, the Coyotes missed two wide-open nets and chances to dagger us. Even trailing by a goal with a minute left it looked like we were dead. Then RYAN SUTER grabbed the puck and didn't panic. He eventually scored and we went to OT. Then with an extra attacker thanks to a PP, THE CAPTAIN won the game and celebrated like we closed on a playoff win.
Mikko Koivu has been through a lot here and from what I hear is a very hard worker. Enter ZACH PARISE, who always has been praised for his work ethic. They push each other and the entire team is better for it.
Are we on to something big with this Wild team? We have legit star power in Koivu, Parise and Suter, a red-hot goalie and a bleep-load of assets to maybe make a deal by next Wednesday's deadline. Maybe GM CHUCK FLETCHER is "playing the game" right now? I mean, perhaps he wants to see the games versus the champs Saturday and St. Louis Monday, and if we have won 10 in a row (Dallas Friday, too) will decide to part with one of the kids or current players to bolster the chances with another defenseman or forward?
Also, given I don't believe PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD is part of the future it may be brilliant they are playing him now and possibly creating a trade market, all along knowing JASON ZUCKER is the guy who will be back up soon. I'll be very curious to see if Fletcher makes any kind of move by next Wednesday.
Are we on to something big this year with the Minnesota Wild? They have beaten Chicago and represented well versus Anaheim a couple of times despite losing. I just am so impressed last night absolutely looked like a loss for the second half of the game, yet they found a way to snatch two points from the bad boy and only gave one to a non-playoff team that can be a tricky beat. It's cliched but the mark of a good team is one that plays poorly and still finds a way to win. We did that and won "seven in a row for MIKE YEO!"