1. Power Ranking the NHL's Top 15 First Lines

    In the NHL, line combinations are pretty pointless. Coaches match lines and flip flop line combinations more than you change seats in a game of musical chairs. There are some teams, like the San Jose Sharks, that have a pretty consistent top line...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 4 years ago 7,602 reads 30 comments

  2. NHL Free Agency: Minnesota Wild Scratches Seven-Year Itch, Extends Koivu

    The last remaining drama of the Minnesota Wild’s off season is over. The Wild have signed their franchise player, captain Mikko Koivu to a seven-year contract worth $6...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 4 years ago 289 reads 0 comments

  3. NHL Offseason: Minnesota Wild Notes

    Well, let’s face it. It’s the offseason. We’re on day 10 of Kovie Watch 2010, with no signs of anything happening anytime soon and free agency news has slowed to a trickle...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 4 years ago 524 reads 5 comments

  4. NHL Free Agency: Top 10 Improved Teams

    One of the best analogies I’ve heard of for the beginning to the free agency portion of the offseason is that it’s a lot like a speed dating service...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 4 years ago 7,391 reads 10 comments

  5. NHL Free Agency: 10 Teams That Need to Make A Move

    Please note that these rumors are not predicated by any inside information, nor are they actual trade rumors in the least...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 258 reads 1 comments

  6. NHL Free Agency: Minnesota Wild Signs Matt Cullen and Eric Nystrom

    Day one of the official off season is in the books and, boy, was it a doozy for the Wild. Two players, two needs filled, and the general manager already saying that the team might be done? Man, that’s got to be a good day at the office...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 490 reads 1 comments

  7. Minnesota Wild Season in Review, Part 5 of 5: Looking Ahead

    Well, it’s taken a lot longer than I’d expected, but here we are—part five of my five-part season in review...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 269 reads 1 comments

  8. 2010 NHL Draft: A Review Of The Minnesota Wild

    It’s officially three days before the free agency period starts. The draft is over. The die has been cast on the players that the Minnesota Wild selected and it’s now a waiting game to see how they progress...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 336 reads 0 comments

  9. 2010 NHL Draft: Minnesota Gets Granlund, Can't Make Trade

    Well, the Wild went into the first round of the draft with one simple mandate: take the best player available. With both Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley still available when the Wild came up to pick at No...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 690 reads 9 comments

  10. 2010 NHL Draft: Top Five Tradable Players

    Wow. That’s really all that there is to say about the couple days leading up to the draft. So far, we’ve seen Jaroslav Halak moved to the Blues, Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers and Jason Arnott traded to the Devils...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 2,722 reads 5 comments

  11. Minnesota Wild's Offseason Needs: Lots of Questions, Not Many Answers

    This time last season, there was sense of excitement surrounding the Minnesota Wild. The team had a new General Manager and was heading into a new era—one of hope and promise, but also one of uncertainty...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 341 reads 2 comments

  12. Minnesota Wild Season in Review Part Four of Five: Management

    Well, we’re just about there. The NHL Draft. On Friday, the front offices from all 30 NHL teams will be together in one place for two straight days, drafting, and wheeling and dealing...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 126 reads 0 comments

  13. Minnesota Wild Re-Sign James Sheppard

    In a move that was anticipated but dreaded by many Minnesota Wild fans, the team has re-signed center James Sheppard to a one-year contract worth $803,250, according to Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 461 reads 0 comments

  14. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Top U.S. Prospects

    We are just about one week away from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and the draft talk is starting heat up. Who will go number one? Who will trade up? What big names will be traded? All ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 375 reads 2 comments

  15. Grading the Minnesota Wild Part 3 of 5: Defense and Goaltending

    Wow. It feels like forever since I’ve written anything because, well, it has been. But, one fried motherboard and one new computer later, and yours truly is back in business! So, ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 186 reads 0 comments

  16. Minnesota Wild 2010 Season in Review, Part Two of Five: Grading the Forwards

    Last time, we took a look at the team’s season as a whole. Needless to say, I was much less than impressed with the outcome. In part two, we’ll take a look at the forwards of the Minnesota Wild...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 378 reads 0 comments

  17. 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket: Five Players Who Need to Step Up

    Every season sees new heroes emerge from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Whether it’s a backup goaltender being catapulted into the starting role, or a young player realizing his talent ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 1,326 reads 12 comments

  18. The Minnesota Wild's 2010 Season in Review: Part One of Five

    Well, I suppose it’s time. Some might liken it to spring cleaning, when you sit on your couch, let out a long sigh and decide that it’s time to get to all of the housework that you’ve neglected over the long winter...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 236 reads 5 comments

  19. 2010 NHL Playoffs: Some Ramblings on the Early Postseason

    Heading into the end of the first week of playoff hockey, there are some surprises and some not quite so surprising surprises. In both cases, my brain is running over with thoughts that are just begging to be shared...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 136 reads 1 comments

  20. Derek Boogaard Almost Traded at Deadline: Is His Time In Minnesota Up?

    So, last night I was perusing through the fabled Russo’s Rants (seriously, if you’re a Wild fan and you’re not reading Russo’s Rants, what’s wrong with ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 4 years ago 1,031 reads 3 comments

  21. NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Past Winners of the Mike Ricci Trophy

    The Mike Ricci Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's ugliest playoff performer, has been a prestigious award in the NHL since its inception following the 1995-96 NHL Playoffs that saw ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 2,362 reads 3 comments

  22. On My Soapbox: Minnesota Wild Mail It In Against Edmonton

    As poorly as the Wild play at times, I try and I try to remain positive—to have a positive spin on things. But after last night’s 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, I think I might just be all out of positive...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  23. My Seemingly Daily Phoenix Coyotes Rant: Keep Them In Phoenix!

    For the love of all that is good and holy, let’s give the Phoenix Coyotes a break, shall we? The speculation arose around this time last season that the ‘Yotes weren’t ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 422 reads 13 comments

  24. Chuck Norris Fears Greg Zanon

    {Author’s Note: Thanks to @wildmn34 on Twitter for the title idea for the article. I wish I could take credit for the awesomeness that is enclosed in the title of the article, but I just can’t...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 421 reads 5 comments

  25. The Phoenix Coyotes Are Playoff Bound Due To One "Great" Off Season Move

    As if you needed any help seeing that the Phoenix Coyotes are a much improved team this season, take a gander at their stats. They’re in the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-02 season...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 236 reads 1 comments