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A beauitful looking game, (in the sense of the jerseys, fan, stadium, and the way the Wild played at least:D) and while I was expecting a much closer game, this was great! The whole weekend was spectatcluar, as I got to wear my North Stars jerseys, and cheer for them, and then cheer the Wild to an amazing win!

 

HA! BANDWAGON ON THAT NBC!

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After Wild ownership made a list of demands for an outdoor game that included having the Blackhawks as an opponent, because they needed visiting fans to fill the place, today's game fell 3,000 short of a sellout. It is only the second of 17 NHL outdoor games to not sell out.

 

#StateOfHockey

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The team hasn't exactly been tearing it up lately.

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5 hours ago, Morgo said:

The team hasn't exactly been tearing it up lately.

Not to mention the outrageous ticket prices and there were a lot of section quarterfinals or section finals played yesterday for the state hockey tournament. Oh and the girls one finished yesterday... 

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58 minutes ago, chcarlson23 said:

Not to mention the outrageous ticket prices and there were a lot of section quarterfinals or section finals played yesterday for the state hockey tournament. Oh and the girls one finished yesterday... 

This is a pretty nice set up for the snark around here regarding why the North Stars left.

 

I live within walking distance of TCF Stadium and it did not even occur to me to go.  Bad seating and high prices being a huge part of it.  I figured it sold out, particularly given the weather.  But since it did not, I don't anticipate ever getting it back again.  And that's fine by me.  It's a gimmick.

 

The Wild have never for one second been better than mediocre and after a good start this year and the team going into it's annual funk, I think the fanbase is finally starting to get burned out on it.  As critical as people here are of the Vikings and Twins, we've always had blinders to the Wild.  We treat a seven seed for the Wild like a division title for the Vikings.  But I think this recent losing streak is finally reminding us that this team has never spent one second as one of the 10 best teams in the NHL.  And they are years from figuring it out.  To what degree that impacted yesterday's attendance I do not know.

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No matter the extenuating circumstances you can't call yourselves the "State of Hockey" and then not sell out a midsize stadium.

 

I think we've reached a point where the NHL has killed its golden goose with the outdoor game. It's no longer a special event. I'm in the 99th percentile for diehard hockey fandom and I forgot to watch the game. 

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I have seen some "comment section" debate that the Wild and Blackhawks sold their allotments in quick order and that the NHL "returned" a few thousand tickets a couple of days ago and it was not common knowledge that it had happened.  As I said, I was not interested either way but I did assume it was sold out.  Not sure (nor do I care) whether it's a legitimate excuse; just throwing it out there.

 

The Wild are perpetually mediocre and it's still not that easy to get tickets.  Whatever happened with the North Stars, I think the Twin Cities has proven its NHL interest with this tired franchise.  I don't care that yesterday did not sell out and I don't care whether we host such a game again.

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4 hours ago, monkeypower said:

So people would rather go see high school hockey than the professional outdoor game they have been begging for?

It's more like their kid is playing and they want to/have to go see them play, and it's cheaper than paying hundreds of dollars to see a team that just fired their coach. 

 

And as for being the State of Hockey, most people act like it's only a self-given title, (which in someways it is, but it's an accurate one) and that showing up/not showing up for an NHL is what makes us the State of Hockey. It's not. We had hockey at the U of M before the NHL even existed... Most of the NHL exists in the US, but most people still think that only Canada is where people play hockey. Over half the Original 6 were American teams. Hockey is still Canada's sport... And Minnesota is the State of hockey. The NHL team means everything to us, but doesn't make us the State of Hockey or not. Regardless of the North Stars or the Wild, there have been 237 Minnesotans in the NHL, more then New York, Massachusetts, or Michigan, and we have the Largest State High School tournament in the Country. Five D1 hockey colleges, and hundreds of junior teams. So what is Minnesota then? The State of Hockey... It isn't our support for the team, (Because most Minnesotans are fair weather fans :D)  it's our love for the game. 

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1 hour ago, ninersdd said:

Sharks get Roman Polak and Nick Spaling for Torres and 2 draft picks.

 

Awesome. Two second rounders for more defensive pylons. Just what the Sharks need. This is a bad deal for them even considering they ditched Torres' expensive (yet expiring, so WTF?) contract. 

 

Good thing the Sharks still value "grit" over actual ability to play hockey. :rolleyes:

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It's a miracle that team is in a playoff position.  Horrible trade, even by their standards.

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It isn't at all a bad trade right now for San Jose. They need to keep a playoff spot and they've been lacking depth and a top-6 d-man which they got both of. Yes, they overpaid, but not by much and this will help San Jose.

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Toronto's piling up picks.

 

 

Let's hope we become Detroit after this debacle.

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4 hours ago, KittSmith_95 said:

Toronto's piling up picks.

 

 

Let's hope we become Detroit after this debacle.

Or you could become Buffalo and Edmonton... you know, whatever.

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7 hours ago, TRoyConcepts said:

It isn't at all a bad trade right now for San Jose. They need to keep a playoff spot and they've been lacking depth and a top-6 d-man which they got both of. Yes, they overpaid, but not by much and this will help San Jose.

 

Help them to scrape into the playoffs where they can get thumped by the Ducks who'll brutalize the Sharks by capitalizing on their stagnant defense? 

 

 

This team has been delaying the inevitable for so long now. They need to just pull the plug on a big chunk of the current core, and those two second round picks would've at least helped in that regard. 

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During the Sharks/Blues Game  Matt Tennyson gets crushed on the glass by St. Louis’ Ryan Reaves.  Tennyson left the game and did not return and Reaves got 5 and a Game Misconduct for boarding. Sharks won their 21st road game of the season in their 6-3 victory over the Blues.  Hope Tennyson’s okay.  

 

Here’s the link to the CSN video of the Reaves hit on Tennyson:

Warning: It’s pretty violent.  Looks likes Tennyson was knocked out prior to falling to and hitting his head on the ice.  

 

Reaves Hit on Matt Tennyson

 

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7 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

Help them to scrape into the playoffs where they can get thumped by the Ducks who'll brutalize the Sharks by capitalizing on their stagnant defense? 

 

 

This team has been delaying the inevitable for so long now. They need to just pull the plug on a big chunk of the current core, and those two second round picks would've at least helped in that regard. 

The sharks should lose some games at the end of the season, to get a lower seed so they don't have to play as many games at home. That way they have a better chance in the playoffs... :D

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