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07-07-2011, 12:02 PM
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You want BOLD?!

I gotcher BOLD right here!
  1. Heatley scores 35 goals, 40 assists. Misses 10 games due to injury. He plays most of the season on the LW side of Koivu.
  2. Setoguchi takes his place on the right side of Koivu and then nets 36 goals.
  3. Setoguchi, Heatley and Koivu are named to the All Star team.
  4. Koivu out scores Joe Thornton. Over 25 goals and around 60 assists.
  5. Bouchard and Latendresse find a huge amount of chemistry and some teams will consider that our “first line”. Bouchard gets over 20 goals and over 60 assists. On December 17th, Bouchard gets 5 minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. On December 18th, he is suspended 2 games.
  6. Latendresse comes into camp in the best shape of his life. Leads the team in goals at 43.
  7. Brodizak re-gains his 2nd line center duties in camp.
  8. Cullen finds a home on the 3rd line between Gillies and Clutterbuck. That line chips in a combined 40 goals and 40 assists.
  9. At the end of the season, Clutterbuck does not lead the NHL in hits.
  10. Powe centers the 4th line.
  11. Kassian earns a roster spot.
  12. Staubitz and Kassian split time in the press box, each playing around 50 games throughout the season.
  13. Scandella plays with Schultz. This pair gets about 22 minutes a game.
  14. Zanon and Zidlicky stay together. This pair gets about 23 minutes a game.
  15. Stoner and Spurgeon become a good 3rd pair tandem. This pair gets roughly 15 minutes a game. Stoner gets injured 1/3rd of the way through the season and Nate Prosser takes his place. Stoner out for the season. Prosser proves to be a decent 3rd pairing D-Man. Re-signed.
  16. Bagnall is our "extra" D which is put in over Spurgeon when we face opponents with big body power forwards.
  17. Yeo and Rick Wilson mix and match D a lot causing us all to ponder WTF they are doing, but it works, so we don't *****.
  18. Backstrom puts up Vezina quality numbers, but gets snubbed on nominations. Primarily due to the media writing him off because of the tighter defensive structure that Rick Wilson is allowed to implement. Russo pitches a fit.
  19. At the deadline, Wellman is traded and Gopher cries.
  20. The Wild take the NW division and 2nd seed. We face Detroit in the first round and Anaheim in the 2nd. Then, we face San Jose in the WCF and San Jose fans throw it in our faces that Heatley chokes (but is really injured again) even though we take the Sharks to a full 7 games.
  21. San Jose wins the President’s Trophy and breaks the PT curse by winning the Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers in a four game sweep.
  22. The Rangers squeak into the playoffs as the 7th seed. Largely due to a Brad Richards injury in the middle of the season where he misses 15 games and a Gaborik injury late in the season where he misses 10. They go on a major winning streak the last three weeks of the season after Gaborik comes back completely healthy.
  23. Boston faces a healthy Rangers squad in the 2nd round and loses in 7.
  24. The Capitals get bounced in the ECF by the Rangers.
  25. Vancouver struggles at the start of the season and pundits start to say that they’ve lost their groove. It’s also Luongo’s season to be injured for a large amount of time. Schneider steps in and Gillis regrets not trading him this summer, as he proves during this time that he is not yet ready for a heavy work load. They miss the play offs by 1 point.
  26. Chicago also struggles. Crawford is also proven to be soft in goal this season and Patrick Kane fails to re-find his groove and barely hits the 20 goal mark. Sharp is traded to San Jose at the deadline. No play offs for the Hawks this year. Sorry Bruno.
  27. The Carter/Nash experiment in Columbus fails. Nash is moved to the 2nd line with Brassard and Carter is moved to 1st line RW and given the play maker Vermette as his center. Steve Mason lays a major season long egg. Howson is fired the last day of the season because he misses the play-offs.
  28. Mike Richards gets arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct (probably during the All Star break). LA has to do without him for an extended period of time. The Kings get into the playoffs at 8th seed, but get swept by a stacked Sharks roster in the first round. Ledge watch begins for Kings fans.
  29. Varlamov also lays a giant egg in Denver. Gigeure gets more starts. The Capitals get a lottery pick in the 2012 Draft. Ownership completely cleans house of the coaching staff and the front office.
  30. Edmonton and Calgary both miss the play-offs.
  31. Winnipeg gets in as a 4th or 5th seed but fail to get passed the first round.
  32. The Phoenix saga is finally resolved when they miss the play-offs and look like a lock for the #1 pick. This further convolutes the re-alignment discussions that occur at every GMs and BoGs meetings. The team is purchased by Jim Balsillie, but he doesn't move it to Hamilton or Quebec City, he moves into Kansas City and relocates the RIM headquarter to the Kansas side.
  33. Nashville surprises the entire NHL this year and wins the Central Division. Unfortunately, they lose in the first round to a surprisingly good St. Louis team where Halak stands on his head the entire series. Unfortunately, the Blues face San Jose in the 2nd round.

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If number 19 happens I may cry. Or at least be as pissed off as you were about Burns.

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07-07-2011, 01:09 PM
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Varlamov also lays a giant egg in Denver. Gigeure gets more starts. The Capitals get a lottery pick in the 2012 Draft. Ownership completely cleans house of the coaching staff and the front office.
I can really see this happening. There's got to be a lot of pressure on Varlamov to perform to the cost of the trade. If he doesn't and Colorado loses out on a lottery pick next year... basically what you said.

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07-07-2011, 01:19 PM
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You want BOLD?!

30. Edmonton and Calgary both miss the play-offs.
How very bold of you sir. Ha. Your Colorado prediction seems like it could be spot on, though.

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If number 19 happens I may cry. Or at least be as pissed off as you were about Burns.
Yeah, but I got over it...

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I can really see this happening. There's got to be a lot of pressure on Varlamov to perform to the cost of the trade. If he doesn't and Colorado loses out on a lottery pick next year... basically what you said.
Varly will be great..... When he's healthy. Which is never.

I predict sub-20 starts for him, Giggy gets hurt too, and we find out what kind of goaltending depth that Colorado has.

That trade will turn out to be GMGM's smartest of his career...

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Latendresse comes into camp in the best shape of his life. Leads the team in goals at 43.
I'd be real shocked to see that.
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Backstrom puts up Vezina quality numbers, but gets snubbed on nominations. Primarily due to the media writing him off because of the tighter defensive structure that Rick Wilson is allowed to implement. Russo pitches a fit.
I wouldn't be surprised at all.

See: Pierre-Marc Bouchard this year.
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Edmonton and Calgary both miss the play-offs.
How is that a bold prediction?

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The Phoenix saga is finally resolved when they miss the play-offs and look like a lock for the #1 pick. This further convolutes the re-alignment discussions that occur at every GMs and BoGs meetings. The team is purchased by Jim Balsillie, but he doesn't move it to Hamilton or Quebec City, he moves into Kansas City and relocates the RIM headquarter to the Kansas side.
I'd be real mad if it actually happened.


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Varly will be great..... When he's healthy. Which is never.

I predict sub-20 starts for him, Giggy gets hurt too, and we find out what kind of goaltending depth that Colorado has.

That trade will turn out to be GMGM's smartest of his career...
For now, I think everyone can already call it a success. Regardless if he stays in Washington or not, they upgraded their goaltender AND got what could be a lottery pick and a 2nd rounder. When I heard about that trade for the first time I was really envious of Washington. The draft looks GREAT next year.

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Varly will be great..... When he's healthy. Which is never.

I predict sub-20 starts for him, Giggy gets hurt too, and we find out what kind of goaltending depth that Colorado has.

That trade will turn out to be GMGM's smartest of his career...
Seriously. Besides the fact that Vokoun signed for $1.5M, Neuvith is still a great prospect. Someone did an in-depth analysis of his play last season and it holds up.

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Seriously. Besides the fact that Vokoun signed for $1.5M, Neuvith is still a great prospect. Someone did an in-depth analysis of his play last season and it holds up.
Hell, even Holtby looked good in his time. When they clamped down a bit, it made their goaltending look great.

Give them a stud like Vokoun, with pressure behind him if he flounders? They're scary, for real this time.

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40+ goals for Heatley
~80 points for Koivu. around 25 goals and 55 assits
Wild finish 2nd in the division behind Canucks and make the playoffs as a 6th seed.

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James Sheppard plays 10 games scores 4 goals and gets 5 assists then his knee gives out and is done for the season.

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1) Wild ll get one of the last 2 spot for playoffs and ll loose in 1st round.
2) Koivu ll get career record assists.
3) Fletcher ll trade for a vet. offensive d-man before the deadline. (If not sign smo. before season starts.)
4) Yeo ll get some praises about his first NHL season.
5) With energy guyz like Gillies, Powe, Clutt, Nystrom everyone ll cheer for Wild's bottom lines all around NHL.

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i wouldn't say that at all, sure maybe for the younger crowd, but if you are in business blackberry is so much better then iphone and htc for the overall usability factor, besides HTC stormed the market no reason blackberry can't come out with product offerings to do the same.
They are losing market share and staff left and right. Their stock was at $150 three years ago, when Balsillie was rich. Now it trades for $28. I just don't see them reversing these trends, especially with lame me-too products like the PlayBook or any of the "iPhone killers" they've trotted out there.

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• An opposing player is going to swing a stick like a baseball bat at Cal Clutterbuck in frustration.

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Latendresse will be healthy and in shape

We'll have atleast 1 PPG player and 2 +30 goalscorers

Zidlicky with 40+ points, being the offensive leader on the backend

At least one player nomination (Selke, Vezina, etc.)

Wild make the playoffs easily

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Wild will win at least 5 games in shootouts.

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Mikko Koivu scores at over ppg rate and wins the Selke.

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Wild will win at least 5 games in shootouts.
That's the boldest prediction yet!

Here's mine:
Heatley scores 40 goals
Koivu scores 90 points
Harding plays fantastic and splits time with Backstrom
Setoguchi and Latendresse both hit 30 goals
Scandella earns his place on the #1 pairing with Schultz
Koivu will finally earn his Selke nomination
Wild take second in the division to Vancouver and take a #5 seed in the playoffs.

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-Matt Kassian fights Manny Pacquiao and wins.

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The Wild take a long time to gel as a team, with a the new line combinations. They start the season 4-13-2-1 in the first 20 games. Masses of bandwagon Wild fans jump off cliffs like lemmings, while calling for Yeo, Fletcher and even Russo to be fired.

Bouchard, the only bright spot early in the season (20/ 8-14 = 22 points) is elbowed in the head by Jeff Carter on November 15th. PMB misses rest of season.

Mid-December, the team starts to click, led by Clutterbuck who scores more as he allows Powe to the hitting.

Backstrom shows his age, and is eventually replaced by Harding as the starter.

Near Christmas, Heater, Seto & Koivu hit their grove and finish strong for the season. Each finishing with 65-70 points led by Heater's 31 goals.

Gui plays his way onto the 3rd line finishing the year with 15 goals.


Stoner/Schultz/Zidlickey & Cullen all join PMB by missing at least 20 games with injuries.

Wellman leads the Aeros in scoring with 32 goals.


The Wild play well in the spring of 2012, but finish with 92 points, make the 8th playoff spot barely, then are ousted in 5 games by Nashville.



Uneducated Wild fans revolt, never noticing that youngsters Spurgeon, Scandella, Gilles, & Prosser made huge strides and are showing they belong in the NHL.



oh yeah Matt Cooke is beaten to a pulp as retaliation for another cheap hit, and has to retire. Penguins immediately trade for Alex Burrows from the Casucks.


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Nope he only manages to last three rounds, but his teammates are still shocked by that.

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Pretty sure the boldest prediction here is Nashville winning the West.

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Pretty sure the boldest prediction here is Nashville winning the West.
Glad someone else caught that. Hell, Dampland's first three predictions are just par for the course.

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Heatley nets 37
Seto nets 26
Lats nets 22
Bouchard gets another concussion midway through season and is out rest of the year
Koivu, armed with decent linemates (finally), becomes a point a game guy and beyond getting 86 pts
Zidlicky plays 70 games
Someone finally gets tired of Clutterbuck and pulls a Bertuzzi on him although not quite as severe
Harding plays 30 games due to Backstom's minor injury and because he's (Harding) playing very well
Wild make playoffs as 7th seed
Wild happen to play San Jose in 1st rd and ultimately fall 4 games to 1 with Havlat and Burns combining for 11 pts in the series

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Harding scores a goal.

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