I'd have to disagree Talon. Konopka brought something that the Wild have never been great at. Winning a faceoff. Not bad for a 4th line tough guy. I like him for that. I don't like tough guys but if he can win faceoffs.
The Wild are great at faceoffs this season - top 5 in the league in fact... and that's with Konopka in the pressbox more often than not.
Point of fact, every center on this team is very good int he faceoff ciricle, so Konopka doesn't even help there.
Faceoffs are kind of meaningless when nobody can handle a puck.
I like Rupp more than Powe. Didn't think I would. Rupp can play hockey better, even though he is slower. He's just more effective on the ice.
Honestly I would break up Parise and Koivu at this point. Just mix something up.
Yeo will never stop that party, especially when the 2nd line seems to be the only one clicking almost the whole 60 mins.
This is what I'm expecting to see as well. Granlund will play center, though. It's become rather obvious that they want him to play center right from the start. Whether that's actually the best way to go is left to be seen.
I love Konopka and he's a fine 4th line C, but he really needs to stop taking dumb penalties. Last night a clean hit pissed him off so badly that he took an instigator penalty. Just no, no and no. The PK's good, but penalties like that are so unnecessary.