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03-06-2013, 08:39 AM
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So according to This site, the Wild currently have a 46.7% chance of making the playoffs. It was at ~55% before last night's game.

Meh.
is it based on current standings or what?

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is it based on current standings or what?
I think so. It was posted in the main board and seems to be fairly accurate in determining this type of stuff.

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03-06-2013, 09:32 AM
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I think so. It was posted in the main board and seems to be fairly accurate in determining this type of stuff.
it could be accurate or it could be overly simple. like "if a team is in 10th place after 40% of games have been played what are the odds they make the playoffs." a formula like that is crap and doesn't take into account there is a team with the same amount of points as us in a playoff position or that our division leader is only 3 points ahead.

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it could be accurate or it could be overly simple. like "if a team is in 10th place after 40% of games have been played what are the odds they make the playoffs." a formula like that is crap and doesn't take into account there is a team with the same amount of points as us in a playoff position or that our division leader is only 3 points ahead.
It's based on running lots of simulated seasons and seeing who ends up in what position. There's actually a lot more detailed info on the page (% chance team finishes in each place, % chance they're seeded against each opponent, etc.).

Basically the only simplifying assumptions they make are their weighting estimates of how likely a team is to win each game, which I'm guessing is a slight lean one way or the other based on record. The rest of the factors (e.g., closeness of standings, division leads, games played) are all fully considered thanks to the simulation nature of it.

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So, does anybody have stats from Seto since he took a Twitter break?

Pretty sure he had a lot of pressure before. Now he looks better.

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~50% sounds about right. I've got Wild at 10th in my projected rankings.

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For the past couple of days, Russo has been pimping Nate Schmidt (Gopher defenseman), and signaled that the Wild are among a group of teams that are considering making a push to sign him after the college season ends next month.

I love his game in the college ranks, but I'm not sure how his style of play will translate to the NHL ranks. Might be a long term project.

Assuming Haula gets the final open contract spot, is it worth opening up another to try and sign Schmidt as well? He could be a diamond in the rough...but then again, we thought Wellman and Prosser were as well.

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Wouldn't mind it if they can open the spot. They have a lot of players not worth re-signing (Cuma, Kampfer, Broda, maybe Medvec).

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I think by his shot alone he'd be able to at least be a bottom pairing d with pp time for us.

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Wouldn't mind it if they can open the spot. They have a lot of players not worth re-signing (Cuma, Kampfer, Broda, maybe Medvec).
But those players are signed through the end of the season, are they not? Schmidt will be available sometime in mid-April.

How can Fletcher create another opening between now and then, other then through a trade?

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You can't open a spot except by trade as far as I know. We do have ~ 22 contracts down in Houston.

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http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/co...do-right-thing

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It is no secret that the Nashville Predators felt wronged.

When Ryan Suter made his decision last July to accept a free agent offer from the Minnesota Wild, it scuttled the franchise’s long-term plans that were built on a foundation of him, fellow defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne.

David Poile utterly villainized Suter in the days that followed. The general manager clearly believed he had been misled and stopped just short of calling the player a bold-faced liar. Coach Barry Trotz quickly tried to downplay the importance of any one player, even one the team was so eager to keep happy that it consulted him on his preferences regarding personnel matters.

We all understand that breakups create a unique set of emotions, particularly for the one who gets left. The feelings of Poile, Trotz and everyone else in the organization were genuine albeit somewhat immature. After all, how many decisions have those two made in the name of “business” that players did not like or appreciate?

That was then. Eight months have passed.

Now it is time to do the right thing.

Minnesota comes to town Saturday for its only visit of this abbreviated season, its first with Suter as a member of its roster. The Predators need to welcome him back in the same warm, classy manner that they have others.

Some of the nicest moments of the last month and a half were the first-period video tributes to Steve Sullivan and Jordin Tootoo when they came back to town with Phoenix and Detroit, respectively. The fans’ response and the players’ reaction were heartfelt.

Anything less for Suter would be disingenuous, not to mention petty.

After all, the franchise has seized upon any opportunity to celebrate the fact that Weber has a contract that will keep him here for the remainder of his career. Conveniently overlooked is that the deal originated as an offer sheet he signed with another franchise.

To think that Weber wanted to stay any more than Suter did and, therefore, deserves unfettered admiration while Suter ought to be despised and/or ignored is to believe that the earth is flat or that the moon is made of cheese.

It is similar folly to think that Sullivan and/or Tootoo are more deserving of respect and a measure of thanks. Both were important and popular players for this team. Their respective returns were cause for celebration and gratification.

This situation is no different.

Simply put, Suter’s contributions to the Nashville Predators are undeniable. Consider just a few:

• He played more games for them than any defenseman other than Kimmo Timonen.

• He is one of only four players, regardless of position, with at least 200 all-time assists for the franchise.

• He was the centerpiece of Predators’ 2003 draft class, a significant decision given all the talent that flowed into the team and the league that year when the selection process took place here in town.

• He was the only Nashville player ever selected for the United States Olympic team — and he was standout performer when the Americans won a silver medal in 2010 at Vancouver.

• He is the franchise’s only first-round draft pick to appear in an NHL All-Star Game and one of only two Predators to register a point in that contest.

Players like Suter don’t come along all that often, which is why it is so painful when they leave. Those bitter feelings should not overwhelm a decade of positive contributions.

It is not simply the right thing to do to recognize Suter and his many accomplishments as a member of the Nashville Predators. It is the only thing to do.

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03-06-2013, 07:11 PM
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Anything less for Suter would be disingenuous, not to mention petty.

After all, the franchise has seized upon any opportunity to celebrate the fact that Weber has a contract that will keep him here for the remainder of his career. Conveniently overlooked is that the deal originated as an offer sheet he signed with another franchise.
Precisely. "But Weber just used Holmgren to negotiate his contract. He never had any intention of leaving." -chorus of Preds fans. Whatever you need to tell yourself to sleep at night.

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The rookies get put to work #coatcheck. All for great cause #mnwild Foundation and @childrensmn
http://twitter.com/mnwild/status/309477086635102208


Great cause. I remember watching videos from the last couple years.

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Mis-read that as "Serving up Beats". Coyle the DJ!

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Brodin and Granlund checking coats? Dreamy.

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27th in GF....
7th in GA.....


Edit: Sharks 29th in GF

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Edit: Sharks Patrick Marleau 29th in GF
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Time to end Bouchard's tenure with the Wild now.

Enough, if we ever thought before that this guy was a lameless floater who lived off Rolston's slapshot that has never been more so the case minus Rolston's shot. The thing is I do feel guilty saying this, because after what he has been through I understand it. Getting concussed like he has, but when Bouchard used to be good, he would score goals from right in front of the net, he used to go there yes.

Now he does nothing, he's the biggest problem on this team in many ways, not only just defensively, offensively, but in development as well. He is standing the way of Granlund and even Larsson.

This guy is no longer in our future plans, he is assured to leave and some knucklehead team wil take a chance on him. Trade him now, get any sort of minor prospect or pick for him because that is more then what we will get for him by letting him walk anyway and get him off the team, out of the way and defensively you will immediately upgrade.

Do it Fletcher, it will not be seen as selling, it will be seen as a blessing.

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Was always championing him as the first casualty to the prospects coming up. I respect his puck handling skills and he does have a semi decent shot when he actually does it. But if you told me it was either him or Zucker...well you know the answer to that one.

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I dont think they will sign him again to much risk soft mellon. Maybe we can get a pick at the deadline for him.

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value as rental. that's about it.
i'm a big bouchard fan, but whether through misuse or rust or poor fit or whatever he hasn't been playing his best game.

edit: lol i just read the OP now and it was hilarious. 8/10

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I thought we had a thread on free agency this off season, but I looked back a few pages and could not find it. I could be blind. Anyway, hockey's future did a list of NCAA guys who could garner interest this season, here are some interesting ones IMO:

Greg Carey, LW, St. Lawrence University - Sounds like a fast shooter a la Zucker. Wild should take a look, although it looks like he wants to sign with Toronto.

Eriah Hayes, RW, Mankato - Power forward RW from here in Minnesota that has attended Chicago's camp the last two seasons. A big body winger could be very useful to the Wild, but it doesn't sound like they've talked to him much.

Antoine Laganiere, RW, Yale - Another power forward RW. Quebec native. Vancouver, Pittsburgh, and Edmonton are listed as being interested.

Drew LeBlanc, C, St. Cloud - Wild are interested. Yay?

Ryan Walters, Rosemount native playing for UNO, and Eric Hartzell of White Bear playing for Quinnipac, are listed as well.

Their honorable mentions include Nate Schmidt and JVR's younger brother, among others.

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