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07-29-2005, 05:51 PM
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Matt Johnson bought out

The Minnesota Wild dumped tough guy Matt Johnson (was due $874,000 a season over the next two years)

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The Minnesota Wild dumped tough guy Matt Johnson (was due $874,000 a season over the next two years)
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BOOGEYMAN!!!!??!! Does this mean he's for sure in? Or will we sign another enforcer?

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Definitley a good move. They'll bring in another goon to fill his roster spot though.

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Wanvigs job now? skilled enforcer? less fierce but more upside, with the new NHL it wouldnt surprise me. maybe Foy would beat wanvig out but unless they bring in someone else i would bet it would be one of those two

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Wanvig an enforcer ...

Sorry but I see him at best a middle weight kind of like uh...well...I have no idea.

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Wanvig an enforcer ...

Sorry but I see him at best a middle weight kind of like uh...well...I have no idea.
i think the enforcer role will change from the old sense of the matt johnson's of the world to big guys with offensive upside who are still willing to fight and protect there players but arent really goons, if that makes any sense. wanvig certainly isnt an enforcer in the typical sense of the word but i think with the new rules and attitude in the nhl he can be a new breed of enforcer and finally have a niche he can excel in.

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Wanvig I don't think fights that much. Hell I think Reitz fought more than he did. Have to look at my notes and such.

Wanvig might not even make the team...

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I dont understand this move at all. The Wild will not spend enough money towards the cap where this move will "free up space". They still have to pay him 2/3 or that money and they bring in a player at a minimum 450,000 contract they are actaully paying more money for a player. I dont see the logic here.

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Johnson didn't want to be an enforcer anymore. Sounds like it's something he didn't really want to do for the past few seasons at all. He says he'd consider another team, but it sounds to me like he's going to probably retire and concentrate on his business ventures. To me this reads a lot like the team doing a favor to a guy who did just what they asked of him for the past few years despite his desire not to.

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replaced by Nazarov:
http://www.wild.com/team/010/902/

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I have NEVER seen a team so obsessed with enforcers...

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The team did do more with Johnson than many teams do with their enforcers. I think (and thought so before the following article) that they hope to do the same or more with Nazarov.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1330/5537990.html

But yeah, with guys like Lemaire, Risebrough, Tremblay, and Ramsey calling the shots, I don't think you'll ever see this team go without a couple of guys who can toss 'em. Frankly, I'm surprised we've not seen a more physical lineup.

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Cant we get an enforcer type player at the defense position and have forwards with offensive skill? darrion hatcher could have been our big physical prescense plus had a great defenseman and a solid leader, but we opt for a guy who is banned in europe instead

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