The Minnesota Timberwolves have a history with injuries and it is rearing its ugly face once again. Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, and Nikola Pekovic got injured just as the team appeared to be breaking through the .500 glass ceiling.
When the NHL realigned during the offseason, they eliminated a division and changed who was going to play who in the playoffs. The Wild, currently the sixth-best team in the Western Conference, could end up being a Wild Card.
In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz for Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Burke is playing well and Muhammad isn’t playing at all, but he may become a star in time.
Late in Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo placed Zach Parise with Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund. Where does this leave Mikko Koivu? Can he help Nino Niederreiter?
Jason Kubel, Jason Bartlett, and Matt Guerrier were all brought back to Minneapolis on minor league deals with the Twins. All three had success in Minnesota, but are in their 30s now. Will a reunion with their old team help them restore their careers?
There is a large age gap on the Minnesota Wild, which came as a result of Craig Leipold’s signing of Parise and Suter and Chuck Fletcher’s effort to get young talent on a team that had not traditionally drafted well.
Ricky Rubio must bulk up and work on his jump shot during the offseason in order to help his passing game. He should not be considered a draft bust like Jonny Flynn or Wesley Johnson, or a misfit like Derrick Williams.
The Minnesota Wild will face the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, and Calgary Flames on a trip that could decide head coach Mike Yeo’s fate. He needs to offer guidance, not give his team the silent treatment, if they slip up early on.
The Wolves have done so poorly with the draft that it no longer serves to help them. The poor situation they have put themselves in may scare away teams that think that tanking will solve all their problems.
Dany Heatley and Jason Zucker, two players on the borderline between the NHL and the minors, broke out when Charlie Coyle joined their line, which was a result of Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu getting injured.
Yeo has a history of starting strong and then failing to finish the job down the stretch. Two years ago Minnesota was the hottest team in the league during the first half and missed the playoffs and last year the team went from a potential division winner
Love called out teammates J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham for sulking on the bench during a timeout and should have taken it a step further, asking the bench to score and the team to lock down late in the game, but he needs to improve his defense as well.
Darcy Kuemper, 23, stopped 39 shots against the 2012 Champion Los Angeles Kings and snuffed them in a shootout after struggling against the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the season. He may have turned a corner in the STAPLES Center Tuesday night.
Without a strong defensive foundation, the Wolves have to put up big numbers on every opponent they play. This means they have to come out firing against teams that are both good and bad instead of playing down to the competition against weaker opponents.
In a year when Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are being courted by tanking teams, the Wolves should know better than to join the fray. They need to win now with what they’ve got.
Backstrom went down before the Chicago Blackhawks series in last year’s playoffs and Darcy Kuemper put forth a valiant effort, but ultimately looked overwhelmed. He or Johan Gustafsson is going to have to step it up big time in Backstrom’s absence.
Love has expressed his dissatisfaction with the Timberwolves organization in the past, but with David Khan out and Flip Saunders in, the team is in better hands and has the personnel necessary to win a championship in the near future.
In order to alleviate the pressure placed on Trevor Plouffe, a 2004 first-rounder, and Miguel Sano, a blue-chip prospect, Mauer could move to third part-time and allow Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello to play first base as well.
With his quickness, physicality, and nose for the net, Zucker looks like a promising player. However, the emergence of Justin Fontaine coupled with the departure of last year' linemates may leave Zucker on the outside looking in this season.
Everyone on this team, from the starters to the last guy on the bench, has something unique to offer and he will have to execute his role well night-in and night-out for this team to make the postseason for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era.
Twins fans appear to have turned on Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee, two first round picks, and have not been pleased with Pedro Florimon's hitting, but it would be unwise for Minnesota to give up on them so soon.
The Baltimore Orioles had 14 losing seasons in Camden Yards and the fortune of the Pittsburgh Pirates did not change when the Steel City built PNC Park. The Twins do not want to follow in their footsteps.
Grand Theft Auto has always pushed the limits, whether it is how the game is played or what actually takes place in it, and is always looking to make a breakthrough. What about bringing GTA to the Paris of the Midwest?
Backstrom signed a three-year, $10.25 million contract to stay in St. Paul, but was injured last season due to overuse and the Wild need to sign a goaltender that can split starts with him this season.
Deduno's fastball tails either left or right--the problem is nobody, including him, knows where it is going to go. When he tries to control it, it leaves the strike zone. When he just lets it fly, it is really hard to hit.
Kyle Gibson was on track to join the Twins shortly after his three-year stint at the University of Missouri, but he has been derailed by injury and has yet to be called up despite putting up promising numbers this year.