Yeah. We’re all ready for the season to start. Lots of profiles, speculation about the new season. Who’s the best at this, at that, at nothing at all… I’m ready for the season to start. I’m ready to start streaming KHL games just to get some live hockey in my life. Who else is playing? How long until the local Mini-Mite league season starts up? I’ll watch anything. Anything at all. I even considered watching Goon.
Don’t tell me it’s actually good and that I should see it. I’ve heard that. Lots of movies are good. It’s no replacement for actually watching hockey. If I was looking for a good movie I’d watch F For Fake again.
Ok. Moving on. Here’s your laborious Labor Day installment of Lemaire You Know.
Minnesota Wild News
Madison Magazine profiles Ryan Suter and talks about the new ECHL team that he’s a co-owner of, the Madison Capitols.
Tony Wiseau at Hockey Wilderness has a bold prediction: Mikael Granlund will score 25 goals and 51 assists. That’s pretty specific. Though far bolder than my prediction that Granlund will score 60 points.
Five Minnesota Wild storylines to follow in September. It’s September right now. Seriously. Check your watch.
Why Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason is awesome.
Iowa Wild radio broadcaster Joe O’Donnell interviews defenseman Corbin Baldwin.
In case you missed some posts here at GPW this week:
Despite the fact that he hasn’t yet signed a contract with the Wild, we saw Darcy Kuemper’s new helmet.
The Iowa Wild revealed their 2014-15 schedule.
Wild prospect Reid Duke is returning to Lethbridge, where he played last season.
Around the League
Could the Dallas Stars acquire Johnny Boychuk because of Boston’s cap troubles? Could the Wild?
Great post at Predlines about what would have happened in Nashville if Ryan Suter stayed. It sounds like a really nice alternate history. Sorry it turned out the way it did.
The five best defensive lineups entering the 2014-15 season. (Hint: You’ll notice I didn’t list this in the Wild section…)
The five best offensive lineups entering the 2014-15 season. (Hint: Yeah. There’s an honorable mention here…)
Should Nashville give Ryan Johansen an offer sheet? The gap between him and the Blue Jackets is rumored to be $7M over two years. Big gap to close when camp’s almost here. He’s a star in the making. Might be worth the high salary and loss of draft picks he’d cost for another team to swoop in and take him. (Though, that’s a really steep price on what would likely have to be a bridge contract.) Pro Hockey Talk weighed in on what the team’s options are if they don’t re-sign Johansen.
A huge list of players who could be in line for a comeback this season.
Outside the NHL
Former Iowa Wild defenseman Kyle Medvec has signed a contract to play in Austria.
Wild prospect Nick Seeler, who left the University of Nebraska-Omaha this summer, may play for the U of M Golden Gophers next season
Are Russian players unfairly criticized?
The U.S. U22 Women’s team swept Canada in their series.
Four Minnesotans will play in the USA Hockey All-Americans Prospect Game in Buffalo.
This is back from July, but I missed this conversation entirely. Minnesota might get a Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) team. That would be fantastic. The CWHL season opens on October 18.
The Turf Club got a facelift.
Prince has some new music.
Maybe while you listen to this you should do some Labor Day-specific reading.
Emily Wells updates her track “Take It Easy San Francisco”
A few songs from Rodrigo Amarante
Smashing Pumpkins’ “Ava Adore” remixed by Puff Daddy
This was maybe their best, most under-appreciated single, but this remix was best left in the closet.
Cleanse the palette.
Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler – “ALPS I” (excerpt)a
Also, you should go listen to absolutely everything on the new Half Japanese record. Ok. That’s it. Happy Labor Day.
Lemaire You Know, ummm… I need a snappy sign off for these. Bye.