Lighthouse Lookout – February 4th, 2014


Oct 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! We’re glad you’re back. The Minnesota Wild take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in their second to last game before the Olympic break. We’ll have more on that later. On to the links.

Latest From Gone Puck Wild:

Jared Spurgeon Return Possible Versus Tampa Bay Lightning – With two games to go until the Olympic break, Spurgeon’s return couldn’t have come at a better time.

Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise Named NHL’s “First Star” – Minnesota’s top line left wing scored three goals and eight points in three games last week.

#VanekWatch: Team Austria’s Captain Declines “Lucrative” Offer by Isles – It’s looking more and more likely that veteran scoring winger Thomas Vanek will test the waters of free agency.

Minnesota Wild News Around the Web:

Should the Minnesota Wild Split Up Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu? – In a word–yes.

Minnesota Wild getting wary about Koivu’s Olympics participation – It’s every hockey player’s dream representing their country on the game’s greatest stage, but is it really worth it for the injured Wild captain?

Latest Central Division News via Fansided:

Nyquist Chosen Over Hornqvist for Olympics – Nashville Predators forward Hornqvist was passed over as an injury replacement by Team Sweden for Detroit’s Nyquist.

About Last Night: Weekend Edition – It’s been a busy sports weekend in Colorado.

Mark Scheifele Emerging As True Calder Trophy Candidate – The Winnipeg Jets have been a different team as of late, and that doesn’t come without improved play of some of the team’s players.

General NHL News:

Canucks acquire Diaz from Canadiens for Weise – In the National Hockey League, players are, as Obi-Wan Kenobi might say, “always on the move”.

And that’s a wrap for the morning links, folks. Scott will have your game preview up a little later today. See you then.