Foster to make home season debut; Nolan has luck of the Irish; Boogey keeps us guessing; Contest Alert

Posted on March 17th, 2009 – 11:21 AM
By Michael Russo

First of all, why is everybody wearing green? You all look like Star Tribune boxes. Not a good look.

Just got back from the X. I realized when I couldn’t find my credential that I have not walked into that arena since Feb. 24 or 25.

Also, I found it humorous just now when I left the X that it was disgusting out. Cloudy, foggy. Then, I crossed to the Minneapolis side of the river, and beautiful. Sunny, clear as day. See what our higher Hennepin County taxes get us?

So, Kurtis Foster will make his season home debut tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. People were so excited, they put on their Wild green early and flocked to downtown St. Paul and were about to have a parade. 

Think coach Jacques Lemaire will throw him in the starting lineup to get the crowd roaring? Of course, that didn’t work for Keith Carney in his 1,000th game. He started, and then played about eight shifts afterward and then was scratched again in several games after.

Foster was so excited to get in, he took it out on Peter Olvecky in ping-pong.

John Scott and Craig Weller were definitely out. Colton Gillies was off early, Derek Boogaard late, but that doesn’t always mean anything with those two. Boogaard wouldn’t tell me if he was playing or not. He said, “Mike, you were off yesterday and I had to work. So you’ve got to work for this.” Zing!

Quite frankly, I’m betting Boogey doesn’t even know.

Marian Gaborik worked his you know what off in today’s skate. He said he pushed it hardest in Dallas, and was sore the next day. So he took a day off yesterday and felt much better today. He said it’s coming, but he’ll go day by day on a return. Still nothing on Brent Burns, who’s out with a concussion.

Owen Nolan, born in Belfast, Ireland, was getting asked a lot about his heritage for some reason today. He did show he has the luck of the Irish. He got his skate caught under John Scott’s stick and went crashing wildly and loudly into the boards in the corner of the Wild’s shoot-once end. He stayed down for awhile and assistant trainer Travis Green came running out.

But finally, Nolan got up smiling and said the boards were too hard in that end. Nolan smiling is a good thing. He just got the wind knocked out of him and all the players comically gave him an exaggerated slapping of their sticks on the ice.

Best wishes to radio color man Tom Reid, who’s finally going to shut it down for a few games and try to get his surgically-repaired knee healed. Reid has been gutting it out for the past several weeks, which hasn’t helped. He’s been in unbelievable pain and is finally taking a few games off. Kevin Falness will fill in.

**CONTEST ALERT**

Guess what? The Wild will announce today that its April 5 game at Detroit has been switched to NBC, meaning the game has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. CDT. 

I am offering a free, one-year’s subscription to Russo’s Rants for any commenters who correctly can say why that makes Michael Russo unbelievably happy. A hint is in bold above.

**CONTEST ALERT 2**

I am offering a free, two-year’s subscription to Russo’s Rants for any IT commenters who can explain to me why suddenly, when I turn on my laptop at home, my laptop no longer automatically finds my wireless. I have to manually click on my wireless, and then manually plug in my network key every time. Why???????????????

Lastly, I chatted with Tyler Cuma for awhile today regarding his rehab and what the heck he’s been doing in St. Paul the past five weeks. That’ll be in tomorrow’s notebook, so check that out.

Update: Avs have called up former Gopher and Plymouth native Derek Peltier. They also have Blaine’s Matt Hendricks. I mean, how many Minnesotans do you need? :)

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