Lots of bumps and bruises; Fletcher signs Uwe Krupp’s kid, showing no allegiance to the Florida Panthers

Posted on September 18th, 2009 – 1:38 PM
By Michael Russo

Live from the Xcel Energy Center press box, where I sit here watching flat panel TV’s being raised into the press box.

Those will come into handy for when I don’t get to watch any third periods this season due to writing my file-at-the-gun gamers :)

The Wild also just announced it’s signed defenseman Bjorn Krupp to an entry-level deal. Krupp, 18, in on a tryout, will play this season for OHL Belleville. Apparently Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn’t remember 13 years ago Bjorn Krupp’s father, Uwe, breaking the collective heart of Florida Panthers fans everywhere with a triple-overtime Stanley Cup-clinching goal past the Beezer, John Vanbiesbrouck. Fletcher was only assistant GM of that team!

My philisophy has always been if you can’t beat the dad, take it out on the kid. Fletcher’s is to give the son a pocket full of money.

(I’m kidding, of course). 

I’ll be back in a little bit with a meatier blog after I transcribe, but lots and lots of soreness with players early in camp. Lots of groins and hip flexors stemming from a bunch of intense practices. Craig Weller said he’ll be fine, but he missed practice today after pulling something yesterday. Tough camp for him so far.

I trust you heard Kyle Okposo sustained a concussion last night on the hit with Dion Phaneuf. Could have been a lot worse. Probably only person that will get in trouble is Pascal Morency. As I mentioned on the blog last night, he did a giant no-no. Jumping on the ice from the bench to start a fight. That’s usually a bigtime suspension.

I can tell you Brent Burns was downright giddy to play tonight. He was hyper by even Brent Burns standards. You should have seen him sprint up the stairs by me with his camouflage Army backpack. First game since March 5. I reminded him he better talk to the media after the game and he cracked, “Not if I’m a minus.”

More in a bit after I transcribe some tape.

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