Mike Greenlay


Wild prospect scrimmage starting; Burns coaching one of the teams

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Live from the X, where a number of diehards have made the long trek out to St. Paul.

Prospects are warming up currently, and I hear a surprise is about to happen.

Brent Burns, dressed in Don Cherry garb, plans to coach one of the teams. Nice honeymoon!

Cal Clutterbuck’s coaching the other team. He’s dressed as Cal Clutterbuck.

This thing needs to start. Wild personality Kevin Falness’ Jumbotron features are driving me loco. And you know he rather be golfing.

Chris Snow just called Burns and said “where are you?” He goes, “In the room. Waiting for the scrimmage.”

Snow goes, “It started!!!”

Clutterbuck just ran to the ice. He only missed 10 minutes.

No score still. Darcy Kuemper, on the white team, just absolutely stoned Tyler Cuma from point blank.

Morten Madsen just gave the white team a 1-0 lead with a short side shot past Matt Hackett.

Green tied it. Harri Ilvonen or Kris Foucault got it.

Burns, while literally reading a magazine, didn’t realize there were too many men. Anthony Hamburg scored on a penalty shot. White leads 2-1.

3-1 white. Alex Fallstrom on a breakaway. 4-1 white. Erik Haula on a breakaway.

Burns pulled Hackett for an extra attacker. I don’t think he knows there’s a whole other half.

1,650 people here.

SECOND HALF

5-1 white. Madsen again. Burns’ is getting heckled by the fans. Clutterbuck’s just laughing from the other bench.

5-2. One shift after he and Petr Kalus got into a nasty wrestling match, Gillies scores from way out.

6-2…Hamburg again — the 17-year-old taken in the seventh round.

6-3…Gillies, making his brother Burnzie proud, just scored a beauty breakaway. As Mike Greenlay said, “Gillies schooling the youngsters.” Gillies is 20.

7-3…Carson McMillan from way out.

Burns pulling Hackett down 7-3.

Fridley’s Jarom Palmer just made it 7-4.

Clutterbuck talking smack to Burnzie. Game over. 7-4 White.

Good day.

Schultz to miss tonight’s Stars game; Draft Lottery to be televised Tuesday at 7 p.m. on VERSUS (little remembered 1998 Lightning/Panthers tidbit from Russo memory bank)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Defenseman Nick Schultz will miss his third-ever game due to injury tonight when the Wild hosts the Stars. The Wild is calling it a head injury, meaning this is the third member of the Wild’s “core” to be sidelined by a concussion in recent games.

Jacques Lemaire thinks Schultz’s head hit the glass in Detroit, but I hear Schultz doesn’t know when he got it and could have had it for a few days. Apparently, he just started having trouble seeing in the middle of the Red Wings’ game. 

Brent Burns, out for the rest of the season and probably the world championships with a concussion, played with his for more than a month until one final hit sidelined him. And Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who has improved the past few days but is not ready to increase his workouts yet, practiced two straight days after getting concussed against the Islanders.

You can bet these players have discovered concussions are nothing to take lightly if it ever happens again.

Derek Boogaard took part in today’s morning skate. He won’t divulge what his injury was, but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t his back. He said it’s been a very frustrating month, starting with his five-game suspension after his Calgary hit.

Cal Clutterbuck’s ecstatic to have Boogaard back.

“I’ve been talking to the wall,” Clutterbuck quipped.

Adrian Peterson will do the Let’s Play Hockey tonight, along with friend Rocket Ismail.

Mike Greenlay, who’s got the night off because the game is on VERSUS, will do Stars’ color for Dallas radio because Daryl Reaugh is working the VERSUS booth with Joe Beninati.

Kurtis Foster and John Scott will both play on the blue line. There will only be one forward scratched. Peter Olvecky, who had a solid game in Detroit, will play. A decision will be made on Colton Gillies, whom Lemaire raved about today, and Craig Weller. Both Gillies and Weller stayed on late, but Gillies, who’s got an incredible work ethic, stays on late everyday.

So I’m guessing he’s in.

Congrats to Jim Dowd for a fine career. He officially retired today.

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