Bill Guerin is trying to accentuate the positives with the Minnesota Wild, but the first-year general manager is also asking for more from his veteran players.
Guerin joined hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast to discuss his feelings about the Wild, who are 3-0-3 in their past six games but have lost the past two in overtime after giving up leads late in the third period.
"My expectations for that group [of veteran players] is they need to lead and in times like that they need to be better," Guerin said. "They can't be the ones that are costing us games. They're the ones that have to lead the way. They have to pick everyone up around them and show the guys how it's done."
Guerin also talked about his upcoming trip to Russia to meet with Wild forward prospect Kirril Kaprizov, a 22-year-old who is playing this season for CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League.
"I've been in close contact with his agent, Daniel Millstein, and he's indicating that everything is on track and that Kirill wants to come over and play in the National Hockey League next year," Guerin said.
Rosen and Roarke were also joined by NHL.com columnist Nicholas Cotsonika, who detailed some of what he learned in recent interviews with Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman and NHL Seattle GM Ron Francis.
Cotsonika also talked about the future of Mike Babcock and if the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs will have to change his style to land another job in the NHL. Cotsonika covered the Red Wings when Babcock was their coach from 2005-15.
Rosen and Roarke also talked about the Buffalo Sabres and the impact of the concussion sustained by defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on Monday, the New York Islanders and what they need to contend for the Stanley Cup, Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle's consecutive games played streak, and Mats Zuccarello's return to Madison Square Garden as an opponent on Monday.
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