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R.S.S. Feed: Sept. 15, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild

R.S.S Feed: Sept. 15, 2009

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1:45 p.m.
Breaking news into the R.S.S. Feed. Todd Richards said he expects to start Anton Khudobin in net tonight, and he'll probably play two periods. His goal is to get 2009 draft pick Matt Hackett one period. Richards also told the media assembled at Xcel Energy Center that tonight, the following three players will wear the "A" for alternate captains: Kyle Brodziak, Shane Hnidy and Greg Zanon. No big surprise, as those are his three most experienced players tonight.

Richards was very pleased with his practice group today. He pointed out Owen Nolan in particular, saying his intensity set the tone for the rest of the squad.

Aaron Sickman and the team should be taking off shortly.

12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday

Greetings from Xcel Energy Center, after a long morning skate. The players scheduled to see action in St. Louis tonight went on the ice just after 10:30 and many stayed for nearly an hour. With so many young and/or new players not accustomed to Todd Richards' system, the Wild Head Coach spent some extra time going over a gameplan for tonight.

Now, the rest of the players in camp are on the ice for a full practice, with Richards. Everyone else is grabbing some lunch, and they'll all meet at the Wild's charter hangar at about 1:30 with media relations guru Aaron Sickman. There's a bus from the players' hotel as well, since many players in camp don't have cars. The team is leaving a bit earlier than we normally would, but with the runway closure at MSP, we need to allow ourselves some extra time. The runway closure, which happens to be the runway we usually use, is through late October. I can't wait for that to be over because A)it will help us out timewise and B)I can't wait for the rerouted planes to stop buzzing my apartment at ridiculous hours.

Interesting note about today's travel party - more team staff (24) than players (21). That's most of the Wild's front office - coaches, scouts, the Houston Aeros coaches and staff.

Also included in the travel party are Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid, who will bring you all the preseason action on WCCO Radio 830.

No word on tonight's starting goaltender, since Richards hasn't yet spoken with the media. Anton Khudobin and 2009 draft pick Matt Hackett will travel.

The RSS Feed has received many e-mails in recent days, and I thank you for that. I haven't been able to get them all in the blog, but I've answered them all personally. So keep them coming.

I do want to include one today:

Q: Dude, really, drop the "Tiny” when referring to Tyler Johnson, he may be small in stature, but he plays HUGE.  Here in Spokane, we call him “The Amazing Tyler Johnson”

Thanks for the great updates.

--Sheila from Spokane Valley, Wash.

A: Thanks for writing Sheila. I believe you are the first person to e-mail the RSS Feed from Washington. But I'm sure you're not the only one reading.

From what I have seen from Tyler, he is indeed amazing. Right now he is directly in front of me, listening to Todd Richards describe a drill. Tyler's on the ice with most of the Wild players right now, that will serve him well!

Also, thanks to longtime readers Lindsey and Carole for their excellent feedback.

One final note - Petr Sykora, invited to training camp yesterday on a pro tryout, is scheduled to arrive late today. He will take a physical and could be on the ice as soon as tomorrow.

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