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Greetings from the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Wild is about 30 minutes into its afternoon skate before taking on the Flames tomorrow night.
While the players were getting ready, I watched some Canadian Women's Curling on TSN. It's their big national tournament. For those of you who think I'm being sarcastic, you clearly don't know of my great love for curling.
On the way here, the flight was pretty smooth. We were lucky we moved the flight up a half an hour. We'd never have made it out. You could barely see out the windows when we were taxiing, and there was a line of snowplows ready to take on the runway. I bet the airport was closed down pretty soon after we left.
Now that we're here, the team meal for tonight is arranged.
Jacques Lemaire said he hopes Owen Nolan will join the Wild on this trip but he "doubts it." Lemaire said Nolan's toe went hard and straight into the boards. However, we at the Wild have learned before not to doubt the man they call "Cowboy."
The lines from practice today are:
We had a tremendous meal on the plane today from a local barbecue joint. Sausage, ribs and chicken. Falling off the plate. I skipped breakfast, so it was a welcomed treatThursday, 12:30 p.m. CST
We're just being de-iced before heading to Calgary. We thought we'd get out before de-icing was necessary, but the snow started just before noon. Assistant coach Mike Ramsey, who does not like flying, was not too disappointed about us de-icing. Rather be safe than sorry.
It was an eventful morning, but nothing we couldn't handle. We'll have a team meal tonight at a steakhouse downtown. A good way to start off the trip.
It's about a two-and-a-half hour flight to Alberta today, and, when we get in, we'll head straight to the Saddledome to practice.
Owen Nolan did not travel with us today but could join us at any point on the trip.
We also have a small group of 50 season ticketholders who will be in Calgary and Edmonton. It's always a nice atmosphere having some fans with us. Having the sales and service team to hang out with is always a plus as well.
Talk to you later from the Saddledome.