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The R.S.S. Feed: March 19, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT


Things didn't go exactly as planned this afternoon for the team's flight to Newark. There was a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving at the Newark International Airport due to a cold front moving through the East Coast. We were scheduled to depart at 1:30 p.m. out of MSP and, by 2:30, we still hadn't received confirmation when we would be given a slot to land. So we decided to look for an alternate airport to fly.

We made the decision to fly into White Plains, N.Y., and, once the flight plan and paperwork were confirmed, we took off shortly after 4 p.m. and landed at 7:15 local time. We are currently on an hour long bus ride to our hotel in Newark. While in the air, our flight crew found out Newark was eventually closed this afternoon, so it was a good thing we changed our plans when we did. Fortunately, traffic isn't that bad as a result of our arrival time. Hopefully tomorrow night goes a little smoother. -- Aaron Sickman

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. CDT


March 19 PONDcast
Wild Radio's Kevin Falness catches up with, among others before the team took off for New Jersey, Marian Gaborik, who is aiming for a return to action soon.
The biggest news out of the Wild’s practice at Parade Ice Garden isn’t about tomorrow’s game in New Jersey, but rather Sunday’s home game against Edmonton. Marian Gaborik said he would participate in tomorrow’s morning skate, but is aiming for Sunday’s game as his first in the lineup since before Christmas. Gaborik had hip surgery just after New Year’s, and, today, skated on a line with Dan Fritsche and Peter Olvecky.

Minnesota is down to its final 12 games of the 2008-09 regular season, a span that has been kind to the Wild over the past two seasons. In the 24 games combined that have closed out the 2006-07 (9-2-1) and 2008-09 (7-2-3) seasons, the Wild is 16-4-4.

In other news from practice, here are the other forward lines.

Nolan-Koivu-Miettinen
Bouchard-Sheppard-Brunette
Clutterbuck-Belanger-Veilleux
Weller-Gillies-Boogaard

The team was on the ice for an hour, including lot of skating at the end, which is unusual for a day before a game. However, most of the players had yesterday off, and the Wild won’t practice in a road city like usual.

Kurtis Foster is in charge of the Wild’s March Madness pool. Wild.com’s Jamie MacDonald was around this morning to get some players’ brackets to show on Wild.com over the next three weeks. One you won’t be seeing is Colton Gillies, who admittedly doesn’t know much about American college basketball. Someone told him, “just pick UConn”, and Gillies responded by writing “Y-U-K-O-N." The bracket was soon thrown in the trash can. This is the reason I like to participate in player pools about American events. I leave CFL and European soccer pools alone.

Jacques Lemaire smiled at me after talking to the media and asked, “Is the plane here?” -- a nod to the fact we’ve had some issues lately. Gladly, the plane was already on the ground. The team should take off shortly. Aaron Sickman is on this trip. I’ll join the team next week on its trip to New York, then to Western Canada. This just in from Aaron Sickman: A possible “lengthy” (a couple of hours) delay due to heavy air traffic in Newark. I have never had good luck with that airport. Godspeed, Mr. Sickman.

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