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The Ryan Stanzel Blog: Sept. 27, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
Media Relations and Team Services Coordinator Ryan Stanzel will file a periodic blog throughout the 2008-09 season, if only to prove to his mother that her son does more than “watch sports for a living. He can be reached at

Sept. 27, 2008

11:45 a.m.

Wild fans, it’s not often I go to sleep without knowing the Wild score, but indeed I had to wait until this morning to see that the Blackhawks scored the game’s last four goals for a 4-3 victory (game recap). But I’m glad to see that Aaron Sickman described all the action for you.

I had to rest up for a full day at the rink. Practice starts at 1 p.m., and I arrived about an hour ago to make copies of stats and clips (articles) for practice today. The prospects are just wrapping up a practice with Kevin Constantine and the rest of the Aeros prospects. Kevin is out there -- just days after knee surgery that had him limping noticeably as late as yesterday morning.

Time to get to a Saturday mailbag, and I’m excited about this one.

Q: Ryan,
Thanks for all the information in your blogs. It really makes it easy for a Minnesotan like me to stay caught up on his favorite hometown hockey team, especially being stationed overseas. I haven’t seen anything more on the Gaby talk, though. Are they closer to getting a deal done or still at a standstill? I think he’s got great potential still, we just need him to produce the way most of know he can without injuring something.
Can’t wait to see the boys beat up on Buffalo on Oct. 1st when I finally get to come on leave. Take care and keep up the great work.
Ryan Thunstrom, SrA, USAF
A-10 Phase Inspection Member

A: Wow, Ryan, you have put the WORLD into World Wide Web. First and foremost, thank you for your service to our country. Second, thanks for reading the blog.

Make sure to follow the local media on the Gaborik negotiations. It’s good to see Gaby back skating on the ice. And, of course, we’ve still have two weeks until the opener.

It’s great you’ll be back at Xcel Energy Center for the game on Oct. 1, and I’m going to urge everyone who reads this blog and is at the game to make sure you sing extra loud and cheer extra long after the anthem, knowing that servicemen like Ryan (and probably others, active and retired) are at the game.

I’m not going to lie, I got goosebumps last night when this one came in, folks.

Q: Good Afternoon Ryan,
Your blog is something I definitely will be following in the future as long as Colton Gillies is a member of the Wild in the future. I am a columnist near where Colton plays in Saskatoon.  I have heard differing reports as to his status with the Wild this coming season in regards to whether he plays a full season in the NHL or plays in Saskatoon and with the World Junior squad this winter.
Today I read that Jacques Lemaire and Doug Risebrough want to make a decision sooner than later and that Lemaire knows what he wants to do with Colton but in the end it is up to Doug. Not sure what to read into that, but, as a realist, I feel 19-year-olds should always play junior hockey unless they are exceptional talents like Kane, Stamkos, Erik Johnson, Crosby etc. 
What is your feeling on the Colton Gillies situation and when do you feel they will make a decision on him for the up coming season?
Tyler from Prince Albert Daily Herald

A: Tyler – Thanks for the great note and interesting question. I can’t obviously go too much into it, but I do know that Gillies has impressed Jacques, and is a physical specimen, like James Sheppard was last season. If Gillies sticks around, he won’t be pushed around -- he proved that last night in Chicago.

1:30 p.m.

Here we are at Xcel Energy Center, watching practice. Best news of the day went to Houston Aeros trainer Jerry Meins, who gets to go home tomorrow -- just a few days late. Since the Wild decided to keep so many prospects in camp so long, Meins and equipment manager Mark Kincher, among others, extended their stay a bit late.

Next on the agenda is finding a guest for the Sid & Dave Sports Huddle tomorrow morning on WCCO Radio. I’ll line up the guest today for after practice tomorrow, and then Aaron Sickman, covering tomorrow’s pre-game skate here before flying to Buffalo, will coordinate the call-in time with producer Dave Schultz in the morning.

Also on the docket today is finding out tomorrow’s lineups for and local media.

And here we go.

Not sure of the lines for tomorrow, as we have 22 players traveling -- 20 will play.

Forwards are ...

Brunette, Belanger, Clutterbuck, Gillies, Locke, Nolan, Veilleux, Pouliot, Jesse Schultz, Hamilton, Sheppard, Weller and Boogaard.

Defensemen are ...

Nick Schultz, Skoula, Reitz, Cuma, Noreau, Bergeron and Johnsson.

Goalies are ...

Backstrom and Harding.

Some notes from the lineup: Both cousins Nick and Jesse Schultz could be in action together. Tyler Cuma, the team’s first-round pick in June, appears poised to make his preseason NHL debut. Also, for those Toronto/Buffalo-area fans who were hoping to see Corey Locke, it appears as though your wishes will be fulfilled by Jacques Lemaire.

Interesting that Jacques and Mario Tremblay were the last two guys off the ice today, doing some one-on-ones with several players. And Colton Gillies is lined up with WCCO Radio in the morning, so our work here is just about done.

I’ m going to send our roster for tomorrow to Buffalo and work on some game notes. Don’t be too excited for me! And don’t forget to keep those comments coming to
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