It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
STUFF IN SOCHI
With four Wild players skating in the Olympics, we, of course, want to keep you up to date on the Wild happenings in Sochi.
First off, be sure to check out our Olympic page which we’ll update daily throughout the tournament with individual stats and team records. Also be sure to check out the other features on the page including updated daily news — including Five Questions with Zach Parise — a photo gallery, tweets from Nino Niederreiter, and the Tournament schedule.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press is one of many media members who made the trip to Sochi. Last week he had a bevy of previews on each team the Wild are representing — Nino with Team Switzerland, Mikael Granlund with Team Finland and Zach Parise and Ryan Suter with Team USA. This week, he looked into one of Team USA’s initial line combinations, an all Minnesota line of Zach Parise, T.J. Oshie and David Backes. It’s definitely trio the State of Hockey can get behind.
THE KING IN THE NORTH
Alright, he may not be a king — he’s definitely no Robb Stark (SPOILER ALERT: may he rest in peace) — but Keith Ballard’s hockey roots go deep into the State of Hockey as he grew up in Baudette, Minnesota.
Wild.com Managing Editor Mike Doyle takes us to Baudette, in the northern reaches of Minnesota and explores Ballard’s childhood playing hockey. It’s a great read well-worth your time, and it’s a great way to get to know one of the Wild players just a little bit better.
FROM FINLAND TO GOLDEN GOPHER
Keith Ballard wasn’t the only former Golden Gopher to get highlighted in the press last week. The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo looked into Erik Haula’s story and how he made his way from Finland to Minnesota.
Russo also spoke with Haula’s dad who provides some pretty great quotes that you won’t want to miss.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
Apparently, this week is all about our Minnesota connections.
Last week, Wild fans got a peek inside the life of one of their favorites: Zach Parise. The left-winger, and Captain America, was the subject of the latest installment of “Becoming Wild.” He took us to Lake Minnetonka where he spends his summers.
AT THE BREAK
With about three weeks off, between the Olympic break and a few days game-free when play resumes, both Russo and Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press took advantage of the timing to look at the Wild’s big picture.
From how the team is doing overall to where they sit in the playoff race and potential needs going forward, both Russo and Graff break it all down.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
With Wild hockey on hiatus, we’ve had some fun on Wild.com (ok, I’ve had some fun).
After an epic photobomb from Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine during the Sochi Send-Off on Feb. 6, we decided the picture made for a good blog post and some extra Wild content during the break. If you haven’t seen the masterpiece that is “Brodzy and Fonzy Tour America” please check it out now.
DEALING WITH THE PAST
Everyone has terrors in their past, but none may be as heart wrenching as Jonthan Blum’s.
The Iowa Wild defensemen — who has played a few games with the Minnesota Wild this season — shared his story of heartbreaking loss and how he’s still dealing with his grief with the Des Moines register this week. Be sure to check it out.