Kapla

13 Feb 19
JT’s Hockey Corner

On a night dominated by the buzz around this weekends Super Bowl. A lone piece of paper was faxed from Minnesota to New Jersey. Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton made a very quiet trade with the New Jersey Devils. Ray Shero, GM of New Jersey agreed to send over Michael Kapla, 24 (9/19/1994). Kapla was […]

12 Feb 19
Mijmeringen

Er werd aangebeld, klokslag 11 uur. Ik opende de deur met de intercom en zwaaide mijn deur open. Mijn blik naar buiten ving de koude en registreerde tegelijkertijd de goot met de bruine bladeren, de vuilniszakken die nog niet door zoonlief naar beneden waren gebracht en de dode geraniums die tot half januari uitbundig in […]

09 Feb 19
The Sports Daily

It is a felony to yell ‘fire’ in a movie theater, but its bizarre to see how fellow Wild fans react to the word ‘firesale.’  A lethargic effort on Thursday did nothing but fan the flames of a potential Wild firesale as Head Coach Bruce Boudreau could barely muster anything positive to say about the […]

09 Feb 19
Life with Little Ones

The New Year is in full swing! January in our house is the month of birthdays. Reuben turned 5 and we celebrated with a Superhero themed party! Followed quickly by Dave’s birthday and for this we celebrated with breakfast out (Dave and I that was!) Lots of people continue to ask me how Home Schooling […]

08 Feb 19
The Sports Daily

There is a certain point when you get sick and tired of addressing the same problems whether its at work or in life in general.  I think the Minnesota Wild are getting closer to this point, especially after their 5-4 overtime loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.  Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau was fairly short with […]

06 Feb 19
Sports Radio Service

Photo credit: @sjbarracuda By Marko Ukalovic SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Barracuda had not seen the Iowa Wild since 2016 and they didn’t care for what they saw on Tuesday evening at SAP Center. Iowa scored three unanswered goals to highlight a 4-2 victory over San Jose. The loss snapped San Jose’s four-game […]

04 Feb 19
Twin Cities
The Wild entered Monday in the same playoff purgatory they’ve become accustomed to this season, among the Western Conference’s top eight teams but just barely. There is time to fix that, they insist. “We’re in a good position,” forward Marcus Foligno said. “We’ve got 30 games left.” Maybe. There are 30 games left for the Wild, starting with a 6 p.m. puck drop Tuesday in Buffalo, but only 11 before the Feb. 25 trade deadline for teams looking to add players for postseason play. General manager Paul Fenton has been actively tweaking the roster he inherited from predecessor Chuck Fletcher in May, but he’s not yet convinced he should throw the entire weight of his office behind this team. “We continue to talk about that,” Fenton said Monday. “I certainly think we’re a good enough to team to make the playoffs; hopefully we continue to play that way so that we’re adding and not subtracting.” The Wild were guaranteed to start Tuesday in at least the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, but it’s a tenuous hold. While they were within two points of third place in the Central Division, they were within five of 13th in a 15-team conference. Paul Fenton smiles as Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold, not seen, introduces hime as the team’s new general mangager during a news conference in St. Paul on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Fenton, 58, will step in as the third general manager in franchise history, taking over for longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher, with whom Leipold cut ties last month. Fenton has served as the assistant general manager with the Nashville Predators since 2006. (Dane Mizutani / Pioneer Press)Since Jan. 16, Fenton has made six moves featuring a combined 12 players, most notably trading longtime Wild left wing Nino Niederreiter to Carolina for center Victor Rask. On Monday, the Wild assigned a couple of longtime NHL players to their American Hockey League team in Iowa after passing them through waivers. “I think there’s a message being sent from management that we need to start performing better,” said veteran wing Matt Hendricks of Blaine. That certainly seemed to be the case when Niederreiter, a first-round draft pick who had played 500 games for the Wild, was traded. At the time, Fenton said he was looking for a right-handed shot and liked Rask’s potential to rebound in Minnesota. But he also told reporters, “When we make a change like this … it gives (players) an alert that if they want to be here, they’re going to have to play and play the way we want them to play and be successful.” On Monday, the GM insisted he’s not speaking to his team through personnel moves. “I’m not sending a message,” he said. “I’m trying to make this team better.” Players hear what they want to hear. “Paul is engaged and doing his part to make sure he’s getting this team as ready as he feels it needs to be, and into a position it needs to be in,” wing Jason Zucker said. “Then at that point, it’s just up to the players to play hockey.” On that front, the Wild have been wildly inconsistent, registering impressive victories against league leaders such as Winnipeg, Toronto and Columbus over the past month while losing to also-rans like Philadelphia and Anaheim, the latter of which ended a 12-game losing streak Jan. 17 at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild also have not won more than three consecutive games since October, and returned from their mid-winter break last week to earn just one of four available points in losses at Dallas and against Chicago. “It is frustrating, for sure,” Hendricks said. “There’s a kind sense of getting everyone on board every night. We seem to have 10, 12 guys on board each game, and five or six not on board. And it’s not always the same players, but we’re having everyone gel and come together. “When we do have those nights, it’s obviously positive in the standings; we usually play a good game and come out successful.” The few weeks before the trade deadline are always stressful for players, especially good ones with expiring contracts who could help a contender such as center Eric Staal, whom the Wild would need to make a legitimate run. Asked if he believes management is all-in this season, longtime captain Mikko Koivu said, “Of course. We’re in the playoffs, so I don’t think that’s a fair question to ask.” [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] “I think we’re in a good spot and, for the most part, have been playing good for the last, I don’t know, 10 games,” Koivu added. “We’ve been beating all the good teams — on the road, even — and doing it at home. So, like I said, I don’t think that’s a fair question at this point.” Fenton said he believes the team is giving its all – “For the most part,” he said, “I think they show up every single night looking to win” – and that roughly four months into his first season as GM, he knows what he has on his hands. “I had an outsider’s look before and that hasn’t changed much,” Fenton said. “I’m looking to see how we can improve. Every move I make is to improve our team.” It’s up to the players to prove that adding pieces will be worth it, and they probably don’t have 30 games to do it. WILD MONTH > Wild general manager Paul Fenton has been busily tweaking a roster he believes can make their seventh consecutive playoff appearance, adding and subtracting a combined 12 players since mid-January: Jan. 16 – Wild send minor-leaguer Justin Kloos to Anaheim for NHL left wing Pontus Aberg. Jan. 17 – Wild trade longtime left wing Nino Niederreiter to Carolina for center Victor Rask. Jan. 21 – Wild acquire defenseman Brad Hunt and a sixth-round pick from Vegas for a fifth-round pick. Jan. 25 — Wild claim defenseman Anthony Bitetto off waivers from Nashville. Jan. 30 – Wild swap minor league defensemen, sending Ryan Murphy to New Jersey for Michael Kapla. Feb. 3-4 – Wild waive veteran defenseman Nate Prosser and forward J.T. Brown, then assign them to AHL Iowa and recall forwards Luke Kunin and Kyle Rau.
04 Feb 19
Duncan Forbes - P5

Our lunch club visit was a great success on Thursday with laughter echoing in the church hall! We had great fun introducing the lunch club members to our Kapla blocks and told them all about STEM and what we have been learning with Mr Allmond. They cannot wait to have us back to visit again […]

04 Feb 19
ProHockeyTalk

The 2019 NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

01 Feb 19
Twin Cities
DALLAS — Eric Fehr still remembers the hit from a few weeks back, which is a good thing considering it rammed his head into the top of the boards. A couple of minutes into a contest against the Montreal Canadiens, Fehr played a puck in the neutral zone and was promptly crushed by Kenny Agostino. That sent Fehr crashing headfirst into the dasher and left him bloody as he exited the ice. Agostino gets a game misconduct for this hit on Fehr. pic.twitter.com/ca4uidZg3d — Giles Ferrell (@gilesferrell) January 8, 2019 “I didn’t see the guy coming until literally the last second,” Fehr said. “I kind of let up and was off balance for a bit. I wish I would have seen him a little earlier. It wasn’t really something I was expecting at that point.” While the hit was gruesome in real time, perhaps the most frustrating part for Fehr in hindsight is the fact that he nearly came away from the play unscathed. “I tried to grab the dasher with my hands and I missed,” he said. “That was the unfortunate part because after that I ate it, and if I could have just grabbed the dasher I think things would have gone a lot better. That’s what was going through my head — just how close it was to being a nothing play. Just didn’t quite work out that way.” Instead, Fehr, 33, missed nine games. The Wild finished 5-4-0 without him and were excited to get him back for Friday’s road game against the Dallas Stars, the team’s first game since a victory at Colorado on Jan. 23. “It’s always tough,” Fehr said. “You want to be out there battling with your teammates. That’s the beauty about hockey players; everybody wants to be on the ice contributing. You don’t want to be a bystander. It’s definitely tough. I was happy we had the break. I was able to really heal up and should be full systems go.” With Fehr serving as one of their steadier penalty killers, the Wild missed some of the little things he brings. “You certainly notice the need for a right-handed center to take face-offs when he’s out,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He’s a good player. He’s blocking shots and doing the right things before he got hurt and doing really good at penalty killing. “I don’t want to make it sound like (Joel) Eriksson Ek didn’t play good. That line played really good when they were out. That said, Eric Fehr is a good fit for this team.” His return comes at a particularly good time: The Wild are about to start a stretch with 14 games over the next 26 days. Minnesota entered Friday third in the Central Division and sixth in the Western Conference playoff chance, but only a few points away from falling out of the top eight. The trade deadline is Feb. 25. “I don’t want to say do-or-die for us,” Fehr said. “It’s just a time to make a move in the standings and really establish what kind of team we are. I think the guys inside the room realize what’s at stake here this last month. We are going to try to play and make sure we make the decisions easy for everybody.” DEFENSIVE ROTATION In the past 10 days, general manager Paul Fenton has added three blue liners: Brad Hand, Anthony Bitetto and, most recently, Michael Kapla. As of right now, Hand and Bitetto are on the NHL roster, meaning the Wild are currently carrying eight blue liners. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] “It’s a day-to-day thing,” Boudreau said. “I don’t want to sit there and say, ‘This guy’s going to play in two weeks, this guy’s going to do that.’ We have to play every game to win. It’s coming down that stretch. After these 14 games, we’ll have a pretty good idea what we have to do for the last 18 games.” HENDRICKS HITS MILESTONE As Matt Hendricks prepped for Friday’s contest, it was clear that this particular night meant a little more. Understandably so considering it marked the 600th game of his NHL career. A longtime grinder, Hendricks’ has 54 goals and 61 assists in NHL 11 seasons. Not bad for a kid from Blaine.
31 Jan 19

So yesterday the news broke that Ryan Murphy was getting sent to the Devils in a one for one trade for defensemen Michael Kapla. Defense is clearly not the Wild’s most glaring issue. I know we have a clusterfuck of righty d-men down in Iowa, but we need goals and Fenton has now traded Niedereiter […]

31 Jan 19
Zone Coverage

It’s a peculiar thing, the fact that a vast majority of humans are incredibly more proficient at everyday tasks with one side of their body. Being able to do everyday, essential things, but being limited to 50 percent of your body to do those things, in a non-ridiculous manner, makes you wonder how we got […]

30 Jan 19
Twin Cities
Truth or tease? Contenders or pretenders? Buyers or sellers? The Minnesota Wild are nothing if not an enigma, shape-shifting from one confounding homestand and productive road trip to the next — earning hard points against quality teams while leaving easy ones on the table against also-rans. One week they are among the NHL’s best teams, the next they play down to their competition and tumble out of the Western Conference top eight. Streaky enough to win 10 out of 12 games before promptly losing 13 of 19. They can play brilliantly on the road and mail it in at home. They are stingy in their own zone. They can hog the puck, create Grade-A scoring chances and keep opposing goaltenders spinning like a top, but struggle to finish around the net. The Wild rank 24th in the NHL in scoring and ninth in goals-against. Their penalty killing is staunch, third-best in the league. Their power play is above average but unreliable for stretches. Resilience and league-wide parity have kept Minnesota afloat through 50 games. The Wild (26-21-3) emerge from the all-star break and their annual bye with 55 points, having won three straight and four out of five. Coach Bruce Boudreau has them sitting tenuously in third place in the Central Division, but only three points clear of wild-card hunters Dallas, Colorado and Vancouver. True to form, keeping fans on pins and needles since 2013. All-star goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been wildly inconsistent, yet his 20 victories are among the top five in the NHL. Over his past four games, he has posted a sterling 2.57 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. Winger Zach Parise is having a huge rebound season after battling a debilitating back injury the past two years. He leads the team with 20 goals among 44 points while never cheating on a shift. Veteran Eric Staal slumped badly at the midpoint but rebounded with several key goals before the break. Defensively, the Wild have thrived despite the loss of Matt Dumba, who is nowhere near returning from surgery to repair a torn right pectoralis muscle. He led NHL defensemen with 12 goals when he was injured Dec. 15. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon are as rock solid as ever, and Jonas Brodin has upped his defensive game. Those are the facts. Here is the nuance. After patiently watching his new team bobble during the first half of the season, rookie general manager Paul Fenton this month made three trades in one week, acquiring Pontus Aberg, Victor Rask and Brad Hunt. Jettisoning long-time winger Nino Niederreiter to Carolina for Rask during a stretch in which the Wild played horrific in losses to rebuilding Detroit, downtrodden Philadelphia and free-falling Anaheim put the dressing room on notice that Fenton is not going to sit still on the continuous roller coaster. With the Feb. 25 trade deadline looming, the Wild control their destiny to a point. Staying within the postseason bubble will make it politically difficult for Fenton to carve off more pieces for prospects and draft picks. Will he try to improve a team destined for another difficult first-round challenge or rebuild for the future? Executing player-for-player trades can be difficult when squeezed by prohibitive contracts and the salary cap. Suter, Parise and captain Mikko Koivu have expensive contracts with no-trade clauses that make it nearly impossible to move them. But there are plenty of players whose value might entice other contending teams to make a deadline deal and plug various roster holes. Depending how the Wild fare over the next month, there could be more tweaks or momentum for a Fenton teardown. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] They are nothing if not intriguing. Here are the Wild players who could be in play as Fenton works the phones and trade talks intensify throughout the league over the next four weeks: C Eric Staal — An impending unrestricted free agent with a Stanley Cup pedigree, the 34-year-old would be an ideal rental for a team looking to fortify down the middle. He has been streaky this season but is a proven two-way player with a penchant for scoring big goals. C Eric Fehr — Another expiring contract, another valuable center and another Stanley Cup champion. This 33-year-old faceoff and penalty-killing specialist could be nice fit for a team with a specific need. RW Mikael Granlund — Will become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, so Fenton will have to decide whether to sign the enigmatic playmaker to a lucrative contract extension or potentially cut bait sooner rather than later. He is a supremely skilled facilitator whose 41 points are second on the team. But the diminutive winger also disappears for long stretches. LW Jason Zucker — The speedy winger is underachieving with just 25 points after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract — a hefty deal for any potential suitor to absorb. But his trade window is narrow with a limited no-trade clause that reportedly takes effect July 1. C/RW Charlie Coyle — The subject of trade whispers for years, this peripatetic power forward has been surging since Christmas. He has been productive and a force around the net. His value has never been higher. Will the rumors finally become fact? Wild, Devils swap defensemen The Wild and Devils swapped minor league defenseman, with the Wild acquiring Michael Kapla and sending Ryan Murphy to New Jersey. Kapla, 24, scored 16 points in 45 games with the Binghamton Devils of the AHL this season. He’s a native of Eau Claire, Wis., who has played in five NHL games. Murphy, 25, is in his seventh NHL season and second with the Wild. He’s played two games for the Wild this season. His best season was 2013-14 with Carolina when he scored 12 points in 48 games.  
30 Jan 19
Duncan Forbes - P5

We are heading back up to the Barn Church Lunch Club tomorrow afternoon and are very excited to see our friends again! We are going to be showing off our technology skills and knowledge with the KAPLA blocks and playing some table top games. Miss Shepherd and Mrs Bauld will be looking for excellent social […]

25 Jan 19
Travel Buzz

“The first snow is like the first love.” . . . . You get the same feeling in your heart when you see snow falling, which you got when you realized that you are in love for the very first time. It feels like an intense hit of joy, overwhelmingly happy emotions, butterflies dancing in […]

23 Jan 19
siwala nang sinukuan

  ing milabas — patria bondoc david (tsokolating lagu-lagu) (anyang ginauk me ing pusu ku) O mal kung liguran, pusu kung kapisi, nung noka man ngeni, magsaya ka bili, e ra ka kelinguan, keni manatili, king pisumpanan ta, e ku tinabili. Masaklap ya mu pin, ing kekang peranas, atna king kabayat, alang kasing kaplas, karening […]