Wild forward Matt Cooke has earned a reputation as a dirty player. (Check out our post about his five nastiest hits here.) But when he signed with the Minnesota Wild last summer, the 35-year-old Cooke said he had turned a new leaf. We profiled the "new Cooke" in an October feature story.Cooke manage ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show. On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is ve ... More >>
The Minnesota Wild helped make Jamie Jenn's birthday very special.Jenn thought she was taking part in a run of the mill intermission contest last night when, out of nowhere, the scoreboard's video feed was interrupted by her husband, Crystal native Specialist Nick Jenn, who's currently on leave from ... More >>
OHHHHH YEAHHHHH pic.twitter.com/15ve2DMMbk-- Paul Lambert (@MeatSauce1) December 12, 2013 We know they didn't mean it like that, but still... check out the unfortunate headline the Strib used in today's paper for their article about Wild player Mikko Koivu and his brother Saku, both of whom are cand ... More >>
Matt Cooke sprints towards the offensive zone and pushes his opponent against the boards. After forcing the puck free with his stick, he sneaks unnoticed in front of the goal. All eyes are on his teammate Kyle Brodziak, who fires low. Cooke quickly angles his right skate and deflects the tiny rocket ... More >>
The Wild left wing has been called the dirtiest player in hockey, but he intends to prove the haters wrong
In November, Wild goalie Josh Harding went public with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. He vowed to continue his NHL career, but the odds looked to be against him sticking around for long -- only one other player saw game action in the pros following an MS diagnosis, and Jordan Sigalet's one-game N ... More >>
About two months ago, Wild goalie Josh Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable (but treatable) disease that affects the brain and spinal cord -- in particular, the protective covering around nerve cells. He went public with his illness this week.Symptoms include vision probl ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Strangers at the Twins game: A blind don't-call-it-a-date in their own tweets-- Twins payroll: Why in Gardy's name is it being slashed?Don't let this season's on-field product fool you -- the past dozen years have been very good for the Minnesota Twins.According to a new study by Busines ... More >>
When Minnesota Wild management did their best Miami Heat impersonation and signed free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts last week, the franchise immediately became relevant for the first time in nearly a decade.After years of neglecting them, we here at C ... More >>
Derek Boogaard, the former Wild player whose death made him a poster boy for anti-enforcer sentiment, received more than 100 prescriptions for various pills from NHL team doctors in the years before his death. That's perhaps the most alarming finding in a New York Times report out today that gives ... More >>
The results are in from tests on Derek Boogaard's brain.After former Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment this past spring, many wondered if a season-ending concussion had anything to do with his untimely death. A toxicology report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ... More >>
Ricky Rubio: Caution, savior at work.Ricky Rubio has arrived in Minnesota with all the fanfare of a rock star, and now has the not-so-enviable task of trying to help the Minnesota Timberwolves earn the respect of their fans rather than ridicule.So in honor of Rubio's arrival, let's look back at f ... More >>
Erin Carlyle's cover story on Joe Gustafson is nominated for Story of the Year.The Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists honor the best in journalism from across Minnesota, and we're proud to say that we've been nominated for 23 awards in this year's contest. The 23 no ... More >>
RIP Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard, the popular Wild enforcer who had signed with the New York Rangers, was found dead in his apartment Friday at the age of 28.Boogaard was found unresponsive by his brothers Ryan and Aaron at around 6 p.m. in his condo at 415 1st Street North in Minneapolis. It cou ... More >>
Wild head coach Todd Richards is out.The Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Todd Richards, the team's general manager, Chuck Fletcher, has just announced. The move takes place "immediately." The news comes after just two seasons for the 44-year-old Richards, who took the job after after th ... More >>
YouTubeFletcher explains his decision.After two poor seasons, head coach of the Minnesota Wild Todd Richards was ousted from his job this morning. Now, Chuck Fletcher, the team's general manager, is explaining why he made his decision.
"The Good Neighbor" has a bad week.Can you still be a "Good Neighbor" if everyone's moved away? Yesterday, we learned that WCCO-AM failed in its bid to snag Gov. Mark Dayton for a regular weekly radio show. Today, the University of Minnesota announced it was pulling the plug on all its long- ... More >>
Screengrab via TMZThe Stanley Cup buckles upAh yes. The Stanley Cup, Holy Grail of the NHL. Just to see it, too maybe even touch it, is every rink rat's dream. Too bad none of them were loitering around the gas station in Roseau the other day when the Blackhawks' Dustin Byfuglien stopped by t ... More >>
At AT&T Center, Inspectors found 18 pounds of expired hot dogs.Do sports concessionaires get distracted by big plays and slack on food safety? ESPN recently looked into stadium eats--from the health inspector's perspective and published highlights from the 2009 reports for MLB, NBA, NHL and N ... More >>
Screen grab via ESPN The MagazineThe Twins fancy new ballpark gets some ESPN loveWe know the food's great. We know it's growing a soul. It's a hit with wildlife. And now we know that the Twins' fancy new Target Field is the best stadium in the country -- not just for baseball, or football, or ... More >>
Nick VlcekWe won't have the Boogeyman to kick around opponents anymoreThe Boogeyman is leaving the building.Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the New York Rangers at $1.65 million a year, leaving all Minnesotans feeling just a little more vulnerable.Boogaard ... More >>
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How far away are we from running naked through the streets and flipping cars? A look at our sporting chances to stand atop an athletic zenith.
Click on the picture of Yutaka Fukufuji to see why this is one of the more popular photos on Yahoo! this morning. Fukufuji played with Japan's national ice hockey team three times and was chosen 238th overall yesterday by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft. In other hockey news, the Strib is rep ... More >>
Lots of layoffs. Cheap leases. Empty offices. Welcome to downtown St. Paul.
Trashing motels and crashing wheelchairs with the White Iron Band
You too could be mayor of St. Paul! Just answer a dozen of the most preposterous, frivolous, and insultingly direct questions you could ever hope to encounter in your whole squirming political life.
Arts funding and the cost of free money
The Minnesota Wild hockey hoo-ha is a high-stakes political power game featuring a lineup of heavy hitters--and you can't tell the players without this City Pages program.