The Wild blew a 3-0 lead after one to lose to the up-and-coming Blackhawks in pre-season action. Russo is saying that Max Noreau and especially Erik Reitz had tough games. Keith "Yoda" Carney is on a tryout with Chicago and it would be great to see him offer the same guidance and mentoring to the young studs they have on their blueline that he did in Minnesota, in particular with Burns.
Every year I find myself drawn to a couple teams in addition to the Wild. This year, the Hawks are one of those teams. They just have a great bunch of talented youth, a system that allows for creativity and up-tempo hockey and a fun attitude around them with the new ownership regime. I have a feeling I'll be watching a bunch of Hawks' games on the old Center Ice package.