Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wild's Toughness in Question Due to Kadri's Hits. Should it Be?

Wild blogger Michael Russo raises the question: Were the Wild soft last night in their tepid response to Nazem Kadri's goonery (see above)? Here's what he had to say on the matter:

Some fans were tweeting me incessantly that the Wild are “soft.” The reality is, this is the first time all season a team came in intent on trying to push the Wild around, and the end result?

The Wild completely outplayed that team and ended up taking two points. At the end of the day, this alleged soft team has gotten points in 10 of the last 11 games and the last six. So this is not as big a deal yet as I think these fans are making it out to be.

Predictably, the fans want blood. But credit to the Wild for wanting the two points, and for getting them. Here's what head coach Mike Yeo had to say:

“Do we match up against that team's toughness? No, we don’t. If we want to start trading off, we go after Kadri, next thing you know, what are they going to go after? They’re going to go after our guys too and again we don’t match up in that toughness department against them. Now we do have a team that cares about each other very much, and we stick up for each other, trust me. You saw Brodzy (Kyle Brodziak) getting in there for Nino and you saw guys competing and battling and trying to have that team toughness. Between the whistles and the way we fought through this game and found a way to win, that’s a message too to your teammates.”

Hey, maybe one less enforcer in Minnesota's dressing room and one more skill player made the difference tonight. As long as the NHL is going to take care of business when it comes to Kadri's cheap shot on their goalie, they can eschew the eye for an eye mentality and get down to putting the biscuit in the basket.

Is there anything wrong with that?