Michael Russo and Anthony LaPanta talk Minnesota Wild and the rest of the NHL
Russo's playing hurt
Russo and LaPanta discuss how to replace Soucy/Suter, talk Kaprizov, Jack Eichel, a possible Foligno Bros. union, free agency, and Russo's pending surgery.
Digesting Parise-Suter news
Why the Wild bought out Parise, Suter, the expansion and cap repercussions, where will they sign, and who do the Wild sign.
One LaPanta falls in a pond
Panther and Russo discuss expansion scenarios, buyouts, trades, the Tampa Bay Lightning's latest Cup championship, and how to get into the sports biz.
-recorded 7/13/2021, Update on its way
Russo and LaPanta break down Joel Eriksson Ek's new 8-year deal, the Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala negotiations, expansion, and the Cup Final.
Lou Nanne invites Russo to his gorgeous cabin on Balsam Lake for storytime, what it was like GMing back in the day, Dino Ciccarelli, plus they talk Stanley Cup Final and #mnwild offseason (i.e. how'd he handle Kaprizov talks).
Ode to TK
Russo and LaPanta pay tribute to late Tom Kurvers and talk #mnwild offseason, Kaprizov negotiations, center trades, and Stanley Cup playoffs.
Big Russo fan too, we’re lucky to have him as your best writer
LaPanta is Good Russo Is Not
As huge Wild fan I can’t consume enough content about the team. I always question why I listen to Russo so much though. On the shows he’s too negative and often just talks about the same topics every week. He’s also just too into name dropping...we get it you’re around a lot of people in hockey. I want to hear insight into how they are playing not just how much you hate Victor Rask for the 50th time. Also I find that he only reads questions from a few select listeners.
Anthony on the other hand is great. He offers a solid point of view and often speaks more from a hockey mindset.
I say if you’re a fan of the Wild listen to the show, but just realize you might need to fast forward a bit.
Great podcast that will annoy you at in some ways
Big Russo fan, he has great insight and his hockey knowledge is almost unparalleled among beat writers. His life antics are funny as well.
LaPanta has been an awesome addition to the show. Major upgrade from Souhan and far more inside hockey perspective.
Covid specific gripes:
My knock right now is that 75% of every episode has been covid related and I don’t think the disdain for the NHL’s handling of covid is fair. There’s a lot of complaining about NHL handling of covid vs. nfl. One problem: they’re literally incomparable. Starting with the simple fact the nfl has ONE GAME per week not to mention far larger rosters/flexibility, I really just think it’s nonsense to compare.