For the Minnesota Wild, today was a day for damage control.
Try to act surprised, OK?
“We’re obviously on the same page,” defenseman Ryan Suter told the Star Tribune. “It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said.”
In case you missed it, what Suter said was that he shouldn’t be playing with a left-shot defenseman like Jonas Brodin.
“I don’t know what [the coaches are] thinking,” said Suter.
But in addition to that — and this was the really eye-opening stuff — Suter effectively questioned how head head coach Mike Yeo was reacting…
…to the latest bit of adversity the Wild were facing.
“Now’s when you need leadership more than ever,” said Suter. “It’s easy to be a coach and a leader when things are going good.”
The Star Tribune has more on what everyone was saying today, so be sure to click on the story.
Yeo, predictably, downplayed Suter’s remarks, chalking them up to a “guy that when you ask him to do something, he might tell you his opinions, but nobody will go out there and do it better than him.”
The Wild take on the Blackhawks tonight at United Center (on NBCSN).
Oh, and Suter will, indeed, skate with Brodin against the defending champs. Those two have only been together a bit this season, but they were a frequent pairing last season.
Expected pairings (shoots)
Ryan Suter (L) – Jonas Brodin (L)
Marco Scandella (L) – Jared Spurgeon (R)
Nate Prosser (R) – Matt Dumba (R)
P.S. — This is why the Wild were hoping for better things from young Dumba.