Â• One of the many reasons I believe the Minnesota Wild will enjoy a deep playoff run this spring is their chemistry. And that is on display in Wednesday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune story about Manny Fernandez's acceptance of taking a backup role as long as former No. 2 Niklas Backstrom is playing well.
"Honestly, for the good of the team, I think that's the best move ever," Fernandez said. Â“The team did so well when I was out and (Backstrom) has been tremendous. His numbers speak for themselves. He's on top of the leagueÂ…I'd be damned if I tried to screw everything up."
Now, such talk might be nothing more than lip service on Fernandez's part, but I think it shows the Wild are focused on the proper target.
Â• I'm all for improving fans' behind-the-scenes access to all things NHL. However, if Toronto Maple Leafs ownership really thinks they're providing added value by allowing fans to view reporters' post-game interviews with players in the dressing room, they're suffering from some kind of filthy-rich fever.
Some people might get their jollies watching a group of mostly white men carrying notepads and microphones saunter back and forth hoping against hope Wade Belak has a few minutes to philosophize on the game, but I don't know any of them.
Â• With the playoff race in full swing, we're officially in the Â“upper/lower/general body injuryÂ” silly season.
I think teams that engage in this kind of overblown cloak-and-dagger chicanery should take their policy about injuries to its logical extreme: as soon as a player goes down on the ice, the trainer should run out, throw a big blanket over him, and then start treating the injury.
Can't be too careful to prevent other teams from seeing what the problem is, right?