Matt and Judd's Hockey Adventure

1500 ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad are hockey junkies. Judd's roots go back to his days as a die-hard Minnesota North Stars fan. Matthew spent years covering the Buffalo Sabres while also writing for Hockey Prospectus and ESPN Insider. Together, they chat all things Minnesota Wild and NHL.


Mikko is here to stay, but can the Wild contend? (ep. 16)

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad analyze the Wild's decision to sign...Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad analyze the Wild's decision to sign Mikko Koivu to a contract extension. Was it a good idea to sign a 34-year-old through 2020? What does this say about the Wild's win-now mentality? Can they be as good as last season or will they slide back in the pack?   Show More


Past Episodes

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad analyze the Wild's decision not to trade Marco Scandella at the NHL Draft. Is the waiting game the right way to go or could the Wild end up with worse offers now that the draft has passed? Also, which free agent centers should Minnesota be interested in?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad break down the Wild's trade with the Sabres that sent Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville to Buffalo. Did the Wild get good value back in the deal? In hindsight was Pominville's contract regrettable for Chuck Fletcher? Where will Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis fit in? And where do we see the Wild lining up in the Central Division?
Matthew Coller, Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey dig into the Wild's decision to trade away two players to Vegas to keep the Golden Knights from drafting Matt Dumba. What does Dumba's ceiling look like compared to Alex Tuch? What's next for the Wild? Can they create cap room by making another trade?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad dig into the Minnesota's Wild's decision not to protect Matt Dumba and how that might affect their future on defense. Will they somehow pull off a deal with Vegas to keep Dumba? Or will Vegas select the 22-year-old blueliner and leave Minnesota without one of its best offensive-minded defensemen? Also, should Vegas draft to be competitive next year?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad take time to rant about the NHL's terrible review system and how the league consistently lets down fans by failing to highlight stars. And then they get into the nitty-gritty of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins. Can the Preds make it a series? What's happened to Pekka Rinne? Is this Sidney Crosby's greatest accomplishment yet?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad go through Judd's expansion draft list for the Minnesota Wild. There are many possible options for the Wild to protect players, including making trades or even buying out players. Why is Matt Dumba a must-keep for the Wild? Also, Judd fears the possibility of a Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup Final. And, is Phil Housley a viable candidate for a head coaching job?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss how the Wild would have matched up against any of the remaining playoff teams and who they expect to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. A discussion about Nashville's excellence turns into frustration over the league's lack of exposure for the talented and exciting P.K. Subban. This year's playoffs have been great, but it's more and more obvious that the league doesn't know how to highlight its best players.
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss what went wrong for the Wild in their series loss to the St. Louis Blues and talk about their future. Should the Wild make big changes this offseason? Will they be competitive again next season?
Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad look at how the Wild ended up down 3-0 to the St. Louis Blues. How do we assign blame? Are the Blues only winning because Jake Allen has shut them down? Is there anything Bruce Boudreau should have done differently? Assuming the Wild don't come back, how should they approach the future? Make major changes or hope for better luck next year?

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