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The World’s Greatest Online Magazine Presents The Half-Baked Podcast: 14. Trade Deadline 2022: A New Hope

Hey, gang. Things seemed to turn from partly cloudy to partly sunny since we last rapped with you, but the Twins struck a number of surprising, but seemingly solid moves. Recorded on the night of, this episode we discuss the acquisition of:

-Jorge López
-Tyler Mahle
-Hitting stud Sandy León
-Michael Fulmer

We also discuss other moves around the league, the plundering of the Twins 2021 draft class, and the likely end of Miguel Sanó in a Twins uniform. Enjoy, friends!

The World’s Greatest Online Magazine Presents The Half-Baked Podcast: 13. Partly Cloudy

We (well, some of us) are back!

We kept our focus on the Twins. Here are our topics!

-For discussion: Which shower beer goes best with your shower Reuben?
-The bullpen: Such as it is.
-The rotation: it's not bad!
-The lineup: Also not bad (Do the All Star managers still get to pick players?)
-Wait, are we actually a little optimistic about the Twins!?

Also, some video picks!
Orville Peck - C'mon Baby, Cry

Nation of Language - Across That Fine Line

Summer Mix 2022 Nominations

Well, friends, it's about that time again. Toss your nominations below.

1. The theme is "Summer". You're free to interpret that as you'd like.
2. Put your nominations in a Spoiler box.
3. You may nominate up to 3 songs. Any further nominations will be ignored.
4. Unless we get an insane amount of nominations for some reason, everyone's first choice is automatically in. The rest of the mix will be filled out with the other nominations.

WGOM Summer Mix 2015
WGOM Summer Mix 2016
WGOM Summer Mix 2017
WGOM Summer Mix 2018
WGOM Summer Mix 2019
WGOM Summer Mix 2020
WGOM Summer Mix 2021

Back in the saddle

After being in the hospital ("big-house") from January 3rd thru most of March - most of it in the ICU and all of it on my back in a bed, I did 20 days in a re-hab hospital (the "hotel"), and now have been home for about a month.  Still a lot of healing in my wounds.

I can walk now (without a walker), averaging 1.5mi and don't get winded.  Also, on Sunday, I swam for the first time this year (2 laps), and on Tuesday 4 laps.  Honestly, I cried after the first half lap I was so happy.  My arms are weak (like a little girl), but they do the job and my SWOLF (google Garmin for this) is only 10 points above where I was before IT happened.

So Nation, how are you keeping active/healthy?

At The Movies: It’s The Little Things

What is/are some of your favorite little moments in a show or movie? What quiet and subtle but brilliant thing hits you just the right way that you smile a little bit thinking about it. I'll start:

Last Season Breaking Bad Spoiler SelectShow

The World’s Greatest Online Magazine Presents The Half-Baked Podcast: 12. Keep On The Sunny Side (Part II)

Sorry it took awhile to get this out, gang. Some of the info is a little stale, but be sure it was hard hitting and insanely on point at the time.
Anyway, to complete the 12th(!) chapter of our humble little podcasf, we take a look at the Wild's season and a look ahead at their postseason.

Also, it's been awhile, so we go over some recent videos:
(Go ahead and give a vote if you haven't already)

Cherry Glazerr – Time to Get Away

Snail Mail – Glory

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution

Le Tigre – TKO

Enjoy! We hope to have a reason to come back to you soon.

The World’s Greatest Online Magazine Presents The Half-Baked Podcast: 12. Keep On The Sunny Side (Part I)

Hey, gang, it's been awhile since we rapped at you. Spring is soon approaching and things are... looking cautiously optimistic for Minnesota sports teams?

A lot has happened in a short time. In this (half) episode, we delve deep into the storied history of 2022. First we take a quick look at the CBA agreement and then go through a second by second recap of that fateful mid-March weekend (as well as the other recent signings).

We'll have Part II out before long (featuring a look at the Wild), but we wanted to get this out before the hot stove overtakes our takes. Enjoy!

W(once in a while) Wild Whangdoodle – Trade Deadline

They've gone and done something haven't they?

Wild had a whole bunch of deals this week, and I think they pretty much all point to what Bill Guerin thinks the team needs to contend.

  • Nico Sturm for Tyson Jost

Well, so much for the Whangdoodle-crush on Nico Sturm.  Sturm was the kind of player that was easy to like, direct and fast and a very no-frills kind of game. The kind of player that has value on the fourth line, and scores just enough for you to wonder if maybe he could be good enough for second line minutes?  But no, he isn't.  And the Wild weren't going to resign him after this year when they have Dewar and Duhaime that play almost exactly this role. Getting something for Sturm before he walks is good business.

Sturm was third among Wild forwards in time-on-ice shorthanded this season, where he was slightly below replacement level according to Evolving Hockey's GAR model. This is a theme we'll come back to.

Tyson Jost is pretty similar to Sturm except he's got a longer track record and he's under contract through the next season.  Comparing their GAR defensive numbers over the past four years drives home that this trade was switching out players in the same role more or less.

PlayerMinutesEven Strength dGARSH MinutesShorthanded dGAR
Sturm 2018-2021638+3.165+1.9
Sturm 2021-2022627-0.990-0.4
Jost 2018-20212527+3.7128+0.2
Jost 2021-2022780-0.2112-3.5
  • 2023 3rd round pick for Nicolas Deslauriers

I mean, OK? Deslauriers isn't a great player as far as creating offense, but he's been a consistently adequate defensive forward who is willing to punch people when called upon. In the last four seasons he has contributed -0.4 defGAR and a -5.3 offGAR.

He's seen some penalty kill time on the Ducks this year, and been an adequate defender there.

  • Kaapo Kahkonen and a 5th round pick for Jacob Middleton

Minnesota had a surplus goalie (more on that in a minute) and Kahkonen was going to need a new contract after this season. I'm not a believer that Kahkonen was ever going to be a starting caliber goalie, but he has shown that he could fill in capably sometimes, and has actually outperformed Talbot this year in limited chances. Still, I think it's understandable that the Wild decided to move on from Kahkonen and look elsewhere for backup help next season.

Jacob Middleton is in his first year of consistent playing time and has acquitted himself pretty well. He has solid defensive numbers and the underlying numbers on offense look respectable (although the results so far haven't matched the analytics). He'll be an RFA next year, and should probably be a cheaper option than Goligoski if the Wild need to fill more spaces on the blue line.

I probably like Middleton the best of any of the skaters that the Wild acquired this week. Once again, he has played the penalty kill consistently, and has good numbers and results there.

  • Jack McBain for a 2022 second round pick (from Vancouver)

Vancouver should pick somewhere in the middle of the second round, and McBain said he wouldn't sign in Minnesota, so this is a good get for the front office.  I don't think that McBain is going to be a star in the NHL, but could become a third/fourth line player and contribute.

  • 2022 Conditional 1st-round pick for Marc-Andre Fleury (50% salary retained by Chicago)

Here's the big one. Fleury hasn't had a great year and even if you adjust for the defense in front of him, it doesn't look anything like his truly spectacular season last year.  Still, if the goal is to take a swing at a deep playoff run this year (which seems pretty reasonable for the Wild) then you absolutely add Fleury if you can get him.

How Talbot and Fleury share time is a question.  Whether Fleury can improve to anything close to what he did last year in Minnesota's system is a question.

What's not a question is whether Guerin is pushing in on success this year.  Adding Fleury is as much a signal as anything else.  This is a year where Minnesota is going for it.  Coming into the final 20 or so games of the season the team has been consistently good on the offensive side of the puck.

There have been a couple of swoons in their defense at 5 on 5, that you can see on the graph below that charts the team's even strength expected goals for and against.

But more recently, two problems have become obvious.

1. Penalty Killing

Woof, that got ugly right around game 30 and really hasn't gotten any better since then (the median penalty GA/60 in the NHL is 7.45).

2. Goaltending

The league median save percentage at 5 on 5 is .919, a number the Wild tandem hasn't topped in a five-game sample in the last month and a half.

And so Bill Guerin set out to address these two issues.  Deslauriers, Middleton, Jost all have some experience as penalty killers. (Jost's numbers this year are a little suspect, but has a better track record).  League-average goaltending doesn't seem like an unreasonable expectation from Fleury going forward. It will be pretty easy to assess these moves at the end of the year and see if they had the intended effect, because the intended effect is so clear.

Credit where it's due to the Wild front office, they identified the problem and tried to address it, now there's 20 games to see whether it worked.

World’s Greatest Caucus – 2022

Sunday May 29, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Pike & Pint
Alexandria, MN

Here’s a post that everyone can respond to in order to keep all responses in one place and accessible.

zooomx.2’s offer:

I am going to close to the public on Sunday (29th) and Monday that weekend. The Twins play at 1pm on Sunday. I would be willing to open up at noon for the caucus. My thoughts would be to have one of my cooks put together a little lunch buffet for the group. I would have a bartender on staff. Food is on me, cocktails would be cash bar. Bring the kids. If its nice weather we will hang out on the patio. If it's inclement weather, me hang out in the bar with the 6 TV's. I can break out the cribbage boards and some cornhole boards.