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Arizona captain voices frustration about Wild deal in between-periods interview

 

While the Wild celebrated the addition of forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White, their former Arizona teammates were struggling to understand why management would ship away one of its veteran players.

Arizona captain Shane Doan used an in-game interview Sunday to express his disappointment with the trade that sent Hanzal and White to Minnesota for three future draft picks and a minor leaguer.

Fox Sports broadcaster Todd Walsh prompted Doan’s response by referencing Hanzal’s emotional goodbye before Sunday’s game in Arizona.

Doan responded, “It’s really hard. Obviously [Hanzal] was a huge part of our team and someone you get to play with for 10 years, you appreciate and you understand how valuable and how you can’t really replace him.

“The fact that we just continue to seem to go … I don’t know. It’s hard to understand, exactly. I mean, you understand people’s hands are tied.

“You just don’t get it.”

Doan, the team’s 40-year-old forward that has spent his entire career in Arizona, has in the past criticized some of the Coyotes trades. In 2015, he voiced his disappointment when defenseman Keith Yandle was traded.

“It was not my idea, not my ideal situation,” he told reporters then. “There’s no one that’s 38 years old that thinks it’s a good idea, ‘Let’s rebuild.’ ”

The Coyotes are at the bottom of the NHL Western Conference standings in second-to-last, while the Wild are in first place. The addition of Hanzal and White help the Wild add depth as they prepare for a deep run in the postseason. 

Hanzal, a former 2005 first-round draft pick, spent 10 seasons with the Coyotes.

Watch Doan's full interview and if you want to learn more about the captain, read about his recent experience teaching Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald how to skate:

First baseball at U.S. Bank Stadium: 6 a.m. start, positive reviews



The first pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium left the mound just after 6 a.m. and almost an hour before sunrise Friday morning. Yet, more than 100 fans arrived early for the first-ever baseball game at the billion-dollar stadium.

The Twin Cities’ newest baseball diamond didn’t give up much offense in its debut. Iowa Central won the first game of a doubleheader 1-0 and Century College of White Bear Lake won the second game 3-0 in extra innings.

The teams paid for five hours on the field and used the final 75 minutes to scrimmage against one another without umpires. 

The players offered positive reviews about the indoor field and its almost 100 percent turf surface. Some players voiced concerns about the way ground balls bounce and how the turf effects sliding. The only dirt on the field is a small patch on the pitcher’s mound. The batter’s and catcher’s box are dirt-colored turf and the infield, including the area surrounding the bases, are green turf.

The first game briefly paused in late innings while the stadium lights were adjusted after the sun had risen. Some of the high fly balls and pop ups caused trouble for outfielders and infielders. The ping of metal bats and the pop of pitches hitting the catcher’s mitt were all amplified by the loud echo the stadium creates.

“It was great to be out here playing baseball. Just a beautiful facility in here. Can’t ask for anything better,” said Mike Schiller, Century’s freshman catcher. “[The field] was phenomenal. It’s hard to get used to bounces. ... It seems like the ball flies pretty well in here, so I have a feeling it’s a good balanced ballpark.”

Schiller drove in the go-ahead run for the Ducks in their extra-innings victory.

The Gophers play their first game at the stadium Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Seattle University. Immediately after that game ends, Minot State and Crookston will play the stadium’s fourth game of the day. It is scheduled for a 10 p.m. start.   

Watch and hear the sights and sounds from the first baseball game at U.S. Bank Stadium in the above player or here

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