For Brodziak, day couldn't get much better

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2012 - 11:56 AM

The Wild center's three-year contract extension worth $8.49 million was announced soon after a 2-0 victory over Boston. Brodziak could have become a free agent July 1.

hide

Wild center Kyle Brodziak's three-year contract extension worth $8.49 million was announced soon after a 2-0 victory over Boston.

Photo: Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Kyle Brodziak was all smiles Sunday, and it wasn't only because "we beat the Stanley Cup champs."

The Wild center's three-year contract extension worth $8.49 million was announced soon after a 2-0 victory over Boston. Brodziak could have become a free agent July 1.

"My goal as a player is to keep getting better every year," said Brodziak, 27. "There's definite belief in this organization. I want to be part of building it into a winning team. The culture is changing around here, and I just want to be part of the future and helping to turn this around into a winning club."

Brodziak, the first player Chuck Fletcher traded for as general manager in 2009 (Edmonton), has scored 40 goals and 98 points in 221 games with the Wild. He's missed only two games because of the flu.

His value goes beyond the scoresheet. He's evolved into a leader, takes big draws, logs large minutes, is a key penalty-kill cog, is versatile enough to go from the third line to the first and is as blue-collar as they get.

"I'm trying to work on consistency," Brodziak said. "Just playing a strong, solid game every night. That's something that is growing and I can continue to grow on. I don't expect to score every night, but if I'm playing strong defensively, strong at faceoffs, strong on the penalty kill, aggressive on the forecheck and being strong on the puck, that's when good things happen for me."

One-game suspension

Warren Peters was suspended for Sunday's game after cross-checking the side of St. Louis center David Backes' head Saturday. Peters lost $2,905 of salary.

"My actions probably warranted a game's suspension," Peters said. "I know I'm responsible for my stick. At the end of the day, I hit a kid in the head with my stick. There's no room for that."

Back in good graces?

It turned out all Marek Zidlicky needed to break out of coach Mike Yeo's doghouse was terrible execution from the defensemen Saturday in St. Louis.

"That's what he's here for," Yeo said in explaining why he played Zidlicky against the Bruins after scratching him the two previous games. The benching came after Zidlicky's agent said his client would waive his no-trade clause to go to New Jersey.

Zidlicky had a tough start to Sunday's game but got better as the game moved along.

"There's been a lot of talk, there's been a lot of things written, but the ultimate measure of if a guy wants to be a part of it is how he goes out and plays," Yeo said. "I thought he made a pretty bold statement."

Koivu still out

Captain Mikko Koivu missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. "We'll just keep calling him day-to-day," Yeo said. Koivu watched Sunday's game from the press box.

With Peters suspended, the Wild called up Chad Rau, who scored the winning goal. Defenseman Mike Lundin (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.

Lundin can become a free agent July 1 and is potential trade bait by the Feb. 27 deadline.

The fight went on and on

Matt Kassian's fight with Shawn Thornton in the third lasted 1 minute, 25 seconds -- the longest, he said, of his career.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 7 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Houston 85 FINAL
Miami 90
Indiana 89 FINAL
Minnesota 107
Utah 105 FINAL
Oklahoma City 91
Portland 93 FINAL
Denver 75
Phoenix 114 FINAL
LA Lakers 108
LA Clippers 107 FINAL
Golden State 125
San Jose 3 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Rangers 4 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 3
Toronto 5 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Detroit 1 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 2
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Nashville 4
Carolina 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 3
Philadelphia 0 FINAL
Chicago 4
Vancouver 3 FINAL
Dallas 6
Florida 4 FINAL(OT)
Colorado 3
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL(OT)
Calgary 1
Arkansas State 40 FINAL
Louisiana 55
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is your favorite Wild player?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close