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Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 2:16 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks built up quite a relationship this offseason. They made a couple of trades, big ones too. In separate deals the Wild acquired both Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from the Sharks while giving up Martin Havlat and Brent Burns.

Tuesday was the first time that the former Wild players had the chance to go back to Minnesota for a game, a chance to show the fine folks of St. Paul how the trades have worked out for both sides. Only problem was Setoguchi wasn't playing for the Wild, and not because of injury but instead he was a healthy scratch.

Why would the struggling Wild willingly put Setoguchi in the press box for a night, particularly against his former team? Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Star Tribune has an idea:

On a night when the Wild was already without second-liners Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse, Yeo made the gutsy decision to scratch Devin Setoguchi for what he called a violation of a team rule. Multiple sources tell me Setoguchi missed a team meeting this morning the night after going out with a bunch of his Shark buds.

Cavorting with the enemy before the game and missing the team meeting (presumably) as a result? I think most would agree that's grounds for something.

Personally, though, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. Any time you hear players who are retiring or who recently retired, what do they always talk about missing? Not the game itself, but the guys they played with, being on a team. Of course a lot of these guys develop great friendships, they spend so much time together and pour their hearts into a common goal.

Maybe I'm not old school enough (or is it a case of being too old school?) but I don't have much of a problem at all with Setoguchi hanging out with his former teammates when they visit town. I like my athletes to be real, not be made from the steel, as one of my favorites Ilya Bryzgalov would say. I hate when players are held to this higher, robotic standard in the guise of professionalism.

As long as he isn't giving away secrets of the Church of Yeo or doing anything stupid to put himself in trouble, it doesn't bother me much. Key word being much. I can live with that.

Obviously where he runs afoul of the rules in anybody's book is missing the team meeting. Setoguchi wasn't the first nor will he be the last to be scratched for that. Remember Bruins forward Tyler Seguin and his really bad excuse for missing a meeting in Winnipeg because his clock was still on Boston time (do the time zone conversion to see why it's bad)? That earned him a scratch.

That's what got Setoguchi a seat in the press box here, too. You can't miss team meetings.

The good news for him is that coach Mike Yeo says the slate starts clean on Wednesday.

I'll put it to you: Is hanging with the enemies before a game an absolute no-go?

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Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 am

Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

I'm with the old school guys on this one. Although I don't have a huge problem with the Gooch hanging with the Sharks, you have to show up at the next mornings team meeting with some passion and fire ready to defeat those same guys you were just hanging with. I know I would be pumped to face my friends. But missing the meeting....a big no-no. And I agree, you should be has to be tough to stay friends with guys you don't see or play with or live by anymore, so I think this is more of him missing the team meeting. As for the Jerseys...oh boy! But I do like the 3rd jersey...very nice!

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:12 am

Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

if you miss a team meeting you should sit 

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:15 am

Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

14 pts and -7 with 8 goals part of the reason this overpaid douche got the night off. His bloated goal production from his Sharks days he will never see again unless traded again by the deadline. Since he doesn't conduct himself like a pro and attend team meeting then he should be traded to the Phoenix where his chances of playing a SC champ in near future are slim to none.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:46 am

Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

I hated Minnie's new logo at first blush, but now (obviously) love it; and those red jerseys are great IMO; the whites are good too.  As for hanging with the old teammates, you want to show them up next game, not roll over; but missing the team meeting is a discipline thing, probably irrevocable.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:24 pm

Setoguchi misses meeting after seeing Sharks?

I prefer how John Ferguson used to conduct himself: He hated his opponents! Save the cuddly stuff for the golf season.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:38 pm

Setoguchi scratched after hanging with Sharks?

This entire story is crap.  Anyone that watched the game last night knows he was sitting because he missed a team meeting.  Anyone that plays for the Wild that misses a team meeting will sit the next exceptions.  Stabtis is sensationalizing a fairly bland story.  If you actually read what he wrote he even adds additional information to make this look like way more than it is.....missed a team meeting the night after going out with Sharks buds.  Well what about Heatley who also went out with Sharks buds or Brad Staubitz.  Please try and report news and leave creating news to TMZ.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:14 pm

Setoguchi scratched after hanging with Sharks?

Green Monster, that is hilarious....and you are right, those uniforms are awful.

If Setoguchi was a healthy scratch for missing a team meeting, I am fine with it; but to tell anyone who they can and cannot spend their own time with is ridiculous.  It's one thing if I do not want my 11 year old daughter to spend time with the 18 year old high school drop out, motorcycle riding, drug using, poor excuse for a human being..........but Setoguchi has long standing relationships with many of the Sharks.  Just because you are now combatants on the ice doesn't mean you are not friends off it.  Look around the league, there is a lot of player movement and inevitably you will play against former team mates and remain friends with them.  You many only get one shot to see them during a regular season schedule so get together and have fun, just don't do anything stupid while out and do not miss a team meeting the next day.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:54 am

Setoguchi scratched after hanging with Sharks?

I have a problem with it  , this is hockey , not golf ....... he has all of the off season to hang with his buddies ?

OLD SCHOOL ...yes !! .....

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:24 am

Setoguchi scratched after hanging with Sharks?

I'm guessing the issue is with the missed meeting, not hanging with fellow professionals.   &nb
sp; Who knows, this may be a move to begin running Setoguchi out of town too.   They may not be looking forward to 2 more years after this one at 3 million per year.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:23 am

Setoguchi scratched after hanging with Sharks?

The bigger crime here is the Wild's uniforms. The worst in professional sports. Something Santa's Elves men's beer league team should be wearing.

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