Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck was not happy. After a shootout loss to Chicago on Wednesday night at the X, he kept yelling all kinds of anagrams of his name. "Get off the logo!'' he repeated, offering a combination housekeeping tip and rallying cry for the best team in hockey.
Tradition holds that no one should throw their jersey on the floor, or step on the team symbol embroidered in the locker room carpet. Until this year, the Wild usually covered the logo to keep it clean. This year, it's as bare as the players' suddenly-demonstrable pride.
"I might have had a hand in that,'' coach Mike Yeo said. "We're real proud to be part of this organization, and that logo represents who we are and what we do.''
Protecting a picture of an amorphous green rodent might seem silly, but it's working for the Wild. The franchise hasn't been this promising since Andrew Brunette was slipping a puck past Patrick Roy back in 2003.