Not Wild about Lemaire

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Dominic Moore returned to the scene of the crime last night.

The swift-skating forward was back at the Xcel Energy Center for the first time since being placed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild just over a year ago.

He enjoyed the city and the fans. Coach Jacques Lemaire? Not so much if you read between the lines.

Lemaire is a defence-first coach, one whose style stifled the skating ability of Moore. As a result, less than a year after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round pick, Moore was cast adrift and was eventually claimed by John Ferguson on Jan. 11, 2008. It was one of Ferguson's final transactions as Maple Leafs general manager.

"Obviously you have to buy into the system of play here," Moore said. "It's a defensive system.

"Obviously Marian Gaborik was not going to be a checking guy. Every individual player has different skills. Certain guys were expected to do certain things.

"For me, (the defensive system) was not suited to my game but I had to do what I was asked."

Moore scored just three goals and added two assists in 40 games as a member of the Wild.

"It was an enjoyable time but also a frustrating time," Moore said.

The doctor's office

Mike Van Ryn may not have enjoyed the result on the scoreboard last night, his team losing to the Minnesota Wild.

But at least he was back in the lineup. And for him, that was a significant feat.

"I just prepared for it like it was any other game," Van Ryn said. "You just have to pick your spots."

As for the potential of reinjuring himself, Van Ryn simply shrugged his shoulders.

"I haven't really thought about it," Van Ryn said when asked about the potential of suffering yet another concussion.

"I know what the signs are. (The doctors) are confident and I am confident."

Van Ryn played in his first game since Dec. 18 when he suffered his second concussion of the season after being crushed by the Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, causing him to miss the next 16 games.

His first concussion of the season occurred on Nov. 8.


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