6 Reasons Erik Johnson Should Not Consider the Minnesota Wild

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#4: Minnesota Fans are Awful

Feb 28, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild fans reacts to a goal by Minnesota Wild left wing

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(56) (not pictured) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

To be honest, I don’t actually know how Minnesota Wild fans act in their home Xcel Energy Center. Well, there was that time they cheered when Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov got injured during a game — that’s generally considered poor form.

However, I definitely know how Minnesota Wild fans act in other arenas — awful. They have no respect for the fact that they are guests in someone else’s home. Unfortunately, I have no statistics for this observation, but there is video proof:

There they are, in Pepsi Center, egging on an admittedly drunk Avalanche fan and then punching him in the back of the head. There’s a lot going on in this situation, and I discuss it at length here. However, if this is how Wild fans act on their “good behavior” of being in someone else’s home, I can only imagine how awful they must be in their own home.

Actually, again I don’t really have to imagine. There were those trolls who saw pictures of Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson at a charity brunch for special needs children who thought it appropriate to taunt that the kids better watch their backs — and heads — from violence from these two players.

Several trolls also regularly make nasty remarks on the Avalanche’s Instagram.

Plus, well, EJ kind of burned his bridges with Wild fans:

I’ve heard a lot of Wild fans say EJ is the only former Gopher they would not want back in Minnesota to play for the Wild. Agreed — his hockey home is here.