Mike Max’s News And Notes For April 14, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There’s some Vikings stadium talk, some Gopher athletic director talk and some Minnesota Wild trade talk that’s all part of this week’s news and notes.

There is still plenty of conversation and activity about other sites for a Vikings stadium. Most are anticipating that it will be the next legislative session before something gets done.

Even though the University of Minnesota will likely pay twice what outgoing athletic director Joel Maturi earns, the word is that a lot of high profile candidates for the position simply haven’t shown much interest in the job.

Look for the Gophers to Gary Tinsley’s parents the opportunity to walk through the graduation ceremony in his place.

While the Wild have been singing the praises of Dany Heatley, some in the hockey community believe he’s on the trading block. Not making the playoffs can mean as much as $1 million a game for the home games, so that’s potential revenue lost.

The Gopher hockey team was third in the country in total attendance this season.

Gopher baseball assistant coach Rob Fornasiere missed his first game in 27 years last week to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law.

The St. Paul Saints have signed four players from the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system, including two local kids. Former Twins player Jacque Jones is now a hitting instructor for a minor league team in the San Diego Padres organization.

Former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, who has two sons who play football and baseball, said he actually watches them take batting practice at home on Skype and critiques them from his computer.

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