Wild Rumors & News

  • Chuck Fletcher out after nine seasons as Wild general manager

    Twin Cities "Chuck Fletcher is out after nine seasons as the general manager of the Wild. Team owner Craig Leipold informed Fletcher on Monday morning that his contract would not be renewed. “I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years,”..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Five reasons the Minnesota Wild were knocked out by the Winnipeg Jets

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Wild are dead. The Wild's playoff run came to a close in Winnipeg on Friday night, as the Jets torched them for a 5-0 win to close out the opening round series four games to one. For Minnesota, it's the latest in what has become a long line of postseason disappointments, and this..." April 22

  • Wild plagued by injuries, lack of offense in first-round loss to Jets

    NHL.com "For the second straight year, the Minnesota Wild were eliminated in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round. The Winnipeg Jets advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011, defeating the Wild 4-1 in the best-of-7 series...." April 21

  • Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher May Not Get Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After suffering a embarrassing 5-0 defeat Friday that knocked the Minnesota Wild from the first-round of the playoffs, there is likely to be consequences going forward. At least that’s what The Athletic’s Mike Russo (subscription required) writes, suggesting that general manager Chuck Fletcher’s..." April 21

  • Wild veteran Matt Cullen on retirement: ‘I don’t have an answer right now’

    Twin Cities "As the best-of-seven series between the Wild and the Winnipeg Jets officially came to a close with the ceremonial handshake line, a handful of players stuck around to give Minnesota veteran Matt Cullen some extra love before both teams retreated to their locker rooms. After all, there’s a..." April 21

  • Wild’s Coyle says team left Devan Dubnyk ‘out to dry’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Wild went out of the Stanley Cup Playoff with a whimper, and at least one player feels badly about what happened to goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Wild were blanked 5-0 by the Winnipeg Jets on Friday to get eliminated from the postseason in five games. Dubnyk allowed four goals in the..." April 21

  • Wild’s Zach Parise to miss Game 4, listed week-to-week with fractured sternum

    Fox Sports North "Already without their top defenseman Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild will have to try to beat the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 without their hottest scoring threat, forward Zach Parise. Parise will miss Tuesday’s contest and is listed as week-to-week with a fractured sternum. He suffered the injury..." April 17

  • Wild D Dumba GTD for Game 3

    TSN "Minnesota Wild defenceman Mathew Dumba will be a gametime decision Sunday in Game 3 against the Winnipeg Jets, according to a report from The Athletic's Michael Russo. Dumba played nearly 27 minutes in the Wild's Game 2 loss to the Jets on Friday." April 15

  • Wild in familiar spot heading into Game 3 against Jets

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild find themselves in familiar territory, down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series to the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference First Round. The Wild, who have made six straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, have been down 2-0 in the first round all but once (2015 against the St...." April 15

  • Wild sticking with same lineup for Game 2 vs. Jets

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Despite dropping Game 1, the Wild won’t make any changes to its lineup for Game 2 Friday against the Jets at Bell MTS Place. That means it’ll be up the group that was outshot 40-20 Wednesday in the 3-2 loss make that discrepancy shrink. “Get more zone time and play better,” coach Bruce..." April 13

  • Koivu check puts Perreault’s status in doubt: ‘We can hit too’

    Sportsnet "Six different Winnipeg Jets made their playoff debuts Wednesday, and in light of the upper-body injury suffered by Mathieu Perreault, it’s possible a seventh gets introduced to the post-season in Game 2. Perreault’s left shoulder bore the brunt of a hard, open-ice Mikko Koivu check in Game 1...." April 12

  • Wild D Spurgeon a GTD for Game 1

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild will be waiting until after warmups to find out whether or not defenceman Jared Spurgeon will return to their lineup for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets. Spurgeon has been sidelined since March 13 due to a partially torn hamstring. Spurgeon spent..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Wild sign Louis Belpedio to entry-level contract

    Yardbarker "Louis Belpedio had already been playing on an amateur tryout in the AHL, but has now officially signed his two-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild and will join the team right away. That means he’ll burn the first year of the deal in 2017-18, but could make an impact for a team..." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Ryan Suter To Undergo Surgery, Out Rest Of Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it was already assumed to be a long-term injury, the Minnesota Wild have officially announced that Ryan Suter will require surgery to repair a broken right ankle. Suter will be out for the remainder of the season. Though the announcement doesn’t specifically mention the playoffs, one can..." April 03

  • Ryan Suter's broken ankle hurts Minnesota Wild's hopes for a playoff run

    USA Today "The Minnesota Wild's chances for a playoff run got more precarious with news that top defenseman Ryan Suter will need to have surgery for a fractured ankle. Suter was hurt during Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars when he went awkwardly into the boards and needed some help getting off the..." April 02

  • Carson Soucy set to make NHL debut as Wild awaits MRI results on Ryan Suter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild is awaiting the results of an MRI on Ryan Suter to learn how long he’ll be sidelined and the severity of his injury, but with Suter dealing with a fractured fibula, according to a source, the team is preparing to close out the schedule without its top defenseman – a push that continues..." April 02

  • Wild defenseman Ryan Suter out with broken fibula, source says

    Twin Cities "With No. 1 defenseman Ryan Suter out with a broken fibula, according to a source, the Wild have recalled defenseman Carson Soucy from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Suter went down after slamming his right foot into the back boards while jostling for the puck late in the second..." April 01

  • Wild lose All-Star D Ryan Suter with lower-body injury

    Sporting News "The Wild have lost three-time All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter to a lower-body injury. The Athletic's Michael Russo reported late Saturday night that the initial fear is that Suter suffered a broken right fibula, but he's scheduled for further examination Sunday. The 33-year-old Suter suffered..." April 01

  • Why Mikko Koivu deserves to win the Selke Trophy

    Sportsnet "After winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy four times in the last six seasons, and arguably deserving it all six, Patrice Bergeron is clearly the gold standard among the NHL’s defensive forwards. This year however, despite having an excellent season, Bergeron has missed enough games due to injury..." March 31

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Wild signs Jordan Greenway to three-year, entry-level contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Only a day after his college season ended, prospect Jordan Greenway quickly latched on to another team – signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild to begin his professional career. His contract will start with the remainder of this season. Greenway will meet the Wild in Nashville..." March 26

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon out after suffering ‘gross’ lower-body injury

    Twin Cities "As replays of Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon crumbling into the boards were shown on the jumbotron on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center, the collective gasp of the announced crowd of 19,171 said pretty much everything that needed to be said. Spurgeon appeared to lose an edge early in the..." March 14

  • A resurgent Eric Staal arrives in Vancouver as one of NHL’s best bargains

    Sportsnet "It is difficult to remember, but there was a dominant version of Eric Staal before this one. “Tyler Ennis asked me this morning: ‘Were you in the Olympics?’” Staal says, referring to his Minnesota Wild teammate. “Yeah, I was.” Staal wasn’t just in the 2010 Olympics here. He was part of the..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Wild's Luke Kunin out 7 months with torn ACL

    The Score "Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin will be sidelined seven months after suffering a torn ACL, the team announced Monday. Kunin sustained the injury in Sunday's contest against the Detroit Red Wings." March 05

  • Minnesota Wild Will Have To Make Decisions On Staal, Zucker Soon

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the Minnesota Wild will likely need to fight every game for the rest of the season to reach the playoffs, there isn’t a lot of talk about what the team intends to do in the offseason, yet there are key decisions the Wild will have to make in the coming months, including what to do with a..." March 03

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Canadiens acquire Mike Reilly from Minnesota for a 5th-round pick in 2019

    NHL.com "General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the Canadiens have acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019. The 24-year-old Chicago native has played 84 NHL games since debuting with the Wild in 2015-16. This season, Reilly has..." February 26

  • Report: Wild sitting on offers for Mike Reilly

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are sitting on a couple of offers for defenseman Mike Reilly, reports Craig Custance of The Athletic. Reilly signed a two-year, $1.45-million contract in July, but has had a difficult time earning regular minutes on Minnesota's blue line." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Wild place Chris Stewart on waivers

    Twin Cities "With the Wild so close to the $75 million salary cap, they freed up some space on Sunday morning by placing well-like winger Chris Stewart on waivers. Stewart has 13 points (9 goals, 4 assists) in 47 games this season, while spending most of his time on the fourth line. That said, he has fallen..." February 25

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Brodin to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing hand surgery

    Twin Cities "Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss three to four weeks after having surgery to repair a broken left hand, the team announced a few hours after Wednesday’s practice. Brodin was injured midway through the second period of Tuesday’s victory at St. Louis, slamming awkwardly into the boards. He..." February 07

  • Boudreau says it's 'ridiculous, wrong' Blue Jackets' Jones can play after missing All-Star Game

    Sporting News "The NHL has a hard-and-fast rule: Miss the All-Star Game, due to injury, illness, or whatever the reason may be, and sit out at least one game. At least that was thought to be the case, but a change in that mandate has Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau a bit agitated. The Wild are in..." January 30

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Minnesota Wild Finally Meet With Kirill Kaprizov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a story that has been worthy of Abbott and Costello at points due to the vast amounts of misunderstandings, Kirill Kaprizov has finally sat down with Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, nearly three years after the team selected the Russian forward in the fifth round. Michael Russo of The..." January 04

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02