Wild Rumors & News

  • Dropped by Blues, Weber catches on with Wild’s AHL team

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Weber, the veteran blueliner who was dropped from his PTO in St. Louis earlier this month, has signed on with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Iowa, the club announced. Weber, 28, has appeared in over 350 big league contests with Buffalo and Washington. The move to the Minnesota..." October 21

  • Staal lifts Wild past Maple Leafs

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal signed with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason looking to prove he still had some gas in the tank. So far he looks like he's nowhere near empty. Staal scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period as the Wild stayed unbeaten at home,..." October 20

  • Wild cruise past defenseless Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Los Angeles Kings, who lost star goaltender Jonathan Quick to an injury in the season opener, are off to a nightmare start. The Minnesota Wild blasted past the still-winless Kings 6-3 Tuesday, scoring five times on their first 15 shots as Los Angeles looked..." October 19

  • Mike Reilly reassigned to AHL by Minnesota

    Today's Slapshot "The Minnesota Wild managed to win out in the Mike Reilly sweepstakes last summer, snagging the defenseman as a free agent out of the NCAA on an entry-level deal. Last season, he put up 23 points in 45 regular season AHL games with the Iowa Wild, then spent another 29 games up at the NHL level..." October 18

  • Wild sees 'window' to succeed right now

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Every year, Wild players are issued T-shirts with a mantra. This season's? The front: "I'M COMMITTED!" The back: "OUR TIME IS NOW!" "The consensus in the room is we have to make it now or never," defenseman Marco Scandella said recently. "We have to get it done. It could be our last year as..." October 15

  • Wild charge back from early deficit, edge Jets

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Since joining the NHL as an expansion team in 2000, the Minnesota Wild franchise has done many notable things. Losing a regulation game in its home opener is not one of them. Trailing by a pair early, Minnesota got goals from Chris Stewart, Matt Dumba, Eric Staal and..." October 15

  • Yakupov has productive night in home debut for Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Two games is an admittedly very small sample size, but it is enough for the St. Louis Blues to believe the addition of right winger Nail Yakupov could pay off for them. The Blues acquired the former first overall pick in the 2012 draft from Edmonton a week ago, and he produced..." October 14

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters

    NHL.com "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Detroit Red Wings lose Teemu Pulkkinen to Wild; Niklas Kronwall on IR

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings bid farewell to another prospect today, losing Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers to Minnesota. The Wild claimed the undersized forward by the noon deadline, ending his time with the organization that drafted him 111th overall in 2010. On Sunday, the Wings lost forward Martin Frk..." October 11

  • Wild doesn't offer Ryan Carter a contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even in the worst of times, Ryan Carter keeps his sense of humor. The White Bear Lake native joked that he planned to eat Lean Cuisine’s chicken with almonds Sunday night now that he was no longer invited to the Wild’s team dinner. Carter, who spent the past two seasons with his hometown..." October 10

  • Jason Pominville shifting gears, taking turns on Wild's penalty kill

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of Jason Pominville’s specialties during his eight-year Buffalo Sabres career was killing penalties. However, in his three-plus years in Minnesota, Pominville’s only special teams work has come on the power play. That could change this season. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has had Pominville..." October 09

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • Wild coach Bruce Boudreau trying to pick up the pieces after moving nightmare

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After playing for 17 teams and coaching 10 more in the past 44 years, Bruce Boudreau is an expert on how to move around North America efficiently. "I've seen it all. Until this one," the Wild coach said Thursday before recounting one of the most harrowing relocation tales imaginable. "This was..." October 07

  • Wild's Marco Scandella on his own now after his father's death

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Marco Scandella rolls up the sleeve of his blue sweater and flashes the tattoo on his right wrist. Dec. 2, it reads, with FS in script. With an exaggerated Italian accent, Scandella smiles brightly and enunciates the name — “Fran-CHESK-oh,” the way his father used to pronounce..." October 06

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Wild coach Boudreau calls competition for jobs "wide open"

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When asked Friday if three forward spots on the Wild roster are still “completely wide open,” Bruce Boudreau smiled because the Dixie Chicks’ album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was the first thing that popped into his head. “That would be a correct assessment,” Boudreau said. Before Thursday’s..." October 01

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Wild's Christian Folin and Mike Reilly locked in a defensive battle for roster spot

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Reilly and Christian Folin are confident as they go head-to-head for one of the few available roster spots on the Wild blue line. Reilly, entering his second season, proudly says he had a “big summer.” He added muscle working daily with his training partner and longtime buddy, Toronto..." September 25

  • Tomas Fleischmann’s run with Wild ends before it starts

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Tomas Fleischmann’s career with the Wild is over before it even started. After failing his physical before the start of training camp, general manager Chuck Fletcher confirmed Saturday morning that Fleischmann won’t be back with the team. Fleischmann, 32, has battled health issues since..." September 25

  • Fleischmann fails physical with Wild

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Tomas Fleischmann was not on the ice for the start of training camp on Friday afternoon days after agreeing to a professional tryout with the Wild. That’s because the veteran winger failed his physical, coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice. He declined to provide further detail, or say..." September 24

  • Fleischmann headed to Minnesota on PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thomas Fleischmann has reportedly chosen to accept a professional tryout with the Minnesota Wild. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted the news today, noting that Fleischmann has a history with Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. The two were together for a number of seasons in Washington,..." September 19

  • Wild’s Alex Tuch aims to be ‘best’ at prospects tournament

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild prospect Alex Tuch is confident when talking about his goal of making the NHL roster this season. So, it shouldn’t come as surprise that the 20-year-old has lofty goals for the 2016 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. “I’m looking to showcase myself this weekend and really..." September 17

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Team USA names Joe Pavelski captain, Patrick Kane, Ryan Suter alternates

    Sportsnet "Team USA has announced who will be their captain and two alternates for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks will wear the ‘C’ for the Americans. He serves as captain for the Sharks and has been a part of the American entry at the past two Olympics. The team..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Wild sign Ryan Carter to tryout offer

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild plans to bring veteran left wing Ryan Carter to training camp on a professional tryout, sources say. Carter, 33, remains a free agent and can sign with any team, including the Wild -- the team he has spent the past two seasons -- at any time." September 02

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Forward Jarret Stoll to attend Blue Jackets’ camp on PTO

    Sportsnet "Forward Jarret Stoll will attend Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp on a professional try-out, the team announced Tuesday. The Melville, Saskatchewan, native spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, scoring four goals and totalling nine points in 80 games. The..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Wild left wing Zach Parise says he's 'good to go' after injury

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In case you missed it, I filled in for Dan Barreiro on KFAN (100.3-FM) on Wednesday and Wild left wing Zach Parise was one of my guests. Parise, who missed the playoffs with a herniated disk, provided an update on his health. He has been skating and working out for weeks and on Wednesday, as a..." August 27

  • Wild sign defenseman Bouramman

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild signed Swedish defenseman Gustav Bouramman to a three-year, entry level contract on Friday. Selected by the Wild in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Bouramman spent last season with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds." August 26

  • Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011. A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals and 395..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Mikko Koivu named Team Finland captain for World Cup of Hockey

    Today's Slapshot "The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has announced that Minnesota Wild forward, and captain, Mikko Koivu was selected to serve as Team Finland’s Captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Koivu, 33, has scored 161 goals and accumulated a total of 556 points over his 11 NHL seasons, all spent with..." August 22

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Team USA's Zach Parise battling back after losing his dad, injuring his back, team falling short

    ESPN "The former captain of Team USA's Olympic hockey team and the current face of the Minnesota Wild has wires connecting him to portable electronic monitoring equipment after another offseason workout at St. Thomas Ice Arena in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul. There's good-natured banter about..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Boudreau: Wild's Staal to start season alongside Parise

    The Score "Bruce Boudreau expects a big bounce back from Eric Staal. The new head coach of the Minnesota Wild is already penciling in his lines for the upcoming season, envisioning the former Carolina Hurricanes captain playing with one of the faces of the franchise, Boudreau told Paul Allen of KFAN..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Wild re-signs restricted free-agent Matt Dumba

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild's business with all of its restricted free agents is over. The Wild agreed to terms with defenseman Matt Dumba on his expected two-year bridge deal this afternoon. The deal is worth $5.1 million for a salary cap hit of $2.55 million. It took some back and forth, but the market was..." July 29

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

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