Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild pins playoff hopes on Bryzgalov

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Like the “humongous” universe he was so fascinated by during HBO’s ‘‘24/7,’’ the Ilya Bryzgalov YouTube library is vast and endless. Type his name into the search field, and you’ll find out Bryz- galov is afraid of bears in the forest. You’ll hear how the Wild goaltender thinks Siberian huskies..." April 17

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Granlund says he feels "real good," very clear barring a setback at tomorrow's practice that he'll be in for game 1 #mnwild

  • Sabres, Panthers have best odds for 2014 NHL draft lottery

    Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15

  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: Bruins favored to win Cup

    CBSSports.com "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the postseason. The Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champ and last year's Stanley Cup runner up, is the favorite to claim the top prize at the end of the..." April 14

  • Predators pour on offense in season finale

    Tennessean "The Predators finished strong, even if was for naught. Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Sunday. The Wild wrapped up the first wild-card spot in the Western..." April 14

  • Wild's Mike Rupp suspended four games for hit on T.J. Oshie

    CBSSports.com "Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp has been suspended four games by the NHL's department of player safety for an illegal head check on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie Thursday night. The suspension will carry into the playoffs as the Wild have just one regular-season game remaining. It was a..." April 12

  • Wild win 4-2 against the Blues

    Hockey Wilderness "In a game straight out of Bizarro land, the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 tonight. It was the first win for the Wild in a match against the Blues in 10 games. Kyle Brodziak scored not one, but two goals. In the opponents net, and with an actual goalie in said net. An OLYMPIC goalie even...." April 11

  • Wild rallies past Bruins, wins in shootout to clinch top wild-card spot in playoffs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There were 12 minutes left in the second intermission Tuesday night. Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” rang out of Xcel Energy Center’s loudspeakers. Fans were buying concessions, using restrooms, chatting away as they waited for players to file back out for the third period. The Wild had just..." April 09

  • Wild within a whisker of playoffs after shutting out Winnipeg

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild is a whisker from its second consecutive postseason berth. Twelve hours after playoff tickets went on sale in St. Paul, the Wild moved closer to the NHL’s second season by hanging on for a 1-0 victory over its rivals from the north, the Winnipeg Jets, on Monday night at MTS..." April 08

  • With plenty left to play for, Wild blanks Pittsburgh

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s not often the Pittsburgh Penguins are ripe for the picking. They’re a bona fide Stanley Cup contender, but after the Boston Bruins clinched first place in the Eastern Conference earlier Saturday, the Penguins, locked in second, officially had nothing to play for anymore. The Wild? It..." April 06

  • Blackhawks stop skid, top Wild 3-2 in shootout

    Chicago Tribune "For the last two days, the Blackhawks have sounded much like a politician trying to remember his talking points memo. Since the team announced Jonathan Toews would be out until the playoffs, joining the injured Patrick Kane, the term "flip the switch" has come up in almost every interview every..." April 04

  • Mikael Granlund out indefinitely with upper body injury

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild rookie Mikael Granlund, the team's second-line center and a hero for the Finnish national team at the Sochi Olympics, is out indefinitely with an undisclosed upper body injury. Granlund suffered what appeared to be a head injury Monday when his face smacked Jarret Stoll's left shoulder..." April 03

  • Harding returns to join Wild goalie carousel

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With steam rising from his soaking wet undershirt, Josh Harding walked in front of a Wild backdrop at Johnny’s Ice House, the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility, and said, “I need an oxygen tank.” Harding was the Wild’s first-half MVP, but the goalie hasn’t played since Dec. 31 because of..." April 03

  • Wild sign college free agent Christian Folin

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild won the Christian Folin sweepstakes, as they announced the signing of college free agent defenseman on Monday. It’s a two-year entry level contract. Folin, who stands six-foot-three-inches tall and weighs in at 215 pounds, is expected to join the National Hockey League team..." April 01

  • Wild rallies in third period for key win over L.A.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Two nights after the Wild vowed to build off a strong effort and victory in Phoenix, the Wild had an even stronger effort and bigger victory against one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored goals 62 seconds apart in the third period to help the Wild, which lost..." April 01

  • Wild digs down deep for key victory at Phoenix

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Well, that was stressful. With the season looking dangerously close to being on the precipice of disaster, the Wild, with pressure building, stormed back in the third period on Saturday night to stun the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1. Zach Parise scored twice, including the tying goal, and Jared..." March 30

  • Descent continues: Heatley will be a healthy scratch

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Dany Heatley signed his six-year, $45 million contract, he was one of the league’s top forwards. As he reaches the end of that deal, the 33-year-old is having trouble just staying in the lineup. Heatley has seen his role with Minnesota marginalized this season to reflect his diminishing..." March 29

  • Hockey shot-protection gear struggles to secure acceptance among NHL players

    Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28

  • Oshie scores hat trick, Blues roll 5-1

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues came into the first game of their five-game homestand wanting to use the games to send a message to the Minnesota Wild, the Western Conference and pretty much anyone else who would notice: Don't expect anything easy on the Blues' home ice. Against a potential first-round opponent in..." March 28

  • Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15. Backstrom went 5-11-2 with an .899 save..." March 27

  • Canucks find success against Wild, 5-2, for third straight win

    Vancouver Sun "When David Booth is scoring goals and Alex Edler is preventing them, when Zack Kassian is driving the attack and Brad Richardson leading forwards in ice time, anything seems possible for the Vancouver Canucks. Even a three-game winning streak. An 11-game winning streak to close out the National..." March 27

  • Wild rallies from two-goal deficit to top Detroit in OT

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Finally, the Wild felt justice prevailed Sunday night. Only the Wild can dominate a period the way it did in the first 20 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings and find itself trailing 2-zip at the buzzer. Only the Wild can expend that much energy, drip that much sweat, generate that many..." March 24

  • Detroit 3, Minnesota 2: Red Wings win third straight

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings continued to show they're determined to extend their playoff run, resolutely grinding away for their longest winning streak in over three months. The Wings edged the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, today at Xcel Energy Center, surfacing in the last wild-card spot in the Eastern..." March 23

  • Zach Parise gets boos, goal and OT loss to Devils in return to New Jersey he called 'great'

    Newark Star-Ledger "There were Devils fans showing up to the Rock Thursday night with unflattering messages on handmade signs. During pre-game, some of them were pressed up against the glass for a special welcome to a fellow some fans feel went from being a beloved Devils captain to a money-hungry liar, trader and..." March 21

  • Wild Desert the Isle 6-0

    Hockey Wilderness "It was a homecoming of many sorts as the New York Islanders welcomed Matt Moulson, Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon and the rest of the reeling Wild to Nassau Coliseum. Minnesota, coming off a tough loss to the Boston Bruins the night before, was looking to solve their scoring woes. Head Coach..." March 19

  • Wild searching for right chemistry with new additions

    Fox Sports North "Following the Minnesota Wild's Monday night loss in Boston, coach Mike Yeo talked about changing up the team's forward lines. When asked Tuesday what the changes entailed, Yeo was a little more secretive. "We'll wait for tonight to let you guys critique them," Yeo said Tuesday..." March 18

  • Bruins show Wild streak

    Boston Herald "The wins the Bruins are piling up are all beginning to resemble each other. The B’s are doing enough to get the two points while at the same time giving the coaching staff enough ammunition to keep their attention on practice days. Though the Eastern Conference leaders again gave up too many..." March 18

  • Blue Jackets win close one over Wild

    The Cannon "After taking over 2nd place in the Metro on Thursday, the Blue Jackets slid back into the wild card spot thanks to Philadelphia's victory over Pittsburgh earlier today. With the Minnesota Wild locked in a playoff chase of their own, both teams were looking for points at any cost, and they..." March 16

  • Granlund-Parise-Pominville line clicked from the start

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With his team trailing Colorado 4-1 in the third period that January night, coach Mike Yeo needed to find something to give the Wild new life. So he sent a trio of the team’s most skilled forwards over the boards — Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville — in the hope that three..." March 15

  • Wild back to winning ways with close victory over Rangers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild and its fans got a preview of what it should look like the rest of the season. The Wild and New York Rangers are battling hard to make the playoffs in opposite conferences, and Thursday night they played a tight-checking hockey game that featured little time and space to accomplish..." March 14

  • Oilers claw their way back from three-goal deficit to beat Wild 4-3 in SO

    Edmonton Sun "Edmonton’s latest trip to Minnesota featured a brand new goalie joining forces with a team that was mad as hell about falling behind 3-0 to the Wild. The Fasth and the Furious, if you will. Trade deadline acquisition Viktor Fasth, making his first NHL start since mid November, began his..." March 12

  • Josh Harding back at the rink, back on the ice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Harding, who still technically leads the NHL with a 1.65 goals-against average and is second with a .933 save percentage, took the ice at Xcel Energy Center this morning for the first time since January. Harding, who hasn’t started since Dec. 31 because of the effects of multiple..." March 11

  • Blues climb to the top of the NHL heap

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After one of the most entertaining games of the season, and one of Brian Elliott’s best nights as a Blue, there is a new No. 1 team in the NHL standings. Playing their third game in four nights, and fifth in eight, the Blues outlasted the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a shootout Sunday, earning their..." March 10

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    Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres

    Girgensons, Mitchell, Stewart all out for at least a week, #Sabres Interim Coach Ted Nolan says.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Quick note from Hotstove...word is MIN will be extending GM Check Fletcher. He could not be reached for comment, but info appears solid.

  • Stars rally in third to beat Wild, 4-3

    Dallas Morning News "The Dallas Stars got a huge lift from Tim Thomas after a big hit knocked Kari Lehtonen out of the game. Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night. Lehtonen injured his head in a collision with the Wild's Erik..." March 09

  • New goalie Bryzgalov doesn't inspire confidence

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Here’s what we know about Ilya Bryzgalov, the Wild’s new goaltender: He revealed years ago during a “24/7” broadcast on HBO that the universe is “humongous big.” He once compared a dog with blue eyes to “a hot girl.” He is afraid of bears. At least, as he explained, the ones in the..." March 08

    NHL Trade Deadline 2014 - Live Stream

    PSD Staff Check back often for all of the latest NHL Trade Deadline rumors, news stories, tweets, images, videos, and anything else we can dig up pertaining to Deadline Day. It's already been busy and I expect nothing less on Wednesday. March 06

  • Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On a day when rumors swirled that future first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could be Minnesota-bound, the Wild pulled the lever on the simplest available option for goaltending insurance. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on the day he shut down Niklas Backstrom for the..." March 05

  • Sabres send Moulson, McCormick to Wild for picks, Mitchell

    Buffalo News "For the second straight year, Buffalo and Minnesota have completed a big deal at the trade deadline. The Sabres have sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Wild for undisclosed draft picks and Torrey Michell, according to a source. Moulson, a pending unrestricted free agent, was the..." March 05

  • Ilya Bryzgalov traded to Wild for pick; Oilers targeting Viktor Fasth

    CBSSports.com "The Minnesota Wild were clearly in the market for a goaltender and on Tuesday they got one, just not one of the goalies people were expecting. Ilya Bryzgalov is headed to Minnesota. The Edmonton Oilers sent Bryzgalov to the Wild in exchange for Minnesota's fourth-round pick, a pick that was..." March 04

  • Martin Brodeur likely to get one last start with the Devils before possible deal to the Minnesota Wild

    New York Daily News "When Martin Brodeur starts in goal for the Devils Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, it will be the 1,250th time he’s stood between the pipes for New Jersey in the regular season. Sources say, it’s likely it will also be the last time. With Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline looming, a..." March 04

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    Larry Brooks @NYP_Brooksie

    Just told by informed source that Wild has targeted Halak and are expected to get him from Buffalo...so that would be a NO re Brodeur....

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    On waivers today: Trevor Smith (TOR), Jake Dowell (MIN), Corey Potter (EDM), Joe Corvo and Cory Conacher (OTT), Derek Smith (CGY) plus...

  • Wild's win isn't pretty, but effective

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "They can’t all be works of art — and Monday’s game was certainly not that. The Wild wasn’t at its best in a sometimes-choppy game against the Calgary Flames. But it doesn’t matter. The Wild keeps winning and, quite frankly, couldn’t have scripted the way it has come out of the Olympic break..." March 04

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Koivu expects to return tonight: "I'm very excited. It's been a long time. It's been very frustrating." #mnwild

  • Jaroslav Halak may not be long for Buffalo

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t let me borrow his cellphone. Under the guise that mine was on the fritz, I asked the Wild general manager if I could quickly borrow his before Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Fletcher started laughing and offered me stale press box popcorn instead. He’s..." March 02

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    John Curry and Steve Kampfer reassigned by #mnwild