Wild Rumors & News

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Wild signs Eriksson Ek to three-year, entry-level contract

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild signed center Joel Eriksson Ek to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Eriksson Ek was selected in the first round (No. 20 overall) by the Wild in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. "We're excited to officially have Joel under contract," said assistant..." July 13

  • Ducks, UFA forward Chris Stewart nearing agreement on one-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "It appears forward Chris Stewart could be on the move once again. According to multiple reports, Stewart, the unrestricted free agent winger, is nearing an agreement with the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract." July 12

  • Chris Stewart signs in Anaheim for one-year, $1.7-million

    Yahoo! Sports "The Ducks lost some of their grit and secondary scoring when Matt Beleskey signed with Boston. On Saturday evening, they picked up Chris Stewart as a quasi-replacement. The forward signed a one-year, $1.7-million deal with Anaheim. Stewart, 27, has the potential to fill the skates of Beleskey...." July 12

  • Wild re-signs Christian Folin to a two-year deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild has re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year, $1.45 million contract. That's annual salary-cap hit of $725,000. Most interesting is it's a full one-way contract. That currently gives the Wild eight defensemen if Mike Reilly makes the team (Ryan Suter,..." July 11

  • Wild's Eriksson Ek, Bouramman like what they see of Twin Cities

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "They didn’t have a car, so they did a lot of walking. Joel Eriksson Ek and Gustav Bouramman — two young Swedes taking in the sights. “We did take the light rail,” Eriksson Ek said. “We went to the Mall of America, to Minneapolis. Just took a look around the Twin Cities. It looks good. I like..." July 11

  • Wild prospect Alex Tuch looks to build off strong freshman season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "High expectations surrounded Alex Tuch heading into his freshman season at Boston College, and he lived up to them. The Wild's first-round draft pick (No. 18 overall) in 2014, Tuch led the Eagles in scoring with 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 37 games during his first collegiate..." July 10

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Wild's Backstrom says elbow injury had nerve damage

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Late last season, Niklas Backstrom suffered nerve damage in his right elbow that caused him to be unable to use his right hand while driving a car or holding a phone. The Wild goaltender, who underwent surgery in May, revealed the nature of the injury and how much it affected him during a..." July 08

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

    NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Erik Haula Files For Salary Arbitration

    The Hockey Writers "Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula has filed for salary arbitration, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. The 24-year-old center is a restricted free agent who is coming off a two-year deal with a $1.75 million AAV. Haula played a career-high 72 games last season, scoring seven goals..." July 05

  • Wild's Fletcher content after early stages of free agency

    Fox Sports North "Chuck Fletcher sounded quite content after the first day of NHL free agency. The Minnesota Wild GM largely just kept a few players in house on Wednesday, namely signing the youthful and talented Mikael Granlund. Minnesota also signed Nate Prosser, Ryan Carter and former Minnesota Gophers..." July 03

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    The #mnwild have agreed to terms with Jared Knight and Tyson Strachan on one-year, two-way deals.

  • Wild takes care of its free-agent business quickly on Day One

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There was no #PariseWatch, #VanekWatch or anything close for the Wild on Wednesday, the first day of NHL free agency. Three familiar faces were re-signed, the Mike Reilly deal became official, and some depth players were added to the American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa. The biggest news..." July 02

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    #mnwild signs center Zac Dalpe to a two-way...117 NHL games...3rd two-way guy of the day

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Ruslan Fedotenko to MIN on a two way deal.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    MIN also signs F Marc Hagel.

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    @FriedgeHNIC reports Wild will re-sign former Devil Ryan Carter.

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Mike Reilly two-year deal made official by #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Fletcher says Kyle Brodziak, Chris Stewart all testing free agency...Says chance Stewart circles back...

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    MIN closing in on a two-year deal with Nate Prosser

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Chuck Fletcher says progress on Granlund, "very close." #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Looks like #mnwild may look at re-signing Nate Prosser....

  • Minnesota Re-Signs Finnish Forward, Mikael Granlund

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has re-signed center Mikael Granlund to a two-year contract. Granlund, 23, collected 39 points (8-31=39), a plus-17 rating and averaged 17:54 in TOI/game in 68 games with Minnesota in 2014-15. He ranked third on the team in plus/minus and fifth in scoring and set career highs..." July 01

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Wild, Dubnyk agree to 6-year, $25M contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Devan Dubnyk got his security. The Wild got its fair cap hit. After three days of heavy-duty negotiation, the Wild has agreed to terms with the goaltender on a six-year, $25 million deal, sources say. That's a $4.166 million cap hit, making Dubnyk the 21st-highest paid goaltender in the game...." June 28

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Chuck Fletcher confirms @TSNBobMcKenzie report that deal with Devan Dubnyk is all but done.

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    As of now, Granlund's deal not done. Dubnyk's still waiting to hear from Liut from latest in-draft meeting with Fletcher. #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    #mnwild and #bruins trade: Wild gets 135 for the Wild's 5th-rounder in 2016

  • Wild, Dubnyk close to long-term extension

    TSN "Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk is close to returning to the Minnesota Wild. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports the goalie will likely sign a long-term deal with the team on Day 2 of the draft. Dubnyk posted a 27-9-2 record with a .936 save percentage and 1.78 goals against average..." June 27

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    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug

    Fletcher says he hopes to have both Dubnyk and Granlund signed by tomorrow.

  • Wild drafts Swedish center Joel Eriksson Ek in first round after busy day

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chuck Fletcher walked into his Fort Lauderdale beach hotel Friday morning red and sticky after pacing for almost an hour in the South Florida humidity with his phone pasted to his ear. After selecting skilled, hard-working center Joel Eriksson Ek with the 20th pick Friday night, the Wild..." June 27

  • Former Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly chooses the Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Mike Reilly sweepstakes are coming to an end this afternoon and unless something backfires, he will be signing with the Wild. Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher is currently meeting with agent Mike Liut to continue negotiations toward potentially a Devan Dubnyk deal. Agent Todd Diamond,..." June 26

  • Wild's Dubnyk awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is the 2014-15 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’..." June 25

  • Wild's Dubnyk Awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is the 2014-15 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’..." June 24

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • Devan Dubnyk still hopeful to get deal done with Wild

    CBS Sports "Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and the agent for goaltender Devan Dubnyk are expected to meet in Las Vegas on Tuesday night to continue negotiations on a potential contract. Dubnyk, who was acquired by the Wild back in January, was a significant part of the Wild's mid-season..." June 23

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Granlund's agent looking to negotiate short-term deal with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Here is today's story on the Matt Cooke waiver/buyout situation, what's going on with Devan Dubnyk and Mike Reilly. I have confirmed there has been almost no conversation on Dubnyk since that original Chuck Fletcher-Mike Liut meeting in Buffalo. The two sides are stuck right now in terms of..." June 19

  • Will Wild re-sign Dubnyk before unrestricted free agent deadline?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you didn’t see the Matt Cooke waiver/potential buyout blog, see the previous blog. But one week from today, if Devan Dubnyk is not re-signed by the Wild, the potential unrestricted free agent as of July 1 will be allowed to begin talking to 29 other teams as part of the free-agent interview..." June 18

  • Matt Cooke placed on waivers; buyout next?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild, looking to clear cap space this offseason, has placed veteran Matt Cooke on waivers. If he clears, the next route would be a buyout. Cooke, 36, who had an injury-ravaged season and was limited to only 29 regular-season games and seven playoff games, has one more year left on his..." June 18

  • Contract talks between Wild, Dubnyk proving 'difficult'

    The Score "Did Devan Dubnyk price himself out of the Minnesota Wild's plans with his strong play this past season? The two sides are believed to have been attempting to work out a new deal for the past two weeks, but an agreement is proving difficult, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported Tuesday on "Insider..." June 10