Speaking with reporters Friday afternoon after presenting a $2,500 donation to Wounded Warrior Project, coach Bruce Boudreau reemphasized the Wild's desire to come to terms with restricted free agents Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno. "They're the glue that's going to hold us together," Boudreau said from inside Plymouth Ice Center, where Minnesota Disabled Hockey staff and volunteers taught 30 wounded military veterans in a "learn to play sled hockey" event. "All three of those guys had great years last year, so we're looking forward for them to be part of the Wild organization for a lot of years to come." Niederreiter and Granlund are both coming off their best seasons in Wild uniforms. Foligno, acquired in a trade with Buffalo last month, brings the size and two-way grit Boudreau covets. Granlund doubled his previous career-high goal total with 26 markers last season, part of a team-best 69 points that helped him earn Lady Byng Memorial Trophy consideration. Niederreiter scored 25 goals and added 32 assists, appearing in all 82 of Minnesota's regular-season contests. In his sixth season in Buffalo, Foligno had 13 goals and 10 assists in 80 games played.
Boudreau: 3 unsigned RFAs are 'glue that's going to hold' Wild together
NHL.com | Jul 29