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  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Wild's Jason Zucker, dealing with trade rumors, wins King Clancy Memorial Trophy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jason Zucker walked onto the stage, wrapped his fingers around the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and rattled off a list of thank yous. He also mentioned Tucker Helstrom, acknowledging the bond that sparked a fundraiser to create the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the..." June 20

  • Wild's Jason Zucker wants 'to be somewhere I'm wanted'

    Sporting News "Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker isn't particularly happy about the uncertainty of his future with the team. Zucker, who signed a five-year extension with Minnesota last July, was almost on his way to Calgary at the trade deadline before that deal fell through and was part of..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Wild keeping all trade options open, GM says

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild will consider "any and all" trade offers after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons, general manager Paul Fenton said on Friday. Fenton did not tip his hand as to what positions the Wild specifically need to address during the..." June 16

  • Jay Bouwmeester finally won the Stanley Cup. Who are the other notable veterans seeking their first?

    The Hockey News "It took 764 career regular-season games with three teams for Jay Bouwmeester to finally make the playoffs. At 35, with 75 post-season games under his belt, Bouwmeester can finally call himself a Stanley Cup champion. Bouwmeester sat third in games played by an active player without a..." June 15

  • Wild GM Paul Fenton wants to re-sign, not trade, star defenseman Jared Spurgeon

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Contrary to rumors that have been swirling throughout the NHL this offseason, general manager Paul Fenton made it clear Friday that the Wild have every intention on re-signing star defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who can be come an unrestricted free agent after next season. “I have..." June 14

  • Wild re-signs Matt Bartkowski to one-year, two-way contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild retained one of its reinforcements from last season, re-signing defenseman Matt Bartkowski Tuesday to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000, $350,000). Bartkowski spent the majority of 2018-19 in the minors, tallying 19 points (four goals and 15 assists) in 70 games with..." June 12

  • Sabres contacted Wild about winger Jason Zucker

    Sporting News "The Sabres aren't going to be satisfied with simply signing Jeff Skinner to an extension this offseason. According to The Athletic, the team has now turned its attention to the trade market in hopes of acquiring a second-line center and a top-six winger. The same report..." June 08

  • Canucks looking at Jason Zucker? Now we're talking

    The Province "A team that needs to improve its top-six rotation like the Canucks would do well to add the Wild winger. Of all the names to bubble up in recent weeks after “Canucks interested in,” none has made your eyes light up. But Wednesday, one emerged that should: Jason..." June 07

  • Minnesota Wild To Acquire Fedor Gordeev

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have acquired the rights to Fedor Gordeev from the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. Gordeev needs to be signed by June 1 or else his exclusive rights would expire and he would re-enter the draft. If he does sign, which McKenzie expects to..." May 30

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Phil Kessel rumor paints strange picture for Wild’s offseason path

    Pro Hockey Talk "The first big trade rumor of the offseason (it is currently the offseason for 29 NHL teams) was centered around a potential blockbuster that would have reportedly seen the Pittsburgh Penguins send Phil Kessel to the Minnesota Wild in a deal that was thought to have included Jason Zucker (with..." May 28

  • Phil Kessel nixed trade to Wild due to belief team won't contend

    The Score "Details about the potential blockbuster trade between the Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins that fell through last week are starting to come to light. Penguins forward Phil Kessel, who owns an eight-team "yes" trade list, nixed a deal that would've sent him to..." May 27

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Would the Penguins get good value by trading Phil Kessel to Minnesota?

    PensBurgh "When analyzing trades (or potential trades), often people will want to know one thing. Who won the trade? It’s not uncommon for people to try and award a winner just five minutes after the ink is dry on the paperwork. In the terms of the potential Phil Kessel/Jack..." May 24

  • Minnesota, Pittsburgh In Trade Talks Regarding Phil Kessel

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t been secretive about their plans to shake up the roster this summer, and Phil Kessel’s name has been front and center in all of the trade speculation. That seems to be coming to a head, as Josh Yohe of The Atheltic (subscription..." May 23

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Mason Shaw Undergoes Knee Surgery

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After already missing nearly the entire 2017-18 season, Mason Shaw has more rehab to do. The Minnesota Wild announced that Shaw underwent a successful ACL revision procedure on his left knee yesterday and will miss the rest of the AHL playoffs. The Iowa Wild are in a second round series against..." May 07

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Brandon Duhaime

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Brandon Duhaime to a two-year, entry-level contract. The deal will kick in for the 2019-20 season, while Duhaime will join the Iowa Wild on an amateur tryout for the rest of this year. The former Providence College standout will not return for his senior..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Wild, Jared Spurgeon To Work On Long-Term Extension This Summer

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Fixing the offense is likely to headline the Wild’s summer, but the defense is also poised to receive attention. Jared Spurgeon will be eligible to sign a contract extension, an opportunity the Wild plans to prioritize on its offseason calendar. “It will..." April 13

  • Bruce Boudreau To Return As Minnesota Head Coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild made some big changes in the front office recently, but won’t be doing the same behind the bench. GM Paul Fenton spoke with reporters today and made it very clear that Bruce Boudreau will be back next season despite missing the playoffs this..." April 09

  • Minnesota Wild Start Front Office Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If you though the changes in Minnesota were over following the big trades they made this season, you were wrong. Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required) reports that the team have fired former assistant general managers Andrew Brunette and Shep Harder along with lead hockey..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Wild winger J.T. Brown arrested on suspicion of public intoxication

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild forward J.T. Brown was arrested early Saturday in Dallas on suspicion of public intoxication, according to police documents. The incident occurred at British Beverage Company at 2:18 a.m. Saturday, one of the reports said. It also referenced an off-duty police..." April 08

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • What’s in store for Wild after disappointing season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild need a miracle. Without one over the next five days, their season is going to come to a bitterly disappointing end that not only snaps the team’s six-year run of consecutive postseason appearances, but also spoils the guarantee from coach Bruce..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Wild signs free agent center Nico Sturm

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild signed center Nico Sturm, one of college hockey's top free agents, to a one-year, entry-level contract Monday. He will join the Wild and could make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Winnipeg. Sturm, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer and eligible to sign a..." April 01

  • The pros and cons of Devan Dubnyk’s brilliant change

    Sportsnet "Goaltenders have one job and they can only do it from their cold blue office, so when they have to leave the crease none of them do it lightly. The situation has to be desperate (trailing late in a game), or nearly foolproof (a delayed penalty), for them to take the giant leap of faith required..." March 27

  • Wild using success on road to get back into playoff picture

    NHL.com "Zach Parise couldn't help laughing about it. The Minnesota Wild had done it again Friday, rebounding from a disappointing homestand with a complete team effort in a 2-1 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at Capital One..." March 23

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Alexander Khovanov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have inked forward prospect Alexander Khovanov to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will kick in for next season, and Khovanov will remain with the Moncton Wildcats for the rest of this year. The Wildcats are about to start their first round QMJHL playoff series..." March 19

  • Wild sign Gophers goaltender Mat Robson to entry-level contract

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A couple of days after a controversial call helped knock the Gophers men’s hockey team out of the Big Ten Tournament, goaltender Mat Robson has found a new home. Luckily for him, he doesn’t have to move far. After mulling a number of offers, the 22-year-old..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Minnesota Wild Activate Victor Rask From Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild gave up a lot to acquire Victor Rask earlier this season, but have only received ten games out of the 26-year old center after he suffered an injury and was forced out of the lineup. That’s about to change, as Rask has been activated from injured..." March 11

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Devan Dubnyk frustrated by shootout officiating: 'It's a mockery'

    The Score "Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk isn't happy about the way his team is losing valuable points. The Wild have lost back-to-back contests to the Nashville Predators by way of the shootout, and Dubnyk doesn't feel the competition is being officiated..." March 06

  • Zach Parise is having a sneaky-good season for Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you ask a random hockey fan how they feel about Zach Parise, you might hear terms like “washed up” in response. That’s not really fair to the Minnesota Wild winger who’s proving he has quite a bit left in the tank, but it’s understandable why some might make..." March 05

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Flames' Hathaway ejected for dangerous hit on Wild's Kunin

    The Score "Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway was handed a 10-minute match penalty and a game misconduct after driving Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin face-first into the dasher. Kunin headed to the Wild locker room after the hit, but has since returned to the game. " March 03

  • Eric Fehr reflects on the year he and his Jets went home to Manitoba

    Sportsnet "Back before his days as a mainstay in Washington, before he became a Stanley Cup champion in Pittsburgh or a reliable depth piece in Minnesota, Eric Fehr was a child prodigy for the Winnipeg Jets. At least, that’s what he told his young classmates at the time. “I..." March 03

  • Flames' Hathaway won't face hearing for hit on Wild's Kunin

    The Score "Calgary Flames winger Garnet Hathaway won't face a disciplinary hearing to answer for his check on Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin on Saturday night, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo. Hathaway was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct after driving Kunin..." March 03

  • Extending Staal for cheap was necessary for Wild GM Fenton

    Hockey Wilderness "After a long wait on trade deadline day, the Minnesota Wild made just two actual deals in which players were swapped for assets on other teams. Mikael Granlund was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Kevin Fiala, and Matt Hendricks was moved for a 2020 7th..." February 26

  • Staal, Wild agree to two-year, $6.5M extension

    TSN "Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $6.5 million, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. The deal will pay the forward $3.5 million for the 2019-20 season and $3 million the season after that. The 34-year-old..." February 25