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  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • After knee surgery, Wild prospect Luke Kunin eager to reclaim momentum

    Twin Cities "It’s not hard to spot the aftermath of the injury that prematurely ended Luke Kunin’s campaign last season. As he gingerly stepped out of an Alumacraft fishing boat on Saturday afternoon, a gnarly scar on his left knee told the horror story of the the past five months for..." July 16

  • Jason Zucker Hoping To Stay In Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Of all the players scheduled for salary arbitration in the coming weeks, perhaps no case is likely to go all the way through the hearing and the decision than that of Jason Zucker. The Minnesota Wild forward is coming off of an incredible year, scoring a career-high 33 goals and 64..." July 16

  • Have Minnesota Wild already hit their ceiling?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s talk about the Minnesota Wild for a few minutes because, well, I am still not entirely sure what to make this team under its current construction. How do you feel about them? Do you think about them? When you hear the name “Minnesota Wild” do you think..." July 14

  • Zach Parise 'cleared to do everything' for Wild

    NHL.com "Zach Parise declared himself healthy and said he's "cleared to do everything" after the Minnesota Wild forward played in a game situation Wednesday for the first time since he fractured his sternum April 17. Parise, 33, is taking part in Da Beauty League, a weekly..." July 13

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Wild, Seeler agree to three-year contract

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with defenseman Nick Seeler on a three-year, $2.175 million contract. Seeler, 25, recorded four assists, a plus-10 rating and 21 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with..." July 01

  • Wild's Andrew Hammond: Signs one-year pact

    CBS Sports "Hammond will compete for the backup job in Minnesota after agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal Sunday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. There should be little doubt that the Wild No. 1 will be Devan Dubnyk, but who will serve as the backup will be decided..." July 01

  • J.T. Brown Signs With Minnesota Wild

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Enforcer J.T. Brown is heading home to Minnesota, as the veteran forward has signed with the Wild. The Athletic’s Michael Russo reports that it is a two-year deal and adds that he will make $675K this year and $700K next year for an AAV of $687.5K. " July 01

  • Bartkowski, Wild agree on two-way contract

    NHL.com " Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with defenseman Matt Bartkowski on a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$350,000). Bartkowski, 30, registered three assists and four penalty minutes (PIM) in 18..." July 01

  • Matt Hendricks Expected To Sign With Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After agreeing to terms with Eric Fehr earlier, Minnesota is set to add another depth forward.  Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that they have agreed to terms with center Matt Hendricks on a one-year contract.  Michael Russo of The Athletic adds (via..." July 01

  • Wild To Sign Eric Fehr

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Minnesota continues to add depth to their group.  After agreeing to terms with defenseman Greg Pateryn on Saturday, they are poised to sign center Eric Fehr to a one-year contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports (Twitter link). Fehr spent most of 2017-18 in the minors as a..." July 01

  • Wild places Tyler Ennis on unconditional waivers to buy out contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild hasn’t reworked its roster yet this offseason, but the team did make a move Saturday to create more cap space to maneuver by placing winger Tyler Ennis on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract, sources said.  Ennis is under contract for one more season;..." June 30

  • Greg Pateryn Expected To Sign With Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the contract can’t be made official until Sunday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports (Twitter link) that Minnesota is expected to sign defenseman Greg Pateryn.  He adds that the Rangers had shown interest in signing him as well. After spending the past few..." June 30

  • Minnesota Re-Signs Kyle Rau To A Two-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Minnesota has locked up one of its restricted free agents, announcing that they’ve re-signed winger Kyle Rau to a two-year, two-way contract.  The deal will pay $700K in the NHL and $275K at the minor league level in each season.  He would have been eligible for Group VI..." June 27

  • Wild to look at trade market, but may target Neal, Perron

    Yardbarker "In a loaded article for The Athletic today, Michael Russo addresses the Minnesota Wild’s plans for the offseason with new GM Paul Fenton through his first draft and ready for free agency. While Russo speculates that the Wild could look more toward the trade market than the UFA market..." June 26

  • Wild names Tom Kurvers assistant general manager

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild's front office under new general manager Paul Fenton continues to evolve, with the team naming Tom Kurvers as assistant general manager Tuesday.  Kurvers spent the previous 10 seasons with the Lightning, serving as a senior adviser to the GM the past seven. He also..." June 26

  • Minnesota Wild Re-Sign Ryan Murphy

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild didn’t issue a qualifying offer to Ryan Murphy, but that’s because they’ve instead signed him to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. " June 25

  • Wild draft young Swedish defenseman Filip Johansson with No. 24 overall pick

    Twin Cities "After tons of trade speculation in the days leading up to the NHL draft, the Wild decided to stand pat Friday night at American Airlines Arena, selecting Swedish defenseman Filip Johansson with the No. 24 overall pick. Although it’ll likely be a couple of years before Johansson..." June 22

  • Report: Coyotes, Wild discussed Domi deal prior to Galchenyuk trade

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens reportedly weren't the only team interested in acquiring Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to the Friday trade that sent Domi to the Canadiens, a deal was discussed that would've seen the playmaking winger moved to..." June 22

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Wild cut ties with Bruce Boudreau assistant and ‘confidant’ John Anderson, hire Dean Evason

    Twin Cities "New general manager Paul Fenton has hired Dean Evason as a Wild assistant coach, taking the spot of one of head coach Bruce Boudreau’s closest friends. Fenton opted not to renew the contract of assistant coach John Anderson, 61, who Boudreau added to the Wild staff when he..." June 06

  • Wild names Ferreira assistant to the general manager

    NHL.com "After nearly three decades, Jack Ferreira's hockey career will come full circle. The 73-year-old former general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, who moved with ownership to the San Jose Sharks organization in 1990, has been hired as assistant to new Wild General Manager Paul..." June 05

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Suter hopeful to return for Wild season opener

    NHL.com "Ryan Suter said he is hopeful he will be able to play in the Minnesota Wild opener next season after he recovers from a right ankle injury. "It's getting better every day," the defenseman told the Pioneer Press. "We won't know for sure until I'm back..." May 24

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Wild’s new GM faces tough task in finding ‘finishing touches’

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you look at NHL GM gigs like flipping a home, then some jobs call for a massive renovation, and it must be fun to deal with a “fixer-upper.” But what about when someone wants you to turn an already-expensive house into a mansion? That’s essentially what’s..." May 22

  • Wild to name Paul Fenton general manager

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are set to name Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton as the team's third general manager in team history, according to Michael Russo of The Athletic. Fenton was reportedly offered the job nearly two days ago and sources confirmed to Russo on..." May 21

  • Wild sign Finnish goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to entry-level deal

    Twin Cities "While the search for the next Wild general manager continues, acting general manager Brent Flahr has continued to operate under business as usual. He has added depth throughout the organization over the past month, and on Wednesday, he signed Finnish goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to a..." May 16

  • Wild getting closer to choosing next GM

    Yardbarker "The Minnesota Wild are closing in on their next GM, as Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required) reports that team owner Craig Leipold will sit down with Paul Fenton Tuesday and Tom Fitzgerald on Thursday before making a final decision. Fenton, the Nashville Predators..." May 15

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Fenton, Fitzgerald expected to get second interview for Wild GM job

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild are set to begin the second round of interviews for their vacant general manager position next week. Among the remaining candidates expected to get a second chance at the job are Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and New Jersey Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald,..." May 13

  • Wild to interview Nonis for GM job

    TSN "Add one more name to the list of Minnesota Wild general manager candidates: Dave Nonis. The Athletic's Michael Russo reports that the former Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks GM is set to meet with owner Craig Leipold and president Matt Majka on Saturday. A native of Burnaby, BC,..." May 05

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Eric Martinsson To One-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild, fresh off a prospect signing, have dipped their toes into the European free agent market. The team announced today a one-year, two-way contract for Eric Martinsson, a 25-year old defenseman out of the SHL. " May 02

  • Sedin twins, Subban, Zucker named finalists for King Clancy Trophy

    NHL.com "Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators, and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild were named finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a..." May 02

  • Wild signs Sokolov to entry-level contract

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Brent Flahr today announced the National Hockey League club has signed forward Dmitry Sokolov to a three-year, entry-level contract. Sokolov, 20, recorded a career-high 96 points (50-46=96) and 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games during..." May 02

  • Minnesota Wild Re-Sign Sam Anas

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have locked up Sam Anas for a while, signing the minor league forward to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Anas was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. He’ll now become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. Undrafted, Anas signed out of..." April 30

  • Jackets assistant GM interviews for Wild job

    TSN "Columbus Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito interviewed with the Minnesota Wild about their vacant GM job on Thursday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. The Wild are talking to different candidates as the process continues. The Nashville Predators assistant GM..." April 28

  • Mason Shaw, after missing season because of injury, signs with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild signed Mason Shaw to an entry level contract. The 19-year-old center missed last season with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League after tearing an ACL playing for the Wild prospects at the Traverse City tournament in September. Shaw had 47 goals and 163 points in 161 games for..." April 27

  • Wild GM front-runner Paul Fenton in town for initial interview

    Twin Cities "The search for the the next Wild general manager is officially underway, with front-runner Paul Fenton already in town for an initial interview, a source told the Pioneer Press. On Monday, Wild owner Craig Leipold announced he was not renewing the contract of longtime general manager Chuck..." April 25

  • Chuck Fletcher out after nine seasons as Wild general manager

    Twin Cities "Chuck Fletcher is out after nine seasons as the general manager of the Wild. Team owner Craig Leipold informed Fletcher on Monday morning that his contract would not be renewed. “I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years,”..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Five reasons the Minnesota Wild were knocked out by the Winnipeg Jets

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Wild are dead. The Wild's playoff run came to a close in Winnipeg on Friday night, as the Jets torched them for a 5-0 win to close out the opening round series four games to one. For Minnesota, it's the latest in what has become a long line of postseason disappointments, and this..." April 22

  • Wild plagued by injuries, lack of offense in first-round loss to Jets

    NHL.com "For the second straight year, the Minnesota Wild were eliminated in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round. The Winnipeg Jets advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011, defeating the Wild 4-1 in the best-of-7 series...." April 21

  • Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher May Not Get Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After suffering a embarrassing 5-0 defeat Friday that knocked the Minnesota Wild from the first-round of the playoffs, there is likely to be consequences going forward. At least that’s what The Athletic’s Mike Russo (subscription required) writes, suggesting that general manager Chuck Fletcher’s..." April 21

  • Wild veteran Matt Cullen on retirement: ‘I don’t have an answer right now’

    Twin Cities "As the best-of-seven series between the Wild and the Winnipeg Jets officially came to a close with the ceremonial handshake line, a handful of players stuck around to give Minnesota veteran Matt Cullen some extra love before both teams retreated to their locker rooms. After all, there’s a..." April 21

  • Wild’s Coyle says team left Devan Dubnyk ‘out to dry’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Wild went out of the Stanley Cup Playoff with a whimper, and at least one player feels badly about what happened to goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Wild were blanked 5-0 by the Winnipeg Jets on Friday to get eliminated from the postseason in five games. Dubnyk allowed four goals in the..." April 21

  • Wild’s Zach Parise to miss Game 4, listed week-to-week with fractured sternum

    Fox Sports North "Already without their top defenseman Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild will have to try to beat the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 without their hottest scoring threat, forward Zach Parise. Parise will miss Tuesday’s contest and is listed as week-to-week with a fractured sternum. He suffered the injury..." April 17

  • Wild D Dumba GTD for Game 3

    TSN "Minnesota Wild defenceman Mathew Dumba will be a gametime decision Sunday in Game 3 against the Winnipeg Jets, according to a report from The Athletic's Michael Russo. Dumba played nearly 27 minutes in the Wild's Game 2 loss to the Jets on Friday." April 15

  • Wild in familiar spot heading into Game 3 against Jets

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild find themselves in familiar territory, down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series to the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference First Round. The Wild, who have made six straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, have been down 2-0 in the first round all but once (2015 against the St...." April 15