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  • Nino Niederreiter has been stellar and will only get better

    Hockey Wilderness "When Mike Yeo left, it seemed Boudreau would finally let Nino Niederreiter free and give him the time on ice he deserved. And, to an extent, that has happened. Nino gained a full minute per game (on average) of ice time from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Since that season,..." December 17

  • Dumba out at least one week for Wild with upper-body injury

    NHL.com "Matt Dumba will be out at least one week for the Minnesota Wild because of an upper-body injury. The 24-year old defenseman left a 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday with 1:33 remaining in the first period and didn't practice Sunday or Monday.  Dumba leads..." December 17

  • Which teams are likely to make moves before Holiday Freeze?

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’re exactly one week away from the NHL’s holiday roster freeze. Teams won’t be able to make a move between Dec. 19 at 11:59 pm ET and Dec. 28 at 12:01 am ET, which means there could be some fireworks between now and the 19th. So, which teams are most likely to make a move..." December 13

  • Wild call up Luke Kunin as fill-in for injured captain Mikko Koivu

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild recalled Luke Kunin from Iowa on Sunday to replace center Mikko Koivu in the team's lineup. Koivu suffered a lower body injury when he was in a knee-on-knee collision with Calgary's Marc Giordano in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Flames. Giordano drew a two-game..." December 10

  • Wild Shopping Charlie Coyle In Trade Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Wild forward Charlie Coyle has had a rough start to his season with just 13 points through 29 games.  As a result, the team is dangling him in trade talks according to Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required).  Russo notes that three Atlantic Division teams are believed..." December 10

  • Devan Dubnyk mired in worst slump since joining Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "When he joined the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season Devan Dubnyk helped turn around what was quickly becoming a lost season. At the time of his acquisition the Wild were going through a brutal six-game losing streak, were under .500 for the season, and pretty much everyone around the..." December 09

  • Giordano suspended 2 games for kneeing Koivu

    The Score "Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has been suspended two games for kneeing Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu during Thursday's game, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced. The Wild ruled out Koivu for Friday's game in Edmonton, and he flew home to..." December 08

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Boston Bruins Linked To Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even before the Boston Bruins’ rash of defensive injuries and the loss of Patrice Bergeron, the team was having early-season issues with secondary scoring. With their No. 1 center and so much talent on the back end now out of commission, that need is now even more exasperated...." November 24

  • No superstar, no problem for Wild GM Paul Fenton

    The Score "Paul Fenton woke up on Friday with virtually the same Minnesota Wild roster he inherited six months ago. For a rookie general manager tasked with elevating a very-good-but-not-great club to new heights, it might seem like he's sleeping on the job. But the relative..." November 23

  • In minor league trade, Wild gets Kings defenseman Stepan Falkovsky

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild traded for Los Angeles Kings minor league defenseman Stepan Falkovsky on Wednesday, sending Pavel Jenys to the Kings organization.   Falkovsky, 21, has three goals and three assists in 14 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. He is a 6-foot-7 native..." November 22

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Defense has been the Wild's calling card to early success.

    Hockey Wilderness "The Minnesota Wild have been on a tear, and are now second in the Central division with a game in hand on the next team down. Expectations of this success was, perhaps, not as rampant as it has been in years past. Combine that with what some could have called a slow start, and I was..." November 05

  • Wild GM to meet with Kaprizov in Russia

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild appear to be picking up their efforts to lure 2015 fifth-round pick Kirill Kaprizov to the NHL. Wild general manager Paul Fenton will leave for Russia on Saturday to visit with the CSKA Moscow star. Michael Russo of The Athletic notes that former..." November 02

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Colton Beck

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Colton Beck has never been handed anything in his hockey career, but over and over has climbed his way up the ladder. Today, he has signed the first NHL contract of his career, inking a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild " November 01

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership

    NHL.com "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Jordan Greenway, John Quenneville Assigned To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils have made some tough decisions with regards to two budding prospects, assigning Jordan Greenway and John Quenneville back to the AHL. Both players suited up last night for their respective teams, but will now be headed to the minor..." October 26

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Boudreau: Struggling Niederreiter 'has lost his confidence a little bit'

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are off to a respectable 4-2-2 start after winning three straight games, but they've done so without production from one of their key offensive players - Nino Niederreiter. The Swiss-born winger has been invisible thus far, going goalless on 14 shots with a pair..." October 23

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Little changes to the offense has improved the Wild's production

    Hockey Wilderness "Three weeks ago, I wrote about the opening 12 days of the Wild’s season. Through those first six games, the Wild had but two wins, against the Blackhawks and the Coyotes. They had lost to the Avalanche, Golden Knights, Predators,..." October 22

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Staal confident he can maintain scoring pace for Wild

    NHL.com "Eric Staal's name made it onto one of the 164 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Hart Trophy last season. The Minnesota Wild center received one fifth-place vote, good for one point, tying him for 17th place with Pittsburgh Penguins..." October 09

  • Montreal Acquires Gustav Olofsson From Minnesota

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Gustav Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Will Bitten. Olofsson, drafted 46th overall in 2013, is a defender who has played 56 NHL games over the last three seasons for the Wild. Olofsson cleared waivers earlier today after Minnesota..." October 03

  • Wild Investigating The Trade Market For Gustav Olofsson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Although he wasn’t among their cuts today, Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson may not be with the team too much longer.  Michael Russo of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that the team has investigated what they could potentially get for him on the trade..." October 02

  • Wild's Ryan Suter logs 21 minutes in return to the ice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Since joining the Wild on the ice for training camp, defenseman Ryan Suterhas been able to prepare for a return to action after suffering a severe ankle injury last season. He’s absorbed contact in drills and taken reps on the power play. But what practice..." September 28

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Greenway using prospects tournament to make case with Wild

    NHL.com "Jordan Greenway might seem a little out of place at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament after an eventful 2017-18 season when he helped Boston University win the Hockey East championship, represented the United States in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, made his NHL debut with the Minnesota..." September 09

  • Suter has final hurdle to clear before Wild open training camp

    NHL.com "Ryan Suter needs to clear one final hurdle before he can be on the ice for Minnesota Wild training camp. The 33-year-old defenseman, who is recovering from April 5 surgery on his right ankle, must meet with doctors one more time to receive medical clearance, coach Bruce Boudreau said..." September 08

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Boeser, Zucker to participate in charity game against fans

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser and Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker will be among a group of NHL players that will play in a Unified Showcase game on Monday between playoff games of Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4 summer league featuring players with connections to..." August 19

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • Wild finalize partnership with Whitecaps for inaugural season in NWHL

    Twin Cities "As the Minnesota Whitecaps embark on their inaugural season in the National Women’s Hockey League this fall, they will do so with the backing of the Minnesota Wild. In a move that makes sense for both sides, the Wild will partner with the Whitecaps, providing resources to help..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Minnesota’s Fenton Has Tried To Make Moves This Offseason

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With a new general manager in house and the fact that the Minnesota Wild can’t seem to take a step forward despite reaching the playoffs six straight seasons, many people expected Paul Fenton to do something significant this offseason when he took over. Instead it’s been a..." August 11

  • Wild's Ryan Suter expects to be ready for training camp

    The Score "After an injury kept him out of the final week of the regular season and the entire postseason, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter looks to be on the mend. The 33-year-old fractured his ankle in a game against the Dallas Stars on March 31...." August 08

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Minnesota Wild Will Be Patient With Potential Eric Staal Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s hard to rank the absolute best contract in the league given the varied contributions that hockey players provide, but near the top of any list would have to be Eric Staal. The former Carolina Hurricanes captain found himself struggling to record much offense during the 2015-16..." August 07

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Matt Read

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Matt Read, fresh off an expensive contract that didn’t quite work out with the Philadelphia Flyers, has signed with the Minnesota Wild for the 2018-19 season. Read has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him the minimum $650K at the NHL level. " July 30

  • Wild agree to five-year, $27.5 million contract with RFA Jason Zucker

    Twin Cities "After a back-and-forth negotiating process, the Wild and restricted free agent Jason Zucker have finally agreed to a deal. Zucker plans to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract to remain in the Twin Cities, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. His deal will carry an average..." July 25

  • Wild, Jason Zucker Still Apart In Contract Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With defenseman Mathew Dumba now locked up, the focus the Wild now shifts to RFA winger Jason Zucker.  Michael Russo of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that there is still a fairly significant gap financially for the two sides to bridge with Zucker..." July 23

  • Wild sign Dumba to five-year contract

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild have avoided arbitration with Matt Dumba and have signed the 23-year-old defenceman to a five-year, $30 million contract extension, according to multiple reports.  The $6 million average annual value makes Dumba the third highest player on the Wild behind..." July 21

  • Tim Army Hired As Head Coach Of Iowa Wild

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have announced the hiring of Tim Army as the next head coach of the Iowa Wild, their AHL affiliate. Army was with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season as an assistant coach, and several years before that on the Colorado Avalanche bench as an assistant. Head coaching..." July 19

  • 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