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  • Wild hoping Donato can make impact immediately, in future

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild are hoping a shakeup to the roster will be the wakeup they need to vault back into position to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If not, more changes aimed at next season and beyond are expected before the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m...." February 21

  • Wild trade F Coyle to Bruins

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the return in the deal is not yet official, but is expected to be forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick. The 26-year-old has..." February 20

  • The Wild should wait on other teams before deciding to buy or sell

    Hockey Wilderness "Deciding what the Minnesota Wild should do at the trade deadline this season is not an easy task. The team this season feels like it is significantly below where it has been in previous years, and (especially on bad nights) it does not feel like a team capable of making a run in the..." February 15

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • Wild’s Mikko Koivu makes just one prediction: He’ll be back

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Mikko Koivu limped on crutches into the dressing room Thursday wearing a baseball cap, sweat pants over his bulky knee brace and the same stoic look the Wild captain has had on his face since debuting with the team in 2005. He had never suffered a season-ending injury, or one as..." February 15

  • Eric Staal's no-trade list 'vastly populated' with contenders

    The Score "Eric Staal has a 10-team no-trade list in his contract, and he's taking full advantage of it. The Minnesota Wild forward is an unrestricted free agent after this season, but his no-trade list is "vastly populated with all the obvious contenders," TSN's Pierre LeBrun..." February 14

  • Wild could move core players before Deadline

    NHL.com "General manager Paul Fenton has received permission from ownership to do whatever is necessary to improve the Wild for now or the future, including trading core members of the roster, according to The Athletic. The news comes after Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau predicted Thursday..." February 14

  • Wild's Boudreau: 'We're going to make the playoffs'

    Twin Cities "It wasn’t exactly Joe Namath regaling reporters poolside in his swim trunks and guaranteeing his underdog AFL Jets would defeat the heavily favored NFL Colts in Super Bowl III, which they did to shock the pro football world. But Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Thursday boldly went..." February 14

  • Boudreau: Some Wild players are shells of the guys I've known

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild picked up its pursuit of a playoff spot after an eight-day break propped up by the cushion from a three-game win streak, but since the team resumed playing, all it’s done is lose. And after dropping its fourth straight, a horde of clubs are now nipping at its heels..." February 09

  • Wild moving forward without Koivu

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild aren't feeling sorry for themselves after the loss of center Mikko Koivu, who will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee. "I look at every team in the League, and they're all missing players, Arizona is missing..." February 07

  • Mikko Koivu Suffers Season-Ending Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild are still fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but will now have to do it without their captain. Mikko Koivu has suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his right knee, and will have surgery to repair the damage on Friday. " February 06

  • Should Koivu injury push Wild to be trade deadline sellers?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mikko Koivu‘s season-ending injury is a brutal blow to the Minnesota Wild in 2018-19. There’s no getting around that. But it also might provide the push this franchise needs to make lasting changes that might make their future brighter. Up to this point, the Wild have been..." February 06

  • Minnesota, Ottawa Put Three Players On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators put three players on waivers Sunday as the Wild placed defenseman Nate Prosser and winger J.T. Brown on waivers, while the Senators put winger Nick Paul on waivers as well. Friedman also reported that Toronto..." February 03

  • NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

    Sporting News "The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday. “The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and..." February 01

  • What the 2018 NHL trade deadline shows us about first-round pick values

    Sportsnet "The Jake Muzzin trade got the ball rolling in a couple of respects. First, it opened the trade market with a month to go until the deadline and, second, it gave us an idea of what a first-round pick might get you in the lead up to Feb. 25. Trying to pin down exactly what a..." January 31

  • Devils acquire D Murphy from Wild

    TSN "The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenceman Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenceman Michael Kapla. Murphy, 25, signed as a free agent with the Wild on July 1, 2017 and has appeared in 23 NHL games over two seasons with the team, recording five points..." January 30

  • Minnesota Wild, Eric Staal Have Not Held Extension Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In terms of rental centers that might be available at the deadline, most of the focus has been placed on just a few names. Matt Duchene, Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard have been speculated on ad nauseam, but a new name may just enter the conversation before long. Eric Staal of the Minnesota..." January 30

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Alex Stalock To Three-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have decided that Alex Stalock has done more than enough to remain in the organization, today signing him to a three-year extension. Stalock will earn an average of $785K per season, totaling $2.355MM over the three years. The deal is a one-way contract,..." January 29

  • How Jim Nill Went from Top GM to Hot Seat Candidate

    Defending Big D "As you heard long before today, Peter Chiarelli has finally been fired in Edmonton. This has led to the usual rounding up of his mistakes, with few equaling the Tyler Seguin trade. There are other Chiarelli moves that stand out—boy howdy, are there others—but the..." January 29

  • Wild claims defenseman Anthony Bitetto off waivers from Predators

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Players are in the midst of an eight-day break, but that hasn't stopped Wild management from fussing with the roster. The team claimed defenseman Anthony Bitetto off waivers from the Predators Friday, its second addition to the blue line this week. After a win over the Golden..." January 25

  • Minnesota Wild “Can’t Trade Draft Picks” As Deadline Nears

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have been a very good team for a very long time. Six straight playoff appearances with a 247-158-53 record over that time proved it, but former GM Chuck Fletcher still received the boot last offseason because of the lack of postseason success. In those six appearances, the..." January 24

  • Matt Dumba’s ‘anger’ led to indefinite stint on sidelines

    Pro Hockey Talk "Chalk one up for those who are staunch supporters of their star players not engaging in fisticuffs. Fans of the Minnesota Wild would have wished that Matt Dumba wouldn’t have thrown a “wild punch” at Matthew Tkachuk in a game against the Calgary Flames on Dec...." January 19

  • Dumba has no timetable for return to Wild after surgery

    NHL.com "Matt Dumba doesn't have an updated timeline for his return from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, but the Minnesota Wild defenseman is confident he'll be at full strength when he does. "I'll be back," he said Friday, wearing a brace around his right arm...." January 18

  • Wild send Nino Niederreiter to Hurricanes for Victor Rask

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s trading season has officially arrived. We knew the Carolina Hurricanes were going to be one of the teams to watch over the next few weeks as the trade deadline approaches, and they made a fairly significant deal on Thursday afternoon when they sent..." January 17

  • Anaheim Ducks Trade Pontus Aberg to the Minnesota Wild

    Last Word On Hockey "The Anaheim Ducks have agreed to trade forward Pontus Aberg to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Justin Kloos. The Duck have agreed to trade Aberg to the Wild in what should prove to be the first of many moves leading up to this year’s trade deadline. In..." January 16

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Flyers' Hart: I 'would've gotten my a-- kicked' in goalie fight with Dubnyk

    The Score "During the second period of Monday night's tilt between the Wild and Flyers, Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk took exception to Philadelphia forward Scott Laughton invading his personal space. Flyers netminder Carter Hart admitted he..." January 15

  • Loss to Red Wings shows Wild can be own worst enemy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Lodged between a rigorous start to January and a challenging final leg before the All-Star break looked to be an opportunity. Four games, uninterrupted, against three of the NHL’s basement dwellers and the free-falling Ducks, an itinerary the Wild could capitalize on to receive..." January 14

  • Boudreau calls out Wild’s top players after tough loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "These are the types of nights that will make Bruce Boudreau’s skin turn extra-red. As scrappy as the Detroit Red Wings can be, there’s no denying their low spot in the NHL this season. If that wasn’t enough to set the table for a Wild win, consider that the game..." January 13

  • Wild recalls Eriksson Ek, reassigns Murphy

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton on Tuesday announced the NHL club has recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and reassigned defenseman Ryan Murphy to Iowa.   Eriksson Ek, 21 (1/29/97), was assigned to Iowa on Dec. 28..." January 08

  • Could the Wild play outdoors next season?

    Hockey Wilderness "Earlier this week, the NHL announced a full slate of special event games for the 2019-2020 season. The 2020 NHL All-Star Game is headed to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Additionally, there will be three outdoor games next year. First will be the Heritage Classic on October 26...." January 04

  • Lack of power plays compounding Wild's scoring problems

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first 10 minutes of the third period. If the Wild could score in that time frame, it felt a boisterous reaction from the home crowd would ensue and another tally — the game-tying one — would be inevitable. But that window closed without a goal..." January 02

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Not ready to give up on Joel Eriksson Ek

    Hockey Wilderness "During the Hockey Wilderness Mock Draft way back in 2015, Joel Eriksson Ek stuck out like a sore thumb as exactly the kind of safe, two-way player that Chuck Fletcher, and Brent Flahr loved to draft. As draft day played out, players like Travis Konecny were falling in..." December 31

  • Wild will send struggling center Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild will send Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa of the American Hockey League, coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday. The 21-year-old has only one goal in 27 games this season despite being the team’s third-line center, and is a minus-6. He was the Wild’s first-round..." December 28

  • Wild say Dumba to miss three months

    TSN "Mathew Dumba successfully underwent surgery for a ruptured right pectoralis muscle, and is expected to miss a minimum of three months. The defenceman suffered the injury during Saturday’s matchup with the Calgary Flames. He was involved in a fight just 40 seconds into the..." December 26

  • Matt Dumba To Undergo Surgery, Out “Significant” Amount Of Time

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Just moments after we published a note about Mathew Dumba’s upper-body injury, news broke out of Minnesota that the Wild defenseman will have surgery next week. Dumba will be out a “significant” amount of time, though GM Paul Fenton wouldn’t give an exact..." December 21

  • 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