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  • 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

  • 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