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  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned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

  • Predators acquire Granlund from Wild for Fiala

    TSN "The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Mikael Granlund from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Kevin Fiala. In 63 games for the Wild this season, Granlund has 15 goals and 34 assists. The 26-year-old has one year remaining on his contract after this..." February 25

  • NHL Rumors: Mikael Granlund drawing all kinds of interest

    Hockey Wilderness "Mikael Granlund was one of the kids that players like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter pointed to as a difference maker in their decision to sign in Minnesota. At the time, Parise and Suter were coming to a Wild team that had a number of..." February 25

  • NHL Rumors: Wild Shopping Jason Zucker

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As Minnesota looks to continue to reshape their roster, one player that hasn’t received a lot of attention yet is Jason Zucker.  However, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that the Wild are heavily shopping the winger. Last season, the 27-year-old..." February 25

  • 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