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  • Wild trade Gustav Bouramman to Florida Panthers

    Hockey Wilderness "The Minnesota Wild announced Friday that defenseman Gustav Bouramman has been traded to the Florida Panthers for future considerations. Bouramman was selected in the seventh round (No. 201 overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of two seasons with the AHL’s Iowa..." August 24

  • Bill Guerin has 'full confidence' in Bruce Boudreau as Wild coach

    NHL.com "Following a whirlwind past week when he was offered the Minnesota Wild's general manager position Tuesday and was introduced at a news conference at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, Bill Guerin is busy settling into his new job and everything that goes with it. He'll somehow..." August 24

  • Bill Guerin Planning To Meet Kirill Kaprizov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Bill Guerin has plenty on his plate after taking over as general manager of the Minnesota Wild just a few weeks from training camp, but Michael Russo of The Athletic reports that one of the first things he did was call the agent for prospect Kirill Kaprizov to set up a..." August 23

  • Ryan Hartman excited by Bill Guerin hire, eyes return to playoffs with Wild

    NHL.com "Ryan Hartman is ready to help the Minnesota Wild return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and said he thinks Bill Guerin, who was named general manager Wednesday, is a key component in achieving that goal. "I mean the guy's won at every level," the forward said of Guerin, who..." August 22

  • Mikko Koivu 'feels good' ahead of training camp with Wild

    NHL.com "Mikko Koivu said he "feels good" and intends to be ready for the start of the regular season with the Minnesota Wild. The 36-year-old forward has been making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee he sustained on Feb. 5 against the Buffalo..." August 22

  • New Wild GM Bill Guerin: 'We have a lot of work to do'

    NHL.com "Bill Guerin said he firmly believes the Minnesota Wild have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.  Guerin was introduced as the fourth general manager in Minnesota history on Thursday. He replaces Paul Fenton, who was fired July 30 after he was GM for 14 months. Guerin spent the..." August 22

  • The top 10 candidates to be traded in 2019-20

    The Hockey Writers "It’s never too early to talk about the next big wave of NHL trades – especially when a couple prominent players have already outed themselves as candidates to be moved. Topping my list of early-season trade candidates are two first-round Finns openly fed up with their situations...." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Wild sign Joel Eriksson Ek to two-year, $2.975 million contract

    Twin Cities "It only took new general manager Bill Guerin a few hours to make his first move with the Wild. After being announced as the team’s new general manger Wednesday, Guerin quickly got to work, signing restricted free-agent center Joel Eriksson Ek to a two-year, $2.975 million..." August 21

  • Advice for new Wild GM Bill Guerin

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a lot of ways, it’s fitting that the Minnesota Wild announced Bill Guerin as their next GM during Ottawa Senators Day at PHT. After all, Guerin is stepping into a GM gig that might be just as tough as what Pierre Dorion is dealing with in Ottawa, even if the challenges are..." August 21

  • Report: Wild close to hiring Bill Guerin as next general manager

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild are reportedly close to hiring Bill Guerin as their next general manager. NHL Network’s Kevin Weeks was first to report the two sides were close to a deal. Michael Russo of The Athletic adds that Guerin is “flying to..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Minnesota GM Search Down To Three

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild seem to have narrowed their search down a bit as three names seem to have forced their way to the top. In his recent mailbag, The Athletic’s Michael Russo (subscription required) writes that it likely will come down to Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin,..." August 18

  • What Does Mats Zuccarello Bring to the Wild?

    Hockey Wilderness "Back on July 1, the first day of NHL free agency, the Minnesota Wild signed veteran winger Mats Zuccarello to a five-year deal worth $6 million annually. Zuccarello’s deal includes a full no-move clause and a modified no-trade clause in the final two years of his contract — a bit..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • NHL rumors: Ex-Devil Bill Guerin front-runner to be new Minnesota Wild GM?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Minnesota Wild are deep into their search for their next general manager after abruptly firing Paul Fenton in July after just one season at the helm. One of the top candidates emerging for the job is a former Devil. According to a report from The..." August 16

  • Bruce Boudreau needs to get Wild turned around quickly

    Pro Hockey Talk "Most head coaches in the NHL don’t get to stay on the job longer than two of the organization’s general managers, but Bruce Boudreau clearly isn’t “most head coaches”. Boudreau, who was hired by former GM Chuck Fletcher in May of 2016, got to stay on staff when..." August 15

  • Replacing Paul Fenton, Jared Spurgeon’s future among biggest questions for Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pondering three important questions for the 2019-20 Minnesota Wild. 1. Who will replace Paul Fenton as general manager? Even though Paul Fenton’s reign of error as Minnesota Wild general manager lasted just one forgettable season it was still long enough to do plenty..." August 15

  • Do the Wild have short-term path back to playoffs?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Before the 2018-19 season went sideways, the Minnesota Wild had a five-year run where they were a mostly outstanding and consistently underrated hockey team. They had three 100-point seasons in a four-year stretch and even though they had limited success once they made the playoffs,..." August 15

  • Wild need to hope Zach Parise, Eric Staal are capable of another big season

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you look at the top returning scorers for the Minnesota Wild there is a pretty common theme among almost all of them. Almost all of them are in their mid-30s. The group of Zach Parise, Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jason Zucker, and Mikko Koivu (the top-six..." August 15

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Kevin Fiala Negotiations Waiting On New GM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When Paul Fenton was fired a few weeks ago by the Minnesota Wild, not only did the team have to start an immediate (and perhaps desperate) search for a new general manager, but the rest of their offseason was put on hold. Assistant GM Tom Kurvers took over the day to day..." August 15

  • Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau and 4 other NHL coaches on the hot seat in 2019-20

    Sporting News "This past NHL season once again saw a coaching carousel and changes behind the bench. Head coaches such as the Edmonton Oilers' Todd McLellan, St. Louis Blues' Mike Yeo, Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville and Los Angeles Kings' John Stevens were dismissed during the..." August 13

  • Minnesota Not Given Permission To Interview Bill Zito

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In June, the Columbus Blue Jackets promoted Bill Zito to senior vice president of hockey operations and associate general manager. It sounds like they don’t want to lose him from that position, as Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required) reports that the..." August 13

  • Is It Time For The Wild To Rebuild?

    Hockey Wilderness "The time has come, folks. It might sound trite to say, but the organization is really at a crossroads. After failing to make the playoffs and losing their general manager this off-season, the Minnesota Wild will soon have to take stock and decide just where they are and where they want to be as..." August 10

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Hunter Warner

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have signed restricted free agent Hunter Warner to a one-year two-way contract. The deal will carry a $700K salary in the NHL. Warner was not eligible for salary arbitration. Warner, 23, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the USHL in 2014..." August 09

  • Hurricanes owner: Waddell 'not going anywhere' despite Wild interest

    The Score "Tom Dundon wants to end the speculation about Don Waddell once and for all. The Carolina Hurricanes owner said his general manager will remain in the role despite recently interviewing for the vacant Minnesota Wild GM position. "To me, he's..." August 08

  • Minnesota Wild Not Given Permission To Interview Chris Drury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild GM search continues and though Michael Russo of The Athletic believesa decision won’t come until later in the month, more information about potential candidates has emerged. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the Wild asked for permission from..." August 07

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Minnesota Wild Interview Bill Guerin, Don Waddell

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild are aggressively searching for their next GM after unceremoniously firing Paul Fenton just 14 months into his tenure and two more interesting names have popped up. Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required) confirms that the team interviewed..." August 06

  • Why Ron Hextall Could Be A Good Fit For The Wild

    Hockey Wilderness "In case you haven’t heard, the Minnesota Wild kind of did a thing earlier this week. Nothing crazy — they just fired General Manager Paul Fenton. Yes, the removal of Fenton has put the Wild in a state of extreme turmoil. But there’s no denying that the now former..." August 05

  • Wild ask for permission to speak with Canadiens' Scott Mellanby

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are apparently interested in talking to a third candidate for their vacant general manager position. Wild brass has requested permission to speak with Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager Scott Mellanby, The Athletic's Michael Russo..." August 03

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Matt Read To PTO

    Pension Plan Puppets "The Toronto Maple Leafs today announced that they have signed winger Matt Read to a PTO. Who is Matt Read, you ask? Well, he used to play for the Flyers, so he knows Dave Hakstol. Read, in his prime, was a solid citizen 10-20 goal-scoring forward, who had some great defensive results..." August 02

  • Report: Former Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli interviews with Wild

    Sportsnet "Former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli and ex-Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall have interviewed for the recently vacated GM position with the Minnesota Wild, reports The Athletic’s Michael Russo. The Wild fired Paul Fenton from the role just two..." August 02

  • Jason Zucker, subject of trade rumors, not worried about new Wild GM

    Twin Cities "If it seemed as if speedy winger Jason Zucker was at the epicenter of nearly every trade former general manager Paul Fenton tried to make, well, it’s because he absolutely was. As much as Zucker tried to ignore the trade rumors, there was only so much he could do; Fenton seemed..." August 01

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Five potential GM replacements for Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s unusual for an NHL team to be in the middle of a general manager search this deep into the offseason but the Minnesota Wild decided that they needed to go in a new direction. The Wild, who fired GM Paul Fenton on Tuesday, can’t afford to whiff on this hire. But..." July 31

  • Filip Johansson working on managing own expectations with Wild

    NHL.com "Filip Johansson continues to work toward becoming an NHL player with the Minnesota Wild, but the defenseman prospect said he knows he'll benefit from managing his own high expectations for himself. "Sometimes they're more than I can perform (to), and that's a bad..." July 30

  • Wild hoping to speak with Ron Hextall about GM vacancy

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild aren't wasting any time in their search for a replacement for general manager Paul Fenton, who was fired Tuesday. Minnesota has reached out for permission to speak to Ron Hextall, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Hextall replacing Fenton..." July 30

  • Wild owner admits he botched Paul Fenton hiring: 'I missed it and this is on me'

    The Score "The man who brought Paul Fenton to the Minnesota Wild now acknowledges he didn't choose the right candidate. Craig Leipold, the club's owner, took responsibility for the former general manager's hiring while discussing Fenton's abrupt firing Tuesday. “I..." July 30

  • 5 moves that will define Paul Fenton’s tenure as GM of Wild

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild sent shockwaves through the hockey world Tuesday by firing general manager Paul Fenton after only 14 months on the job. “After giving much thought to this difficult decision, I informed Paul today that he was not the right fit for our organization going..." July 30

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30