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Thomas Vanek connected to gambling probe: report

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek appeared voluntarily in U.S. federal court in upstate New York on Monday in connection with an ongoing gambling investigation, WHEC Rochester reported. Steve Bartlett, agent for the NHLer who reportedly hasn’t been charged, said in a statement on Vanek’s behalf: “Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thomas Vanek may be connected to a federal gambling investigation

Thomas Vanek appears to be connected to a federal gambling investigation currently taking place in New York. A report from WHEC suggests that Vanek is involved with a case involving The Marina Restaurant & Bar, located in Rochester, New York. The report details that Vanek voluntarily visited a federal court house with his lawyer, but isn’t personally being charged. Via WHEC...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild prospect profile: Alex Tuch

When the Minnesota Wild drafted Alex Tuch 18th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was clear that the team was following a formula that other teams have used for success. Tuch, a native of Baldwinsville, New York, has an extremely mature body even though he is just 18 years old. In drafting Tuch, Minnesota got a legitimate power forward that makes his biggest impact banging around...
Via isportsweb.com
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Signs Multiple Young Players in Busy Week

It’s been a fairly busy week in the Minnesota Wild front office. In the past nine days, The Wild have agreed to terms with five players and signed them to new contracts. Here’s what you need to know about the recent signings. Cody Almond (Forward) Contract: One Year Previous Team: Geneve-Servette (Swiss-A) Almond has spent three seasons […]
Via The Hockey Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild latest to take advantage of U.S. developmental program

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the revelry that followed being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Wild last month, Alex Tuch was approached by members of the organization and asked about Louis Belpedio, who Tuch played with last season as part of the U.S. National Under-18 team. Tuch wasn't sure what the line of questioning meant, but he figured the Wild were interested in his...
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Risers and fallers after development camp

After the week-long NHL development camp, the next generation of Minnesota Wild prospects have created some buzz for the future of the franchise. Highlighted by a pair of scrimmages that were open to the public, a few players impressed fans and coaches with superior talent. Others, including a few players that have an opportunity to crack the NHL roster this season, hardly looked...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild re-sign Zucker to two-way contract

Jason Zucker is staying in the Minnesota Wild organization. Zucker just might not be at the NHL level. Zucker, a restricted free agent this offseason, signed a two-year contract with Minnesota on Tuesday. The deal includes a two-way option in 2014-15 that could see him sent to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa, and a one-way contract for 2015-16. Zucker, 22...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Grading free agency so far

Nearly two weeks into free agency, the majority of notable players have already signed deals to play somewhere next season. The Minnesota Wild took part in the day one frenzy by signing Thomas Vanek as the league collectively spent over $500 million in total money for new contracts. Vanek will likely be the only player that Minnesota will be able to boast about signing during free...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild open to giving Niederreiter more than bridge contract

Nino Niederreiter was never able to firmly establish himself with the New York Islanders, but he was given a new opportunity after the Minnesota Wild acquired him last summer and so far he’s taken advantage of it. He scored 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games last season. He’ll try to build off of that in 2014-15, but first he has to agree to a new contract now that his entry...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign Jordan Schroeder to a two year contract

#479896227 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild have signed first round bust and former Golden Gopher Jordan Schroeder to a two-way contract. Based on who the Wild have in their current lineup, I don't see Schroeder playing in Minnesota all of that much.ICE Client and Minnesota native Jordan Schroeder agrees to terms on a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.— NEIL SHEEHY...
Via Goon's World
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Dumba trying to break through for full-time NHL job

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Talk to Matt Dumba for any amount of time and his love for the game of hockey and his lifelong dream of playing in the NHL is very apparent. So is the raw emotion of coming so close yet being told to be patient. The look on Dumba's face as he speaks about going back to play junior hockey last year is almost pained, his voice filled with the disappointment of...
Via Fox Sports North
10 days ago  |  Discuss

SI refers to the Minnesota Wild as a 'middle-of-the-road team'

#490270903 / gettyimages.comSo, Sports Illustrated referred to the Wild are a middle-of-the-road team. Yeah..I guess, whatever. I would refer to the Wild as an up-and-coming team that's ready to break out. 12 Minnesota WildMikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund-Erik Haula-Kyle BrodziakKoivu isn't the player he once was and Granlund isn't yet the player he will be, but both can...
Via Goon's World
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Just what the Wild needed

The thing that has frustrated Wild fans, essentially since the team came into being, was the inability for the team to score goals from multiple lines. They had Marian Gaborik early, then nothing. They had Martin Havlat, who pretty much WAS nothing. Then they signed Zach Parise and added Jason Pominville, but they couldn’t finish in the playoffs like they would have wanted to...
Via The Rhino and Compass
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign Thomas Vanek to three-year deal

The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday that they have signed left wing Thomas Vanek to a three-year, $19.5 million contract. Vanek is the NHL’s eighth-leading goal scorer since 2005-06.  In nine seasons, Vanek has amassed 277 goals and 279 assists. “Thomas is an elite offensive talent who showed a strong desire to play in Minnesota,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said...
Via Sports-Glory
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Draft is a bit of a head scratcher for the Minnesota Wild

Erik Haula was a 7th round steal (182nd Overall) by the Wild in 2009. This is where the NHL scouts really earn their money, where the fruits of all that effort, long and lonely drives all over the world to isolated rinks to watch these young players ply their game really pay off.  The scouts collect their information and return to the front office a few times a year to report what...
Via State of Hockey News
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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