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Wild rout Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Jason Zucker, Tyler Graovac each had a goal and an assist in the Wild's 6-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter, Zac Dalpe and Thomas Vanek also scored, and Charlie Coyle and Mikko Koivu each had two assists. Devan Dubnyk made 10 saves. Tim Schaller scored for Buffalo, and Chad Johnson made 36 saves.
Via Fox Sports North
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild players enjoyed trip to Duluth, playing in front of new fans

The Minnesota Wild wrapped up a short jaunt to Duluth, Minn., on Wednesday, one day before their final preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres. After a couple of practices in front of their upstate fans at Amsoil Arena, Wild players described the experience. "It was wonderful, we had a great time," defenseman Ryan Suter said, according to the team's official website. "The weather...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild (46-28-8, fourth in Central Division)Coach: Mike Yeo (150-110-34; fifth season, fifth with team)Key Departures:  Matt Cooke, Chris Stewart, Kyle BrodziakKey Additions: Mike Reilly, Tyson Strachan  Key Player:  Devan DubnykDubnyk’s performance in net last season was nothing short of incredible. Minnesota’s biggest weakness over the past few seasons has been...
Via The Sports Quotient
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dumba, Wild blast Jets in 8-1 preseason rout

Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Matt Dumba scored first-period goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 8-1 in an exhibition game Sunday night Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise added second-period goals to chase Winnipeg starter Michael Hutchinson. Dumba made it 7-0 late in the second, Jonas Brodin also scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves. Mathieu...
Via Fox Sports North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Dubnyk comfortable, confident as regular season nears

ST. PAUL -- When Devan Dubnyk arrived last winter, the Minnesota Wild were drifting. His NHL career, too, had taken on a nomadic tone. The six-year, $26 million contract signed by the lanky goalie during the summer was designed to give both Dubnyk and the Wild the stability they have desired for some time. "We're very excited to be here," Dubnyk said, "and call it home." Few midseason...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Would I Protect From the Wild In An Expansion Draft For a Las Vegas-based Squad

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 23: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild calls for a delay of game penalty against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 23, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Wild defeated the Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) In year 2000, the Minnesota Wild began the process of building a team with the expansion...
Via State of Hockey News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Backstrom on NHL's new 3-on-3 OT format: 'Goalies hate it'

Minnesota Wild veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom isn't a fan of the NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime format."Fans love it, I don't know if the coaches love it, players probably love it and goalies hate it," Backstrom told the Minneapolis Star Tribune with a smile. The 37-year-old Finn made the comments after he turned aside all 28 shots he faced in a 1-0 preseason victory over the Winnipeg...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thomas Vanek blames/doesn’t blame lack of center depth for offensive woes

  Thomas Vanek returned to the land of 1,000 lakes last season, welcomed as the hometown boy finally coming back to where he began. That welcoming went away quickly and Vanek earned the ire of the Minnesota Wild fans by scoring just 21 goals, a far cry from his normal 25-30-goals-in-a-bad-year output. Vanek has finally decided to talk about last season and let’s just say that...
Via Sports-Glory
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Haula enjoying fast start after tough sophomore season

Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula is doing his best to put his sophomore slump behind him. Haula has jumped out of the blocks in a hurry with three goals in two scrimmages in training camp after mustering all of just seven in 72 games last season. The 24-year-old Finn found himself playing primarily on the fourth line in 2014-15 after collecting six goals and nine assists in 46 contests...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the 2015-16 Minnesota Wild Season is Sure to Underwhelm

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 29: Head coach Mike Yeo of the Minnesota Wild talks with Mikko Koivu #9 during a break from the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Wild defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Athletes and coaches often get shredded for their use of sports cliches.  Reporters try...
Via State of Hockey News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Leopold’s family bought a brick in the Blues Hall of Fame Plaza

Here’s an awesome catch from Blues fan Scott Busiek. Jordan Leopold and his family purchased a brick in the new Blues Hall of Fame Plaza. Leopold wasn’t a member of the Blues long, but it’s an extremely nice gesture from both the defenseman and his family. Those Leopold's are a class act! #stlblues #halloffameplaza — Scott Busiek (@TheBouwdacious...
Via Frozen Notes
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues invite defenseman Stu Bickel to training camp

Defenseman Stu Bickel, who played nine games with the Minnesota Wild last season, has been invited to St. Louis Blues training camp on a professional try-out basis. Bickel, 28, spent most of last season with the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild, posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 43 regular-season games. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman tallied...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Fans Speak: Thoughts and Predictions for the 2015-16 season

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 20: Fans hold up a flag before Game Three between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Summer is slipping away and the opening of NHL Training Camps are less than two weeks...
Via State of Hockey News
22 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Central Division Preview: Minnesota Wild

2014-15 record: 46-28-10 (100 points) 4th place in the Central Division, 6th place in the Western Conference Goals For: 231 Goals Against: 201 Power Play: 15.8% (27) Penalty Kill: 86.3% (1) Team Faceoff Pct: 49.9% (15) Key Offseason Moves 2015 Top Draft Pick: Round 1 – Pick 20 – F Joel Eriksson-Ek Additions: Mike Reilly […] The post 2015-16 Central Division Preview: Minnesota...
Via Committed Indians
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Niklas Folin will make the biggest impact this season at UMass Lowell

Niklas Folin tabbed as most impactful incoming River Hawk. (Photo/Chris Machian/The World-Herald)Last month the UMass Lowell River Hawks released the 2015-16 hockey team roster, including the list of eight incoming freshmen. Once release, we proposed the question to our readers: “Which incoming River Hawk will have the biggest impact this season?” and the results are in. Defenseman...
Via Mill City Sports
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of the road in the NHL. Ballard, 32, is still experiencing concussion symptoms from a brutal hit he took back in December of 2014 and he’s worried about long-term effects. Meanwhile, Leopold hasn’t been offered a new contract and at the age of 35 he might be willing to hang up his skates in order to focus on his family...
Via Puck Drunk Love
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild assistant coach charged with drunk driving, endangerment of a child

Darryl Sydor, former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild, has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment after he reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .30. The incident took place on Thursday evening as Sydor drove his 12-year-old to the child’s hockey game. According to the Star Tribune, another drive called the police after...
Via Puck Drunk Love
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild’s Alex Tuch Follows Sick Shootout Goal With Terrific Celebration (Video)

July can be a pretty brutal month for sports, especially during the MLB All-Star break. Apparently Alex Tuch knows this, because he provided the sports world with an absolute gem of a highlight this weekend. Tuch, a 19-year-old Minnesota Wild prospect and former Boston College star, took the ice for a scrimmage at the Wild’s development camp Sunday. The scrimmage had to be decided...
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Folin re-signs with Minnesota Wild

Christian Folin re-signs with Minnesota. (Photo/Getty Images)The Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year, two-way contract starting with the 2015-16 season. Folin spent the past two years with the Wild after opting to turn to professional hockey after only two years with the UMass Lowell River Hawks. Over the past two seasons, Folin has tallied 11 points...
Via Mill City Sports
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Reaching a deal with Devan Dubnyk may be difficult for Wild

According to Bob McKenzie, the Minnesota Wild and Devan Dubnyk may have more trouble reaching a deal than initially expected (H/T to Ian McLaren of theScore for transcribing). Well, Devan Dubnyk negotiations have been going on a week or two now. There’s no deal in place at this point. That’s not to suggest that they can’t get a deal done, but it’s going to be difficult...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild must consider roster changes after latest playoff exit

Many great NBA players never won a championship in the 1990s because Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated the decade with six titles in an eight-year span. Fast forward to the present and it’s another Chicago team doing something similar. The Blackhawks reached the Western Conference final for the fifth time in the last eight seasons with a 4-3 Game 4 win to a complete...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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