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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have one of the NHL's stingiest defenses this season, largely because of a group of young defensemen.
Minnesota added more experience to the mix Wednesday by signing 13-year NHL veteran Brett Clark, a free agent who had been playing with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Clark, 36, had one goal and 16 assists in 18 games.
"He's always been a two-way defenseman," Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He moves the puck well, good mobility. In Tampa Bay, he was always one of the leading shot blockers in the league. He's a guy that thinks the game well and is solid positionally, and he can move the puck when he gets the chance.
"You can never have enough defensemen, and certainly when we had a chance to add a quality, veteran defenseman who was playing well down in Oklahoma City, it just made sense to do this."
The Wild surrender the seventh-fewest shots in the league at 27.1 per gam...
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo doesn't doubt the NHL ability of rookie forward Mikael Granlund, but Granlund's development and regaining his confidence for now will have take place with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.
Granlund, a healthy scratch in three of the past four games, was reassigned to Houston Tuesday by the Wild. Considered the...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. Matt Kassian hasn't been able to break through with the Minnesota Wild this season, and now the forward will get a chance with a new organization.
The Wild announced Tuesday that they've traded the 26-year-old to Ottawa for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Kassian had one goal in nine games this season with the Houston Aeros of the AHL. The 6-foot...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Chay Genoway on Thursday to the Washington Capitals for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 draft.
Genoway, 26, has played the entire season with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. In 53 games with Houston, he had four goals and 15 assists and was a plus-11.
Genoway was signed by Minnesota as a college...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo had just finished watching his team lose a disappointing 2-1 game to the second-place Anaheim Ducks in which Minnesota lost rookie forward Jason Zucker to an upper-body injury and couldn't offer an update on his young scorer.
Yeo said he hadn't watched the play, in which Anaheim forward Corey Perry hit an unsuspecting Zucker...
The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Matt Kassian from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
The 26-year-old Kassian has been playing for Houston of the AHL. In nine games with the Aeros, Kassian has one goal and 12 penalty minutes.
Kassian made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 season after being chosen in the second round of the 2005 draft...
ST. PAUL, Minn. A day after taking a scary hit from Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, Minnesota Wild rookie forward Jason Zucker returned to the ice and said he feels "all right."
Zucker, 21, skated on his own shortly after Minnesota's optional practice Wednesday, an indication the speedy forward has likely avoided a concussion. During the second period of Tuesday...
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: Jason Zucker, who took a nasty hit from Ducks forward Corey Perry on Tuesday, will be out of the lineup Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.
The league suspended Perry four games for the hit. Zucker skated on his own Thursday morning, and Wild coach Mike Yeo said he anticipates his young forward will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to...
Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker was helped off the ice after he was elbowed in the head by Anaheim's Corey Perry in the second period of the Ducks' 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.
Perry dipped his shoulder and threw an elbow at Zucker's head, sending him crashing into the corner boards. Zucker stayed down on the ice for about five minutes as he was helped by trainers...
Rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin's first NHL score highlighted a three-goal second period by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Devin Setoguchi and Mikko Koivu also scored in the decisive middle frame. Ryan Suter had a season-high three assists and Matt Cullen and Zach Parise each had two assists to help the Wild improve to 10-3...
"Beware the Ides of March," one of the more ominous and famous lines from William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. It was a moment of foreshadowing for the great Roman leader who was going to be betrayed by supposed allies who were jealous of Julius' growing power and popularity. It is a play perhaps every student is exposed to in English or Literature classes...
Corey Perry's blindsided hit to Jason Zucker cost him a game misconduct and five-minute major for interference Tuesday night.
The late hit to Zucker's head knocked the 21-year-old Minnesota Wild forward's head into the boards and out of the game.
Afterwards, Perry showed some remorse for the vicious hit.
“I was committed to the hit. … I tried to let up...
While the Minnesota Wild have mostly thrived in home games, they let their latest one slip away.
The Wild would appear to have a good chance to bounce back as they open a home-and-home set against the Colorado Avalanche, who hope to avoid an eighth consecutive road loss Thursday night.
Minnesota (13-10-2) had strung together a season-best four straight home wins before falling...
Minnesota Wild (13-10-2) 28pts 2nd in the Northwest
2.24 Goals For (27th)
2.40 Goals Against (7th)
16.5% Power Play (21st)
87% Penalty Kill (4th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 4G 16A = 20pts
2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 11G 8A = 19pts
3. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 1G 17A = 18pts
4. #7 Matt Cullen ~ 3G 12A = 15pts
5. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 8G 5A = 13pts...
After the 2-1 defeat of the Minnesota Wild by the Anaheim Ducks, no one in the state of hockey is happy. Except Zach Sikich, but more on him later.
The Wild were robbed. Plain and simple. They outworked, outplayed and outlasted the Ducks for the first two periods of the game. Anaheim was outshot 22-7 after the first 40 minutes of play and things did not look like they...