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Back in May I was suggesting that the Minnesota Wild pick up Keith Ballard and yesterday the former Gopher defenseman was signed by the Minnesota Wild. Also, two players that I wanted to see gone from the Wild roster are no longer here. I am thinking, I need to go out and buy a lottery ticket this weekend. Below is what I wrote...
Based on what I have seen during the past season, I would say that the Minnesota Wild are challenged defensively, after the first defensive pairing of Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin, the Wild are thin on defense and need some help.
Granted, Jared Spurgeon is a great up and coming offensive defenseman and Marco Scandella proved to be a nice surprise during the Wild's short playoff run. After that, Justin Falk proved that he's a defensive liability and at times look like a big green road cone. Former Badgers defenseman Tom Gilbert looked to have taken a step back this past season and I was unimpressed with his play as well because he was a defensive liability.
In my opinion, the Minnesota Wild could use a solid stay-at-home defenseman or two. Former Minnesota Defenseman Keith Ballard "could" be a candidate for an amnesty buyout in Vancouver and might be available to come to the Minnesota Wild at a reduced rate.
I know people get lucky sometimes but here is what I submitted for the season grades for Tom Gilbert and funny how things worked out for the Minnesota Wild.
Tom Gilbert: D
The former Wisconsin Badger Tom Gilbert is an utter disappointment in my opinion, that Wild are being cheated, he’s not worth the money he’s being paid. Gilbert is being paid a hefty four million a year to be a turnover factory and an unimpressive top-six defenseman. If I was a general manager for a day, he would be the first Wild player out of Minnesota; Justin Falk would be number two. The Wild should consider his four million dollar contract for an Amnesty buyout this summer as well. If they Wild could trade him for a bag of wood hockey sticks I would urge them to consider the deal. One positive is that he can’t play any worse than he did this season. Nowhere to go but up for Gilbert, I don’t think he can play any worse. Looking at the stats, in the plus/minus department, -11 is brutal.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild sure know how to celebrate the Fourth of July.
After signing the two biggest free agents on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, last year on July 4, Minnesota added former University of Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard on Thursday, according to the team's Twitter account.
Ballard and the Wild agreed to terms on a two-year contract...
This Fourth of July for the Minnesota Wild was a little less eventful than the last.
Still, the Wild made another holiday splash by bringing in more help for their blue line.
The Wild announced Thursday they agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard, who was available after being let go by Vancouver earlier this week with a compliance buyout to clear...
The Minnesota Wild have used their limited space under the salary cap to sign defenseman Keith Ballard and re-sign defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
The contracts were completed Friday.
Ballard was let go by Vancouver earlier this week. He said he had interest from a half-dozen other teams but picked a two-year deal with the Wild because he believed he best fit with them on the ice. As...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The full picture of the Minnesota Wild's buyout of Tom Gilbert came into focus Friday.
Minnesota re-signed restricted free agent Jared Spurgeon to a three-year contract and officially signed defenseman Keith Ballard on Friday, using the salary-cap space it gained by buying out defenseman Tom Gilbert this week. With Spurgeon and Ballard, the Wild also have...
ST. PAUL, Minn. --Chuck Fletcher's memories of defenseman Keith Ballard extend back to Fletcher's days in Pittsburgh, when he was the Penguins' assistant general manager.Fletcher, now as the Minnesota Wild general manager, remembered facing the Florida Panthers and a young defenseman, Ballard, holding his own against Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.In signing him to a...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chuck Fletcher wasn't quite done working on the first day of NHL free agency.
Fletcher, the Minnesota Wild's general manager, said he didn't expect any more major moves on Friday after the team re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year deal and officially added defenseman Keith Ballard after free agency opened at 11 a.m. Central on Friday...
After picking up Viktor Stalberg earlier, Nashville has added veteran center Matt Cullen to the fold as well.
Cullen, who will turn 37 this season, scored 27 points last season for the Minnesota Wild. A veteran of 1,073 games in the NHL, Cullen has a lifetime faceoff win percentage of .520%, giving Nashville not just depth up front, but an additional faceoff man as well.
The Minnesota Wild are sending forward Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round pick in next year's draft.
The deal, completed Friday during a flurry of free-agent signings, gives the Jets another player in their group of top-six forwards.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said recently one of his top priorities was to improve at right wing. He started...
MIN trades Devin Setoguchi to WPG for a draft pick.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
2nd round pick in 2014 to Minny for Setoguchi
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
Just after getting bought out earlier this week by the Vancouver Canucks, defenseman Keith Ballard has agreed to terms on a brand new two year deal with the Minnesota Wild. The deal becomes official tomorrow at noon EST. Ballard tallied a pair of assists, a -2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in his 36 games. Ballard was also just sixth [...]
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When defenseman Rob Scuderi and forward Craig Adams were signed today, it seemed highly unlikely that the Penguins could afford to bring back forward Matt Cooke. Considering the contract that he signed with the Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh definitely could not have afforded him. The Wild inked Cooke to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. Therefore...
The last few years this has been the time for Wild fans to expect a major move. In fact, I should say Wild fans have been spoiled by some tremendously bold moves by General Manager Chuck Fletcher who if he's done anything, proven he isn't afraid to pull the trigger (right or wrong) on a big deal in an effort to improve this team. In fact, the events revolving around certain...
The Minnesota Wild made another splash in the free agent pool, signing forward Matt Cooke to a three-year, $7.5M contract. Cooke tallied 21 points and 36 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He has recorded 360 points, 1,068 PIM and a plus-53 rating in 935 career NHL games during 14 seasons with Vancouver, Washington and Pittsburgh. [...]
Two-year, $3 million deal for Keith Ballard with #mnwild
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2013