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The Minnesota Wild are once again a franchise on the rise, after the moves they made in the offseason. Actually, the Wild have a chance to go deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs, based on recent moves they have made.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher went out and picked up Jason Pominville at the trade deadline and the newly acquired forward is now playing on the top line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. Recent news stories around the Internet are starting to suggest that the Minnesota Wild could be a destination for Vanek during the offseason.
Michael Russo of the Star and Tribune is suggesting that Wild forward Dany Heatley might be heading for the scrap heap of history as well, as an amnesty buyout. The Minnesota Wild are beginning to look like a who’s who from the WCHA, which would even make the Wild more exciting to the home town fans.
Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal – So the Buffalo Sabres off-loaded captain Jason Pominville, one of their three core players, to the Minnesota Wild one year before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
What about goalie Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek, the Sabres’ best natural scorer? They’re out the door, too, probably this summer.
Miller, who frankly hasn’t been the same goalie since his stellar work at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which coincided with his Vezina Trophy-winning season, wants to join a team closer to where his actress wife Noureen DeWolf is working — namely Los Angeles.
Vanek has made no secret that he’s not up for a rebuild.
Trading him will be easier because there are more teams in the hunt for his services. Minnesota might jump in for him, too.
He lives in Minnesota, where he attended college, in the summer.
I know it’s early, but I wonder if there was a way for the Wild to pick up the Sabres forward Drew Stafford as well? I might be getting ahead of myself. I just can’t seem to high my giddiness.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have stuck by goaltender Josh Harding as he deals with multiple sclerosis.
Harding might be getting closer to rewarding their patience.
For the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Feb. 12, Harding participated in a full practice with his Minnesota teammates on Wednesday, hopefully a sign that Harding's nearing a return.
ST. PAUL, Minn. With 10 games remaining in the regular season and the Minnesota Wild fighting for playoff positioning, forward Dany Heatley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Tuesday.Heatley, who has 11 goals and 10 assists in 36 games this season, was hurt at the end of Wednesday's loss at San Jose in an altercation with Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic and has missed...
Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
Heatley had the procedure Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo said the team isn't sure yet about a timetable for Heatley's return, but the Wild are hoping to have the 32-year-old back in time for the playoffs.
He was hurt at the end of Minnesota's game at San Jose last Wednesday when...
Another day, another report of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek being on their way out of Buffalo. Continue reading "Report: Miller, Vanek Likely Out Of Buffalo This Summer"
ST. PAUL, Minn. The popular refrain from the Minnesota Wild the past two weeks is that the intensity in this pressure-packed, lockout-shortened season has increased to where Minnesota believes it's in playoff mode already.
Tuesday's home game, after a three-game road trip, was a tight contest between the Wild entering the game in sixth place in the Western Conference ...
from Chip Scoggins of the StarTribune,
Whatever the proper description, Leipold’s insatiable thirst for winning has compelled the Wild owner to execute some bold transactions, regardless of cost. His latest shrewd move happened last week when the Wild agreed to give up two prospects, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick to acquire Buffalo captain Jason Pominville...
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs following surgery on his left shoulder.
The team initially hoped to have the 32-year-old forward back in time for the postseason, but Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced just before Minnesota hosted the Chicago Blackhawks that Heatley won’t return this...
Thomas Vanek will be back in the lineup tonight in The Peg.
Vanek is on the ice. He will be a game time decision.
Bet on the fact that he will be playing tonight, after missing six games with an upper body muscle strain.
Vanek-Ennis-Stafford in warm-ups.
What becomes of Marcus Foligno? Will 82 sit and 65 play, or, vice versa? Will Marcus run with Porter and Flynn...
Patrick Sharp was back and on top of his game as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Minnesota Wild 1-0 up in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Although he didn’t get on the score sheet, Patrick Sharp tallied the Hawks’ only hit in the 1st period, a big crush on Wild star Zach Parise. What should have fans furious is that Patrick Sharp was the victim of what should have been a boarding call...
The State of Hockey and Chicago are the 'home' to two of the most memorable group of brother's in the history of American cinema. For the Windy City its Jake and Elwood Blues played by Saturday Night Live original cast members John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. The pair of trouble-making musicians who go on a mission from God to save an orphanage they once belonged to formed...
With a loss to Winnipeg, Buffalo currently has a 2.3% chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Sports Club Stats. It's basically over. Even if the Sabres were to go 7-1 or 8-0 for the rest of the season, they still would need help from other teams. I wanted to answer a few questions that were submitted this week. I can't tell you how many questions regarding...
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Is there a goalie controversy in Chicago? Unless Corey Crawford is nursing a well-concealed injury, there appears to be one.
Really, going back to last season, there have been periods where the team appears to play better in front of Ray...
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The puck will drop on the Sabres playoffs tonight at 8pm in The Peg.
A regulation win will pull Buffalo into a 9th place tie with Winnipeg (40 point). The rangers and Islanders are tied for 8th place with 42 points.
Buckle your chin strap!
The team will hit the ice momentarily.
I expect Thomas Vanek to not only skate, but play tonight.