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Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right. There is no place like home.
Just ask Keith Ballard, the former Vancouver Canuck defenceman who is now back home playing for the Minnesota Wild.
It was only a matter of hours after the Canucks bought out the final two years of his $4.2-million-a-season contract this past summer that Ballard inked a two-year deal worth $1.5 million a season with the Wild.
“It was quick,” Ballard said Monday after the Wild practised at the Xcel Energy Center. “I talked to a couple other teams and it wasn’t one of those things where I had my mind set on coming here, but it worked out and it was appealing to me for a number of different reasons. It’s nice for my family, but also just the comfort level.”
Ballard never found that comfort level in his three seasons with the Canucks. He had a big contract to live up to and never seemed to really gain the trust of former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. When he played, he played with the fear of making a mistake, ...
BEST OF MAXIM
No player has been more important to the Minnesota Wild's 20-11-5 start than goaltender Josh Harding.
Minnesota will have to play down a key contributor for at least three games as the Wild placed Harding, 29, on injured reserve Wednesday so he can make an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis.
"Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his...
Josh Harding has been perhaps the feel-good story of the NHL season, putting up numbers unmatched for a goalie after revealing that he has multiple sclerosis.
The Minnesota Wild goalie was placed on injured reserve Wednesday night to give him time to make adjustments to medication, and the team is confident he will return in top form.
''Over the next week, Josh will make...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has placed goaltender Josh Harding on Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
“Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” said Fletcher. “Josh...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Three minutes and 53 seconds left against the Colorado Avalanche, 1:48 left against the Chicago Blackhawks, six seconds remaining against Colorado in another game; the Minnesota Wild are demonstrating a flair for the dramatic.
Another third-period comeback on Tuesday showed the confidence Minnesota has developed in critical situations. One game earlier, at Colorado...
Goaltender Josh Harding has been put on IR to change some treatments to help his multiple sclerosis. According to the Minnesota Wild's twitter page, the protocol is for a minor adjustment that is a type of protocol. Harding is apparently feeling great, as he is having the best season of his career and he is waiting to return to the lineup in Winnipeg on December 27th. So far...
#mnwild with own version of @TheGreenMen…We like Green @NordyWild better. pic.twitter.com/5zuAPq1RIW — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 18, 2013 As any NHL fan will tell you, the Vancouver Green Men, the dynamic duo of Canucks fans made famous by their madcap antics during games at Rogers Arena while wearing skin-tight, green spandex suits (in an homage […]The post Minnesota...
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
John Tortorella didn’t want to talk much about the injury to rookie defenceman Ryan Stanton, but he had something to say about the call made on the play.
Wild heavyweight Zenon Konopka received a two-minute tripping minor after he shoved Stanton from behind and into the end boards early in the second period. Stanton fell awkwardly...
The third period at the Xcel Energy Center started just like the first two Tuesday night: the Wild being outshot by the Vancouver Canucks.
Minnesota mustered two shots in the first eight minutes of the final frame, but then something clicked. Captain Mikko Koivu found Charlie Coyle for the ying goal at 8:47, and from then on, the Wild peppered Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
While watching the Minnesota Golden Gophers play in-state rival Minnesota State I was struck by how bland the whole experience was. Not as much about the quality of hockey; it was good with both clubs producing scoring chances fairly often and the weekend ended in a Gophers sweep. But something was different about it. Something that took away some of the 'flavor' of...
Minnesota Wild (19-11-5) 43pts 4th in the Central
2.20 Goals For (28th)
2.20 Goals Against (5th)
20.4% Power Play (8th)
78.3% Penalty Kill (25th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zack Parise ~ 14G 12A = 26pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 7G 18A = 25pts
3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 15G 8A = 23pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 18A = 18pts
5. #22 Nino Niederreiter ~ 6G...
MNWild: Sedin Twins Lead Invasion on St. Paul Canucks Vs Wild Gameday
Tonight in St. Paul the dirty cheating Vancouver Canucks 20 - 10 - 5 (45 points) will look to extend their seven game undefeated streak against the hometown Minnesota Wild 19 - 11 - 5 (43 pts). The Wild has been far better on their home ice with a record of 13 - 3 - 2 (Home) as opposed to a road record of 6...
Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo's glove in
the third round of a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2
victory over Vancouver on Tuesday, ending the Canucks' winning
streak at seven games.
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Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - Tuesday December 18 - 5:00 pm - Sportsnet Pacific, Fox Sports North
Vancouver Canucks: 20-10-5 fourth in Pacific Division
Minnesota Wild: 19-11-5 fourth in Central Division
The Vancouver Canucks will look to extend their league-leading winning streak to eight games when they face the Minnesota Wild for...