Found April 09, 2013 on
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 at the trade deadline.
That hefty pricetag might have caused other owners to stand pat. Leipold pushed his chips to the center of the table.
This guy is all-in in his quest to make a deep postseason run this spring.
“In order to get a really great asset,” he said, “you have to trade great assets.”
Leipold represents precisely what sports fans should covet in an owner: a big thinker who is willing to commit money and resources to give his team the best chance to succeed; someone who is passionate about his product and not paralyzed by the unknown or an overarching fear that a deal might backf...
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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...
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 ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves, and newcomer Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild snap a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
Pominville, acquired this week from Buffalo, earned his first points with Minnesota.
The Wild, coming off their first shutout loss of the season ...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
Prior to facing the Minnesota Wild about a week and a half ago, the St. Louis Blues were clinging to the Western Conference's final playoff spot before a victory got them started on a season-best run.
Minnesota's defeat in that contest began a tailspin that's mainly been the result of an offensive slump.
Visiting St. Louis looks to extend its winning streak to six games...
The monotone voice, the blazing speed, the lack of variety in his one on one moves, and the glass groin he possessed dazzled and frustrated Wild fans for years. He teased you with his skill, a streaky player who in certain moments could look like one of the most gifted players in the league and at other times a player who was disconnected and genuinely didn't want to be there...