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No team lost more momentum during the NHL's long lockout than the Minnesota Wild. Now that it's over, they're eager to get to work getting it back.
The NHL and the players' association reached accord on a new collective bargaining agreement Sunday, the 113th day of the lockout.
The Wild were the biggest buyers in free agency last summer, spending nearly $200 million on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to try to get the team back to the playoffs. Then the league shuttered its doors.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom says he knows the team has a lot of damage control to do with fans. He says the only way to do that is to get back on the ice.
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. It was an odd sight, seeing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in green Minnesota Wild practice sweaters Monday. Something about it didn't look right, as if the NHL lockout dashed any hope that those two would play for their new team this season.
One day after the NHL and the players' associated reached an agreement to end the 113-day lockout, members of the Wild...
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are finally going to work for the Minnesota Wild.
The two big free-agent signings pulled on Wild sweaters for the first time on Monday during an informal practice with 16 of their new teammates. Parise and Suter signed matching 13-year, $98 million deals in July only to have to sit on the sideline during the NHL lockout. The owners and players came to...
ST. PAUL, Minn. For the past several months, members of the Minnesota Wild spent time skating together at various rinks around the Twin Cities to stay in shape during the NHL lockout. On Monday, the Wild finally were able to get back onto the ice at Xcel Energy Center and skate as a team, not as a collection of locked-out players.
There was no hiding their excitement, either.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Before everyone settled in for their fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Minnesota Wild put on quite a show themselves.
Eschewing patience and pragmatism for go-for-it-all aggressiveness, Wild owner Craig Leipold shelled out 198 million for free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to get the State of Hockey all amped up for the coming season.
The season, it turns...
I realized on Friday that we are just 6 months away from the 4th of July. Remember last year's 4th? Oh yeah, how could I forget: the Minnesota Wild signed the top 2 free agents on the UFA market, Parise and Suter. Boy, that was a great day for Minnesota hockey fans. Season tickets selling like hot cakes, renewed interest in our struggling franchise both locally and league...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Through the first 30 games of the 2011-12 NHL season, the Minnesota Wild had sprinted to a league-best 20-7-3 record. But during the remainder of last year's 82-game schedule, the Wild faded after their hot start and missed out on the playoffs entirely.
If that fast start were to be duplicated during the upcoming lockout-shortened season, Minnesota would likely...
As the release of the official schedule for this shortened season grows near, we are almost assured of a 48 game season composed entirely of intra-conference play. The East will play the East, and the West will play the West. Bob McKenzie noted how the schedule will likely break down:
Each team plays: 4 games vs. two Divisional opponents (8); 5 games vs. two divisional opponents...