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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Since taking over the Minnesota Wild in May 2009, general manager Chuck Fletcher hasn't been shy in his approach to building a roster that ended a four-year postseason drought last season.
Fletcher, trying to assure Minnesota made the playoffs last season after the monumental offseason signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, was willing to part with a first-round draft pick in this weekend's NHL Draft to acquire winger Jason Pominville.
The price was high for Pominville, a proven NHL scorer and all-around player. Fletcher surrendered top prospects, forward Johan Larsson and goaltender Matt Hackett and what ended up as the No. 16 pick in Sunday's draft for Pominville, who had four goals and five assists in 10 regular-season games for the Wild before a concussion knocked him out of the lineup.
Minnesota enters the draft without a first-round pick for the first time in the team's history. But Fletcher and the Wild aren't done being aggressive.
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild started a potentially busy weekend by securing some of the organization depth it covets.
Minnesota announced Friday it signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a one-year, two-way contract. The two-way contract allows the Wild to send Kampfer up-and-down from its minor-league team in Iowa next season.
Kampfer, 24, spent the 2012-13 season playing...
The Minnesota Wild face some vexing salary cap issues. Winger Dany Heatley’s injury prevents the team axing him with a compliance buy-out, so other moves must occur to make the numbers work.This has triggered speculation that agitating winger Cal Clutterbuck could exit via trade. The team tendered him a contract to protect its rights in restricted free agency, but cap issues may...
Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s agent Allan Walsh confirms his client will not sign a deal with the Minnesota Wild and will be a UFA on July 5. Bouchard was selected eighth overall by Minnesota in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. On July 25, 2008, Bouchard signed a five-year, $20.4 million deal with the Wild. After suffering a hit to the head late in the 2008-09 season, Bouchard [...]
According to Minnesota beat writer Michael Russo, the Wild might trade tough guy Cal Clutterbuck this weekend. The Wild tendered qualifying offers to retain the rights of Clutterbuck on Tuesday this week, however it sounds as though General Manager Chuck Fletcher has been in the mood to trade the winger this week. Russo says that the Wild aren’t looking for a [...]
The Minnesota Wild have signed Steve Kampfer to a one year, two way contract worth $550,000. Kampfer was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 4th round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. On March 2, 2010, the Anaheim Ducks traded Kampfer to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional 4th-round draft pick. The Bruins signed him to a three-year entry-level contract...