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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ryan Suter missed out on winning the Norris Trophy, given to the NHLs best defenseman, but his first season with the Minnesota Wild was recognized by the leagues writers on Wednesday.Suter, who signed a monumental 13-year, 98 million contract with Minnesota last offseason as the top defensemen available in free agency, was named first-team on the NHLs First All-Star team on Wednesday. Suter is the first player in Wild history to be named to the first-team and just the second player to be named to a postseason All-NHL team, joining his defensive partner, Jonas Brodin, who was named to the All-Rookie team earlier.Suter led all NHL players and set a Minnesota franchise record by averaging 27 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time last season after coming to the Wild from Nashville. He added four goals and 28 assists, while playing every game and was a plus-2. He was second in the league in assists and third in points among all defensemen. Suter also led Minnesota in blocked shots (74).Its Suters first time being named to a postseason All-NHL team. Suter was often overshadowed by former defensive partner, Shea Weber, with the Predators, but broke out on his own this season.Most impressive might have been Suters endurance and durability. While leading the league in time on ice, Suter played over 30 minutes in 10 games this season, including a career-best 32:54 in the playoff-clinching win at Colorado in the regular-season finale. He skated a franchise record 41:08 in Game 1 of the playoffs against Chicago.The Wild were 15-1-1 when Suter finished a game with a rating of plus-1 or better.Suter was joined on the first-team by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, who won the Norris Tropy, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz.Suter finished second in the Norris Trophy voting.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher played a big game of poker in free agency last summer, ultimately coming away with a full house by signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the two biggest names on the market.Fletcher, with a reshaped roster in part because of those two signings, is looking at a much different game this summer with free agency starting...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild were strapped for cash with the NHL salary cap decreasing to 64.3 million this season and it cost the team defenseman Tom Gilbert.
Minnesota announced Wednesday that it placed Gilbert, who had three goals and 10 assists last season, on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out Gilbert's remaining two years of his contract. Gilbert...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will keep defenseman Jared Spurgeon and four minor-league players after extending qualifying offers to five restricted free agents.
Spurgeon, 23, is one of Minnesota's top-4 defenseman and paired with Marco Scandella -- who was re-signed earlier this offseason -- during the playoffs. Spurgeon had five goals and 10 assists and was a plus...
The Minnesota Wild have waived defenseman Tom Gilbert.
The team announced the move Wednesday. The 30-year-old Gilbert had one season left on his contract for $3 million.
If he goes unclaimed by another team, the Wild will use one of their two available compliance buyouts to keep Gilbert's money from counting against their salary cap. He would then become an unrestricted free...
The Wild have made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec, and right wings Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan.
The move to retain their rights was made Tuesday. Minnesota did not make a qualifying offer to forwards Joel Broda or Benn Ferriero, making them free agents when the NHL market opens Friday. Ferriero was...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild sure know how to celebrate the Fourth of July.
After signing the two biggest free agents on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, last year on July 4, Minnesota added former University of Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard on Thursday, according to the team's Twitter account.
Ballard and the Wild agreed to terms on a two-year contract...
This Fourth of July for the Minnesota Wild was a little less eventful than the last.
Still, the Wild made another holiday splash by bringing in more help for their blue line.
The Wild announced Thursday they agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard, who was available after being let go by Vancouver earlier this week with a compliance buyout to clear...
English: Tom Gilbert in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild might have found their first candidate for one of the two compliance buyouts. I think it would be a great move. Gilbert was absolutely brutal last season on the blue line for the Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo, Russo's Rants -- The Wild plans to place Tom Gilbert on...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The NHL’s salary cap next year is $64.3 million. The Wild is being hit with a bonus overage of roughly $400,000 for exceeding the cap last year.
That means the Wild’s cap ceiling is about $63.9 million, probably less. Buffalo is picking up roughly $800,000 of Jason Pominville’s salary, but the Wild still has a $927,778 buyout...