WILD RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wild Signs Free-Agent Forward Pat Cannone

The Minnesota Wild has signed free-agent forward Pat Cannone to a one-year, two-way contract. Cannone, 29 (8/9/86), tallied 52 points (20-32=52) and 38 penalty minutes (PIM) in 73 games with the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League (AH...
Via NHL.com
1 hour ago

Fletcher Strikes Again, Brings Back RW Stewart

Chris Stewart returns to Minnesota after spending a year in Anaheim. Chuck Fletcher has decided to return a bit of grit to the lineup by signing Chris Stewart to the deal he could not get done last summer.  Stewart returns to the Wild for 2 years at $1.5M AAV.  Stewart departed a cap-strapped Wild team last summer for a season in Anaheim under then coach Bruce Boudreau, and now...
Via Hockey Wilderness
1 hour ago

Wild Active in Free Agency

The Wild have addressed their biggest need by adding a center, added a depth goalie, and forward depth Chuck Fletcher has opened free agency by addressing the teams biggest need, and added big-bodied center Eric Staal.  The 6'4" former captain comes to Minnesota after spending his career with the Carolina organization which ended in a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers after the...
Via Hockey Wilderness
1 hour ago

Minnesota Wild Sign Chris Stewart

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly bringing back winger Chris Stewart. The physical winger played under Bruce Boudreau with the Anaheim Ducks, and before signing with the Ducks had been a trade deadline acquisition for the Minnesota Wild. The deal is reported to carry a $1.15 million AAV over two years. His deal in Anaheim was just one year at $1.7 million, but he was coming off...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 hours ago

Wild Agrees To Terms With Free-Agent Forward Chris Stewart

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with free-agent forward Chris Stewart on a two-year, $2.3 million contract. Stewart, 28 (10/30/87), tallied 20 points (8-12=20) and ranked fourth on the team with 73 penalty minutes (PIM) in 56 regula...
Via NHL.com
2 hours ago

Tyler Graovac, Zac Dalpe Get New Deals From Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild have signed restricted free agents Tyler Graovac and Zac Dalpe, the team confirmed Thursday. Graovac, an offensively skilled 6-foot-5 center, gets a two-year, two-way deal carrying an AAV of $625,000. He made the NHL club out of camp last year and was almost instantly injured. He never seemed to fully recover and spent the rest of the season in the AHL with the...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 hours ago

Does Chuck Fletcher have a draft problem?

With the most recent draft completed, scorecards are pouring in– including ours here at Hockey Wilderness. The Wild’s pick at fifteen has been rather controversial for Minnesota fans, with many clamoring for Kieffer Bellows while others wanted the Wild to draft Jakub Chychrun after he fell from the top ten. With Wild GM Chuck Fletcher just past seven years at the helm, let...
Via Hockey Wilderness
4 hours ago

Minnesota Wild: Alex Tuch Ready to Deliver

The Minnesota Wild have had issues in drafting forwards in the last couple of years.  With a few complete busts the Wild are banking that 2014 first round pick and recent signee Alex Tuch will reverse that trend. The Minnesota Wild had a great draft in 2010.  The list of forwards they brought in was […] Minnesota Wild: Alex Tuch Ready to Deliver - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild...
Via Gone Puck Wild
7 hours ago

Wild Re-Signs Tyler Graovac And Zac Dalpe

The Minnesota Wild has re-signed restricted free-agent forward Tyler Graovac (pronounced GRAY-oh-vack) to a two-year contract that is a two-way contract in 2016-17 ($600,000/$90,000) and a one-way contract in 2017-18 ($650,000), and restricted fre...
Via NHL.com
18 hours ago

Minnesota Wild: The Effect of Jason Zucker’s New Contract

The Minnesota Wild made their first free-agent signing of the offseason by re-upping Jason Zucker for two more years and $4 million.  His signing was expected and is a good move, but it will have implications on the Wild’s signings for the rest of the summer. The first Minnesota Wild free-agent domino fell today as […] Minnesota Wild: The Effect of Jason Zucker’s New Contract...
Via Gone Puck Wild
1 day ago

Minnesota Wild: Sam Anas Won’t Let Size Stop Him

Many have said that the Minnesota Wild took a chance when they signed undersized and undrafted free-agent Sam Anas from Quinnipiac University.  Take a closer look and you can see that undersized or not Anas is primed to be an impact player. The Minnesota Wild are starting to see the value in scouting a signing […] Minnesota Wild: Sam Anas Won’t Let Size Stop Him - Gone Puck...
Via Gone Puck Wild
1 day ago

Wild reflect on expansion process as Las Vegas franchise looms

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With the new franchise's prospects on the ice in front of them at the team's first rookie camp, Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough sat down next to director of hockey operations Tom Lynn and asked for an initial assessment.The good news was veteran coach Jacques Lemaire looked energized in his return to the NHL bench for the 2000-01 season.The bad?...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wild re-sign LW Jason Zucker for 2 years, $4 million

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4 million contract. The deal was done Wednesday, preventing Zucker from becoming a restricted free agent. He will make $2 million in each of the next two seasons. The 24-year-old played in a career-high 71 games last season, producing 13 goals and 10 assists. He ranked second on the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Drafts Two Forwards and a Defenseman on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Gustav Olofsson during the third period at TD Garden on November 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Wild 4-2. While a lot of the focus of any draft is on what happens on the first day, it is often what happens on the 2nd day that can sometimes be more impactful.  The draft is full of examples of this.  Shea Weber, Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, P.K. Subban...
Via State of Hockey News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild select Luke Kunin 15th Overall in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Jordan Greenway reacts after being selected 50th overall by the Minnesota Wild during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) On Wednesday, the announced that it will add an expansion team in 2017 in Las Vegas.  Sports writers are thrilled but I felt the overall reception on social...
Via State of Hockey News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild have scoring forward on summer wish list yet again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have entered yet another summer with scoring on top of their wish list. After ranking 18th in the NHL with an average of 2.6 goals per game, sneaking into the playoffs thanks to a weak bottom of the Western Conference, the Wild have begun their pursuit of a top-six forward through either the trade market or free agency. Zach Parise, with...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The one and only Ilya Bryzgalov wants to return to the NHL

Ilya Bryzgalov is planning to make an NHL comeback. The  35-year-old last appeared in the league in a poor eight-game stint with the Anaheim Ducks, but Bryzgalov in true-Bryzgalovian fashion told NHLPA.com he was able to “rest, both spiritually and mentally” and that his passion for the sport has returned. “I feel the passion inside and the fire in my eyes. I want to face...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minnesota Wild NHL Draft Preview: Goaltenders

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Kaapo Kahkonen of the Minnesota Wild poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Goaltending will always be the x-factor in hockey, no matter what era of hockey you examine.  From Martin Jones‘ 44 save performance in Game 5 of the...
Via State of Hockey News
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild and Bruce Boudreau

The speculation over whether or not the Minnesota Wild will try and compete for the Stanley Cup for the 2016-17 NHL Season seems to have come to a close with the signing of head coach Bruce Boudreau.  The decision will irk some fans who thought interim head coach John Torchetti deserved a chance after taking over for Mike Yeo and getting the Wild back into the playoffs, but Boudreau...
Via isportsweb.com
May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Dmitry Orlov tries to flip Nino Niederreiter

The hip check isn’t used too often in hockey these days, but when it’s deployed it usually results in a devastating collision. Dmitry Orlov tried to pull off an open-ice hip check on Nino Niederreiter, but things didn’t go according to plan. It was still a pretty good hit, but you can tell Orlov was a bit confused when Niederreiter didn’t flip as he had hoped. He also...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Mikael Granlund dangles around U.S. defenders

Mikael Granlund wishes he was still competing for the Stanley Cup with the Minnestoa Wild, but he’s making the most of the situation by showing off some incredible moves with Finland against the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. Granlund wins a battle, but appears to be locked into the corner by Patrick Maroon and Connor Murphy. He has no trouble escaping. That’s a crazy...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason opening round quick hits: Stars vs. Wild

VitalsDallas: (50-23-9) 1st in Central DivisionMinnesota: (38-33-11) 5th in Central DivisionSeason SeriesDallas took four of the five games played against Minnesota this season, although three of them came in overtime.Looking at the MatchupNHL.com is suggesting that the season series between the Stars and Wild isn’t the best way to gauge how they’ll match up in Round 1, given...
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April 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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