Vanek: Returning home to Twin Cities was 'bonus' to joining Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Even though he went from a rebuilder to a postseason contender, Jason Pominville wasn't 100-percent thrilled to uproot himself and his family and start anew in the Twin Cities. It took some encouragement from an old friend at first. "You get comfortable in the space that you like, it's hard to leave," newly acquired winger and longtime Pominville...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sabres lack leadership no more

From Hometown Hockey: Timing never seems to be on the side of the Buffalo Sabres. When they were still a perennial playoff team from 2007 to around 2011 or 2012, the team definitely had talent. Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville. But one of the key components that seemed to be missing every year, pretty […] The post Sabres lack leadership no more appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Depth Chart 2014 2015

Fantasy Pool Guide 2014-15 $9.99 Minnesota Wild C 1. Mikko Koivu  2. Mikael Granlund  3. Erik Haula  4. Kyle Brodziak  5. Jordan Schroeder  L 1. Zach Parise  2. Thomas Vanek 3. Matt Cooke  4. Jason Zucker  R 1. Jason Pominville  2. Charlie Coyle  3. Nino...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

With Ott gone, who will be Buffalo’s next captain?

Since the start of 2013, three different players have worn the ‘C’ in Buffalo — Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, and Steve Ott — and they have all been traded. That’s created something of a leadership vacuum for the Sabres going into the 2014-15 campaign. Fortunately, there have some candidates to fill that void. Perhaps the most obvious player is Brian Gionta, who inked...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Just what the Wild needed

The thing that has frustrated Wild fans, essentially since the team came into being, was the inability for the team to score goals from multiple lines. They had Marian Gaborik early, then nothing. They had Martin Havlat, who pretty much WAS nothing. Then they signed Zach Parise and added Jason Pominville, but they couldn’t finish in the playoffs like they would have wanted to...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild becoming destination team for players

Minnesota can cling to its slogan as the "State of Hockey." An adopted son demonstrated, again, the lure of the state and the NHL's Minnesota Wild in free agency. For more than a year, Thomas Vanek had his sights set on becoming a free agent, turning down lucrative contract extensions more than once. When free agency opened Tuesday, Vanek was regarded as the top goal...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Free agency officially underway

The NHL’s offseason free agency period is just over an hour in and the Minnesota Wild have some intriguing plans in the works for a couple high profile players in this year’s crop. Most notably, the Wild have a pair of forwards that have emerged on their radar and the team is expected to make a hard push for their services. Thomas Vanek is the name everybody expects to be in...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Top 4 free agents to target

The battle for the Stanley Cup is underway for a pair of teams, but for 28 others it’s nearly time to come back from break for meetings in an attempt to piece together next season’s Cup contenders. Mike Yeo is now onboard for another 3 years after signing a new contract and next will be player evaluations to see who will remain with the Minnesota Wild next season. Those that...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Pominville Scores Bank Shot Goal On Corey Crawford

The Chicago Blackhawks did not bring their A-game with them to Minnesota and this was just a microcosm of the last two games. Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville threw the puck towards the net, with Corey Crawford out of the net, and banked one in off of his skate. The Wild won both games 3 […] The post Jason Pominville Scores Bank Shot Goal On Corey Crawford appeared first on Diehardsport.
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild and Blackhawks - A couple of things

#487887817 / gettyimages.comI found a couple of interesting quotes from Russo's Rants that I thought were interesting. “Obviously, it was a very winnable game for us,” Yeo said. “It didn’t have the feel of a game that we were going to win for sure. But to get yourself in that opportunity, you know, you’re starting to come on five-on-five, we were pretty good for a...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya Accidentally Kicks Puck Into Own Net

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya was trying to clear the puck out and keep Jason Pominville away from the loose puck. Unfortunately for Oduya, he kicked the puck in and after a review, it was confirmed that the puck crossed over the line completely. Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner received credit for the goal. Inside […] The post Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya Accidentally...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Playoffs Game #7: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:30pm, Pepsi Center

Minnesota Wild (3-3) 2.83 Goals For (10th) 2.67 Goals Against (5th) 16.7% Power Play (8th) 90.9% Penalty Kill (2nd) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 3G 7A = 10pts 2. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 1G 4A = 5pts 3. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 5A = 5pts 4. #3 Charlie Coyle  ~ 3G 1A = 4pts 5. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 2G 2A = 4pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #4 Clayton Stoner ~ 20 PIM’s 2. #8 Cody McCormick...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Many Wild players experiencing first Game 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the single digit worn by Chris Chelios, Phil Esposito and Gary Unger represents completeness. For the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche, it signifies nothing less. Game 7. Sport's ultimate test of heart against head. "It's obviously just a number," Wild forward Jason Pominville said, "but at the same...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild say 'not tonight' in Game 6 win, head to decisive Game 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild players slowly made their way to center ice after officials escorted Colorado Avalanche forward Patrick Bordeleau to the bench following a post-game skirmish. With sticks held high, the Wild saluted the home crowd, who did the same to the players, both parties in appreciation of the other. Both sides fulfilled their duties in Game 6 of the first...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild head back to Colorado looking to replicate home-ice effort

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo took the podium to speak with the media on Friday morning following his team's dominating Game 4 win against the Colorado Avalanche a night before. Yeo had re-watched parts of Thursday night's 2-1 win, though he avoided the final flurry of pressure Colorado applied in the last minutes of Minnesota's series-tying win...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Similarities in Playoff Series for Wild

Last season marked the first time the Minnesota Wild had made the playoffs since winning the Northwest Division in 2008, but would be matched up with the Stanley Cup favorite, Chicago Blackhawks.This season, just squeaking in again, Minnesota is in a battle with longtime rival, Colorado, after the Avalanche won the division for the first time since 2003. I wonder how that season...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild enter playoffs with more experience, different feeling than last year

Rewind to last April and the Minnesota Wild were left to win at Colorado on the season's final day to earn their first playoff appearance in five years. Minnesota's late qualifier earned it a matchup with the top-seed Chicago Blackhawks. Forward Jason Pominville, the Wild's big trade-deadline acquisition, was dealing with a concussion and unable to play anything but a...
Via Fox Sports North
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Unfazed by loss, Wild prepare for Avalanche

Bring on the Colorado Avalanche. The Minnesota Wild had just wrapped up its regular season when thoughts immediately turned to their first-round playoff opponent, Central Division-winning Colorado. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said the team was working out after Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. "The thing is, coming into the playoffs, we've just got to...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL playoffs: now with wild cards!

The NHL has gone wild. Well, for the postseason format at least. While the change, driven by division realignment, to the qualification and seeding system was slight, the final week of the regular season has slanted a little differently than in the past. Loosely following what other leagues -- the NFL and MLB -- have done for decades now, the NHL has added wild cards to the playoff...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild overcome Bruins, 4-3 in shootout

Well it was a tought night for the Bruins Tuesday as they couldn't overcome the Minnesota Wild as they took the 4-3 shootout loss.  The Bruins were without Jarome Iginla, who missed his third game in four days, as he deals with a lower-body injury still.  The Bruins got goals from key players, Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Erikkson. Jason Pominville scored twice and...
Via CLNS Radio
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Pominville Scores Broken Stick Goal Before 3rd Period

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville was breaking into the zone and fired this slapshot when his stick broke at the same time. Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros tried to stop Pominville and when he threw out his stick, it connected with Pominville’s and broke his. Not something you see every day, but this is the equivalent to a broken bat home run. [@PeteBlackburn] The...
Via Diehardsport
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets win close one over Wild

After taking over 2nd place in the Metro on Thursday, the Blue Jackets slid back into the wild card spot thanks to Philadelphia's victory over Pittsburgh earlier today. With the Minnesota Wild locked in a playoff chase of their own, both teams were looking for points at any cost, and they played like it. Both Sergei Bobrovsky and Darcy Kuemper were lights out in the first period...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Granlund-Parise-Pominville line clicked from the start

With his team trailing Colorado 4-1 in the third period that January night, coach Mike Yeo needed to find something to give the Wild new life. So he sent a trio of the team’s most skilled forwards over the boards — Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville — in the hope that three brilliant individuals would be even better together. Creating line combinations is an...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild get 'complacent' in shootout loss to Oilers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- From the beginning on Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild didn't feel it on the bench. Minnesota's players couldn't find the missing ingredient even after a 3-0 first-period lead. What was missing? Excitement, intensity, urgency, pick your adjective courtesy of the Wild. "Even though we were up 3-0, there was a lack of excitement on the bench and in between...
Via Fox Sports North
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Granlund fulfilling promise in second season with Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise knew about the talent hidden in Mikael Granlund, but didn't fully appreciate the ability of the once-heralded phenom from Finland. Parise saw flashes of Granlund's immense talent last season in the first season for each with the Minnesota Wild. Granlund, the international star with the sterling Finnish background, was used by the team as a selling...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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