Wild keep 2 rookie defensemen

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have set their active roster for the regular season by placing center Cody Almond and left wing Stephane Veilleux on waivers and right wing Justin Fontaine on injured reserve. The moves were made Monday, meaning rookie defensemen Matt Dumba and Christian Folin were on the team. Veterans Keith Ballard and Nate Prosser were also among the eight...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Roster Moves Leave Promising Look to Upcoming Season

Well Wild fans, you all got your wish, and at a discounted price at that. Thomas Vanek has come "home" for the next three seasons to play with the Minnesota Wild. Although Vanek was the only real big splash the Wild made in the off-season thus far, they are working on resigning much of their young talent by the start of the upcoming season.However, with new signings come...
Via Goon's World
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Dumba trying to break through for full-time NHL job

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Talk to Matt Dumba for any amount of time and his love for the game of hockey and his lifelong dream of playing in the NHL is very apparent. So is the raw emotion of coming so close yet being told to be patient. The look on Dumba's face as he speaks about going back to play junior hockey last year is almost pained, his voice filled with the disappointment of...
Via Fox Sports North
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballard undergoes sports hernia surgery; Backstrom, Harding recovering

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Wild's season ended in the second round, several players were suffering from the bumps and bruises that go along with a long season and extended playoff run. Charlie Coyle had played through two separated shoulders, among them. Yet, Minnesota came out on the fortunate end when it comes to the annual ritual of post-season cleanup surgeries...
Via Fox Sports North
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Ballard not impressed with Bollig's dirty hit or his text

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard is returning to the lineup tonight and weighed in on Brandon Bollig's dirty hit. Classic stuff.Ballard: "Too much gets made of the whole, ‘Did he text you?’ I don’t give a ****. I honestly don’t. It’s fine. That’s what happens."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 13, 2014
Via Goon's World
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballard back for Wild, OK with being cautious after concussion

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Keith Ballard has two children and a wife at home. He'd prefer to recognize them when his NHL playing career is over. "I don't want to be putting myself in a position where in 10 years I can't remember their names and can't get through a day functioning normally," the oft-concussed defenseman said Tuesday morning ahead of his reappearance...
Via Fox Sports North
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hawks Making It More Difficult Than It Has To Be

Let me start out by saying, this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There are no easy games. However, it seems that the Hawks are making this series against the Wild harder than it has to be. The Minnesota Wild deserve a lot of credit for making the Hawks work throughout this series. They've executed their trap style game to perfection, while also throwing the Hawks a curve ball...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Saturday: Minnesota not feeling overconfident heading into Game 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There's a trap lurking inside the Madhouse on Madison. The Wild knows it's there. It stumbled into a similar one two weeks ago. Riding the high of two convincing home wins that evened the Stanley Cup playoffs' Western Conference quarterfinal round at two games apiece, the West's top wild-card seed came out flat and never recovered in a Game 5 overtime...
Via Fox Sports North
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Bollig to have hearing with NHL over boarding hit in Game 4

The Chicago Blackhawks have been shuffling their cards like a Vegas dealer the last couple of games against Minnesota trying to find a spark. They might need to do it out of necessity in Game 5. That's because forward Brandon Bollig has a hearing set with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit on the Wild's Keith Ballard on Friday night. Play Franchise Football...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago's Brandon Bollig will have a hearing with Department of Player Safety

Looks like Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig's has a date with the NHL's Department of Players Safety. The Chicago forward has a hearing for his dirty, and dangerous hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard. After the hit, Ballard was face down on the ice for a period of time before he got up, and skated to the Wild bench. Ballard didn't return. (@NHLPlayerSafety...
Via Goon's World
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Brandon Bolling Has A Hearing Today With The NHL Player Safety Department

Chicago's Brandon Bollig will have a hearing today for boarding/checking from behind on Minnesota's Keith Ballard. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 10, 2014 Watch the hit below... Continue reading "Video- Brandon Bolling Has A Hearing Today With The NHL Player Safety Department"
Via Kukla's Korner
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild show character in knotting series with Blackhawks at 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Before Friday's morning skate, Wild coach Mike Yeo ran some video highlights for his players to chew on. These weren't inspirational clips of gritty hockey teams past. Nor were they meant to harp upon mistakes that need correcting, like so many other film sessions this season. Instead, they featured this year's NHL playoff darling, the one that won...
Via Fox Sports North
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Brandon Bollig Boards Keith Ballard

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig absolutely destroyed Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard with a very dangerous, and unnecessary hit. You can't hit a guy in the numbers, not like that. I think that Bollig should have been tossed from the game for this hit and given a five minute major and a game misconduct. Ballard would leave the game with what appears to be a...
Via Goon's World
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild return home in same 2-0 hole as last series

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Keith Ballard and 19,221 other spectators could feel the energy pulsate through their veins as Game 3 against the Avalanche began. It rarely waned, never left. In the Wild's come-from-behind, 4-3 series triumph over Colorado in the Stanley Cup Playoffs quarterfinals, a raucous, hockey-crazed Xcel Energy Center crowd made for three gameday environments that...
Via Fox Sports North
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

(Video) Keith Ballard no goal

There no reason this goal shouldn't count. This is obviously a blown call by the on-ice official. There's no reason why this goal shouldn't count. Some how the on-ice official thought that Wild forward Erik Haula made incidental contact with Canucks goalie Eddie Lack. Video shows that there was no contact. I just interviewed Mick McGeough. He admits ref Brad Meier blew...
Via Goon's World
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Meier strikes again?

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in a shootout on Friday night, but a certain Brad Meier (remember him from the Olympics?) waved off a Keith Ballard goal because, uh...Erik Haula was standing in the approximate vicinity of Eddie Lack: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the Wild were...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

What are the Florida Panthers' top 5 victories of all-time?

What makes a great hockey game? Back-and-forth action, a little adversity, maybe even an unexpected surprise. A little back story does not hurt either. The Florida Panthers have played 1,558 regular season and playoff games to this point, and although few have been high-stakes contests, the Panthers have had their share of memorable ones. There have been major triumphs, such as Florida...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Keith Ballard's huge hip check on Chuck Kobasew

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard delivered a huge hip-check along the boards on Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew last night. Here's the slow motion replay of Pittsburgh's right wing going airborne in GIF form. Following the hit, Kobasew actually got up and fought Ballard. You can see that here.Related:GIF: Jason Spezza dances around Dylan OlsenGIF: Giroux's falling...
Via Talk Hockey
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Keith Ballard finds he can go home again

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right. There is no place like home. Just ask Keith Ballard, the former Vancouver Canuck defenceman who is now back home playing for the Minnesota Wild. It was only a matter of hours after the Canucks bought out the final two years of his $4.2-million-a-season contract this past summer that Ballard inked a two-year deal worth $1.5 million a season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Wild injuries wreak havoc on lines in loss to Phoenix

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund was returning to the Minnesota Wild lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Forward Torrey Mitchell and defenseman Keith Ballard returned from injured reserve. Minnesota was getting reinforcements even as leading scorer Zach Parise was unable to return from a left foot contusion after testing the injury in the Wild's morning...
Via Fox Sports North
November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Wild injuries wreak havoc on lines in loss to Phoenix

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund was returning to the Minnesota Wild lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Forward Torrey Mitchell and defenseman Keith Ballard returned from injured reserve. Minnesota was getting reinforcements even as leading scorer Zach Parise was unable to return from a left foot contusion after testing the injury in the Wild's morning...
Via Fox Sports North
November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Ballard practice but not expected to play for Wild in Winnipeg

Neither Niklas Backstrom nor Keith Ballard cared to waste any energy on frustration or self-pity. Backstrom, the Wild goalie, was inching his way through the uncertain aftermath of a concussion after taking a nasty hit earlier this month. Ballard, who has been sidelined for all but nine games this season, was eager to recover from an upper-body injury and resume his place among the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Wild Niklas Backstrom leaves game, Ballard on IR

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom left Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and did not return, as per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He stopped three shots in 10:31 of action after being replaced in net by goaltender Josh Harding. At 7:07 of the first period, Backstrom was hit to the ice when Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri ran over him...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rupp Assigned to Iowa For Conditioning; Ballard on Injured Reserved

The Minnesota Wild has assigned forward Mike Rupp to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning loan. The team also announced today it has placed defenseman Keith Ballard on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 5 against Calgary. Rupp was designated Injured, Non-Roster on Sept. 30 with a lower-body injury and has not appeared in a game...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The Canucks record in the Mike Gillis era, by the numbers

For readers of this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a Mike Gillis supporter. I generally think he has been good for the Vancouver Canucks and think he has unfairly gotten a lot of bad publicity for various reasons. I made my case for the argument that he “inherited” this team and outlined his biggest contribution to his team, his contract negotiations. Most recently, I outlined...
Via Rob The Hockey Guy
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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