Wild still trying to re-sign Kuemper

#184718888 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild are having a tough time getting their top goalie prospect signed. Eventually, he's going to have to sing, because he's a restricted free agent. I don't think the Wild want this to drag out  much longer.Michael Russo, Star Tribune --- A path toward a possible arbitration date would have at least guaranteed a settlement on...
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Capitals sign Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a $27.5 million, five-year contract, and goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. “We are very excited to welcome Brooks to Washington,” said MacLellan. “We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come. Brooks plays tough minutes against...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild will consider a goalie, but probably not in first round

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher isn't keen on taking goalies in the early rounds of the NHL draft. Neither is Brent Flahr, the team's assistant general manager. But Friday, when the NHL draft kicks off at the Wells Fargo Center, Fletcher and Flahr might face a decision that will test their draft philosophies. Fletcher and Flahr, who have long preached the importance...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Russo, “Fletcher shopping Brodziak, Backstrom”

#487493453 / gettyimages.comThis is the best news that I have heard all week. Trading goalie Niklas Backstrom would free up need roster and cap space for Darcy Kuemper who emerged as the goalie of the future. During the 2013-14 season, Kuemper had a (12-8-4, .915 SV% and a 2.37 GAA). Michael Russo, Startribune -- Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom And Kyle Brodziak Available In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last week working the phones. “Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Injury Update: Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper

Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, and Darcy Kuemper should be ready for training camp next season. It will be crucial for all three goalies to be healthy for the Wild due to the injuries the goalies have been through this year according to NBC sports.Harding was stellar in the first part of this years season with 18 wins in the 29 games he played. Unfortunately...
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June 10, 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...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dollaway, Mousasi, Backstrom and Cedenblad Win Bonuses at UFC Fight Night 41

After hosting their first of two shows on Saturday, the UFC awarded CB Dollaway (pictured), Gegard Mousasi, Niklas Backstrom and Magnus Cedenblad each an additional $50,000 for their special performances at “UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi.” The UFC opted not to hand out a “Fight of the Night” winner. Instead, the promotion dished out four “Performance of the Night”...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Taps Out Tom Niininaki With A Choke At UFC Fight Night 41

Niklas Backstrom upset Tom Niininaki tonight in the opening fight of the main card at UFC Fight Night 41, tapping him out with a choke in the first round. — Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. He doesn’t have time to do much else though a Niinimaki manages to secure an early takedown. ‘Stoneface’ moves into half guard, but Backstrom gets back up. Niinimaki still...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild have big decisions to make at goaltender

The most amazing part of the Minnesota Wild's late-season charge to the second round of the playoffs is now the biggest offseason priority. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher is embarking on another busy offseason, flush with salary cap space and more important decisions for a team that took another step in its development this past season. Top of mind for Fletcher is the...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild may carry 3 goalies, Bryzgalov isn’t one of them

The Minnesota Wild are considering keeping three goaltenders on the roster during the 2014-15 season. Two netminders are already under contract – Niklas Backstrom Josh Harding – and it’s believed that the team will give Darcy Kuemper a new deal. That leaves Ilya Bryzgalov as the odd man out in this three-headed goaltending picture. A team carrying three goalies in the NHL...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15. Backstrom went 5-11-2 with an .899 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in 21 games. He has not played since Jan. 30....
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Niklas Backstrom and Jason Zucker undergo season-ending surgeries

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Wednesday that goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker underwent successful surgeries, per the team's website. Both Backstrom and Zucker will miss the remainder of the season but are expected to be fully recovered in time for the 2014-15 campaign.Backstrom underwent abdominal surgery performed by Dr. William...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Zucker undergo surgery for Wild, out for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will officially be without goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker as they try to secure a playoff spot for the second straight season. Minnesota announced that Backstrom and Zucker each had surgery on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season. Both are expected to recover in time for the 2014-15 season. Backstrom, 36, had core...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild likely to ride one goaltender in postseason

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A four-season playoff drought was finally over and the Minnesota Wild were preparing to face the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks on the road in the first round last year. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom had started 41 of Minnesota's 48 games in the lockout-shortened season and was on the ice for pregame warm-ups in Chicago when he felt something odd. A lower-body...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom done, "Breezy" in for Wild

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is likely done for the season according to the team's general Manager Chuck Fletcher.The news isn't particularly of the "breaking news" variety, as Backstrom has been struggling with his return from off season sports hernia surgery and has been effective only in brief bursts throughout the season, as qualified by a...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down

On a day when rumors swirled that future first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could be Minnesota-bound, the Wild pulled the lever on the simplest available option for goaltending insurance. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on the day he shut down Niklas Backstrom for the season because of an abdominal injury, sent the fourth-round draft pick the Wild received...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild shut down Backstrom, likely for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher had a tough talk with veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom this week, knowing the NHL trade deadline is Wednesday afternoon. Backstrom has dealt with injuries all year and has been fighting through a lingering lower-body injury for a couple of months. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper's play had eased the burden on...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Tuesday: Koivu, Scandella practice with Wild, Backstrom held out

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild learned how to win during January with some of their key players on the shelf. After the two-week Olympic break, Minnesota is hoping to be back at nearly full strength for Thursday's game at Edmonton. Center Mikko Koivu has been practicing with the team after having to skip the Olympics while recovering from ankle surgery and defenseman Marco...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Wild make a play for veteran goalie?

As the Olympic trade freeze is lifted Sunday night and the NHL’s March 5 trade deadline fast approaches, the elephant in the Wild’s room revolves around its always blurry goaltending situation. Josh Harding remains out indefinitely. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is 5-11-2 with a 3.02 goals-against average. He hasn’t made a start since Jan. 11. And while the company line is the...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic Injuries An Issue

Niklas Backstrom will miss the gold medal game on Sunday because of a migraine. While a migraine may or may not have an impact on his play when he returns to the NHL in a couple of days, plenty of … Continue reading →The post Olympic Injuries An Issue appeared first on Committed Indians.
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Zach Parise returns for Minnesota

Minnesota Wild alternate captain Zach Parise will play for the first time in 14 games on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Parise has been out with a foot injury since Dec. 22. Parise says he’s feeling good: we’re going to give it a shot tonight. #mnwild — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 23, 2014 Parise, 29, has 15 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Harding still on shelf for Wild

To say that the Minnesota Wild are having goalie issues right now would be an understatement.Netminder Niklas Backstrom revealed last week that he played a month of last season with a torn core muscle in his groin, a malady that he believes is the impetus for his latest bout with abdominal stiffness that has him on the shelf for the foreseeable future.Backstrom hasn't played...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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