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5 Free Agents the Wild Should Target

View image | gettyimages.com Every team uses the off-season to improve areas that they see necessary. Some teams look to do this through the draft, trades, or free agency. Since the NHL draft took place this weekend, the Minnesota Wild will have an opportunity to add important pieces to their future. Following the draft the free agency period will begin on July 1, when they can...
Via TopSportsReport
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild Fans Exhale: Devan Dubnyk Re-Signs with the Wild

View image | gettyimages.com Crosses fingers. I think we don't have to worry about backup goalie Niklas Backstrom being in the mix next season., unless there's a lot of injuries. Or at least I hope we don't. The Wild have re-signed Devan Dubnyk. Wild fans can now exhale.Per Michael Russo:After three days of heavy-duty negotiation, the Wild has agreed to terms with the goaltender...
Via Goon's World
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild enter offseason, again, with goalie atop to-do list

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have entered another offseason with uncertainty in the net. This time, their goal is clear. They want to bring back Devan Dubnyk, and go from there. The Wild and Dubnyk's agent have begun discussing a new deal. The 29-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday if he's not re-signed by then. If they can work out a contract...
Via AP on Fox
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Offseason Moves For The Wild

View image | gettyimages.com The Wild had an unbelievable second half of the season thanks in large part to the play of Devan Dubnyk. With that said, they go into the offseason with questions like most teams. So lets take a look at the top 5 moves for the Wild this summer. 5. Rework the fourth line It is not a flashy move but having a fourth line you can roll out consistently...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild handling goaltending situation one day at a time

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On one end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk prepared for Monday night's start against Vancouver with his own net. At the other end of the Xcel Energy Center rink, Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom shared a net, alternating at times during practice. So begins the Minnesota Wild's stretch with three goaltenders. Kuemper rejoined the team after being recalled from his American...
Via Fox Sports North
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild Struggles Calls for Change

After a December to forget, the Minnesota Wild still are carrying their struggles into the new year after two more losses to San Jose and Chicago. One may think it is time to make some kind of change, but where that is the question?You can first point the finger at the goaltending as of late. Between Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom, the two have combined for the second worst save...
Via Goon's World
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild activate goalie Backstrom from IR, reassign Curry

Before their New Year's Eve game in Columbus, the Minnesota Wild got some good news on the goaltending front.   Minnesota activated Niklas Backstrom off injured reserve Wednesday and reassigned John Curry to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Backstrom met the team in Columbus and skated Wednesday morning. He's expected to backup Darcy Kuemper, who made 28 saves in a win...
Via Fox Sports North
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Depleted Wild earn huge 3-2 regulation road win over Winnipeg

Niklas Backstrom makes a nice save from in close on Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd. So let us paint a scenario.  You’re a minor league goaltender who is 30 years old.  Your chance to make it to the show seems a little less likely with each passing season.  You are coming off a great win where you made 38 saves in a big road win for your club.  In the great minor league tradition...
Via State of Hockey News
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Illness shelves Backstrom, Curry recalled to start in goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Returning from the NHL's holiday break, the Minnesota Wild's shuffle at goaltender continued. Minnesota placed Niklas Backstrom on injured reserve before Saturday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets. The move is retroactive to Dec. 21 as Backstrom deals with an illness. Goaltender John Curry was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on emergency conditions...
Via Fox Sports North
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt. Arizona has lost five...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Niederreiter's first hat trick helps Wild double up Sabres

  Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Griffith pots highlight reel-worthy goal

Next Impulse Sports via Pete BlackburnWhen Seth Griffith flew through the air after beating the Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, the sequence drew comparisons to Bobby Orr’s legendary goal and had us wondering how Griffith would ever top it.In Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Griffith found a new way to impress us. After blocking a shot down in the Bruins defensive zone...
Via BruinsLife
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Denies Bruins’ Carl Soderberg With Athletic Save (Video)

The Boston Bruins got off to a hot start at TD Garden on Tuesday night, but the Minnesota Wild would not be denied. After trailing by as many as two goals, the Wild scored three unanswered goals in the third period to hand the Bruins a 4-3 loss. Boston put the pressure on late in the third period in an attempt to force overtime, but goaltender Niklas Backstrom came up big with some...
Via NESN.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: 5 bold predictions for the 2014-15 season

Thursday night marks the opener of the Minnesota Wild’s 15th and arguably most anticipated season in franchise history. Key additions over the last five or so years have led to hype that can be backed up by legitimate skill players as the team is as deep with talent as it has ever been. There is no doubt that it’s Stanley Cup or bust for the foreseeable future in the State of...
Via isportsweb.com
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Wilkinson Brutally KO’s Niklas Backstrom At UFC Fight Night 53

Mike Wilkinson stunned the Swedish crowd into silence tonight at UFC Fight Night 53 by brutally knocking out Niklas Backstrom with an overhand right barely a minute into the fight. Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. Wilkinson tries a low spinning kick that misses. He then looks for a takedown, but doesn’t get it. Backstrom with a spinning kick of his own that misses...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC Fight Night 53 Results

Stay tuned to fightofthenight.com for all the UFC Fight Night 53 results live as they happen from Stockholm, Sweden. (Press F5 as required to refresh the page for the latest results) — Main Card: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story Max Holloway vs. Akira Corassani Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson Prelims: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham Nico Musoke...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild situation in the Minnesota crease

#459196061 / gettyimages.com The puck hasn’t even dropped for regular season action and the Minnesota Wild are already in mid-season goalie crisis mode. After last season’s impressive season, the Minnesota Wild were expected to take another step forward and had put faith in the goalie tandem of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding to lead the team. Minnesota fans learned a tough...
Via Beyond The Benches
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Harding out indefinitely; Mike Yeo low on options

Last year, the Minnesota Wild dealt with ridiculous goaltending issues and needed a ton of depth to simply get into the playoffs: Josh Harding battled complications from multiple sclerosis, Niklas Backstrom suffered a knee injury and Darcy Kuemper got a concussion. It was a trying year between the pipes to say the least. With training camp opening this week, the...
Via Sports-Glory
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo: Wild starting job in goal wide open

#462660157 / gettyimages.comAs we make our way towards the NHL season there's more hockey news starting to emerge. The Wild are going to have a stable of goalies this season. According to Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo, the position is wide open. NHL Insider -- The Minnesota Wild will enter training camp next month with three goaltenders, Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and...
Via Goon's World
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild coach: Three goalies will compete for starting job

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo said each of the team’s three goaltenders, Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper, will have chance to win the No. 1 job. “I have to say we’re kind of open right now, to be honest with you,” Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. “We’re going to have some scrimmages … but we’re going to have to pretty quickly...
Via Sports-Glory
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild News: Three goalies, Two slots, One battle

Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper are all each other's best frenemies, again.The 2012-'13 Minnesota Wild had a pretty darn good season, finishing with 43 wins, 98 points and a dramatic first round victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs before losing in six to Chicago.And they did it all while using five different goalies: Goalie Stats Rk Player...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Questons at the goaltending position

#462660157 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild's goaltending situation has been a subject of discussion. John Kreiser - NHL.com -- Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Bryzgalov and John Curry (who won his lone late-season start) all had at least one victory in a season of tumult for Minnesota goaltenders . Harding was 18-7-3 with an NHL-best...
Via Goon's World
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sports-Glory
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild 2014 NHL Draft capsules

A complete listing of the Minnesota Wild's 2014 NHL Draft picks with a capsule summary of each. This list will be updated through the end of the draft.  Round 1, pick 18 -- RW/C Alex Tuch (6-foot-3, 213 pounds), U.S. National Team Development Program: Forget trading back and acquiring more picks. Once Tuch was on the board for Minnesota, the big power forward was their pick. With...
Via Fox Sports North
June 28, 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...
Via Bloguin Best
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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