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...
Via Fox Sports North
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Embarrassing July 1 Proves Detroit Red Wings’ Brand Could Finally Be Dying Off

It’s early July, which as always means the start of free agency. That also used to signal in and exciting time as the Detroit Red Wings attempted to lure new names and pieces to town in hopes of chasing the Stanley Cup. But the Red Wings, for whatever combination of reasons, can no longer lure free agents, turning what used to be an exciting day into a snoozer around Motown. The...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign Thomas Vanek to three-year deal

The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday that they have signed left wing Thomas Vanek to a three-year, $19.5 million contract. Vanek is the NHL’s eighth-leading goal scorer since 2005-06.  In nine seasons, Vanek has amassed 277 goals and 279 assists. “Thomas is an elite offensive talent who showed a strong desire to play in Minnesota,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said...
Via Sports-Glory
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild make early free-agent splash, agree to sign high-scoring Vanek

The Minnesota Wild made a splash in free agency again, again using a hometown connection to bring in one of the top free agents available. Two years after reeling in the top-two free agents in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Minnesota agreed to terms on a three-year contract with forward Thomas Vanek about two hours into the start of free agency Tuesday. Multiple reports said Vanek&...
Via Fox Sports North
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators select Jack Dougherty with the 51st overall pick

Originally, the Predators had been scheduled to select 46th overall, their second choice in the second round of the draft. After a trade with the San Jose Sharks, however, the Predators sent their 46th pick to the Sharks for the 51st overall selection and a 4th round selection in the 2015 pick. With that 51st pick, the Predators chose to take highly-ranked American defenseman Jack...
Via The Predatorial
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota WIld: Free Agency Pondering

#490969009 / gettyimages.comMichael Russo from the Startribune has some more free agent nuggets today. I love this time of year, this is where the big free agency moves happen. It will be interesting to see what the Wild do next week. I am excited about some of the names that are being thrown around. Michael Russo, Russo’s Rants – Fletcher did set up meetings in Philadelphia...
Via Goon's World
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Wild Draft Preview: Defenseman

Aaron Ekblad should be long gone by the time the Wild go to make their 1st round selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The old saying in team sports is “defense wins championships.”   Its pretty tough to argue against it.  Whether you’re talking football, baseball, basketball, and even hockey those teams that can defend the best or shut down their opponents best players...
Via State of Hockey News
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo has earned his contract extension

Mike Yeo is the right man to lead the Minnesota Wild in their quest for a Stanley Cup, at least in the minds of the franchise’s front office. On Saturday afternoon Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced that Yeo has agreed to a three-year contract extension that’s believed to be worth around $3 million. For Wild fans, Yeo’s three-season tenure in Minnesota has been...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild, Yeo agree to multiyear contract extension

Mike Yeo went to his home on a lake in Ontario when the Minnesota Wild's season ended abruptly with an unfortunate bounce in overtime. Yeo was going to do a little fishing to take his mind off the season that just transpired and the sad ending. He'll have a lot to look forward to now. Minnesota announced Yeo has agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension. Yeo, who...
Via Fox Sports North
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's season-ending emptiness will be filled by pride

There was little reflection on the part of the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The spirit, adrenaline and competitive fire from a thrilling Game 6 and second-round series against the defending Stanley Cup champions had been swept away by an awkward bounce off the end boards that led to Patrick Kane's overtime, series-clinching goal. A void was left, emptiness and raw emotion...
Via Fox Sports North
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Banged-up’ players tend to suggest that they’re super, thanks for asking

The Minneapols Star-Tribune's Michael Scoggins argues that hockey players are a little "nuts" for playing through the kind of pain that they play through during the playoffs: Ryan Suter doesn’t look right, but he refuses to admit anything. Ask him about his left arm and he’ll smile and say everything is A-OK. Suter took a horrible spill in Game 3 after a collision...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild try to stay sharp as they head to another elimination game

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Known as the Minnesota Wild's iron man by playing in every game and skating nearly 30 minutes a game, Ryan Suter doesn't tire easily. Heading into the 13th game of their playoffs and facing another elimination game, Suter and the Wild have no time to rest. Suter knows there will eventually be time to rest. There will be time to heal injuries, not that Suter...
Via Fox Sports North
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss


The Minnesota Wild were perhaps lucky in their game three victory over Chicago, but deserve full measure for their game four win. THE SHOT DIFFERENTIAL This is from game four, the Wild won that game 4-2. Jonathan Toews got a steady diet of Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin. TIME AGAINST TOEWS, IN MINNY 1. Jonas Brodin 12.3 minutes 2. Ryan Suter 11.3 minutes 3. Mario Scandella...
Via Puckrant.com
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s all feel special because the Suter-and-Parise signings are ‘paying off’ for the Wild

Given that 1. One Craig Leipold's pals in the media penned a set of "feeler" articles stating that he would not be out-bid for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's services, given that 2. Leipold signed the players to lockout-proof contracts and then complained about player costs hampering his business, while he played one of the pivotal owners' roles during the third...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke to return Friday: ‘I earned myself an ulcer watching games’

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke served the final game of his seven-game suspension during the team’s 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday and will return for Game 4 on Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Cooke was suspended by the NHL in the first round for a knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. “The last couple of weeks, I think I earned myself...
Via Sports-Glory
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild and Bryzgalov back in series with 4-0 win in St. Paul

Ryan Suter tries to defend Chicago’s Patrick Sharp.   People handle surprises in different ways.  Now there are the good surprises like a party.  They’re fun, and often show ingenuity of the people who plan the party.  They had to find a way to invite all the guests without the guest of honor knowing and find a venue for the party.  Some surprise parties are easier to...
Via State of Hockey News
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Suter Injuiry (GIF)

Hopefully, it's only a stinger and not a separated shoulder. But Wild defenseman Ryan Suter seemed to land awkwardly on his shoulder. Suter went to the locker room after the play.
Via Goon's World
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Showtime In Chicago

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, He danced through the Minnesota defense as they picked their poison between him and Patrick Sharp, dusting Ryan Suter and splitting Jonas Brodin and Kyle Brodziak — the Wild’s top two defensemen and one of their top shutdown forwards — before roofing a backhander over Ilya Bryzgalov to break a tie and unleash a deafening roar...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild’s Charlie Coyle Receives 15 Stitches After Taking Shot To Face (Photo)

The Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle will have a nice new scar to show off thanks to teammate Ryan Suter. In the first period of Game 7 between the Wild and the Colorado Avalanche, Coyle inadvertently blocked Suter’s shot with his face, earning himself some immediate medical attention and a trip down the tunnel. Coyle managed to return for the start of the second period, and helped...
Via NESN.com
May 02, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

My Norris Picks And The Playoffs

When the regular season ended, I made my award picks.  My Norris Trophy nominees are Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, Alex Pietrangelo of the St Louis Blues and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild.  Interestingly they are the top three players in the NHL by playing time per game right now in the playoffs.  That in no way justifies my award selections, as they are made based...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Refs blew it in Colorado

#487023775 / gettyimages.comBack in the 1990's there was a popular and re-occurring comment that was made towards the on-ice officials at the old Ralph Engelstad Arena, "Get off your knees ref you're blowing the game." This couldn't be more accurate following last night's game between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. By now, you have probably seen...
Via Goon's World
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Granlund elevating game on national playoff stage

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Fresh off the biggest goal of his short NHL career, Mikael Granlund received an unexpected congratulations in a joyous Minnesota Wild locker room, but it wasn't enough to elicit any extra elation out of the usually-reserved Finn. Defenseman Ryan Suter's kids were playing ball hockey in the team's dressing room and stopped Granlund after his game-winning...
Via Fox Sports North
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild focus on handling Avs’ speed

For casual observers, the Minnesota Wild’s checklist might boil down to “stopping Nathan MacKinnon.” After falling behind 2-0 in their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild pointed to a broader goal: to find a way to slow down the Avalanche. Both Norris-level defenseman Ryan Suter and Wild head coach Mike Yeo preached the need for Minnesota to avoid losing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild reaction: ‘The game’s not over until it’s over’

It’s the one that got away. The Minnesota Wild had a two-goal lead heading into the third period of Thursday’s playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche, and came away with a 5-4 overtime loss. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final 1-0, thanks to a thrilling come-from-behind effort. Paul Stastny scored the overtime winner, after tying the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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