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Niklas Folin will make the biggest impact this season at UMass Lowell

Niklas Folin tabbed as most impactful incoming River Hawk. (Photo/Chris Machian/The World-Herald)Last month the UMass Lowell River Hawks released the 2015-16 hockey team roster, including the list of eight incoming freshmen. Once release, we proposed the question to our readers: “Which incoming River Hawk will have the biggest impact this season?” and the results are in. Defenseman...
Via Mill City Sports
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Hockey Team Preview: Minnesota Wild

Welcome to the NHL team previews: a series that will breakdown every NHL team this offseason. You can expect to see new posts all summer, starting from the 30th place team, and finishing with the Stanley Cup champions. With so many changes coming in the offseason, some teams will be improving dramatically, while others will be forced to make some tough decisions for the future. It’s...
Via The Fantasy Fix
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Ballard, Leopold inching toward retirement

Minnesota Wild veteran defensemen Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of their respective NHL careers, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ballard was limited to just 14 games last season after receiving a concussion following a hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin on Dec. 9. The Minnesota native is an unrestricted free agent...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Dubnyk wants better start after frenzied finish to last season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk couldn't help but reflect on his feverish flourish to complete the regular season in 2014-15.After all, Dubnyk posted a scintillating 27-9-2 mark with five shutouts and a stingy 1.78 goals-against average and .936 save percentage after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14. The Wild had sent the Coyotes a third-round pick for the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of the road in the NHL. Ballard, 32, is still experiencing concussion symptoms from a brutal hit he took back in December of 2014 and he’s worried about long-term effects. Meanwhile, Leopold hasn’t been offered a new contract and at the age of 35 he might be willing to hang up his skates in order to focus on his family...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of the road in the NHL. Ballard, 32, is still experiencing concussion symptoms from a brutal hit he took back in December of 2014 and he’s worried about long-term effects. Meanwhile, Leopold hasn’t been offered a new contract and at the age of 35 he might be willing to hang up his skates in order to focus on his family...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Yeo on Sydor: 'My only focus is Darryl getting better'

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo isn't worried about overcoming the absence of assistant Darryl Sydor from a hockey perspective.Yeo's primary concern rests with his friend, as Sydor was arrested for drunken driving with his 12-year-old son in the car last week. Yeo was aware that Sydor was in treatment for alcoholism last summer before his latest setback, which saw the latter fail field...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Wild forward Cooke still searching for work

Veteran Matt Cooke believes he still has something to offer an NHL team, but the rugged forward needs a club to feel the same way.Bought out by the Minnesota Wild in June, Cooke continues to skate with former teammates Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville as he tries to remain in shape to extend his NHL career."This is the first time I’ve had to go through it," Cooke...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Wild captain Walz stressing fun at hockey camp

Former Minnesota Wild captain Wes Walz has seen his hockey school grow with each passing year - and he couldn't be happier. "The goal of the camp is every year when the kids walk out on Friday afternoon is we want to make sure that the kids to have as much fun as possible," the former NHLer said of the Wes Walz Minnesota Wild Hockey School. "Yes, we want to teach the kids how to...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Yeo keeping confident in Kuemper

Although Devan Dubnyk was simply dazzling since being acquired in a trade last season, Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo still has high hopes for backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper."Right from the start I want (Devan) to compete and I want him to play a lot of hockey games, but we know Darcy Kuemper is very capable," Yeo told the team's website. "... As a young player, there's not going...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Sydor is Arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Child Endangerment

OTTAWA, CANADA – OCTOBER 11: Assistant coach Darryl Sydor of the Minnesota Wild looks up at the jumbotron during a video review in a game against the Ottawa Senators, during the NHL home opener to kick off the Senators’ 20th anniversary at Scotiabank Place on October 11, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)   As summer...
Via State of Hockey News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Sydor enters treatment center

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program on Monday.Sydor admitted himself into an inpatient treatment center in Malibu, Calif., where he is expected to spend at least the next 30 days, his attorney Ryan Pacyga told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune."He's hurt, he's upset, he's embarrassed...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild assistant coach charged with drunk driving, endangerment of a child

Darryl Sydor, former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild, has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment after he reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .30. The incident took place on Thursday evening as Sydor drove his 12-year-old to the child’s hockey game. According to the Star Tribune, another drive called the police after...
Via Puck Drunk Love
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Sydor charged with drunk driving and endangerment of a child

Darryl Sydor, former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild, has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment after he reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .30. The incident took place on Thursday evening as Sydor drove his 12-year-old to the child’s hockey game. According to the Star Tribune, another drive called the police after...
Via Bloguin Best
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Yeo: 'We think we're a contender'

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was thrilled with his team's feverish finish last season before it was swept aside by the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs.While Yeo enjoyed the ride during the Wild's 28-9-3 record to finish out the campaign, he knows that the team needs to remain hungry if it is going to continue to ascend in the...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota alumni to wear North Stars-themed Wild jerseys

While it's uncertain how the Minnesota Wild and North Stars alumni will mesh as a team, they'll likely look good when they take the ice at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The Wild alumni will wear a green North Stars-themed jersey with the team's logo on the front while the North Stars' contingent will have stars on their chests, according to Vintage MN Hockey...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Fedotenko eyes last chance with Wild

Veteran forward Ruslan Fedotenko would love one more shot at the NHL. Fedotenko is best known for scoring both goals in Game 7 to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames and capture the Stanley Cup in 2004. Fast forward to the present and one finds the 36-year-old Ukrainian playing for Iowa of the American Hockey League. Fedotenko signed with the club in January and...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild fishing for success at Mike Yeo Classic

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo and several members of the team will leave their hockey sticks at home and head to Lake Minnetonka to participate in a bass fishing tournament on Sept. 1. Superstar Zach Parise, veteran Thomas Vanek will join Ryan Carter, Justin Fontaine, Erik Haula, Nate Prosser, Jordan Schroeder and Jason Zucker among others in The Mike Yeo Classic, which will benefit...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild defenseman Blum headed to Kontinental Hockey League

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum is taking his game to the Kontinental Hockey League. Blum confirmed the signing with Admiral Vladivostok to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune after news of his departure to Russia was initially reported by Igor Eronko of Sport-Express. The 26-year-old Blum was a restricted free agent. The 23rd overall pick of the 2007 draft, Blum...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Power Rankings: How Good Are the Wild?

View image | gettyimages.com Analysis The Wild’s main goal this offseason was to resign Devan Dubnyk, and that was accomplished when he agreed to a six year deal. Other than that, the Wild did not make any major additions to the team that got swept by Chicago in the second round. If their young players can continue to make strides, then the Wild could challenge for a western...
Via TopSportsReport
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Parise keeps positive outlook for Wild

Minnesota Wild star forward Zach Parise isn't letting a sweep in last season's playoffs leave a sour taste in his mouth.Instead, the 31-year-old insisted to the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he sees great things ahead."I'm not on the negative side of things. I feel like a lot of people are," Parise told the newspaper. "I'm not saying we shouldn't have done better last year. I felt...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Haula: 'No reason to dwell' on past

Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula is content to leave last season in the past.Signed to a two-year contract earlier this week, Haula told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday that he is ready to look ahead and leave any lingering issues with coach Mike Yeo in his rear-view mirror."It's already behind me," Haula told the newspaper. "There's no reason to dwell on it. I'll just put...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Vanek skating following hernia surgery

Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek expects to rejoin his teammates on the ice by training camp.Vanek told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Wednesday that he has begun skating after having surgery to repair two hernias in his left groin.The 31-year Austrian scored 21 goals and set up 31 others in his first season with the Wild. Vanek, however, was held to just four...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild to play Blackhawks, including alumni game, at TCF Bank Stadium next year

The Wild will play their first regular-season outdoor NHL game next season and they'll do so on the University of Minnesota campus through which many of the state's hockey greats have passed. Minnesota Wild and Gophers officials joined with representatives from the National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL Players' Association at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday to...
Via Fox Sports North
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild, North Stars alumni to tangle with Blackhawks

The Minnesota Wild will receive an assist in the alumni game on Feb. 20 before going it alone the following day when they face off against the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium.Former members of the Wild will join forces with a couple of North Stars in the alumni game. The clubs coming together can be interpreted as a symbolic celebration of Minnesota's claim to being "The State...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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