MINNESOTA WILD NEWS

Report: Wild, Dubnyk to begin contract talks this week

It could be argued that Devan Dubnyk was the most valuable player in the NHL over the final two months of the regular season.After being acquired by the goalie-desperate Wild in a deadline trade with the Coyotes, for whom Dubnyk was serving primarily as Mike Smith's backup, Dubnyk was simply ridiculous. In 39 games (including 38 consecutive starts at one point) he posted a 1.78 goals...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

To retire (a jersey) or not to retire, that is the (Josh Harding) question

ST PAUL, MN – DECEMBER 17: Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates a win of the game against the Vancouver Canucks on December 17, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) I’ll admit, I’m not an avid Twitter user like many are. I’ve used it even less since Minnesota...
Via State of Hockey News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Wild Draft Preview: Forwards

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 27: Alex Tuch is selected eighteenth overall by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) For a 3rd straight season the Wild found their season ended by a lack of offense against the Chicago Blackhawks.  This year’s painful...
Via State of Hockey News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild’s top free agent priorities

As the offseason trickles along, the Minnesota Wild have important assets on their team who will become free agents on July first. General manager Chuck Fletcher will have to negotiate smart deals as he and his team try to finagle their way through a tight cap situation. Fletcher has a long summer in front of […] The post Minnesota Wild’s top free agent priorities appeared first...
Via Along the Boards
8 days ago  |  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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft 2015: Potential draft picks for the Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild’s season has come to end, but the offseason, where championship teams are built, is just beginning. First on the offseason agenda is the NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida on June 26. The 2015 draft is one of the deepest drafts, in terms of talent, that we have seen in many years. Although […] The post NHL Draft 2015: Potential draft picks for the Minnesota Wild...
Via Along the Boards
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net 162: Minnesota Disappointment and the Conference Finals

In this past week’s edition of Crashing the Net, Aaron Eggemeyer sees big changes on the horizon for the Minnesota Wild after their lackluster performance in the second round of the NHL Playoffs. Additionally Aaron also takes a look at the upcoming Conference Finals.
Via The Majors National
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Harding is expected to retire

Josh Harding is a goaltender you couldn’t help but root for. Unfortunately, it sounds like his ongoing complications with multiple sclerosis will force him to retire from the game of hockey at the age of 30. Via the Star Tribune: Josh Harding, 30, who missed all season with complications from multiple sclerosis after playing two games with Iowa, is expected to retire. His contract...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Going with what they've got: It's time for young guns to step up

It’s time for the Wild to take a different approach this offseason. The last three summers, the Wild front office has taken to the free-agent market to bolster its lineup, and although the pickups of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Jason Pominville, Matt Cooke, and Thomas Vanek have improved the quality of the team tenfold, it’s time for some of the younger guys to step up into bigger...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanek and Suter’s Post-Season Power Play Comments Are Both Revealing and Damning at the Same Time

  at Pepsi Center on February 28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 3-1. Some people say the truth hurts, while others bask in ignorance or denial.  The latter of which can either draw pity or contempt from those around them.  The more a person exhibits such behavior often they become ignored or they push those around them to feel compelled to set them...
Via State of Hockey News
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-signing Dubnyk tops Wild's offseason to-do list

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild were humbled by their four-game sweep in the second round of the NHL playoffs by division rival Chicago. That doesn't mean they'll be moved to make major changes to their roster this summer. In interviews on Monday, players said they believed they had enough skill, grit and depth to win the Western Conference semifinal series against the Blackhawks...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Top five reasons the Chicago Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild

The Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild in a four-game series that was much closer than it looked on paper. It wouldn’t have happened for the Blackhawks without some key players stepping up. Here are the top five reasons the Blackhawks are going to the Western Conference Final: Kane steps up He’s ba-aack. Patrick Kane had […] The post Top five reasons the Chicago Blackhawks...
Via Along the Boards
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Wild’s top five disappointments of the playoffs

The Minnesota Wild had high expectation heading into the playoffs, but failed to get out to get out of the second round again. Disappointments kept this team from expanding their playoff run. Here are my top 5 disappointing players in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 5. Devan Dubnyk You can not deny that Dubnyk’s game […] The post The Minnesota Wild’s top five disappointments...
Via Along the Boards
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Wild’s top five performers in the playoffs

The Minnesota Wild’s playoff run came to an end a lot faster than many fans had hoped, but it still had its bright spots and its shining stars. During these playoffs, many players stepped and performed at high-level this postseason giving Minnesota fans hope for years to come. Here are my top-5 Minnesota Wild performers […] The post The Minnesota Wild’s top five performers...
Via Along the Boards
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild again left with bad feeling in loss to Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the third straight year, the Minnesota Wild have been forced out of the NHL playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks. This defeat felt as bad as ever, given the way the Wild played in the second half of the regular season and in the first round against the St. Louis Blues. Goalie Devan Dubnyk said after the 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday night that he...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chicago Blackhawks And Minnesota Wild Were Mic’d Up For The Handshake Line

After the Chicago Blackhawks finished off sweeping the Minnesota Wild, they went through the traditional handshake line. But, the best part is some of the players were mic’d up for the line. It’s not often we see something like that, so it was pretty cool to hear some of the things guys said to each […] The post The Chicago Blackhawks And Minnesota Wild Were Mic’d Up For...
Via Diehardsport
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wild never led in their series against the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Minnesota Wild. This fact should be pretty obvious considering the Blackhawks swept the Wild out of the second round in four games, but it’s even more apparent once you learn that the Blackhawks never trailed in the series. The Wild never led in the series against the Blackhawks. Not even for one second. The Wild were constantly playing from...
Via Puck Drunk Love
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild must consider roster changes after latest playoff exit

Many great NBA players never won a championship in the 1990s because Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated the decade with six titles in an eight-year span. Fast forward to the present and it’s another Chicago team doing something similar. The Blackhawks reached the Western Conference final for the fifth time in the last eight seasons with a 4-3 Game 4 win to a complete...
Via NESN.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Playoffs Game Preview, Game #4 Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks 5/7/2015 @ 8:30PM CST at Xcel Energy Center

Blackhawks lead series 3-0 Minnesota Wild 30.0% Power Play (1st) 80.0% Penalty Kill (11th) 247 Total Hits (10th) 142 Total Blocked Shots (7th) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G  5A = 9pts 2. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 2G  4A = 6pts 3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 2G  3A = 5pts 4. #22 Nino Niederreiter ~ 3G  1A = 4pts 5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 1G  3A = 4pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #22 Nino Niederreiter...
Via State of Hockey News
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild, Canadiens hope to prevent sweeps in 2nd round

If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it. The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Blackhawks at Wild

Had the initial timetable on Patrick Kane's injury held true, the Chicago Blackhawks' superstar would still be two weeks away from game action. Consider that wishful thinking for the Minnesota Wild. With a 3-0 lead, the Blackhawks can both eliminate the Wild and reach the Western Conference finals for the third consecutive season with a win Thursday night in St. Paul. Kane scored...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild have their backs against the wall after Game 3 loss

The Minnesota Wild played their best game of the series Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center but still came up short. Corey Crawford stole the show, stopping all of the Wild’s 30 shots and leading the Blackhawks to a 1-0 victory. Chicago has taken complete control of this series leading 3-0 and are just […] The post Minnesota Wild have their backs against the wall after Game...
Via Along the Boards
21 days ago  |  Discuss

3 of a kind: Wild still can't find a way to crack the Hawks

This is not how it was supposed to go down. Entering their second-round series against the Blackhawks, the Wild were riding high with confidence, and were poised to give the team that ended their last two playoff runs a taste of their own medicine. Over the season’s final three months, the Wild played arguably the best hockey of any team in the NHL, going 28-6-2 since January 14...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Crawford Shuts the Door on the Wild, 1-0 as Chicago takes 3-0 series lead

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 03: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks gets off a shot past Jonas Brodin #25 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Fans across the State of Hockey...
Via State of Hockey News
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild To Use Home Ice To Shift Series Momentum Against Blackhawks, Tickets Start at $117

It’s an old sports saying that any postseason series doesn’t really start until a team wins a road game. The Chicago Blackhawks made their series with the Minnesota Wild look as one-sided as possible after the first two games at the United Center. Down 0-2 in the series to the Chicago Blackhawks in each of the last two postseasons, Minnesota won Game 3 at home to get back into...
Via State of Hockey News
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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