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Wild season preview: Minnesota hopes to surpass Chicago

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild have a well-balanced team, with every important player back from the squad that reached the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight spring. They also have an unsolved problem: the Chicago Blackhawks. "Last year was especially disappointing, because we certainly felt like we had a team to do it," goalie Devan Dubnyk said. "It's no secret...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild place Fontaine on IR, send Reilly to AHL

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed right wing Justin Fontaine on injured reserve to set their initial roster for the regular season. The Wild also assigned defenseman Mike Reilly to their AHL affiliate Tuesday and placed center Jordan Schroeder on waivers. Fontaine has an unspecified upper-body injury and can be activated at any time. That meant rookie center Tyler...
Via AP on Fox
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild at a glance

MINNESOTA WILD LAST SEASON: 46-28-8, 100 points. Fourth place in Central Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Western Conference semifinals. COACH: Mike Yeo (fifth season, 146-107-33). ADDED: LW Chris Porter, D Mike Reilly. LOST: C Kyle Brodziak, LW Matt Cooke, RW Chris Stewart, LW Sean Bergenheim, D Jordan Leopold. PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Thomas Vanek. His debut with the Wild was...
Via AP on Fox
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Wild players on franchise all-time leaderboard

The Minnesota Wild begin their 15th season Thursday and as the year goes along several players have a chance to move up the franchise's all-time leaderboard. Specifically, start tracking the statistics of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Koivu, the team's No. 1 overall pick in 2001, already is the Wild's all-time leader in points and assists, but here's a look at some other...
Via Fox Sports North
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Folin, Hutton, Hainsey make NHL opening day rosters

Former River Hawk Christian Folin (right) makes Wild roster. (Photo/Minnesota Wild)The time is almost here. The National Hockey League (NHL) regular season gets underway on Wednesday, October 7 and this season three former UMass Lowell River Hawks are present on opening day rosters. Christian Folin, Carter Hutton and Ron Hainsey made the opening day roster of the Minnesota Wild,...
Via Mill City Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild players enjoyed trip to Duluth, playing in front of new fans

The Minnesota Wild wrapped up a short jaunt to Duluth, Minn., on Wednesday, one day before their final preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres. After a couple of practices in front of their upstate fans at Amsoil Arena, Wild players described the experience. "It was wonderful, we had a great time," defenseman Ryan Suter said, according to the team's official website. "The weather...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild (46-28-8, fourth in Central Division)Coach: Mike Yeo (150-110-34; fifth season, fifth with team)Key Departures:  Matt Cooke, Chris Stewart, Kyle BrodziakKey Additions: Mike Reilly, Tyson Strachan  Key Player:  Devan DubnykDubnyk’s performance in net last season was nothing short of incredible. Minnesota’s biggest weakness over the past few seasons has been...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Would I Protect From the Wild In An Expansion Draft For a Las Vegas-based Squad

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 23: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild calls for a delay of game penalty against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 23, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Wild defeated the Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) In year 2000, the Minnesota Wild began the process of building a team with the expansion...
Via State of Hockey News
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the 2015-16 Minnesota Wild Season is Sure to Underwhelm

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 29: Head coach Mike Yeo of the Minnesota Wild talks with Mikko Koivu #9 during a break from the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Wild defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Athletes and coaches often get shredded for their use of sports cliches.  Reporters try...
Via State of Hockey News
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Leopold’s family bought a brick in the Blues Hall of Fame Plaza

Here’s an awesome catch from Blues fan Scott Busiek. Jordan Leopold and his family purchased a brick in the new Blues Hall of Fame Plaza. Leopold wasn’t a member of the Blues long, but it’s an extremely nice gesture from both the defenseman and his family. Those Leopold's are a class act! #stlblues #halloffameplaza — Scott Busiek (@TheBouwdacious...
Via Frozen Notes
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues invite defenseman Stu Bickel to training camp

Defenseman Stu Bickel, who played nine games with the Minnesota Wild last season, has been invited to St. Louis Blues training camp on a professional try-out basis. Bickel, 28, spent most of last season with the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild, posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 43 regular-season games. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman tallied...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Fans Speak: Thoughts and Predictions for the 2015-16 season

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 20: Fans hold up a flag before Game Three between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Summer is slipping away and the opening of NHL Training Camps are less than two weeks...
Via State of Hockey News
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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
September 01, 2015  |  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
August 30, 2015  |  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
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild’s Alex Tuch Follows Sick Shootout Goal With Terrific Celebration (Video)

July can be a pretty brutal month for sports, especially during the MLB All-Star break. Apparently Alex Tuch knows this, because he provided the sports world with an absolute gem of a highlight this weekend. Tuch, a 19-year-old Minnesota Wild prospect and former Boston College star, took the ice for a scrimmage at the Wild’s development camp Sunday. The scrimmage had to be decided...
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Reaching a deal with Devan Dubnyk may be difficult for Wild

According to Bob McKenzie, the Minnesota Wild and Devan Dubnyk may have more trouble reaching a deal than initially expected (H/T to Ian McLaren of theScore for transcribing). Well, Devan Dubnyk negotiations have been going on a week or two now. There’s no deal in place at this point. That’s not to suggest that they can’t get a deal done, but it’s going to be difficult...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 11, 2015  |  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...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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