Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild sign Jordan Schroeder to one-year, two-way deal

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild have avoided arbitration with Jordan Schroeder, signing the forward to a one-year, two-way contract worth as much as $650,000." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Wild Place Jordan Schroeder on Waivers

    The Hockey Writers "Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild placed RFA forward Jordan Schroeder on waivers, according to multiple reports. It’s a move you don’t often see in the middle of July. But it’s not the first time the Wild have done a move like this. Waiving him may actually be an effort to position themselves well..." July 19

  • Fletcher doesn't anticipate any problems in Dumba negotiations

    The Score "Chuck Fletcher is optimistic. The Minnesota Wild general manager spoke to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo about a number of topics in a piece published Friday, including negotiations with the club's only remaining restricted free agent, defenseman Matt Dumba. "I don't anticipate any..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Fletcher: Dumba is ‘a big part of our future’

    Today's Slapshot "Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher was on Toronto’s SiriusXMNHL on Thursday morning: On how he would characterize Matt Dumba’s situation, who is still a restricted free agent, and on how his name has been coming up in trade rumors, despite the fact that he’s 21 and seems to be one of the keys to..." July 11

  • Minnesota Wild’s Eric Staal set to show he’s still in his prime

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Eric Staal entered free agency in search of an opportunity. Not just to win, though that was certainly important and one of the reasons he signed a three-year contract with the Wild last week. But the 31-year-old center also wanted a chance to contribute, to play a prominent role and to show..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • New center Eric Staal excited to find role with Wild

    Fox Sports North "New Minnesota center Eric Staal said he views his signing with the Wild as an opportunity to "hit the refresh button." Staal signed a three-year contract with the Wild on the opening day of free agency, July 1. The 31-year-old will also look to regain his scoring touch, after notching 13 goals..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Minnesota Wild, Kuemper agree to terms on one-year deal

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent Darcy Kuemper on a one-year, $1.55 million contract. The 26-year-old goalie posted a 6-7-5 record with a .915 save percentage, a 2.43 goals-against average and two shutouts in 21 games with Minnesota in 2015-16. Kuemper also..." July 05

  • Wild signs Eric Staal to potentially center Zach Parise's line

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During a Wednesday night phone conversation, the excitement in Eric Staal’s voice got Wild coach Bruce Boudreau excited. Staal, the free-agent longtime captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, was talking about potentially centering Zach Parise. “He wanted the opportunity to be the Eric Staal that..." July 02

  • Forwards Graovac and Dalpe re-signed by Wild

    Fox Sports "The Minesota Wild have re-signed restricted free agent forwards Tyler Graovac and Zac Dalpe, the team announced Thursday. Graovac, 23, signed a two-year contract that is a two-way contract in 2016-17 ($600,000/$90,000) and a one-way contract in 2017-18 ($650,000). The 26-year-old Dalpe signed a..." July 01

  • Thomas Vanek Signs With Detroit

    Winging It In Motown "The Red Wings continued to make moves today. After re-signing Darren Helm and Alexey Marchenko, the Red Wings went out and obtained Frans Nielsen as an unrestricted free agent. However, after talks appeared to go south with a few remaining forwards, the Wings turned their attention to the..." July 01

  • Wild signs center Eric Staal, goalie Alex Stalock

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild struck out on St. Louis captain David Backes but has signed former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. That's an annual cap hit of $3.5 million. The Wild has also signed former San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, who played at..." July 01

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Chris Stewart

    The Hockey Writers "The Minnesota Wild are reportedly bringing back winger Chris Stewart. The physical winger played under Bruce Boudreau with the Anaheim Ducks, and before signing with the Ducks had been a trade deadline acquisition for the Minnesota Wild. The deal is reported to carry a $1.15 million AAV over..." July 01

  • Blackhawks have reportedly reached out to Thomas Vanek

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks aren't in cap hell anymore. That said, they only actually have 10 forwards under contract for next season, so they still need to make use of their cap space and sign a couple of players. Thomas Vanek is a name that popped up on the market a year earlier than expected. The..." July 01

  • As the NHL goes loco, Wild in on Kyle Okposo, Eric Staal, among others

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you took a late lunch today, went to the gym or dropped your phone in the toilet, you missed, "NHL GM's Go Wild." In back-to-back-to-back moves, the Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson in a one-for-one move, the Nashville Predators and..." June 30

  • Wild sign Jason Zucker to 2-year, $4M contract extension

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One restricted free agent down. The Wild has re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4 million deal. He was set to become a Group II free agent Friday and could have filed for arbitration by the July 5 deadline. I also hear the Wild has had good talks with the agents of at least..." June 29

  • Agent: Vanek motivated to prove he can still score 30

    The Score "Thomas Vanek is using his newfound unrestricted free-agent status as motivation. Bought out by the Minnesota Wild, the 32-year-old winger is set to hit the open market with a will to prove he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. "(Vanek) is more motivated than I’ve ever heard him,..." June 29

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • Vanek's contract will be bought out by Wild

    The Score "Thomas Vanek is headed to free agency. This according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, who reports the veteran forward has been informed his contract will be bought out by the Minnesota Wild." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Wild buying out Thomas Vanek not a done deal but 'under consideration'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With reports spreading like a wildfire during the NHL general manager’s meeting that Montreal was working to potentially trade superstar defenseman PK Subban before his no-move and no-trade clauses kick in next Friday, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was swarmed by press the instant those ballroom..." June 24

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Wild hires Derek Lalonde to coach Iowa AHL team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After three years of losing in the American Hockey League, the Wild will be relying on Derek Lalonde to help shape a new group of youngsters being introduced to professional hockey starting next season. Lalonde will be introduced as the Iowa Wild’s fourth head coach in four years at a news..." June 19

  • For Wild next week, first trade talks, then NHL draft

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Minnesota Wild are in final preparations for the busiest stretch in the NHL offseason, a two-week frenzy of activity when the league crams in its annual award ceremony, general manager meetings, trades, the draft and free agency. Moves made during this span will determine what new coach..." June 18

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Niklas Backstrom returning to Finland on 1-year deal

    The Score "Call it un-Finnished business. Niklas Backstrom signed a one-year contract with HIFK Helsinki on Friday. The veteran goaltender played four games for the Calgary Flames this season after being traded from the Minnesota Wild on deadline day. He was the odd man out in Minnesota due to..." June 10

  • Wild hires longtime minor-league coach John Anderson as second assistant

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One day after hiring an assistant coach he has no previous history with, Bruce Boudreau is leaning on one of his closest friends as his second assistant. John Anderson, the longtime minor-league coach and former coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, will run the Wild's power play. The former right..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Minnesota Wild Names Scott Stevens As Assistant Coach

    NHL.com "Stevens most recently served as an analyst for NHL Network. He returns to coaching after being named a co-coach for the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 27, 2014, and serving two seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach for the Devils. The defenseman spent 13 of his 22 NHL seasons with New Jersey and..." June 07

  • Blues talking to Yeo about assistant coaching job

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The interview process to fill the Blues’ two vacant assistant coaching positions is underway. Former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was in St. Louis on Thursday to meet with the Blues’ brass, according to a league source. It is believed that the club’s interest in Yeo could extend beyond..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Pominville: ‘Name one guy who had my start who winds up having a good year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jason Pominville couldn’t have envisioned a worse start to his season. Pominville picked up four assists in his first three games of 2015-16, but he didn’t score his first goal until Nov. 28 (22 games). The 33-year-old finished the year with 11 goals and 36 points in 75 games. Those are clearly..." May 29

  • Wild's Zach Parise says rehab from back injury is going well

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Zach Parise said his rehabilitation from a season-ending back injury is progressing well. Parise, at a charity event Thursday organized by Wild teammate Jared Spurgeon and his wife, Danielle, to raise money for victims of the Alberta fires, said he’s already skating and working out. Parise, the..." May 26

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