Wild Rumors & News

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Luke Kunin inks entry-level deal with Wild

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Wild selected forward Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Now, after spending his post-draft season playing NCAA hockey, he’s going pro. It was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, per the Wild’s official Twitter account, that Kunin has inked an..." March 23

  • Wild end skid with win vs. Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Mired in their worst losing streak of the season, the Minnesota Wild found that a visit by the San Jose Sharks was a cure for their struggles. A pair of Minnesota goals just a few ticks of the clock apart snapped a second-period tie and helped the Wild beat the Sharks..." March 22

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Jets jump out early, hang on to beat Wild

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- If the Winnipeg Jets made a habit of showing the resiliency required to recover from blowing a four-goal lead and pull off a dramatic win, they would be gearing up for the playoffs. As it is, Sunday afternoon's 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild was more of an isolated..." March 19

  • Looks like Hanzal will return for Wild vs. Rangers tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "If Martin Hanzal is worth something close to his trade deadline price, then it’s a pretty big deal that he’s expected to play for the Minnesota Wild tonight. The hulking forward last suited up on March 10, but it looks like he should be good to go against the New York Rangers after dealing with..." March 18

  • Rangers beat Wild for another road win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Getting into Minnesota at 3 a.m. and preparing to play the Wild later Saturday evening would have been a major obstacle for any NHL team. However, nothing seems to bother the New York Rangers on the road lately. Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist, and Antti..." March 18

  • Bottom has fallen out for the Wild in March

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It has been nothing but March Sadness for the Wild. Once a fast, structured team that was at the top of the West in goals, goals against, victories and points, the Wild's game has deteriorated since a torrid stretch from early December to late February. In the first eight games of March, the..." March 18

  • Wild's Eric Staal to play in 1,000th NHL game Sunday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Almost 17 years later, it still feels like yesterday that Henry and Linda Staal dropped their jittery 15-year-old off in Peterborough, Ontario, for his first year of junior hockey. That’s quite a contrast to a few years later when a self-assured Eric Staal, already considered a..." March 17

  • Rask's late goal helps Hurricanes defeat reeling Wild

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eddie Lack's season can best be described as tumultuous. The backup goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes missed two large portions of the season with a concussion, and when he returned in early February his play wasn't up to par, prompting some colorful criticism from coach Bill..." March 16

  • Capitals, Ovechkin end dry spells in 4-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- A great goal scorer like Alexander Ovechkin can only be held down for so long before what comes naturally returns to the surface. Ovechkin erased a 10-game scoreless drought, the longest of his storied career, with a second-period goal as the Washington Capitals ended a..." March 14

  • Blackhawks record key win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- In the midst of a tightly contested playoff race, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford knew he had to be at his best against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon. "It's like a four-point game," Crawford said. "That's a big win. It's good for our confidence and..." March 12

  • Parise, Wild too strong for reeling Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Minnesota Wild felt they had to win this game. With two straight losses and just one win in their past four games ... and with road tests at the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals in their next two stops, there was a sense of desperation. Good thing the..." March 10

  • Vasilevskiy, Lightning stymie Wild

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning, scrapping for every point in a wild-card logjam, picked up two points and perhaps some personnel losses Thursday night with one of their more impressive wins, surprising the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory at Amalie Arena. Andrei Vasilevskiy won for..." March 09

  • Colin Campbell ‘nervous’ as unchanged offsides rule looms ahead of playoffs

    Sportsnet "Colin Campbell refers to it as Mike Murphy’s Law. A nod to his right-hand man, yes, but also the NHL’s penchant for finding itself in some kind of rules quagmire at the most important time of year. Consider it a by-product of a game played with a bouncing piece of rubber on ice. "We always..." March 08

  • Blues win in Yeo's return to Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- On a night that meant plenty on the bench and in the standings, the St. Louis Blues got the effort and result they needed. The Blues, who are fighting for a playoff spot, were mere ticks of the clock away from their second consecutive shutout, but still held off the..." March 07

  • NHL Will Not Change Definition Of Off-Side

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it was discussed heavily at the GM Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Florida, the NHL will not change the off-side rule according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. The idea theorized was that the player wouldn’t need to have his skate blade on the ice to be considered on-side, just breaking the..." March 07

  • Staal scores twice as Wild hold off Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- For Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, the Sunday game may be the slump-buster he needed. The Wild scored a pair of early goals and held off a charge by the San Jose Sharks, winning 3-1 in a meeting of two Western Conference powers. Staal, who has been mired in a..." March 05

  • Wild GM apologizes to scouts after trading 1st-round pick for Hanzal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last Sunday night, a few hours after he traded this June’s first-round pick, next year’s second-round pick and a 2019 fourth-round pick that “hopefully” becomes a second-round pick because that means the Wild advanced to at least the conference final this season, Chuck Fletcher called one of his..." March 05

  • Wild hoping to get Parise, Pominville back this weekend

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mumps made a return to the NHL in recent weeks with the Minnesota Wild being one of the teams hit by it. Among their players sidelined were star forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, each missing the team’s past three games. Good news, though, as they were back on the ice for practice on..." March 04

  • Saad's goal carries Blue Jackets to 1-0 win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The last time the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild met, the intensity of play came from two teams on franchise-record winning streaks battling to be the one that would keep rolling. On Thursday, the tension came from a hard-fought battle between two of the top teams..." March 02

  • Zucker's late goal pushes Wild past Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- It wasn't pretty. In fact, at times it was downright ugly. But the Minnesota Wild just keep doing what they do best -- winning hockey games. Jason Zucker scored with just over two minutes to play as a depleted Minnesota squad escaped with a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg..." March 01

  • White shines in Wild debut, an OT win over Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Some believe the Minnesota Wild overpaid to get forward Martin Hanzal in a trade on Sunday. But on Monday, the other player they got as a throw-in looked like a bargain. Ryan White, who came over from the Arizona Coyotes in the Hanzal deal, had a goal and an assist in..." February 28

  • Blue Jackets claim Zac Dalpe off waivers

    Columbus Dispatch "Forward Zac Dalpe said he was excited and surprised to be claimed on waivers by the Blue Jackets on Monday. But his life, already in upheaval after a Sunday recall to the NHL by the Minnesota Wild, was turned upside down again by Monday's news. "My wife, Cassandra, and I are expecting our..." February 28

  • Wild's Zach Parise, Jason Pominville diagnosed with mumps; assistant coach Steve Stevens also has illness

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For the second time in 2½ years, members of the Wild have been diagnosed with the mumps. With the Wild coming off its bye week and beginning a stretch of 23 games in 41 days, forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville missed Monday’s 5-4 overtime victory over Los Angeles. Also, assistant..." February 28

  • Wild trade Teemu Pulkkinen to Coyotes for future considerations

    Sportsnet "The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations. Pulkkinen was waived by the Wild on Sunday. Minnesota had claimed him off of waivers from Detroit earlier in the year." February 28

  • Coyotes trade centre Martin Hanzal to Wild

    Arizona Republic "The Coyotes appear to have moved their most appealing trade candidate three days before the NHL deadline, sending center Martin Hanzal to the Wild, multiple league sources confirmed. TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported the news. Hanzal seemed likely to be shipped out before Wednesday's 1 p.m...." February 27

  • Teemu Pulkkinen is available on waivers again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Adam GretzFeb 26, 2017, 2:25 PM EST Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)..." February 26

  • Ryan Carter earns 1-year contract with Wild

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "In preparation for what the Minnesota Wild hope is a long postseason run, they have called in some reinforcements. After a five-day bye week, the Wild signed veteran free agent winger Ryan Carter to a one year, two-way contract on Sunday afternoon. Carter, 33, had been playing with the Iowa..." February 26

  • Toews' 5-point night leads 'Hawks over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- There's a reason the Chicago Blackhawks send the Jonathan Toews' line onto the ice when they're in need of spark. All three forwards on the unit scored Tuesday as Chicago sent a message that the Central Division race might not be over yet. By beating the Wild 5-3,..." February 21

  • Zucker and linemates lead Wild past Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Trying to find a line to complement the production Eric Staal was providing, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau put Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund on the wings between captain Mikko Koivu in late November. Koivu's line could always be counted on to slow another team's..." February 19

  • Dubnyk unleashes rant about goalie contact, video review

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With 9:35 left, P.K. Subban beat Dubnyk with a blast, but referee Ian Walsh initially wiped out the goal because James Neal nailed Dubnyk in the head. Predators coach Peter Laviolette challenged, however, and after inspecting the video, Walsh overturned his decision citing that the contact..." February 19

  • Wild continue to roll, defeat Stars

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have ridden goaltender Devan Dubnyk and a surprisingly potent offense to the best record in the Western Conference. It turns out Minnesota can rely on backup netminder Darcy Kuemper, as well. Kuemper made 34 saves, and Erik Haula had a goal and..." February 17

  • No hearing scheduled for Niederreiter after Sharp hit

    Pro Hockey Talk "Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter isn’t scheduled to face a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Dallas’ Patrick Sharp on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed. Niederreiter was given a five-minute interference and game misconduct in the late stages of the Wild’s 3-1 win. The hit sent Sharp..." February 17

  • Wild focuses on power play in practice Wednesday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After going 0-for-5 on the power play in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, it was no surprise that Wednesday’s practice at Xcel Energy Center was focused on special teams. The Wild had opportunities on the power play, but were unable to beat Ducks goaltender John Gibson all..." February 15

  • Gibson backstops Ducks to win versus Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Anaheim goaltender John Gibson took his team on his shoulders Tuesday and sent the Ducks home on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Gibson stopped 37 shots as Minnesota peppered the Ducks net in all three periods, but was shut out at home for the..." February 14

  • Wild center Tyler Graovac clears waivers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coincidentally, two times this season I got to break to Bruce Boudreau that Tyler Graovac cleared waivers. The first time was over a lunch interview during training camp for that big opening night profile I did on the first-year Wild coach. Graovac went unclaimed today and was assigned to..." February 14

  • Pominville, Allen, Arvidsson named 3 stars of the week

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 12. FIRST STAR - JASON POMINVILLE, RW, MINNESOTA WILD Pominville paced the NHL with six..." February 13

  • Red Wings’ Nyquist offered in-person hearing for high-sticking

    TSN "No on-ice incident in 2017 has warranted suspension from the NHL, but that will soon change thanks to Gustav Nyquist. The Detroit Red Wings forward is facing a hefty ban after he directed vicious, retaliatory high-stick at the face of Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared spurgeon with apparent..." February 13

  • Parise helps Wild overpower Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- In a pitched battle with a tired opponent Sunday, the Minnesota Wild got an offensive boost from a historically reliable source of goals. Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota in the third period as the Wild overpowered the Detroit Red Wings with a 6-3 win. The..." February 12

  • Devan Dubnyk has been one of the NHL’s best goalies since joining the Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "Less than three years ago Devan Dubnyk‘s career seemed like it was pretty much finished. At least when it came to having any sort of career as a successful No. 1 in the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers, the team that drafted him and gave him his first chance in the league, had given up on him after..." February 12

  • Wild edge Lightning in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are all but a lock for the playoffs, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot currently. So the point the Lightning earned in a shootout loss Friday may have been more important in the long run than the two points Minnesota got for winning. Wild..." February 11

  • Ryan Carter to begin another tryout with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Carterstache could be back soon. NHL veteran winger Ryan Carter, four months after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, will be attempting a comeback with the Wild, sources tell the Star Tribune. According to sources, Carter, 33, will take the ice for the first time at..." February 10

  • Blackhawks halt Wild slide on Toews' OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the unusual position of chasing the Minnesota Wild, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks placed a big emphasis on Wednesday's game in Minnesota. Toews and company then went out and showed how important the game was to them. Toews scored at 3:09 of overtime as..." February 09

  • Finnish Born, Minnesota Raised - Mikko Koivu

    The Player's Tribune "I remember getting an email in early September 2004, with the subject line, “Houston.” Huh? Houston? What is this? I opened the email and read the message. I had been assigned to the Houston Aeros of the AHL. They play hockey in Houston? Until that moment, I had been preparing to play..." February 09

  • Havlat retires after 14 NHL seasons

    TSN "Winger Martin Havlat announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after 14 seasons and 790 career games. Havlat, 35, scored 242 career goals and tallied 594 career points with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis..." February 08

  • Pominville, Niederreiter help Wild defeat Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets dominated the Minnesota Wild in virtually every offensive category Tuesday night but the visitors eclipsed their hosts where it really mattered -- goals scored -- in posting a 4-2 victory at the MTS Centre. The Wild (35-12-5) stormed out to a 3-0 lead..." February 07

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Aho, Granlund, Budaj named NHL's weekly 3 stars

    NHL.com "Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 5. FIRST STAR - SEBASTIAN AHO, RW, CAROLINA HURRICANES Aho tied for the League lead with four..." February 06