Wild Rumors & News

  • Blues even series with 4-1 win over Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Did someone say they wanted to see a little urgency from the Blues? OK, it seemingly was everyone, not someone, in St. Louis after their lethargic loss Thursday to Minnesota in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. “We felt bad after” that, Blues forward..." April 19

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Justin Fontaine is sick and will not play for the #MNWild in Game 2.

  • Wild fends off Blues to take Game 1 in St. Louis

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s just one game, but paranoia might now set in all around the Gateway to the West. In the five days since the Wild and St. Louis Blues met in each team’s regular-season finale, the Blues made clear it is “put up or shut up time.” The Blues, a perennial Stanley Cup favorite by many..." April 17

  • Cooke likely out for Game 1

    Fox Sports North "Coming down the stretch, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo was using the final few games to try and decide on his lineup for Game 1 of the playoffs. Essentially, Yeo came down to a decision of five players for one spot. When Minnesota opened its postseason practices, playoff veteran Matt Cooke..." April 15

  • Blues win against Wild, will face them in the playoffs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Blues open the first round of the NHL playoffs this week, their opponent will be the same team that was at Scottrade Center on Saturday afternoon. The Blues wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 victory then over Minnesota, which will return to St. Louis for an opening-round..." April 12

  • Season finale will help determine Wild's playoff opponent

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the grand scheme of things, the Wild’s 82nd game of the season Saturday afternoon isn’t as stressful as two years ago, when the Wild had to win in Denver to make the playoffs, and isn’t as stress-free as last year’s finale when the Wild was in severe do-not-get-hurt mode against..." April 11

  • Wild Lay Down the Beats on that Nashville Honkeytonk Ass

    Hockey Wilderness "The Wild clinched in a big game against the Blackhawks on Tuesday and decided to give its team MVP Devan Dubnyk a very deserved night off. Taking a seat Thursday night as well was Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek, and Nino Niederreiter. Enter Matt Cooke, Sean Bergenheim, and Darcy Kuemper. The Wild..." April 10

  • Wild's top three goal scorers all sit tonight; Cooke returns; Yeo on lineup, starting Kuemper

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Oodles and oodles of news heading into tonight’s Wild-Nashville Predators game, and I’ll be on Fox Sports North tonight during the pregame show and first intermission to talk about much of it and let you know what I’m thinking in terms of my end of year awards voting. The Wild, two days after..." April 09

  • Wild G Devan Dubnyk gets a night off after 39 consecutive starts

    CBSSports.com "Following a 7-2 loss in Pittsburgh back in mid-January, with their season looking like it was finished, the Minnesota Wild addressed their dismal goaltending situation by trading a draft pick to the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Devan Dubnyk. He started every game after that, helping the Wild go..." April 09

  • Wild clinches playoff spot by holding off Blackhawks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Zach Parise had just finished a phone interview with a national radio host, slumped into a stall and got a jubilant fist bump from Craig Leipold. The Wild leading scorer smiled and said, “You called it.” Did the Wild owner really call Tuesday’s playoff-clinching, 2-1 victory over the..." April 08

  • Jets blank Wild 2-0

    Winnipeg Sun "Ondrej Pavelec has been a rather unlikely hero for these Winnipeg Jets. But thanks to a 32-save performance on Monday night against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, Pavelec recorded his third shutout of the season and moved the Jets back into a playoff position in the Western..." April 07

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics

    Sportsnet.ca "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

  • Zucker (broken clavicle) returns to Wild lineup, one month earlier than expected

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Jason Zucker suffered a broken clavicle that required surgery back in early February, the Wild said he’d be sidelined for three months. Zucker made it two. The 23-year-old drew back into the Minnesota lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since Feb. 9, marking a fairly impressive..." April 07

  • Revised Wild clinching scenarios as Mikko Koivu returns to Minnesota lineup

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The NHL has clarified this morning that if the Wild win in regulation OR overtime tonight against the Winnipeg Jets (not just regulation) in tonight's home regular-season finale, it will clinch a playoff spot regardless of the Kings outcome at Vancouver. Originally, it was thought if the Wild won..." April 06

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Koivu has a scratched cornea, Yeo says he "should be absolutely fine by" Monday. Doesn't sound like it happened on the ice.

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Koivu is day to day with an eye injury. #mnwild

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board

    Deadspin.com "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • Nate Prosser's return can't come soon enough

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As the Wild climbed from 12th place in the Western Conference three months ago to the top wild-card spot, coach Mike Yeo said Nate Prosser's story got lost in all the excitement. The Wild declined to re-sign Prosser over the summer, but then picked him up again after he was waived by St. Louis..." April 04

  • Dubnyk is Masterton nominee

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Frankly, it’s hard to find a better comeback story. One year ago, Devan Dubnyk was at the lowest point of his career. In a span of months, he had gone from being a third-year No. 1 goalie for the Edmonton Oilers to toiling in the minors with the Montreal Canadiens’ American Hockey League..." April 03

  • Surging Rangers clinch division, 2 rounds of home ice with win over Wild

    New York Post "There are multiple division winners every year, and most of them are forgotten soon enough unless a Stanley Cup championship follows. But finishing a season in first place means something. It is an achievement. And this is exactly what the Rangers achieved with their gritty 3-2 victory over the..." April 03

  • Hammond, Hudler, Dubnyk named stars for March

    NHL.com "Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Calgary Flames center Jiri Hudler and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of March. FIRST STAR – ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS Hammond went 10-1-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and..." April 01

  • How much MVP consideration should Wild G Devan Dubnyk get?

    CBSSports.com "Like all sports, the MVP debate in hockey can spark an intense -- and often maddening -- debate that centers around any number of topics, including the arbitrary and subjective definition of "valuable," and whether players at a certain position should even be considered for the award. When it..." March 31

  • Wild agree to terms with Hoffman, Palmquist

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level contracts for the 2015-16 season. Hoffman, 24 (2/18/91), went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA), a .922 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 22 games during his..." March 30

  • Wild wade back into college free agent pool, sign pair

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild scored two NCAA prospects on Monday, agreeing to terms with University of Vermont goalie Brody Hoffman and Minnesota State defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level deals for next season. Hoffman, 24, went 13-6-2 this season with a 2.06 GAA and .922 save percentage; during his..." March 30

  • Wild's Fontaine, a Bulldog, has his day

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Only former Gophers Thomas Vanek, Erik Haula, Jordan Leopold, Jordan Schroeder and Keith Ballard heard more trash-talking from the Wild’s Justin Fontaine on Friday than Calgary’s Joe Colborne. The former Minnesota Duluth national champ thoroughly enjoyed the Bulldogs ending the Gophers’..." March 28

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Yeo says Ryan Carter will rejoin the #mnwild lineup tonight. Sean Bergenheim will be a healthy scratch. #LAKvsMIN

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • New Wild prospect Grayson Downing eager to 'get my feet wet'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "New Wild prospect Grayson Downing, signed as an undrafted free agent after four years at the University of New Hampshire, said he chose the Wild from "a few" other teams because they fit his style of play. "I know that it's a great organization," Downing said in a phone interview Wednesday..." March 26

  • Wild win 10th Straight in Shootout Win Over Islanders

    Hockey Wilderness "The Wild and Devan Dubnyk had to weather the storm as it took a while for them to find their legs. But once they did, they were able to squeak out a 2-1 shootout victory over John Tavares and the New York Islanders. Zach Parise scored the game-tying goal and the shootout goal to secure the..." March 25

  • Thomas Vanek: Isles' move to Brooklyn was deterrent in re-signing

    Yahoo! Sports "When Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild last summer, it put an end to hockey’s worst-kept secret that the forward would end up in the “State of Hockey.” But New York Islanders GM Garth Snow felt he could sell Vanek on Long Island after trading for him..." March 25

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit

    CBSSports.com "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Wild sign New Hampshire leading scorer Downing

    Pro Hockey Talk "Minnesota has inked collegiate free agent Grayson Downing to a two-year, entry-level deal, the club announced Tuesday night. Downing, 22, led New Hampshire in goals this season — with 21 in 38 games — which put him tied for third in Hockey East and tied for 13th in the NCAA. A fourth-year..." March 25

  • Wild stretches road winning streak to nine, beats Maple Leafs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As successful as the Wild has been on the road since Devan Dubnyk arrived in Minnesota in January, it’s not as if the Wild keeps strutting into arenas and trouncing opponents. The Wild has grinded out road win after road win this second half of the season, and that was unsurprisingly the case..." March 24

  • Dubnyk to start thirty-third consecutive game

    Covers.com "The Minnesota Wild have no thoughts of giving Devan Dubnyk a rest, as the goalie will start his thirty-third consecutive start for the team since being acquired earlier this season. Dubnyk has a 23-6-1 record with a 1.74 goals against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts during his..." March 24

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    For the fourth time with #MNWild, Devan Dubnyk will start both of a back-to-back. Brodziak out following injury from fight. Schroeder in.

  • Wild bounces back at home with 6-3 rout over Blues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The company line from Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek, Mike Yeo and many others after the Wild pounded the St. Louis Blues 6-3 was the Wild is not in a position where it can look ahead at potential first-round playoff matchups. The Wild first has to make the playoffs, and with 10 games left, there..." March 22

  • Wild coach Mike Yeo doesn't see need to rest Devan Dubnyk

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Devan Dubnyk wasn't the problem in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Washington on Thursday night. Alex Ovechkin made one stunning play to score a goal, and scored another off a faceoff on a shot that Dubnyk never saw. In general, it was typical of the Wild's recent losses - by one goal, at home, to a..." March 22

  • Wild's Coyle finds confidence, game since All-Star break

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The idea, when Charlie Coyle went back to Massachusetts over the NHL All-Star break, was to clear his mind rather than obsess on what was going wrong. Clearly struggling, a little frustrated, and maybe lacking some confidence, Coyle went home to find his game. It appears he brought it..." March 19

  • Dumba's OT goal gives Wild a big win in Nashville

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are few things more irritating in hockey than somebody taking their sweaty hockey gloves and rubbing them repulsively across another’s face. Matt Dumba was face-washed a lot late Tuesday night. He loved every second of it. That’s because it wasn’t Nashville Predators agitators..." March 18

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Forget the Vezina! Does Devan Dubnyk Have Legitimate Hart Hopes?

    Hockey Wilderness "There can be no doubt about this- Devan Dubnyk has been nothing short of scintillating since the moment he arrived in Buffalo. After stealing a win against the Blues by stopping 41 of 42 shots in St. Louis, Dubnyk improved his stats in a Wild uniform to a 1.66 Goals Against Average and a .939..." March 16

  • With Blues, it's personal for Stewart

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One bonus in acquiring power forward Chris Stewart at the trade deadline might be the fact the Wild plays the St. Louis Blues three times in the final 14 games, including twice in St. Louis starting Saturday night. Stewart still is bothered that the Blues traded him to lowly Buffalo at last..." March 15

  • NHL GMs might curb shootouts

    CSN New England "This will hardly come as a shock to anybody that remembers just last week when Claude Julien famously said “they suck” when asked about NHL shootouts, but the Bruins coach is in favor of getting rid of them altogether. Darren Dreger said on NBCSN Wednesday night that the NHL general managers..." March 12

  • Wild's Dumba has been tough on goalies, especially his own

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last Thursday in Washington, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher cut short an interview to gasp when he saw his goalie, Devan Dubnyk, go down in a heap after taking a Matt Dumba slapshot to the left shoulder. Dubnyk bent forward, placed the top of mask onto the ice and grimaced in a frozen..." March 12

  • Wild newcomers set tone in drubbing of New Jersey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A gentleman and a scholar, Devan Dubnyk has a way of making things sound simple. The former Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year can dissect every facet of a play that leads to a save or goal while also providing detailed play-by-play of exactly what he was thinking or why he..." March 11

  • Devan Dubnyk set for 25th straight start, are Wild overworking him?

    CBSSports.com "Devan Dubnyk is set to make his 200th career start as an NHL goaltender Tuesday night as the Minnesota Wild take on the New Jersey Devils. It will also mark the 25th consecutive start Dubnyk has made since joining the Wild on Jan. 14. He also started his last game as a member of the Arizona..." March 10

  • New Wild players learning, adapting on the fly

    Fox Sports North "Acclimating to a new team is nothing new for Minnesota Wild defenseman Jordan Leopold. The 12-year NHL veteran has played for eight different teams and been traded midseason five times, including twice this season. Returning to his native Minnesota this time around has only eased the transition..." March 10

  • Evgeny Romasko will become NHL's first Russian referee on Monday

    CBSSports.com "On Monday night in Detroit, when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers, Evgeny Romasko will make some history when he becomes the first Russian referee in NHL history when he joins Paul Devorski on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The 33-year-old Romasko had some assignments earlier this season in..." March 09

  • Patrick Roy irate at Minnesota reporter, defends Cody McLeod

    Denver Post "Local hockey writer Chad Graff of our sister paper, the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com, asked Avalanche coach Patrick Roy about Sunday’s game at the Xcel Energy Center. Here is Roy’s response: First of all, this morning I was reading an article by Mike Russo. I thought it was very unhealthy for..." March 09

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