Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild's Fletcher content after early stages of free agency

    Fox Sports North "Chuck Fletcher sounded quite content after the first day of NHL free agency. The Minnesota Wild GM largely just kept a few players in house on Wednesday, namely signing the youthful and talented Mikael Granlund. Minnesota also signed Nate Prosser, Ryan Carter and former Minnesota Gophers..." July 03

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    The #mnwild have agreed to terms with Jared Knight and Tyson Strachan on one-year, two-way deals.

  • Wild takes care of its free-agent business quickly on Day One

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There was no #PariseWatch, #VanekWatch or anything close for the Wild on Wednesday, the first day of NHL free agency. Three familiar faces were re-signed, the Mike Reilly deal became official, and some depth players were added to the American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa. The biggest news..." July 02

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    #mnwild signs center Zac Dalpe to a two-way...117 NHL games...3rd two-way guy of the day

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Ruslan Fedotenko to MIN on a two way deal.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    MIN also signs F Marc Hagel.

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    @FriedgeHNIC reports Wild will re-sign former Devil Ryan Carter.

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Mike Reilly two-year deal made official by #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Fletcher says Kyle Brodziak, Chris Stewart all testing free agency...Says chance Stewart circles back...

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    MIN closing in on a two-year deal with Nate Prosser

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Chuck Fletcher says progress on Granlund, "very close." #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Looks like #mnwild may look at re-signing Nate Prosser....

  • Minnesota Re-Signs Finnish Forward, Mikael Granlund

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has re-signed center Mikael Granlund to a two-year contract. Granlund, 23, collected 39 points (8-31=39), a plus-17 rating and averaged 17:54 in TOI/game in 68 games with Minnesota in 2014-15. He ranked third on the team in plus/minus and fifth in scoring and set career highs..." July 01

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Wild, Dubnyk agree to 6-year, $25M contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Devan Dubnyk got his security. The Wild got its fair cap hit. After three days of heavy-duty negotiation, the Wild has agreed to terms with the goaltender on a six-year, $25 million deal, sources say. That's a $4.166 million cap hit, making Dubnyk the 21st-highest paid goaltender in the game...." June 28

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Chuck Fletcher confirms @TSNBobMcKenzie report that deal with Devan Dubnyk is all but done.

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    As of now, Granlund's deal not done. Dubnyk's still waiting to hear from Liut from latest in-draft meeting with Fletcher. #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    #mnwild and #bruins trade: Wild gets 135 for the Wild's 5th-rounder in 2016

  • Wild, Dubnyk close to long-term extension

    TSN "Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk is close to returning to the Minnesota Wild. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports the goalie will likely sign a long-term deal with the team on Day 2 of the draft. Dubnyk posted a 27-9-2 record with a .936 save percentage and 1.78 goals against average..." June 27

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    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug

    Fletcher says he hopes to have both Dubnyk and Granlund signed by tomorrow.

  • Wild drafts Swedish center Joel Eriksson Ek in first round after busy day

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chuck Fletcher walked into his Fort Lauderdale beach hotel Friday morning red and sticky after pacing for almost an hour in the South Florida humidity with his phone pasted to his ear. After selecting skilled, hard-working center Joel Eriksson Ek with the 20th pick Friday night, the Wild..." June 27

  • Former Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly chooses the Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Mike Reilly sweepstakes are coming to an end this afternoon and unless something backfires, he will be signing with the Wild. Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher is currently meeting with agent Mike Liut to continue negotiations toward potentially a Devan Dubnyk deal. Agent Todd Diamond,..." June 26

  • Wild's Dubnyk awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is the 2014-15 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’..." June 25

  • Wild's Dubnyk Awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is the 2014-15 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’..." June 24

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • Devan Dubnyk still hopeful to get deal done with Wild

    CBS Sports "Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and the agent for goaltender Devan Dubnyk are expected to meet in Las Vegas on Tuesday night to continue negotiations on a potential contract. Dubnyk, who was acquired by the Wild back in January, was a significant part of the Wild's mid-season..." June 23

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Granlund's agent looking to negotiate short-term deal with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Here is today's story on the Matt Cooke waiver/buyout situation, what's going on with Devan Dubnyk and Mike Reilly. I have confirmed there has been almost no conversation on Dubnyk since that original Chuck Fletcher-Mike Liut meeting in Buffalo. The two sides are stuck right now in terms of..." June 19

  • Will Wild re-sign Dubnyk before unrestricted free agent deadline?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you didn’t see the Matt Cooke waiver/potential buyout blog, see the previous blog. But one week from today, if Devan Dubnyk is not re-signed by the Wild, the potential unrestricted free agent as of July 1 will be allowed to begin talking to 29 other teams as part of the free-agent interview..." June 18

  • Matt Cooke placed on waivers; buyout next?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild, looking to clear cap space this offseason, has placed veteran Matt Cooke on waivers. If he clears, the next route would be a buyout. Cooke, 36, who had an injury-ravaged season and was limited to only 29 regular-season games and seven playoff games, has one more year left on his..." June 18

  • Contract talks between Wild, Dubnyk proving 'difficult'

    The Score "Did Devan Dubnyk price himself out of the Minnesota Wild's plans with his strong play this past season? The two sides are believed to have been attempting to work out a new deal for the past two weeks, but an agreement is proving difficult, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported Tuesday on "Insider..." June 10

  • Niklas Backstrom's elbow surgery is an issue for Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For those who have followed the Wild’s turbulent goaltending situation the past several years, it should come as no shock that a problem has emerged. For months, it has been presumed that the Wild would buy out the final year of veteran Niklas Backstrom’s contract this month. Hampered by..." June 08

  • No contract talks between Wild and Brodziak

    Pro Hockey Talk "With less than a month to go to until free agency begins, it appears Minnesota Wild forward Kyle Brodziak could hit the open market. Brodziak’s three-year, $8.49 million deal is set to expire on July 1. “No, nothing yet,” Broziak’s agent, Allain Roy, told PHT of contract talks with the Wild...." June 05

  • Wild to begin contract talks with G Devan Dubnyk

    CBS Sports "The turning point in the 2014-15 season for the Minnesota Wild came on Jan. 13 when the team acquired goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a third-round draft pick. Now they have to decide how much of a commitment they are willing to make to keep him before he becomes an..." June 02

  • Salary cap issues will keep Wild from free agent frenzy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Saddled by the salary cap, the Wild probably isn’t in position to make major offseason changes. General Manager Chuck Fletcher was set to begin conversations with the agent for goalie Devan Dubnyk this week and also will establish communication with the camp of restricted free agent center..." May 28

  • Personable, tough guy Stewart fit in with Wild, but will he return?

    Fox Sports North "From the pregame enthusiasm, the physicality in-game and three goals and 11 points in 20 games, Chris Stewart was just about everything the Minnesota Wild could have wanted for when he was added at the trade deadline in March. Stewart fit in with his new Minnesota teammates immediately, and he..." May 26

  • Wild reporter pegs Dubnyk deal at ‘well north of $3 million per’

    Pro Hockey Talk "A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about free-agent goalie Devan Dubnyk and suggested a contract of three years at $4.5 million per season to re-sign with the Minnesota Wild. PHT commenters were aghast. Way too high, they said. The media is so dumb. Why is the media so dumb? Is it because they have..." May 26

  • Dubnyk and Wild to begin contract talks this week

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Minnesota Wild will sit down with the agent representing goaltender Deven Dubnyk this week and begin contract talks. Dubnyk had a fantastic second half of the season following a January trade from the Arizona Coyotes leading the Wild to a playoff..." May 24

  • Vanek enjoyed first year of homecoming, but disappointed with finish

    Fox Sports North "The storybook return to Minnesota for Thomas Vanek is still waiting on its perfect ending, the beginning chapters reading tougher than Vanek and the Wild hoped when the two sides came together. A second-round playoff exit left the on-ice portion of Vanek's first year back in Minnesota..." May 24

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBS Sports "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Wild re-sign AHL Iowa assists leader Keranen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild have re-upped with Michael Keranen on a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced on Friday. Keranen, 25, arrived in North America last year with some fanfare, joining the Wild after a successful stint in the Finnish League that culminated with him winning the Lasse Oksanen..." May 22

  • Wild's offseason improvement likely to come from its own young roster

    Fox Sports North "Losing to the same opponent in the playoffs three straight seasons forces the Minnesota Wild to examine why they continue to fall short against the Chicago Blackhawks, while offering a unique challenge for general manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Mike Yeo. Fletcher and Yeo have already..." May 19

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Wild G Josh Harding expected to retire

    CBS Sports "Following a season in which he appeared in just two games -- both in the American Hockey League -- Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding is expected to retire from hockey according to a report from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune. It will be an unfortunate end to a promising career that was cut..." May 12

  • Wild faces decision with goalie Niklas Backstrom

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Niklas Backstrom’s nine-year career with the Wild might be over. The Wild’s all-time leader with 194 wins and 409 games has one year left on his contract, but the 37-year-old goalie last played on Jan. 13 and was scratched every game in the playoffs but one, when Darcy Kuemper was..." May 12

  • With limited options, don't expect major changes from Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Sometimes philosophy is shaped by options. I’m not sure if that’s what’s going on with the Wild as it prepares for an important offseason, but it could be at least part of why I got the sense from listening to GM Chuck Fletcher and head coach Mike Yeo field questions Monday that there will be no..." May 12

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Nate Prosser needed 8 stitches after his finger was sliced by a skate in Game 4. He's a pending UFA, but open to staying with #mnwild.

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Pending UFA Devan Dubnyk reiterates he wants to remain with #mnwild. "We'll do everything we can to make it happen," he said.