Wild Rumors & News

  • Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled

    NHL.com "Forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Sunday, awarded annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. The..." April 24

  • Wild owner confirms Fletcher safe as GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a disappointing first-round playoff exit, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold has given GM Chuck Fletcher a vote of confidence. Per the Star-Tribune, Leipold confirmed on Sunday that Fletcher’s job was safe, potentially to quiet speculation about the longtime GM’s job security in the wake..." April 24

  • Wild’s Eric Staal diagnosed with concussion

    Sportsnet "Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary collision during Saturday’s game, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Staal was taken to hospital after crashing head-first into the end boards late in the second period of the..." April 23

  • Wild's Staal released from hospital

    Fox Sports "The Wild will not be playing another game this season, but there’s a sliver of good news to come out of Minnesota this weekend: Eric Staal seems be okay. The veteran Wild centerman took a nasty spill headfirst into the boards during Saturday’s Game 5 and he didn’t look good in the aftermath...." April 23

  • Bruce Boudreau claims Blues weren’t better than the Wild despite series loss

    Yardbarker "You can add another disappointing playoff result to Bruce Boudreau’s coaching record. That growing list of playoff shortcomings may be behind the coach’s comments following a Game 5 loss which saw his Minnesota Wild kicked out of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues. Well … considering the Blues..." April 23

  • Blues oust Wild on Paajarvi OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi could hardly have picked a better time for his first career playoff goal. Paajarvi's overtime winner and another superlative performance by goaltender Jake Allen spurred the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and into the..." April 22

  • Eric Staal taken to hospital after head-first crash into boards

    ESPN "Wild center Eric Staal left Game 5 of Minnesota's playoff series against St. Louis and was taken to a hospital following a head-first crash into the boards. The Wild announced on their official Twitter account that Staal is alert and stable but was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul,..." April 22

  • The Blues are accusing the Wild of cheating during faceoffs

    The Comeback "If you’ve watched the first four games of the playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, you’ve seen an insane number of faceoffs called back by the officials and plenty of forwards booted from the circle. At first it seemed like the officials were struggling to drop the..." April 22

  • Wild shut out Blues, avoid sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- It sounds simple, but Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild came into Game 4 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night with one goal: Get the series back home. When a team is trailing three games to none, there really is no need to worry about..." April 20

  • Parise on playoff format: I liked the old way

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild are down 3-0 in their series against the St. Louis Blues in a matchup between the second and third place teams in the Central Division. Wild forward Zach Parise said Tuesday he preferred the old playoff format, in which seeding was based on conference standings. Parise..." April 19

  • Wild's cold scoring raises issues beyond the playoffs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ryan Suter probably didn’t intend to cause a face-palm reaction, but his evaluation of the Wild’s performance through three playoff games had that dumbfounding effect. “We’re not playing bad,” he said. “We just can’t score right now.” Um, OK. That’s kind of like saying, “My diet is going..." April 18

  • Boudreau: Wild were 'friggin' good' in Game 3 loss to Blues

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It took Wild coach Bruce Boudreau about three and a half minutes to prove Blues goaltender Jake Allen has gotten to his team. When prodded about his team’s struggles following the Wild’s Game 3 loss to the Blues on Sunday at the Scottrade Center, the 62-year-old Boudreau completely emptied the..." April 17

  • Allen leads Blues to 3-0 series lead over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Blues coach Mike Yeo needs only a few words to describe his conversations with St. Louis goalie Jake Allen the past few days. "I say, 'Hi, good morning and good job,'" Yeo said. "That's about it right now. I don't want to mess anything up. He's playing great." Allen was..." April 16

  • Blues open 2-0 lead with second road win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo still owns a house in Minnesota from his days when he coached the Wild. But he may not be coming back to visit anytime soon. Jaden Schwartz scored late in the third period as the Blues took a commanding lead in their opening-round playoff..." April 15

  • Edmundson scores in OT as Blues edge Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen was only concerned about one statistic after a record-setting night between the pipes: the score in the series. A busy night by Allen and an overtime goal by Joel Edmundson propelled the Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on..." April 13

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Wild ride four-game winning streak into playoffs

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expressed little concern over his team's 4-10-2 March swoon that allowed the Chicago Blackhawks to climb past Minnesota and secure the Central Division title and the Western Conference's top seed. "Once the playoffs come, everybody's got..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Wild hold on to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- A quick start and a crazy finish has Minnesota on the brink of franchise history. Jason Zucker scored 10 seconds into the game and the Wild survived Colorado's final push, including a disallowed goal in the final 1:14, to beat the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night. Nino..." April 07

  • Wild clinch home ice in first round

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will be back home next week for the playoffs, but they gave their fans one last regular-season reason to smile Tuesday, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 and clinching home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Two goals by Nino Niederreiter along..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Haula, Koivu lead Wild past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Shortly before his team faced off against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was still seething over his team's uninspired shutout loss at Nashville on Saturday. Asked what his message to the team would be, Boudreau said, "We've..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Zach Parise expected back in lineup for Wild on Saturday

    Pro Hockey Talk "After missing their game on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday afternoon when the team takes on the Nashville Predators. Parise was sidelined on Thursday after he was on the receiving end of an..." April 01

  • Rinne, Predators blank Wild, close in on playoffs

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators might not know who they will play in a potential first-round playoff series. But after defeating the Minnesota Wild, 3-0, at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, the Predators are at least on the verge of clinching a postseason berth for the 10th time in..." April 01

  • Wild slug Senators, snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- When Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter reached the 20-goal plateau for the third straight season on Feb. 27, he never expected to still be sitting on 20 goals 16 games later. Yet there he was as the Wild prepared to host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday...." March 31

  • Oshie, Ovechkin power Caps past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- T.J. Oshie had just finished a two-goal performance by scoring in overtime for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Oshie was asked about the game-winning goal, but he couldn't help mentioning his teammate, Alex Ovechkin, in his answer. That's what three goals..." March 29

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Athanasiou converts in OT as Red Wings nip Wild

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Both the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings find themselves skating in uncharted areas as the NHL regular season winds down, and neither is excited by their current course. The Wings were winners Sunday as the two teams met at Joe Louis Arena, Andreas Athanasiou scoring on a..." March 26

  • Josh Harding misses hockey 'every day,' happy to reconnect with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Harding’s voice still shakes as he discusses how his career was snatched from him in the winter of 2014. Playing with Iowa to regain his form after missing the Wild’s training camp, first six weeks of the season and having not played since the previous New Year’s Eve when complications..." March 26

  • Big second period powers Canucks past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Prior to Friday's practice, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau showed his struggling team video of a December game when the Wild were playing their best hockey. His hope was the Wild would take what they learned and it would transfer to Saturday's matinee game against the..." March 25

  • Flyers beat Wild for rare road win

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The statistics say the Philadelphia Flyers are among the worst road teams in the Eastern Conference. Apparently, they forgot to read that stat sheet. Goals by Sean Couturier and Matt Read spurred the Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Wild on Thursday, thwarting the home..." March 23

  • 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