Wild Rumors & News

  • 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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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.

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Jason Zucker played the last few #mnwild playoff games with a broken thumb. They numbed it, but hard to stick handle that way, he said.

  • Dubnyk, Wild will try to agree on contract to stay

    NHL.com "Goaltender Devan Dubnyk wants to remain with the Minnesota Wild, and the feeling is mutual. Dubnyk is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He has said in the past and reiterated Monday he hopes to stay in Minnesota long term. "There's no reason why I wouldn't want to be..." May 11

  • Wild's exit forces team to take stock of its parts

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "“Bottom line is until we … prove that something’s different, then nothing’s changed.” — Wild coach Mike Yeo before Game 1 against Chicago. Nothing changed. In fact, it got worse. After an NHL-best second half and knocking off the St. Louis Blues in the first round, the Wild truly believed..." May 10

  • Yeo tried reshuffling lines to boost scoring

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Desperate for offense after the Wild scored a total of four goals in Games 1 through 3, coach Mike Yeo scrambled three of his four lines heading into Thursday night’s 4-3, season-ending Game 4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Asked how he came up with the Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle,..." May 08

  • Blackhawks sweep Wild, move on to Western Conference Final

    CSN Chicago "Coach Joel Quenneville could smile about it at the post-game press conference, the fact that Marian Hossa’s 4-on-6, empty-net goal, which gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead at the time, ended up being a game-winner. “Yeah, it turns out Hoss scored a big goal,” Quenneville said with a grin. “Very..." May 08

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek?

    Sportsnet.ca "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as NHLNumbers.com offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Wild's individual failures magnified with losses

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One week ago, the Wild got past the St. Louis Blues and was considered a fast, well-balanced, defensively structured team with a rock-solid goalie prepping to do something special. A week later, the Wild is trying to avoid being swept by the team that has become its white whale, the Chicago..." May 07

  • Crawford, Blackhawks shut out Wild in Game 3

    CSN Chicago "Corey Crawford has had his ups and downs in this postseason, the downs coming mainly in the first round when he lost the net for three-plus games against the Nashville Predators. Crawford, however, has had more up moments since the second round began. And on Tuesday night, he was..." May 06

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

  • Stewart (upper body) will not play tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "Chris Stewart will not play tonight in St. Paul. The Minnesota Wild forward is out with an upper-body injury. His status is reportedly “day-to-day.” Stewart could be replaced by Jordan Schroeder, who was skating on a line with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter this morning, but coach Mike Yeo..." May 05

  • Blackhawks break through and take 2-0 series lead on Wild

    Chicago Sun-Times "There was the double-overtime game with the unbeatable backup goalie. There was the three-goal comeback. There was the three-goal collapse. There was a triple-overtime game in there, too. And that’s just been the Blackhawks’ postseason experience so far. Around the league, it’s been every bit..." May 04

  • Wild's Justin Fontaine to miss Game 2 vs. Blackhawks

    Sporting News "Wild forward Justin Fontaine will be sidelined for Game 2 of the second-round series against the Blackhawks after suffering a lower-body injury during Minnesota's 4-3 loss in Game 1, coach Mike Yeo announced Saturday. "It's one of these things that could be day-to-day or it might be a week. I'm..." May 03

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Sounds like Fontaine will not be able to play tomorrow, according to Yeo. #mnwild

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    Brian Murphy @murphPPress

    Ryan Suter: "They came out flying and we weren’t really up to speed. Finally in the second period we got playing the way were capable of."

  • Teuvo Teravainen lifts Blackhawks to Game 1 victory over Wild

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even between familiar foes, the first game of a playoff series is a learning process — feeling out the game plan, picking up tendencies, figuring out matchups. And the Blackhawks can take a few lessons away from their harrowing 4-3 victory Friday night over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their..." May 02

  • Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang voted Masterton finalists

    NHL.com "Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance,..." May 01

  • Pivotal center position is a strength for Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "From his spot on the left wing, Wild forward Zach Parise has developed a great appreciation for the complicated job of an NHL center. Parise’s right-hand man — currently Mikael Granlund — has to win faceoffs, lead the offensive charge with speed and vision, and play lockdown defense. “Wingers,..." April 30

  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 schedule scenarios

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Thursday, April 30. Pending Wednesday's Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, two schedule scenarios exist. In the U.S., NBC Sports Group will have..." April 28

  • Wild top Blues, advance to play Blackhawks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the Wild 3.4 seconds away from being 20 minutes away from the second round of the playoffs and another postseason trip to Chicago, the Blues’ T.J. Oshie turned the Wild’s comfortable two-goal lead into a stressful one-goal lead. Yet, there was no panic, no screaming at each other to “wake..." April 27

  • Wild Signs Christoph Bertschy

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has signed center Christoph Bertschy (pronounced BAIRT-chee) to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2015-16 season. Bertschy, 21 (4/5/94), collected 30 points (14-16=30), a plus-14 rating and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 44 games with SC Bern in the Swiss..." April 26

  • Minnesota Wild bounce back, top Blues for 3-2 series lead

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Devan Dubnyk was on his side, crawling in desperation, when St. Louis Blues star forward Alexander Steen made a pretty move and launched what looked like a sure-fire goal. The game operations crew was so sure it was a goal, they began the customary celebration, blasting fireworks-like smoke..." April 25

  • Price, Dubnyk, Rinne are Vezina Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "The general managers have had their say and unsurprisingly they’ve picked Montreal’s Carey Price, Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk, and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne as the three finalists for the 2015 Vezina Trophy. Of course, Price is regarded as the heavy favorite for the 2015 Vezina Trophy. He led the..." April 25

  • Rested Blues get even by blasting Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Order has been restored with the Blues, and in more ways than one. The Blues’ top players finally checked into the Western Conference playoff series against Minnesota and the result was an emphatic 6-1 victory over in Game 4 that has tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. David..." April 23

  • Wild breaks through, shuts out Blues in Game 3

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Around the 30-minute mark, Monday night’s Game 3 began to have the same uneasy feel of last year’s Game 3 in the Wild’s first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. No matter how many pucks the Wild threw on net, no matter how badly the Wild outskated the Avs, Semyon Valarmov..." April 21

  • Fontaine, Bergenheim rejoin Wild lineup for Game 3

    Fox Sports North "Recovered from a stomach virus, forward Justin Fontaine will be back in the Wild lineup for Game 3 against the Blues. Fontaine's return also led head coach Mike Yeo to revert back to his Game 1 lineup, when Minnesota won in St. Louis. Fontaine and Sean Bergenheim will play the wings on the..." April 20

  • 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