Wild Rumors & News

  • Minnesota Wild's coaching interviews on fast track

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Wild could have interviews with their top three head coach candidates completed by Wednesday. After formally interviewing interim coach John Torchetti, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher flew to Southern California, home of jobless coaches Bruce Boudreau and Randy Carlyle, according to a..." May 04

  • Wild coaching search begins: Fletcher meets with Torchetti, makes contact with Boudreau

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The search for the Wild's fifth (or maybe fourth if John Torchetti keeps the gig) head coach has officially begun. According to sources, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher received permission and had his first phone conversation with recently fired Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau over the..." May 03

  • Report: Ducks give Wild, Sens permission to speak to Boudreau

    The Score "The Bruce Boudreau sweepstakes appear to be in full swing. The Ducks have given permission to both the Ottawa Senators and the Minnesota Wild to speak to Anaheim's former head coach, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange Country Register." May 03

  • John Torchetti 'serious candidate' to be head coach, Wild GM says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "During a sometimes defiant, end-of-season news conference Thursday, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher was vague about how he will select the team’s next full-time head coach, the timeline for that decision, even who he will consider for the job. But as the Wild enter the offseason needing a..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Wild's Dubnyk played with broken finger in Round 1

    The Score "Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk said Wednesday he played with broken index finger throughout an opening-round loss to the Dallas Stars. He broke the digit in Game 1." April 27

  • Wild's Parise calls back injury 'really scary'

    The Score "After his Minnesota Wild were knocked out of the playoffs by the Dallas Stars, star forward Zach Parise discussed the back injury that kept him sidelined for the entire round with reporters Wednesday. "It's been really scary," Parise admitted. "It was a little eye-opening. I'm not worried about..." April 27

  • Vanek knows buyout could happen, but still believes he’s a 30-goal scorer

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Wild had their end-of-year media interviews on Wednesday, which meant Thomas Vanek — the oft-criticized winger that missed all of the playoffs with broken ribs — was asked to address his future. Vanek, heading into the last of a three-year, $19.5 million deal with a $6.5M cap hit,..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Wild say Zucker ‘has to have a way better year next year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was a tough year for Jason Zucker in Minnesota, and it ended about as badly as one can imagine. Which is why his head coach didn’t mince words about what the team needs out of Zucker moving forward. “He has to have a way better year next year,” John Torchetti said after the Wild’s..." April 25

  • Torchetti hoping for chance to continue what he started

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before the pain of the present had subsided, John Torchetti already was thinking about the future. The Wild’s interim coach spoke enthusiastically after Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Dallas, outlining the work he wants to continue next season with the players he has overseen for the past 10 weeks. The..." April 25

  • Stars edge Wild to advance to second round

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- For the Dallas Stars, the drama and the highs and lows, if they result in a playoff series win, are all part of the process. Dallas built a big lead Sunday afternoon and needed all of it to clinch its first-round playoff series with the Minnesota Wild. First-period..." April 24

  • Koivu, Wild stay alive with OT win in Dallas

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild wanted a chance to send their first-round series with the Dallas Stars back to the Twin Cities for Game 6 on Sunday. And thanks to captain Mikko Koivu scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation and then delivering the game-winner early in overtime, the Wild,..." April 23

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Wild owner Leipold says GM Fletcher 'not on any hot seat' and will return

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chuck Fletcher will return as the Wild’s general manager, team owner Craig Leipold said on Thursday. Speaking from his office in Racine, Wis., Leipold said: “Listen, I should put this to bed right now. There is absolutely no way Chuck is not going to be here next year. He is our guy. I continue..." April 22

  • Stars edge Wild, move to brink of advancing

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- As was the case so often in the regular season, the Dallas Stars found a way to make the best of a tough situation, and they are close to advancing in the postseason as a result. Jason Spezza scored a goal and assisted on another in the second period as the Stars..." April 21

  • Wild rally to defeat Stars

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- One game later than expected, the addition of Erik Haula to the Minnesota Wild lineup was a difference-maker. Haula started the game at center and had a goal and an assist as Minnesota rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday in Game..." April 19

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Wild goalie Dubnyk sounds off on controversial call

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Never mind Jamie Benn’s finishing touch, Jason Spezza’s precision shooting, Kari Lehtonen’s timely saves or the tumbling puck the NHL’s Warren Commission legitimized to help vanquish the Wild again Saturday night. If you want to quantify and encapsulate the Stars’ superiority in this Western..." April 17

  • Stars dominate Wild in series opener

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars needed two of their bigger names to step up to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And in Game 1 of their Western Conference first round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday, three players did so in a big way. Captain Jamie..." April 15

  • Wild Sign Free Agent Sam Anas

    The Hockey Writers "The Minnesota Wild have signed Quinnipiac junior Sam Anas, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The un-drafted 22-year-old has inked a two-year, entry-level contract. Anas was the leading scorer for Quinnipipac, who entered the NCAA tournament as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. They..." April 15

  • Back surgery is an option for Zach Parise

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With injured Zach Parise staying behind, the Wild flew to Dallas on Wednesday to begin its playoff series against the Stars. A day after the Star Tribune reported Parise was experiencing tingling in his legs and numbness in his feet due to a herniated disk in his back, the Wild announced he..." April 14

  • Wild sign BC's Alex Tuch, 2014 first-rounder, to 3-year, entry-level deal

    Hockey Wilderness "The Minnesota Wild have been very active in getting their prospects from the NCAA to sign pro contracts with the organization. First, Mario Lucia signed after Notre Dame's season ended. Then came Boston College's Adam Gilmour. And today, the Wild signed arguably their best prospect to a pro..." April 14

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    The #MNWild announce that Zach Parise will not play in Games 1 or 2 of their playoff series against Dallas due to an upper-body injury.

  • Wild preparing as if Parise won't play anytime soon

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild players are approaching the start of their playoff series against Dallas as if veteran winger Zach Parise will not be in the lineup anytime soon. Parise was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester seeing a specialist Monday, according to multiple sources, a week after aggravating a back injury..." April 12

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Parise is day to day, Torchetti isn't saying if he thinks he'll be ready for Game 1 #mnwild

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Haula also day to day #mnwild

  • Flames G Backstrom stymies old team

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- It was a night of firsts on the last night of the regular season for the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. First games, first goals, first points and a first-ever win over a familiar opponent. Goals less than a minute apart late in the third period by Calgary's..." April 09

  • Thomas Vanek will miss the start of the playoffs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild veteran Thomas Vanek will miss the start of the playoffs with an upper-body injury, coach John Torchetti said after this morning's practice. Vanek was injured March 29 when cross-checked by Chicago's Viktor Svedberg on a power play. He will miss his fourth game of the final five during..." April 08

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Wild in playoffs after loss to Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Having already clinched a playoff spot, the San Jose Sharks looked like a team tuning itself up for a long run. The Minnesota Wild are also headed to the playoffs, but with significantly less momentum. Two goals by Patrick Marleau and another by Logan Couture,..." April 05

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Wild fall to Jets, fail to clinch playoff berth again

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk didn't mince words after another seriously flawed effort by his hockey team Sunday night. "I don't think anyone's going to tell you that was even close to good enough tonight," said Dubnyk, not long after the Wild suffered an ugly 5-1..." April 03

  • Coyle and Granlund switch spots tonight; Wild without injured Vanek, Spurgeon

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Good day from Winnipeg, which has been my home away from home for THREE DAYS!!! Coming to you from the press room here at MTS Centre, where the Wild and rival Jets square off in a fairly big game for one team tonight. Last season, the Jets reached the eighth spot in the West after beating..." April 03

  • Blackhawks' Keith will not appeal suspension, apologized to Coyle

    The Score "After being banned six games for a stick-swinging incident against the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith told reporters Saturday he will not appeal the suspension. "There's a limit there and I gotta know that," Keith said, according to Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times. "I..." April 02

  • Wings keep pace with win vs. Wild

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Riley Sheahan is playing his best hockey at the time of the season that is the most important. Sheahan had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a desperately needed 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Friday at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings moved..." April 01

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Torchetti tells media Spurgeon is day-to-day and will not play tonight. Decision on Vanek and Jones will be made after warmups. #MINvsDET

  • Crosby, Dubnyk and Burns named Stars of March

    NHL.com "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of March." April 01

  • Senators slow Wild playoff run with 3-2 victory

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Ottawa Senators are out of the playoff race, but they refuse to go quietly into the offseason. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and two assists Thursday as the Senators won for the second time in as many nights, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Cody Ceci scored..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Wild’s Charlie Coyle ‘stunned’ by Duncan Keith’s stick to his face

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Charlie Coyle said he was “stunned” when Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith swung his stick into Coyle’s face during the Wild’s 4-1 victory Tuesday night. The play, which resulted in Keith’s ejection Tuesday and a looming suspension, left Coyle with a black eye and stitches on his nose. He said..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Wild complete season sweep of Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The regular season means little once the playoffs begin. But thanks to their dominance of the regular season series with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild are looking like a playoff team once again. Paced by late goals from Jared Spurgeon and Erik Haula, the..." March 29

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Jones is sick, Torchetti says #mnwild

  • Parise, Elliott, Kessel named NHL’s three stars of the week

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 27." March 28

  • Wild sign Notre Dame's Mario Lucia to entry-level contract

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild signed forward Mario Lucia to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning next season, the club announced Sunday. The 22-year-old wrapped up his career at Notre Dame on Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to Michigan at the NCAA Tournament." March 28