Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild rallies, wins in a shootout over San Jose

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It was a weird hockey game to say the least. In the third period Thursday night, the Wild was outshooting the San Jose Sharks by double yet somehow losing by two goals. Then, with fans restless, the Wild climbed back thanks to the playmaking of goal-scorer Thomas Vanek and the goal scoring of …..." October 31

  • Agent: Vanek was not ‘involved’ in money laundering

    Pro Hockey Talk "From the Star Tribune, in the wake of the report that linked Wild forward Thomas Vanek to a money-laundering scheme: While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has..." October 31

  • Report: Thomas Vanek involved in money laundering scandal

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, current Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek was involved in a money laundering scheme. The report alleges that while a member of the Islanders, Vanek endorsed a pay-check in the amount of $230,000 to Mark Ruff to cover a gambling..." October 31

  • Wild hopes to get Koivu, Vanek up to speed

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "“Good teams respond.” That’s was the pregame message in the Wild locker room, captain Mikko Koivu said, after the Wild rallied in the third period to defeat the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The comeback regulation win from two goals down — the first time the Wild accomplished that since 2007..." October 30

  • Wild posts comeback victory over Boston

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One hour before the Wild had to put Monday’s Madison Square Garden meltdown officially in the rearview mirror, Zach Parise said it was imperative for the Wild to know that “mentally if you’re in the right place” Monday’s 3-0 blown third-period lead should have no impact on Tuesday’s game against..." October 29

  • Wild all over Tampa Bay in blowout victory

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On blaze orange hunting hat night, the Wild’s aim was precise and deadly. At one point in the second period of Saturday’s 7-2 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Wild had six goals on 12 shots. The Wild’s flirtation with 50 percent shooting of course didn’t last, but the Wild..." October 26

  • Kuemper gets third shutout of season in Wild's 2-0 win over Coyotes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the players are bemoaning the number of days off, when even the coach is “sick of practicing,” you know the bored-to-death Wild is tired of watching every other team play night after night and is ready to join the party more than once or twice a week. In large part because of a nonsensical..." October 24

  • Report: Granlund extension in the works

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to Wild beat writer Michael Russo, the team and the agent representing Mikael Granlund have begun discussions on a contract extension. Granlund is one of only two remaining forwards set to become restricted free agents after this season. The other is Erik Haula. According to Todd..." October 24

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Per Elias: #mnwild's Darcy Kuemper 2nd goalie since 43-44 to record 3 shutouts in 1st 4 appearances. Other Pascal Leclaire (#CBJ, 07-08)

  • Wild sign Coyle to 5-year extension worth a reported $16 million

    TheScore.com "The Minnesota Wild have signed young forward Charlie Coyle to a five-year extension, as announced on the team's website Wednesday. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports the contract is worth $16 million. Coyle, 22, has two points in four games this season, and tallied 30 points in 70 games..." October 22

  • Niklas Backstrom to make first start since January

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild and Los Angeles Kings play Sunday at 2 p.m. CT (Fox Sports North and Kool-108) in the first of a Staples Center doubleheader. Lakers and Jazz play in a preseason game later in the day. I’ll be on FSN in the pregame show and first intermission. Good afternoon from L.A., where the..." October 19

  • Searching for first power-play goal, Yeo divides units into young vs. veterans

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild have won two of their first three games, but one area that they’ve struggled in is the power play. So far they’re 0-for-11 and are actually negative overall if you factor in the shorthanded goal that they’ve allowed. Wild coach coach Mike Yeo attempted to address that during..." October 19

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    No follow-up supplemental discipline for Ryan Kesler

  • Anaheim Ducks do their celebrating after beating Minnesota Wild

    L.A. Daily News "It was Bob Murray’s idea. The Ducks’ general manager ran it past team captain Ryan Getzlaf just to make sure they were thinking the same thing and it was agreed there would be no pomp or circumstance for the team’s home-opening game Friday at the Honda Center. One minute the Ducks’ second..." October 18

  • Ryan Carter brings grittiness to Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ryan Carter is no dummy. Stu Bickel never had taken a faceoff in his career, so when the defenseman skated to the center faceoff dot just before the opening draw of a game between the Devils and Rangers late in 2012, Carter “understood what that meant.” It was another chapter in the Hudson..." October 15

  • Wild waive tough guy Bickel

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild will place defenseman/right wing Stu Bickel on waivers at 11 a.m. today, sources say. I had a feeling a roster move would be made today. With no games 'til Friday, keeping this many players is just wasting cap space and money. Plus, at some point, the Wild had to activate Justin Fontaine..." October 13

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Brodin's contract is 6 yrs, $25M. He is a good player, that's a good deal for both.

  • Wild posts second straight shutout over Avs to open season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It felt like Game 9 of the playoffs. Two nights after the Wild thumped the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 in a game that felt like — and probably deserved to be — 10-0, the bitter rivals that entertained so mightily last postseason capped their home-and-home season openers by renewing last playoff’s..." October 12

  • Wild's Kuemper learning to win the 'easy' ones

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Darcy Kuemper didn’t have the best seat in the house during the Wild’s dominant season-opening victory over Colorado on Thursday night. In fact, the youngest opening-night starting goalie in Wild history probably could have used binoculars. Most of the game was played on the other side of the..." October 11

  • Wild's top line in first-class form already

    Fox Sports North "When the Minnesota Wild reconvened this season for training camp, head coach Mike Yeo assessed a deep group of forwards that was lengthened by the arrival of high-scoring winger Thomas Vanek and expected growth from the team's stable of young forwards. Nothing was set in stone for Yeo. As..." October 11

  • Wild opens new season in style with shutout win over Avs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Craig Leipold, sweating and jittery, couldn’t believe how calm his general manager was before the Wild dropped the puck on the 2014-15 season. Chuck Fletcher explained to his owner that Thursday’s game against the rival Colorado Avalanche was only one of 82, that the Wild wouldn’t be panicking..." October 10

  • Darcy Kuemper gets opening night start for Wild

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Darcy Kuemper will get the first official chance in the Wild's goaltending platoon he shares with Niklas Backstrom. Kuemper will start between the pipes in the Wild's season opener Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, coach Mike Yeo said. Thanks to an odd schedule, the Wild play their..." October 09

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Wild's new plan in goal: Kuemper-Backstrom

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Before Niklas Backstrom was hurt, before Josh Harding missed time because of multiple sclerosis (and then broke his foot), before the never-ending goalie carousel hit the Wild, Darcy Kuemper was expected to start this season in the minor leagues. The grand plan had Backstrom and Harding as the..." October 08

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Ryan Carter leaves Devils training camp and signs with Minnesota Wild

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils have lost another player who wants to go home. Veteran forward Ryan Carter, who spent the entire preseason with the Devils without a contract, Monday signed a 1-year, $725,000 deal with the Minnesota Wild. It is a two-way contract. The decision means Devils general manager Lou..." October 07

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    The #mnwild have placed Cody Almond and Stephane Veilleux on waivers and released Bryzgalov from his PTO. Alas, opening night roster is set.

  • Wild's final roster taking shape

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild is more than two weeks into training camp and enters its final exhibition game Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. The season opener is five days away, and the Christian Folin vs. Matt Dumba blue-line battle remains as intriguing as it did last month. “They’re making it tough,”..." October 04

  • Complete Preview for the Minnesota Wild's 2014-15 Season

    Bleacher Report "Two seasons in, it looks like the Minnesota Wild's decision to sign prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to massive 12-year free agent contracts is paying dividends. The team's regular-season and playoff performances are on the upswing, more free agents are choosing Minnesota as a..." September 30

  • Wild's Parise: Time to dump the dump-and-chase

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "To say Zach Parise has evolved is an understatement. The Wild winger used to be a big proponent of the dump-and-chase game, reminding critics during a classic rant last year that all teams dump the puck, including the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2009, and all four..." September 25

  • Kuemper rusty but not worried; Haula, Fontaine, Niederreiter among those shining early

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Day 2 is in the books, and it was a fun day down at the rink. Thousands of fans flocked down for the Wild’s Breakaway 10K/5K/1Mile runs and the three open practices and one scrimmage. Coach Mike Yeo wasn’t too thrilled with the first half of the scrimmage. He felt there wasn’t enough..." September 21

  • Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M

    Pro Hockey Talk "It looks like Josh Harding‘s loss is indeed Darcy Kuemper‘s gain. The Minnesota Wild signed the netminder to a two-year deal on Thursday; it’s one-way for both seasons and worth $2.5 million overall, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno. This comes a day after..." September 19

  • Ilya Bryzgalov accepts tryout offer from Wild

    CBSSports.com "With news of the Minnesota Wild losing projected No. 1 goalie Josh Harding indefinitely with a fractured foot, the team wasted little time in bringing in some goaltending help. Ilya Bryzgalov has agreed to a professional tryout contract with the Wild and will be with the team when they open..." September 17

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    MIN G Josh Harding's off-ice injury is significant, likely to be out months as opposed to weeks. On crutches/in a boot. Tough break.

  • Sources: Wild goaltender Josh Harding sidelined by ankle injury

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Training camp hasn’t started and the Wild already has serious goaltending issues. Josh Harding, looking to resurrect himself after missing last season’s second half because of complications from multiple sclerosis, has been sidelined by an ankle injury, multiple sources said Tuesday. The..." September 17

  • Nino Niederreiter re-signs, agreeing to a 3-year, $8 million contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Game 7’s overtime hero has re-signed and is ready to pick up where he left off. One week before players are set to report for training camp, Nino Niederreiter, the young powerwinger who scored the Western Conference quarterfinals clinching goal last season for the Wild, agreed to terms on a..." September 13

  • Wild scout Bob Suter, Ryan's father, dead at 57

    CBC Sports "Bob Suter, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic "Miracle On Ice" hockey team, has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 57. Suter's death was confirmed by a spokesman for USA Hockey. The Madison, Wisc., native won a gold medal representing the United States at the 1980 Winter Olympics..." September 10

  • Agent: Niederreiter, Wild close to deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Nino Niederreiter’s agent said he’s “very positive” his client will sign a new contract with the Wild by the time players report for training camp next week. The agent, Andre Rufener, said Niederreiter is such a “Wild at heart,” the 22-year-old winger rejected a lucrative offer from a “very..." September 10

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Kuemper is looking at his KHL options (with NHL out clause, of course).

  • Jason Zucker excited to "perform" in training camp

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Moments after Nino Niederreiter scored an overtime winner against Nashville to usher the Wild into last year’s Olympic break, coach Mike Yeo announced that Jason Zucker would have a “minor procedure” stemming from blocking a scorching Shane Doan shot above the right knee late in a Jan. 9 game at..." September 06

  • It's Sept. 1, and Kuemper, Niederreiter remain unsigned

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s Sept. 1 (happy Labor Day everybody), meaning in 17 days, Wild players report to training camp for physicals and fitness testing. On Sept. 19, players take the ice for the first time. The only question right now is whether Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper will be there with the rest of..." September 02

  • Ilya Bryzgalov 'would very much like' to be back with Wild, agent says

    CBSSports.com "Ilya Bryzgalov really enjoyed his time in Minnesota at the end of last season. His arrival to the team was mutually beneficial, as he went 7-1-3 in 12 appearances during the playoff race as the Wild dealt with a litany of goaltending problems last season. In fact, Bryzgalov enjoyed himself so..." August 22

  • Wild say ‘everything’s a go’ with goalies Backstrom, Harding

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday, Brough wrote about the state of Minnesota’s goaltending and how it will rely on the trio of Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper for next season. On Thursday, GM Chuck Fletcher shared some good news about the two veterans of the group. From the Minnesota..." August 15

  • Report: Penguins, Wild, Capitals pursuing Bissonnette

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette has had to wait quite a while to land his next contract, but he might not be an unrestricted free agent for much longer. The Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins are both interested in signing the 29-year-old forward, according to Fox Sports’ Craig..." August 11

  • Wild Ink Falk To One-Year Deal

    NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way contract. Falk, 25, was originally drafted by Minnesota in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and totaled 15 points (1-14=15) and 100 penalty minutes (PIM) during 108 regular-season games..." August 02

  • Wild still trying to re-sign Niederreiter, Kuemper

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Training camp is still seven weeks away, but Darcy Kuemper and Nino Niederreiter remain unsigned by the Wild as the NHL enters the dog days of the offseason. The league typically goes on an unofficial hiatus in August, but the Wild still has two restricted free agents left to re-sign after..." July 30

  • Justin Fontaine agrees to two-year contract with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Fontaine, the 26-year-old Wild forward, will avoid a Friday arbitration hearing and sign a new two-year deal with the Wild this afternoon. The deal is expected to be worth $1 million annually ($950,000 in Year 1 and $1.05 million in Year 2). Fontaine, the former University of Minnesota..." July 29

  • Wild's Dumba hoping to stay in one place this season

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba got his first real taste of the NHL last season. It was one stop on a whirlwind tour that entrenched Dumba as one of the League's top defense prospects. This season he hopes to turn that experience into a full-time role with the Wild. "I was all over the..." July 24

  • Thomas Vanek connected to gambling probe: report

    Toronto Star "Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek appeared voluntarily in U.S. federal court in upstate New York on Monday in connection with an ongoing gambling investigation, WHEC Rochester reported. Steve Bartlett, agent for the NHLer who reportedly hasn’t been charged, said in a statement on Vanek’s..." July 22

  • Vanek testifies in gambling case

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Recently-signed Wild winger Thomas Vanek was in federal court in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday as part of an ongoing gambling investigation, WHEC-TV reported. Vanek’s appearance apparently stems from the June arrest of three men on gambling and money laundering charges. The three men were..." July 22

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