Wild Rumors & News

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Koivu's OT goal lifts Wild past Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- In three of their previous four road games, the Minnesota Wild lost in either overtime or a shootout. They went to OT again Sunday at Rogers Place but came out with a 2-1 win this time, thanks to Mikko Koivu's overtime winner. The veteran center scored the winner..." December 05

  • Flames hand Wild 3rd straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames were supposed to fall apart without Johnny Gaudreau but instead they have flourished. Kris Versteeg and Sean Monahan scored in a shootout Friday to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Scotiabank Saddledome, leaving the..." December 03

  • Boudreau on Johnny Hockey Slashgate: Flames "making mountains out of molehills"

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Finally, after being in Calgary for a month, the Wild and the Flames play tonight. Russo multi-media today: Sirius/XM Radio at 2:33 p.m. CT, NHL Network at 3:05 p.m. CT, KFAN at 5:15 p.m. CT and then Fox Sports North +++++++++++ during the pregame show and first intermission. Devan Dubnyk..." December 03

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Headfirst approach fueling Devan Dubnyk’s hot start with Wild

    SI "It’s a shame, really, that the man in the nearby lounge chair has dozed off, because otherwise he would’ve seen something quite special: Devan Dubnyk, all six feet and six inches, upper half in a picnic-blanket blue shirt and the lower part in jeans, demonstrating goalie drills on the Ritz Carlton..." December 02

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Baertschi's late goal lifts Canucks past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Minnesota Wild allowed a league-low 41 goals coming into the Tuesday night game against the Vancouver Canucks. Somehow, the Canucks, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, defeated the Wild 5-4 at Rogers Arena. "We definitely didn't draw it up..." November 30

  • Blues squeeze past Wild in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- David Perron went against his natural tendencies with the game on his stick on Saturday night. The St. Louis left winger snapped a shot past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Blues a 4-3 win. Perron was the only player to find..." November 27

  • Minnesota goes wild in 6-2 win over Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A November slip in the standings for the Minnesota Wild was largely the result of a varied and efficient offense suddenly unable to score with consistency. Minnesota's league-leading defense was at least keeping it in tight games. Surprisingly, two games against the..." November 25

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Dubnyk, Wild edge Jets

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the second time in a week, the Minnesota Wild took advantage of video review and then got a lucky bounce. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 15 saves and Minnesota scored three times in the final 21 minutes to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday night. Wild..." November 23

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • Stars end OT skid on Benn's goal

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Of late, overtime games have been an exercise of futility for the Dallas Stars. But thanks to captain Jamie Benn, those struggles are over. Benn scored the winning goal 1:23 into overtime as the Stars edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Monday night at American Airlines Center...." November 22

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained

    NHL.com "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Avalanche rally for 3-2 win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- It took more than a month, but Nathan MacKinnon seems to be getting his groove back, which is a really good thing for the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon, who struggled offensively for the first six weeks of the season, scored midway through the third period, completing a..." November 20

  • Four Wild prospects are regarded as locks for world junior team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The world junior championships in Toronto and Montreal starting the day after Christmas could be fun for Wild fans. At least four prospects are considered shoo-ins: the United States’ Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway, Sweden’s Joel Eriksson Ek and Russia’s Karill Kaprizov. There’s also a chance..." November 20

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Granlund gets better of McQuaid, Bruins

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Adam McQuaid may not want to recall his most recent meeting with Mikael Granlund. Fortunately for the Boston Bruins defenseman, he and the Minnesota Wild forward won't see each other again until next season. The pair combined for game-changing plays early and late, and..." November 18

  • Wild returns Joel Eriksson Ek to his professional club in Sweden

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It's official: As I reported on startribune.com Monday and in the paper Tuesday, Joel Eriksson Ek would likely be returned to Farjestad in Sweden rather than be assigned full-time to Iowa if the pattern continued of him being scratched or playing fourth-line minutes. Well, after being scratched..." November 18

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16

  • Flames ride first-period goal to 1-0 win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Calgary Flames needed a win -- any kind of win -- to snap out of their weeklong funk. The low-scoring, gritty variety suited them just fine. An early power-play goal by Johnny Gaudreau held up as the Flames snapped a four-game losing skid, beating the Minnesota Wild..." November 15

  • NHL Will Not Market Individual Rivalries or Players Because It's a Team Sport

    The Comeback "The NHL is done marketing individual rivalries. Speaking to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca, NHL Deputy Commissioner said the league is not marketing individual rivalries among players because “our sport is the ultimate team sport.” That’s a crock of BS for multiple reasons. First of all,..." November 15

  • Is NHL participation in 2018 Olympics really what’s best for hockey?

    Sportsnet "Wednesday’s meeting in New York City involving the NHL, its players and the IIHF to discuss involvement in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will resolve nothing. There will be no grandiose statements, fireworks and the singing of “We are the World”. What we will hear is that the nearly 20 million..." November 15

  • Wild winger Zach Parise practicing, possibly returning vs. Flames.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Zach Parise, who hasn't played since Oct. 27 but has only missed six games due to a foot injury because of the Wild's light schedule lately, is practicing this morning with the Wild. As the Wild showed last week with Erik Haula, one practice may be enough for him to return to game action..." November 14

  • Wild still aren’t sure if they want to keep rookie Eriksson Ek this season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The puck Joel Eriksson Ek took off the chin Saturday in Philadelphia required some stitching. But he returned to the game and could play tonight in Ottawa, too. But he probably won’t. Eriksson Ek has played nine games. Playing in a tenth would mean the first year of his three-year deal would..." November 14

  • Game in Ottawa returns Tyler Graovac to junior roots

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When Tyler Graovac steps that first toe onto the ice at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, it’ll be a dream come true. Graovac was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, but Ottawa is the Wild center’s second home. He played most of his junior career for the Ottawa 67s, and when the Civic Center..." November 13

  • Dumba's OT goal pushes Wild past Sens

    The Sports Xchange "OTTAWA -- Matt Dumba dreamed about playing in NHL overtime games as a kid. "I love it," said the Minnesota Wild defenseman. "Tonight I seized the opportunity." Indeed. Dumba's goal with 1:03 left in the five minute session gave the Wild a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at..." November 13

  • Schenn's goal lifts Flyers over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- One night after allowing four third-period goals in a lopsided loss in Toronto, Steve Mason redeemed himself with a 19-save effort in relief of Michal Neuvirth in the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Mason's biggest..." November 12

  • Wild hand Pens first regulation loss at home

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- New team and city for Eric Staal. The same old results against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Staal scored early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk turned aside 39 shots and the Minnesota Wild dealt the Penguins their first loss at home in regulation this season, winning 4-2 Thursday..." November 10

  • NHL, PA among groups meeting about Olympics

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA are just two of the groups set to meet next week to discuss the NHL's involvement at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. THe IIHF as well as USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will also meet in New York City next week. The..." November 10

  • Parise, Haula unlikely to play for Wild during road trip

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild had a hard, hard practice today, which included 20 minutes of conditioning. Afterward, the team reassigned Jordan Schroeder and Christoph Bertschy to AHL Iowa. With a day off Tuesday, it saves some cap space, but one or both potentially could be back Wednesday because the Wild will..." November 07

  • Problem isn't with NHL DoPS, it's the rulebook

    TSN "The tin foil hats are on in Vancouver, chin straps done up nice and tight. Canuck fans are thoroughly convinced the NHL Department of Player Safety has it in for Daniel Sedin and the Canucks; that Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs are, as usual, benefitting from the league's Eastern bias..." November 07

  • Report: NHL may restrict All-Star Game to only ‘bona fide players

    The Hockey News "It looks as though the NHL is going to restrict the likes of John Scott from the All-Star Game by placing parameters around the definition of NHL player. Even though the NHL plans to continue to have populist voting for the All-Star Game, it’s still unclear whether or not the John Scott..." November 02

  • Cap-strapped Wild recall three

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday we passed along news about the undermanned Minnesota Wild, who were dealing with major salary cap issues ahead of tonight’s game against Buffalo. Today, they got their house in order. Three skaters have been recalled: Christoph Bertschy, Tyler Graovac and Jordan Schroeder, the..." November 01

  • Larsson, Sabres top Wild for 3rd straight win

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Johan Larsson doesn't score a ton of goals. But when he does, it always seems to be at a key time in the game for the Buffalo Sabres. Larsson scored the game-winner in the latter half of the third period Tuesday as the Sabres won their third game in a row, beating the..." November 01

  • Minnesota’s Zac Dalpe out 4-6 weeks, recall three

    Today's Slapshot "Minnesota Wild announced via General Manager Chuck Fletcher that forward Zac Dalpe will be out 4-6 weeks. Dalpe, 27, had a goal and two assists for three points in his nine game appearances to start the season with the Wild before being taken from the lineup due to injury. He underwent..." November 01

  • Bankruptcy may end Bauer endorsements for top NHL stars

    TSN "Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and other high-profile NHL players may find their endorsement contacts with Bauer hockey cancelled as early as Monday because the equipment manufacturer’s parent company is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection, a person familiar with the matter..." October 31

  • Entry-level contract decisions looming for a number of NHL teams

    TSN "Now that Connor McDavid has played nine games this season, the Edmonton Oilers will have to decide whether he plays No. 10 and burns a year on his entry-level contract. Uh, never mind on that one. This admittedly lame attempt at humour does underline two things, though. One, McDavid,..." October 31

  • Wild recalls Christoph Bertschy; Zach Parise out tonight

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild has recalled right wing Christoph Bertschy from AHL Iowa. As I alluded on Twitter and the last blog, something was fishy this morning when coach Bruce Boudreau talked about maybe moving rookie Joel Eriksson Ek to left wing. My gut says Zach Parise is out tonight. I'm 100 percent..." October 30

  • Dubnyk makes Wild history with 3rd straight shutout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After a recent win over the Los Angeles Kings, Bruce Boudreau tossed out a, “Not every game can be a Picasso,” quote. The coach wanted to regurgitate the same uttering after the first two periods of Saturday’s 4-0 over the Dallas Stars, only maybe switching Picasso with your kindergartner’s..." October 30

  • Boudreau not asking Graovac to 'pull an Auston Matthews' in 1st game

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On what he has to prove tonight, Graovac said, “Just trying to prove who I am as a player. I don’t think I brought my game in camp. I don’t think I’ve proven really what I have the potential to do. I’m not trying to be a hero here. If I’m on the fourth line, I’ll play my fourth line role..." October 30

  • Dubnyk notches third straight shutout as Wild blank Stars

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- At some point this season, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is almost sure to allow another goal. It just won’t happen this month. Dubnyk recorded his third consecutive shutout on Saturday, powering the Wild to a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars. In the process,..." October 29

  • Wild lose Scandella to lower-body injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Suter may be in for a long night, at least if the first period of the Minnesota Wild – Buffalo Sabres game is any indication. Suter logged 11 minutes of ice time in that opening frame after fellow defenseman Marco Scandella suffered a lower-body injury. The Wild aren’t certain if he’ll be..." October 28

  • Wild waive Pulkkinen after 8-game stint

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Teemu Pulkkinen era in Minnesota could soon be over. Before it ever got started, really. After scoring just once for the Wild since being claimed off waivers, Pulkkinen was placed back on the wire on Friday, per TVA. The 24-year-old, originally a fourth-round pick by Detroit in 2010,..." October 28

  • Dubnyk tried lifting Subban's spirits after 2nd disastrous NHL start

    NHL.com "Before establishing himself as one of the better goaltenders in the National Hockey League, Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk went through his fair share of tough times. His struggles during the 2013-14 season, one that started in Edmonton and included a pair of trades and with Dubnyk..." October 28