Wild Rumors & News

  • Rangers flirt with disaster before bursting through vs. Wild

    New York Post "Down by two goals heading into the second period, Alain Vigneault didn’t have a typical message for his team. “It was nothing out of the ordinary — other than to say, ‘Let’s stick with what we’re doing,’ ’’ the Rangers coach said after his club scored four straight times to beat the Wild, 4-2,..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Wild win against Winnipeg looked a lot like Stars' first three months

    Sports Day "Maybe the Stars are meant to be a lit tle wild and crazy. In one of the more bizarre games of the season, Dallas took a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night and ended their All-Star break in solid fashion. The game included the rare three-on-none goal, a shot from Tyler..." February 03

  • Berube’s first NHL win throws Isles’ goalie situation into tizzy

    New York Post "While the rest of the Islanders — except for John Tavares — were enjoying the All-Star break, goalie Jean-Francois Berube was keeping busy with AHL Bridgeport, shaking off the rust from a lower-body injury. After winning all four games he played during his conditioning stint, the 24-year-old..." February 03

  • Wild recall defenseman Folin from AHL

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild have recalled Christian Folin from the AHL's Iowa Wild. A product of UMass-Lowell, the Swedish defenseman signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014" February 01

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk comes full circle with All-Star selection

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The career makeover is complete. In a dizzying 18 months that has seen him go from nearly being run out of the NHL to a Vezina Trophy finalist, Masterton Trophy winner and recipient of a six-year, $26 million deal, Devan Dubnyk has arrived in Nashville, where his career hit “rock bottom” two..." January 31

  • Another strong finish is uncertain for the Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the Wild resumes its season this week with a difficult three-game trip starting in Brooklyn and Manhattan, it’ll be trying to recover from losing grasp of a playoff spot for the first time this season. At least the Wild’s month of January should halt the oft-used mantra, “We’re still in a..." January 31

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Arizona Coyotes overcome slow start, rally for shootout win over Minnesota Wild

    Arizona Republic "As Coyotes winger Max Domi closed in on the Wild net in the second period, cutting to the inside while a defender shadowed him, he wound up for a shot that looked like it could definitely challenge goaltender Devan Dubnyk. But not only did the puck miss the net entirely, the momentum of the..." January 26

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Pavelski's late goal lifts Sharks past Wild

    CSN Bay Area "Joe Pavelski’s late score was the difference in a thrilling 4-3 Sharks win at SAP Center on Saturday afternoon. Pavelski took an offensive zone faceoff win by Joe Thornton and fluttered in a wrist shot from the high slot with 1:24 to go in regulation to extend the Sharks’ point streak to eight..." January 24

  • Wild breaks out of slump in Los Angeles

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the Wild starting to hit rock bottom and teams closing in fast from behind, the team was in dire need of somebody, anybody to step up Thursday night. Playing for the second time in 24 hours and against a red-hot Stanley Cup contender, the Wild got a number of big performances during a 3-0..." January 22

  • Ducks Out-Grit Wild For Homestand-Ending 3-1 Win

    Anaheim Calling "It took a late Rickard Rakell finish of a beautiful passing play to finally snap a tie that held for nearly 30 minutes, but it proved to be all the Ducks needed to finish off the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at Honda Center. Coach Bruce Boudreau said it best: "It was a pretty sloppy game,..." January 21

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • The slumping Minnesota Wild are drowning in defensive responsibility

    Hockey Wilderness "When October finished and November began, the Wild were in a good place. Their 7-2-2 record was nothing to sneeze at, and it allowed them to keep on the right side of the playoff bubble in a highly competitive division. But focusing on that good record at the time would be to gloss over some..." January 19

  • Wild's Fletcher says he won't overreact with hastily considered trade

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Part of being a pro athlete is finding a way to overcome the distraction of seeing and hearing your name in trade rumors. For the first time, Wild defensemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin are living this. With the Wild slumping with 29 goals (including four empty-netters) in 15 games,..." January 19

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Mike Reilly has been sent back to the AHL. #mnwild

  • Predators blank Wild behind Carter Hutton

    Tennessean "As they struggled to just one win over the past two-and-a-half weeks, the Predators had tried to make all kinds of adjustments – mixing lines, making trades and recalling players. Very little worked. On Saturday, however, one of the more surprising lineup changes made quite a..." January 17

  • Tired Jets gut out big win over Wild

    Winnipeg Free Press "Friday morning, hours before the Winnipeg Jets were to take on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, and a day after the Jets downed the Nashville Predators 5-4 in overtime on home ice, head coach Paul Maurice wasn’t about to change the game plan. It didn’t matter he had a team reeling..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Sabres complete winning road trip with win at Minnesota

    Buffalo News "Perhaps that seems like a mundane accomplishment. But it isn’t when you consider what this team endured the last two seasons. The Sabres were 9-29-3 on the road last year and 8-30-3 in 2013-14, becoming the first NHL team in 15 years with 30 regulation losses away from home. They had losing..." January 13

  • Jon Merrill's goal lifts Devils past Minnesota Wild, 2-1

    Newark Star-Ledger "After two periods in which it seemed no one would score, the Devils broke through with a pair of goals in the first 6:26 of the third period while on their way to a 2-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center. The victory, sparked by Jon Merrill's goal at 6:26 of the..." January 11

  • Wild's late lead holds up against Stars' pressure

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This time, the Wild held on to its lead and shut down the NHL’s most potent offense. After blowing 3-0 and 2-0 advantages at home in the previous two meetings with the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars, the Wild reached the season’s halfway point Saturday night by hanging on to beat the..." January 10

  • Wild's Parise sympathetic to Stamkos' contract situation: 'It's not easy'

    Tampa Bay Times "The captain insisted he wanted to stay with the team that drafted him, the group he led to the Stanley Cup final. He admitted his contract situation was "in the back of my mind" during that final season of his deal. There were so many reasons he wanted to re-sign, but his first (and likely..." January 10

  • Wild's Reilly to make NHL debut against Stars

    NHL.com "Defenseman Mike Reilly will make his NHL debut for the Minnesota Wild against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Reilly, the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Minnesota, was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday, had 13 assists and 18..." January 09

  • Flyers snap 5-game road losing skid with OT win over Wild

    CSN Philly "The Flyers like their chances in three-on-three overtime, defenseman Michael Del Zotto said, given they have multiple goal scorers on the roster. On Thursday, it was Del Zotto who scored the game-winner, thanks in part to crisp passing by Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. Del Zotto buried his..." January 08

  • Blackhawks' Toews tops list of 2015 jersey sales

    The Score "There are a lot of people walking around with Toews on their backs. The Chicago Blackhawks forward had the prestige honor of having the top-selling jersey of 2015. The NHL announced the top sales from the NHL Shop, also revealing teammate Patrick Kane finishing second in sales. Here is the..." January 08

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Koivu: "I'm ready to play and get back at it." #mnwild

  • Parise nets hat trick, Koivu injured in Wild's win over Columbus

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "“Mass confusion on the bench … everyone playing with everyone … kind of a cluster.” That’s the way Wild players and coach Mike Yeo described what was created when the team lost leading scorer Mikko Koivu 73 seconds into Tuesday’s game. “Amazing we didn’t take any too many men on the ice..." January 06

  • Star-studded Central roster highlights All-Star reveal

    NHL.com "The NHL announced the remaining players for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, and several familiar and high-scoring stars will descend upon Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for All-Star Weekend. The host Nashville Predators have three players among the 40 named Wednesday by the NHL's Hockey..." January 06

  • Wild's Koivu sent to hospital after crashing into boards

    The Score "Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu has been sent to a local hospital after a first-period collision during Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Koivu was knocked down by Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard, sending him sliding backwards into the end boards. " January 06

  • Florida Panthers’ win streak reaches nine with win against Minnesota Wild

    Miami Herald "The Panthers didn’t have much going Sunday night, yet they had Jaromir Jagr and Al Montoya. That was enough. With Jagr scoring twice and Montoya offering up another terrific start, the Panthers kept their winning ways going with a 2-1 win over Minnesota at BB&T Center. Florida pulled off..." January 04

  • Is The NHL’s Winter Classic Dying?

    Uproxx "This year’s NHL Winter Classic saw the Boston Bruins play host to the Montreal Canadiens in front of nearly 70,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Like each of its predecessors, this year’s outdoor game on New Year’s Day was a spectacle to behold for hockey fans around the..." January 04

  • New dad Vasilevskiy, Bolts ring in new year with 3-2 shootout win over WIld

    Tampa Tribune "Andrei Vasilevskiy looked skyward briefly, let out a yell, took a quick stride out of his crease, flew his head back again and let out a primal roar of celebration. Charlie Coyle just put his shot off the left post, sealing a 3-2 shootout victory for Vasilevskiy and the Lightning against..." January 03

  • Wild keeps it simple and successful in victory over St. Louis

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Devan Dubnyk got what he wished for Thursday night. One day after saying the Wild needed to get back to playing “simple road games,” the way it did when it reeled off road win after road win during last season’s second half, the Wild waltzed into Scottrade Center and began a four-game trip by..." January 01

  • Wild forward Parise to miss game against Blues

    NHL.com "Zach Parise took part in the morning skate for the Minnesota Wild on Thursday but will not play against the St. Louis Blues. Parise, who has been bothered by a lower-body injury, is day-to-day and could return when the Wild play back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday against the Tampa Bay..." December 31

  • Injured Dubnyk comes to the rescue as Wild tops Red Wings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Usually by late December, the Wild has had about a half-dozen goalie injuries. It has usually signed two or three emergency ones off the street by now, has had to recall a couple minor leaguers and in the case of the last two years had to begin a league-wide search for its next goaltender. So..." December 29

  • Wild to healthy scratch Fontaine, who needs to ‘take a step in his career’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Justin Fontaine‘s tough season will take a difficult turn on Monday night — one that leads directly to the press box. Per the Star-Tribune, Fontaine will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season, after a stretch in which he’s failed to score a goal in nine straight contests. “I..." December 28

  • Well-rested Crosby lifts Penguins over Wild for 2nd straight win

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Before Saturday night's game, Sidney Crosby said the six-day break he enjoyed during Christmas week was a mental and physical pick-me-up. He promptly picked up his team and carried it to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Crosby had a goal and an assist in the second period as the..." December 27

  • Darcy Kuemper sharp in Wild's 2-1 win over Canadiens

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A month ago, Devan Dubnyk probably would have started both back-to-back home games this week. But during those five games the Wild No. 1 goaltender recently missed because of a groin injury, Darcy Kuemper won games and earned coach Mike Yeo’s confidence back. Tuesday night in the Wild’s..." December 23

  • Dallas Stars go on 4-0 run to overcome Minnesota Wild

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots in relief and the Dallas Stars scored four straight goals to beat the Minnesota Wild 6-3 on Monday night. Vernon Fiddler scored twice for Dallas, which has won five of seven and is 8-2-2 in its past 12 games. Jordie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin..." December 22

  • Cap making trades almost impossible

    Sportsnet "Slowest and most boring ever. That’s about the only way to describe the trading period that started with the beginning of the NHL season and ended at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday with the annual Christmas trading freeze. Nothing happened. Well, almost nothing. Pittsburgh did trade Rob Scuderi..." December 22

  • Wild unveil Stadium Series alumni game jersey

    Pro Hockey Talk "Older Minnesota hockey fans will recognize the team’s “new” Stadium Series alumni game jersey. The alumni roster will be wearing these jerseys when they take on the Blackhawks alumni team at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Feb. 20. The alumni teams will..." December 22