Wild Rumors & News

  • Connor Hellebuyck gets win for Winnipeg Jets in NHL debut against Wild

    Winnipeg Sun "The future arrived earlier than expected for the Winnipeg Jets and Connor Hellebuyck made sure that history will record his NHL debut as a success. The Jets' top prospect only had to make 14 saves in a 3-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild on Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center, but this..." November 28

  • Parise To Return To Wild Lineup Against Jets

    NHL.com "Forward Zach Parise will return to the Minnesota Wild lineup on Friday when it plays the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. 

Parise has missed the past eight games with a sprained MCL. He practiced in full on Thursday after being medically cleared, and will play on Friday for the first time..." November 27

  • NHL seeks scoring solutions amid season of fewer goals, more shutouts

    Tampa Tribune "Goals, goals, goals. Where did they all go? On many a night around the NHL, goals are like an oasis off in the distance that turns out to be a mirage. Take a look at the scoreboard on any given night and there is a good chance somebody is posting a shutout. And if a team isn’t being kept..." November 27

  • Parise's return gets a little closer for Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Surprise, surprise, but despite only one full practice and the Wild suddenly sputtering with one victory in the past five games, Zach Parise has gone from “doubtful” for this weekend’s games to potentially finagling himself into the lineup Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. Parise, who sprained..." November 27

  • Vrbata scores twice as Canucks open road trip with 3-2 win over Wild

    Vancouver Sun "Welcome back, Radim Vrbata. The Vancouver Canucks have really missed you. You remember Vrbata? The guy who scored a team-high 31 goals last season? Well, he finally returned Wednesday. Vrbata, seemingly snake-bitten this National Hockey League season, scored two goals as the Canucks began..." November 26

  • Parise hopes to return Friday

    The Score "Zach Parise could be back sooner than expected. The Minnesota Wild forward practiced Thursday and said he hopes to be in the lineup Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. "I don't know yet, but hopefully," Parise said. "(I) felt comfortable doing everything. We'll see."" November 26

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Parise's knee still not strong enough to practice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Any hope that Zach Parise might dive into the lineup during the final three games of the Wild’s homestand was likely doused Monday when the injured winger was unable to practice. The Wild did get one winger back from a sprained knee ligament, but it was Justin Fontaine, not Parise. Parise..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Wild shuts out Predators in a chippy one

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Home sweet home. After a dreary 1-2-1 road trip that featured the Wild chasing every game and not holding a single lead in regulation, the Wild returned to the cozy, comfy confines of Xcel Energy Center, where its only previous loss this season was to Saturday’s opponent, the Nashville..." November 22

  • Wild forward Parise skates, working toward return

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise was on the ice during the morning skate Saturday and could return to play as soon as Wednesday at the Vancouver Canucks. The Wild game Saturday against the Nashville Predators (8 p.m., ET; FS-TN, FS-N) will be Parise's seventh missed with an MCL sprain; he..." November 22

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Zach is back on the ice with #mnwild pic.twitter.com/0jS4oaT8kc

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Eriksson hat trick fuels Bruins 4-2 win over Wild

    CSN New England "Anytime one of your players outscores the entire opposition, it’s going to be a good night for the hometown team. In this case it was Loui Eriksson’s first hat trick with the Bruins that powered the Black and Gold to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. The win continues an..." November 20

  • Report: Wild talk to Islanders about Travis Hamonic trade

    Sportsnet "Excluding Winnipeg, the closest NHL city to Travis Harmonic’s home is Minnesota. So it makes sense that Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has reached out to the New York Islanders regarding a trade for the top-pair defenceman. Hamonic has made public his desire to be moved closer to his..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced

    NHL.com "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Penguins break through, hold on for win over Wild

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin spoke up Saturday, then showed up in a big way Tuesday. With the Penguins looking to erase the memory of a lopsided loss in New Jersey — and with questions circling about their goal-scoring, power play, coach and system — Malkin carried the Penguins to a much-needed 4-3 win over..." November 18

  • Dubnyk confused by goalie interference during Wild's loss in Pittsburgh

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild dropped a 4-3 decision here in Pittsburgh tonight and fell to 1-1-1 on a road trip that ends Thursday in Boston. The Wild will practice at Charlie Coyle’s albeit brief, old Boston University barn (prospect Jordan Greenway’s current barn) in the afternoon Wednesday, so I’ll tweet and blog any..." November 18

  • Wild's Nino Niederreiter won't face discipline for hit on Olli Maatta

    CBS Sports "Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter will not be facing a suspension after a questionable hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Tuesday night's game according to multiple reports. The hit, which was compounded by the Wild's bench door opening simultaneously with Maatta falling..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Parise skating, but still waiting for clearance to play

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild interrupted a run of four road games for a brief foray home, practicing Monday at Xcel Energy Center before an afternoon flight to Pittsburgh. After a routine workout, coach Mike Yeo delivered the news that Zach Parise has resumed skating on his own, though there is no timetable for his..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Klingberg scores the winner in overtime as Stars get by Wild

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "John Klingberg scored at 3:18 of overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night. Klingberg got a cross-ice pass from Tyler Seguin and beat Devan Dubnyk for his fourth of the season. Klingberg and Jamie Benn each had a goal and two assists for the Stars, who had..." November 15

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    Marco Scandella has re-joined the #mnwild.

  • Wild opens road trip with OT win over Carolina

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "“Third time’s a charm.” That’s what defenseman Ryan Suter said to teammate Jason Zucker right after the two connected for the speedy Wild winger’s first career regular-season overtime winner Thursday night, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Almost like a carbon copy, in a span of 33..." November 13

  • Vanek leads Wild's goal-scoring binge to dump Jets

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If the Wild’s going to stay above water these upcoming weeks without Zach Parise, the Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Nino Niederreiter line can’t do it alone. In the first period Tuesday night, the prolific line did. Those three scored and were the only forwards generating consistent offensive-zone..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Scandella (personal reasons) is out tomorrow #mnwild

  • Dubnyk and Wild shut the door on Lightning in 1-0 shutout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the Wild set to begin a string of games without Zach Parise, coach Mike Yeo spent the past two days asking for a renewed focus defensively and for “guys” to step up. After Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Yeo said, “Those guys..." November 08

  • Wild's Parise suffers sprained MCL, to be evaluated week by week

    The Score "Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. His return will be evaluated on a week by week basis." November 08

  • GM Fletcher says Wild will be careful with Parise

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Zach Parise officially “week-to-week” because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and fellow forwards Tyler Graovac and Justin Fontaine also hurt, the Wild is inches from the salary cap after Saturday’s NHL debut of Christoph Bertschy. How close is the Wild from the..." November 08

  • Preds beat Wild to end CMA road trip, open Central play

    Tennessean "After traversing California for a week, the Predators landed in Minnesota for their first divisional game and final stop on their annual CMA Awards road trip. As expected, the Predators' first game within the cutthroat Central Division was feisty, ending in a 3-2 Nashville victory that wrapped..." November 06

  • ‘We’re losing Zach’: Wild already rule out Parise for Saturday

    Pro Hockey Talk "Either the Minnesota Wild don’t know how badly Zach Parise is hurt, or they’re just not saying. Whatever the case, though, none of it sounds good. Following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Predators — a game Parise was knocked out of by a hit from Nashville’s James Neal — head coach Mike Yeo was..." November 06

  • Parise exits after heavy Neal hit, won’t return

    Pro Hockey Talk "A heavy hit from Preds forward James Neal has forced Minnesota alternate captain Zach Parise from tonight’s tilt at Xcel. The hit, which occurred less than 90 seconds into the opening period, shook Parise up and momentarily forced him from the contest, though he did return to take five more..." November 06

  • Wild's team defense defies identity

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Take a gander at the NHL team statistics one month into this season, and you’ll notice the Wild is upside down compared to its identity. The Wild has the NHL’s fifth-best offense, scoring 3.18 goals per game, and 11th-best power play at 21.6 percent. But defensively, the Wild ranks 21st at 2.91..." November 03

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    #MNWild coach Mike Yeo on how long Justin Fontaine will be out: "At least a few weeks away and most likely longer than that."

  • Backes lifts Blues in OT against Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the anticipation of a 3-on-3 overtime was building in the Halloween crowd of 17,728 at Scottrade Center on Saturday night, a member of the Blues’ equipment staff was working behind the scenes, and what he did might have been the difference in the game. With several of the Blues’ regulars out..." November 01

  • Wild defeats Blackhawks at home

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As late as Thursday, after practice, Mikko Koivu was downplaying the rivalry with Chicago. At least at this point, early in the season. Any win is good, he said, every win counts, he insisted. But late Friday night, after the Wild had defeated Chicago 5-4 in front of a season-high crowd of 19,140..." October 31

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Wild goalie Dubnyk downplays knee issue

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Devan Dubnyk had a magnetic imaging resonance test on his left knee Monday and “all’s good,” the Wild goaltender said before facing the team that once drafted him in the first round, the Edmonton Oilers, on Tuesday night. Dubnyk, who heard a “pop” in his knee during Saturday’s game against..." October 28

  • Quick third-period goals help Wild rally past Edmonton 4-3

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Edmonton Oilers wanted to get into a track meet, and for too much of Tuesday’s game, the Wild obliged. When you’re playing a team with the flash and pizazz of four No. 1 overall draft picks — Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — it’s best not to get lured into..." October 28

  • Jets build lead, hang on to win over Wild

    Winnipeg Sun "In what was another rather unpredictable meeting, one thing that should not have been a surprise was the margin of victory. For the ninth time in the past 11 meetings between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild, one measly goal was the only thing separating these two Central Division..." October 26

  • Jets' Burmistrov fined for elbowing Wild's Spurgeon

    NHL.com "Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $4,166.67, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during NHL Game No. 118 in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player..." October 26

  • Wild takes advantage of lackluster Ducks in 3-0 victory

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Something’s wrong with the Anaheim Ducks. Saturday night in front of an announced 19,034 fans, the Wild dominated virtually every moment against an allegedly desperate opponent. A 30-15 shot advantage is evidence of that. Yet remarkably, the Ducks were only down a goal halfway through when..." October 25

  • Wild hangs on for 3-2 victory over winless Columbus

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When you’re facing a team that fired its coach the day before and arrived winless for the season, you don’t want to be the first in the NHL to serve up a victory. The Wild, beginning a stretch of seven out of nine games at home, gave its fans a scare during a downright drowsy display in the..." October 23