Wild Rumors & News

  • Toews' 5-point night leads 'Hawks over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- There's a reason the Chicago Blackhawks send the Jonathan Toews' line onto the ice when they're in need of spark. All three forwards on the unit scored Tuesday as Chicago sent a message that the Central Division race might not be over yet. By beating the Wild 5-3,..." February 21

  • Zucker and linemates lead Wild past Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Trying to find a line to complement the production Eric Staal was providing, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau put Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund on the wings between captain Mikko Koivu in late November. Koivu's line could always be counted on to slow another team's..." February 19

  • Dubnyk unleashes rant about goalie contact, video review

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With 9:35 left, P.K. Subban beat Dubnyk with a blast, but referee Ian Walsh initially wiped out the goal because James Neal nailed Dubnyk in the head. Predators coach Peter Laviolette challenged, however, and after inspecting the video, Walsh overturned his decision citing that the contact..." February 19

  • Wild continue to roll, defeat Stars

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have ridden goaltender Devan Dubnyk and a surprisingly potent offense to the best record in the Western Conference. It turns out Minnesota can rely on backup netminder Darcy Kuemper, as well. Kuemper made 34 saves, and Erik Haula had a goal and..." February 17

  • No hearing scheduled for Niederreiter after Sharp hit

    Pro Hockey Talk "Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter isn’t scheduled to face a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Dallas’ Patrick Sharp on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed. Niederreiter was given a five-minute interference and game misconduct in the late stages of the Wild’s 3-1 win. The hit sent Sharp..." February 17

  • Wild focuses on power play in practice Wednesday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After going 0-for-5 on the power play in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, it was no surprise that Wednesday’s practice at Xcel Energy Center was focused on special teams. The Wild had opportunities on the power play, but were unable to beat Ducks goaltender John Gibson all..." February 15

  • Gibson backstops Ducks to win versus Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Anaheim goaltender John Gibson took his team on his shoulders Tuesday and sent the Ducks home on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Gibson stopped 37 shots as Minnesota peppered the Ducks net in all three periods, but was shut out at home for the..." February 14

  • Wild center Tyler Graovac clears waivers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coincidentally, two times this season I got to break to Bruce Boudreau that Tyler Graovac cleared waivers. The first time was over a lunch interview during training camp for that big opening night profile I did on the first-year Wild coach. Graovac went unclaimed today and was assigned to..." February 14

  • Pominville, Allen, Arvidsson named 3 stars of the week

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 12. FIRST STAR - JASON POMINVILLE, RW, MINNESOTA WILD Pominville paced the NHL with six..." February 13

  • Red Wings’ Nyquist offered in-person hearing for high-sticking

    TSN "No on-ice incident in 2017 has warranted suspension from the NHL, but that will soon change thanks to Gustav Nyquist. The Detroit Red Wings forward is facing a hefty ban after he directed vicious, retaliatory high-stick at the face of Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared spurgeon with apparent..." February 13

  • Parise helps Wild overpower Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- In a pitched battle with a tired opponent Sunday, the Minnesota Wild got an offensive boost from a historically reliable source of goals. Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota in the third period as the Wild overpowered the Detroit Red Wings with a 6-3 win. The..." February 12

  • Devan Dubnyk has been one of the NHL’s best goalies since joining the Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "Less than three years ago Devan Dubnyk‘s career seemed like it was pretty much finished. At least when it came to having any sort of career as a successful No. 1 in the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers, the team that drafted him and gave him his first chance in the league, had given up on him after..." February 12

  • Wild edge Lightning in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are all but a lock for the playoffs, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot currently. So the point the Lightning earned in a shootout loss Friday may have been more important in the long run than the two points Minnesota got for winning. Wild..." February 11

  • Ryan Carter to begin another tryout with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Carterstache could be back soon. NHL veteran winger Ryan Carter, four months after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, will be attempting a comeback with the Wild, sources tell the Star Tribune. According to sources, Carter, 33, will take the ice for the first time at..." February 10

  • Blackhawks halt Wild slide on Toews' OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the unusual position of chasing the Minnesota Wild, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks placed a big emphasis on Wednesday's game in Minnesota. Toews and company then went out and showed how important the game was to them. Toews scored at 3:09 of overtime as..." February 09

  • Finnish Born, Minnesota Raised - Mikko Koivu

    The Player's Tribune "I remember getting an email in early September 2004, with the subject line, “Houston.” Huh? Houston? What is this? I opened the email and read the message. I had been assigned to the Houston Aeros of the AHL. They play hockey in Houston? Until that moment, I had been preparing to play..." February 09

  • Havlat retires after 14 NHL seasons

    TSN "Winger Martin Havlat announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after 14 seasons and 790 career games. Havlat, 35, scored 242 career goals and tallied 594 career points with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis..." February 08

  • Pominville, Niederreiter help Wild defeat Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets dominated the Minnesota Wild in virtually every offensive category Tuesday night but the visitors eclipsed their hosts where it really mattered -- goals scored -- in posting a 4-2 victory at the MTS Centre. The Wild (35-12-5) stormed out to a 3-0 lead..." February 07

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Aho, Granlund, Budaj named NHL's weekly 3 stars

    NHL.com "Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 5. FIRST STAR - SEBASTIAN AHO, RW, CAROLINA HURRICANES Aho tied for the League lead with four..." February 06

  • Mikael Granlund a ‘hidden secret’ for Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mikael Granlund lets his actions on the ice speak for him. Soft-spoken off the ice, Granlund is in the midst of a career year on it and that may be something of an understatement. Granlund’s previous career best in points was 44, set a year ago. It’s the early days of February and he has..." February 06

  • Granlund's first career hat trick lifts Wild

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- His first hat trick was great, but Mikael Granlund was even happier about the Minnesota Wild getting their game back. Granlund extended his NHL-leading scoring streak to 12 games with three goals and an assist as the Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 on..." February 05

  • Wild sign Alex Stalock to 2-year contract extension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "South St. Paul native Alex Stalock will be staying with the hometown team for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday afternoon. The move assures that starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk will be protected in this..." February 03

  • Monahan powers Flames past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames continue to have an answer for the best team in their conference, the Minnesota Wild. Sean Monahan scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 28 saves and the Flames bounced the Wild 5-1 on Wednesday. "That was a team game starting with..." February 02

  • Wild recalls first-round pick Alex Tuch for possible NHL debut Saturday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It's Tuch Time. Alex Tuch, the Wild's 2014 first round draft pick (18th overall), was recalled from AHL Iowa on Thursday morning and will likely make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. He'll wear No. 53. "Couldn't be any more excited about being called up," Tuch said..." February 02

  • Graovac's two goals help Wild beat Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Minnesota Wild issued a rather convincing statement Tuesday in the form of a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. In a clash between two of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Wild cooled the Oilers off in a hurry, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the game was 25..." February 01

  • NHL players called ‘puppets’ in major lawsuit

    Detroit News "Court documents unsealed in Minnesota reveal the NHL calling former players who filed a lawsuit over concussion claims “mere puppets” of a public-relations company when they provided statements to the media about the case, TSN reported Tuesday. In seeking access to correspondence between the..." February 01

  • Wild Trade Hagel To Senators For Future Considerations

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators have made a minor trade on Wednesday morning, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. The Wild have sent minor-league forward Marc Hagel to the Senators in exchange for future considerations. Hagel has 76 points in 198 games at the AHL level. All..." February 01

  • 2017 All Star Game earns highest overnight rating since 2004

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL All Star Game is a constant source of debate. Some fans love it, others hate it – and yet more think it’s a dying source of entertainment. If the NBC overnight ratings hold any weight, though, it’s possible that the declining interest may not be as true as fans think: According to..." January 30

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • Bettman argues that Olympic participation hurts NHL product

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee today, as prospects of a deal to send NHLers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remain in doubt. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean, the commissioner also said that the NHL owes it to the fans to..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • NHL All-Star Skills competition breakdown: Who’s competing in each event

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the all-star assignments for Saturday’s 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ in Los Angeles. The all-stars from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions will compete against the Pacific and Central Divisions throughout the night for points in the overall..." January 28

  • In support of Mr. 101, who just missed the NHL’s all-time list

    Sportsnet "The 101st greatest NHL player to ever live got shafted Friday night in Los Angeles. Not only did he miss out on an opportunity to swap war stories with Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, mingle with Jaromir Jagr in a black-tie setting, and consume what we can only assume was some epic..." January 28

  • Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agree that Gordie Howe was the best NHL player ever

    Fox Sports "On Friday night in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux sat on a platform just prior to the NHL100 presentation at All-Star Weekend — an event aiming to identify the best 100 players in the league’s 100-year history. While some may try to argue that any one of the three..." January 28

  • NHL brings hockey world together with top 100 players of all-time

    TSN "Jonathan Toews struggled to find the words. His search, moments after being named to the NHL’s list of 100 greatest players, was a genuine aw-shucks moment - not the humble hockey player shtick where he does anything to avoid talking about himself. Toews could not believe he was minted as..." January 28

  • Niederreiter, Dubnyk pace Wild in rout of Blues

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have avoided any major letdowns or extended losing streaks in their first year under coach Bruce Boudreau. Nino Niederreiter and the Wild were determined to not let a slip happen before departing for the All-Star break. Niederreiter had a goal..." January 26

  • Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

    Yardbarker "Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more..." January 26

  • Wild edge Stars in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- On Sunday in Saint Paul, the Minnesota Wild blew a two-goal lead to the Nashville Predators and lost. Minnesota coughed up the same lead Tuesday against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center, but thanks to Chris Stewart scoring the clinching goal in the shootout and Devan..." January 25

  • Suter pushes Wild past Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- On his 32nd birthday, Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter led a celebration with 18,000 of his closest friends Saturday night. Suter set up the tying goal and scoring the game-winner less than a minute later as the Wild rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks...." January 22

  • Forsberg's goals cap Preds' comeback at Minnesota

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Long road trips can either help or hurt teams in the middle of the season. Having just finished five in a row away from home, the Nashville Predators are helping themselves plenty as they seek a return to the playoffs. Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period on..." January 22

  • For Wayne Gretzky, history is hockey's cornerstone

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky is keenly aware there will be considerable debate Friday, and presumably for much longer, when the League unveils the rest of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Given that pitched arguments break out whenever people compare hockey dynasties and eras, it is also a given that emotions..." January 22

  • Strange omissions reveal NHL’s real motive for Greatest 100 list

    New York Post "It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend. And as such, I would expect current..." January 22

  • Some NHL stars are packing less punch this season; why?

    USA Today "Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each..." January 21

  • Niederreiter powers Wild over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two quick goals by the Arizona Coyotes proved the Minnesota Wild would be in for another unexpectedly tough home game. The two game-tying goals in the second period also provided the waking jolt Minnesota needed this time. Nino Niederreiter scored twice on the power..." January 20

  • NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

    Sportsnet "The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line..." January 19

  • Devils rally past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- With 36 games to play, you would be unwise to tell the New Jersey Devils their playoff chances are slim. After upsetting the NHL's hottest team, those chances are starting to fatten up quickly. Beau Bennett, Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique scored third-period goals as..." January 18

  • Wild’s Brodin out ‘weeks’ with hand injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Minnesota’s been very fortunate in the health department this season — a whopping 11 players have appeared in all 43 games — but that changed on Wednesday, as GM Chuck Fletcher announced d-man Jonas Brodin would be out “weeks” with a hand injury. Brodin was hurt in Tuesday’s loss to the Devils,..." January 18

  • A statistical look at the 2016-17 Selke candidates

    Fanrag Sports "Halfway through the NHL season, it’s pretty obvious who some of the awards favorites are. Unless Auston Matthews falls off the face of the earth, he’s likely to be taking home the Calder Trophy in June. The same can be said of Brent Burns and the Norris Trophy, as he’s on pace to top Erik..." January 18