WILD RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wild have scoring forward on summer wish list yet again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have entered yet another summer with scoring on top of their wish list. After ranking 18th in the NHL with an average of 2.6 goals per game, sneaking into the playoffs thanks to a weak bottom of the Western Conference, the Wild have begun their pursuit of a top-six forward through either the trade market or free agency. Zach Parise, with...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild Getting Calls About Darcy Kuemper

The market for goaltenders is thinning quickly. Cam Ward and Frederik Andersen have new deals, and everyone else being talked about requires a big trade. That’s why it’s not surprising that Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Pioneer Press that he’s getting calls about backup netminder Darcy Kuemper. “Darcy is a player that – I’ll be candid – some...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Wild Were Banged Up

According to Chad Graff, the Minnesota Wild were banged up pretty bad by the end of the season. We also know that Thomas Vanek had broken and displaced ribs and was unable to play during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. INJURY REPORT In addition to Dubnyk (broken finger) and Zach Parise (back), Fletcher revealed that forward Erik Haula and defensemen Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin and...
Via Goon's World
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild willing to part with goaltender Darcy Kuemper for ‘fair return’

There was a time when Darcy Kuemper, the Wild’s 26-year-old netminder, was the potential future in Minnesota’s crease. But a difficult season paired with a trade for Devan Dubnyk in 2014-15, who went on an incredible run post-acquisition, has seen Kuemper relegated to backup duty with no end in sight. He may have a chance at playing his way into a bigger role elsewhere, though...
Via The Hockey News
3 days ago

The one and only Ilya Bryzgalov wants to return to the NHL

Ilya Bryzgalov is planning to make an NHL comeback. The  35-year-old last appeared in the league in a poor eight-game stint with the Anaheim Ducks, but Bryzgalov in true-Bryzgalovian fashion told NHLPA.com he was able to “rest, both spiritually and mentally” and that his passion for the sport has returned. “I feel the passion inside and the fire in my eyes. I want to face...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minnesota Wild NHL Draft Preview: Goaltenders

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Kaapo Kahkonen of the Minnesota Wild poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Goaltending will always be the x-factor in hockey, no matter what era of hockey you examine.  From Martin Jones‘ 44 save performance in Game 5 of the...
Via State of Hockey News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Vanek Done in Minnesota?

Thomas Vanek came to the Minnesota Wild as a free-agent signing period during the summer of 2014. Since signing in Minnesota, Vanek has underperformed (scoring 39 goals and 93 points) and been the center of a lot of criticism. Some of the criticism was warranted, some not. Some of it was downright rude. Needless to say,  Wild fans weren't happy with his two-year performance. That...
Via Goon's World
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild add Hall of Famer Stevens as assistant coach

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have hired Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens as an assistant coach.Stevens served as a co-coach and assistant for the New Jersey Devils before spending time as a television analyst. He is the first new hire for new Bruce Boudreau's staff after the Wild hired the former Anaheim Ducks coach last month.Boudreau still has one hire left to make...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Wild attempt Nugent-Hopkins swoop again?

The Minnesota Wild being interested in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn’t a new story but the move could finally be set to take place. As teams throughout the NHL continue to asses their options ahead of the new season, the prospect of the Edmonton star making the switch to Minnesota has reared its head again. The Wild’s need for a forward has been evident ever since their failed trade...
Via State of Hockey News
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild and Bruce Boudreau

The speculation over whether or not the Minnesota Wild will try and compete for the Stanley Cup for the 2016-17 NHL Season seems to have come to a close with the signing of head coach Bruce Boudreau.  The decision will irk some fans who thought interim head coach John Torchetti deserved a chance after taking over for Mike Yeo and getting the Wild back into the playoffs, but Boudreau...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Parise on track to be full strength by September

EDINA, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September.Parise said Thursday he's "happy with the way everything's going." He said he's been able to work out as he normally does during the summer, despite missing the playoffs because of the injury.Parise said there's "no...
Via Associated Press
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau showcases pitching skills at Twins game (vid)

Recently hired Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was tabbed with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Thursday’s Minnesota Twins-Toronto Blue Jays game at Target Field. And perhaps most surprisingly, not only did the southpaw Boudreau not embarrass himself, he showcased some serious pitching skills by tossing a pretty impressive backdoor breaking ball. Wild...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Sign Standout Hungarian Goalie

Wild Ink World Championships Standout The Minnesota Wild made an interesting move on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the signing of goaltender Adam Vay to a two-year, entry-level contract. The 22-year-old Vay just completed the world hockey championship where both he and Team Hungary made some pretty big waves. Hungary won its first tournament game in 77 years against Belarus last...
Via Sports-Glory
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Dmitry Orlov tries to flip Nino Niederreiter

The hip check isn’t used too often in hockey these days, but when it’s deployed it usually results in a devastating collision. Dmitry Orlov tried to pull off an open-ice hip check on Nino Niederreiter, but things didn’t go according to plan. It was still a pretty good hit, but you can tell Orlov was a bit confused when Niederreiter didn’t flip as he had hoped. He also...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Mikael Granlund dangles around U.S. defenders

Mikael Granlund wishes he was still competing for the Stanley Cup with the Minnestoa Wild, but he’s making the most of the situation by showing off some incredible moves with Finland against the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. Granlund wins a battle, but appears to be locked into the corner by Patrick Maroon and Connor Murphy. He has no trouble escaping. That’s a crazy...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Bruce Boudreau named next Minnesota Wild head coach

It is time. The Minnesota Wild have selected their next head coach, and it happened a lot faster than I thought it would. They have hired Bruce Boudreau, an ex- Anaheim Ducks and Washington Captials head coach, to take the place of Mike Yeo and John Torchetti. This is a hire that some Wild fans may feel a bit weary about, but don’t be. He may have been fired from his two other...
Via isportsweb.com
May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch the Minnesota Wild's tribute to Prince

The Minnesota Wild paid tribute to local music legend Prince Sunday, and before Game 6 of the Wild-Stars playoff series, fans inside the Xcel Energy Center observed a moment of silence in honor of the Minnesota native. The Wild changed their goal music to Prince's 1984 hit Let's Go Crazy. Minnesota went down 4-0 to start the game, but scored four goals in the third period. The...
Via Fox Sports
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild changed their goal song and honored Prince in Game 6

The sporting world has been paying their respects to Prince over the last couple days, but the Minnesota Wild took their tribute to another awesome level. Prince, one of the most famous individuals to have been born in the state, was recognized in several different ways as the Wild hosted the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of their first round playoff series. Prior to the game, the rally...
Via The Comeback
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Devan Dubnyk kicks the puck into his own net

The Minnesota Wild didn’t show up until the third period of Game 6 against the Dallas Stars. Trailing 4-0, the Wild rattled off three goals (two in a span of 16 seconds) to get right back into the game. That’s when Devan Dubnyk lost sight of the puck and accidentally kicked it into his own goal.   Some crazy bounces have featured in this year’s playoffs and you can add this...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: how game three is do or die

The Minnesota Wild have been playing like a team that doesn’t know it’s the playoffs. Guess what? It’s the playoffs, and they are down two games. Tonight is game three in St. Paul, MN, and the Wild need to do something to get the home fans back on their side. The team has not won since March 29th when they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks to sweep the season series, and they...
Via isportsweb.com
April 18, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason opening round quick hits: Stars vs. Wild

VitalsDallas: (50-23-9) 1st in Central DivisionMinnesota: (38-33-11) 5th in Central DivisionSeason SeriesDallas took four of the five games played against Minnesota this season, although three of them came in overtime.Looking at the MatchupNHL.com is suggesting that the season series between the Stars and Wild isn’t the best way to gauge how they’ll match up in Round 1, given...
Via Yardbarker
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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