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Minnesota Wild: Sam Anas Won’t Let Size Stop Him

Many have said that the Minnesota Wild took a chance when they signed undersized and undrafted free-agent Sam Anas from Quinnipiac University.  Take a closer look and you can see that undersized or not Anas is primed to be an impact player. The Minnesota Wild are starting to see the value in scouting a signing […] Minnesota Wild: Sam Anas Won’t Let Size Stop Him - Gone Puck...
Via Gone Puck Wild
3 hours ago

Wild Re-Signs Jason Zucker To Two-Year Contract

The Minnesota Wild has re-signed restricted free agent Jason Zucker pronounced (ZOOK-ER) to a two-year contract. Zucker, 24 (1/16/92), tallied 23 points (13-10=23) in 71 games with Minnesota last season and set career highs in games played, ass...
Via NHL.com
8 hours ago

Wild To Play Preseason Game At Pennsylvania State University On Sept. 26

The Minnesota Wild announced its preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. CT, will be played at Pegula Ice Arena at Pennsylvania State University. The Wild and Sabres will become the first two professional teams to f...
Via NHL.com
10 hours ago

Minnesota Wild: Bouchard’s Perseverance Makes Him a Role Model

Many may remember the struggle of Pierre Marc-Bouchard to overcome an extremely damaging concussion to return to hockey after almost an entire lost season.   For me that was more than a distant struggle, it was an inspiration. June 27, 2016, It’s a day I reflect on for good reasons.  On this day six years ago […] Minnesota Wild: Bouchard’s Perseverance Makes Him a Role Model...
Via Gone Puck Wild
1 day ago

What Bruce Boudreau Brings: Part Two- His Playoff Performance

When Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Minnesota Wild, it was a move that was generally applauded in the hockey community. With the applause came hushed concerns about Boudreau and what he brings to the Wild. Despite an impressive record in the regular season, that kind of success has yet to find Boudreau in the playoffs. And for better or worse, that is where coaches are ultimately...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Grading the 2016 Wild Draft Class

Report cards are everywhere, but what does it look like from a Minnesota perspective? With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft firmly in the rear view mirror and the dust mostly settled, it’s a good time to look back and give an objective assessment separated from the excitement and emotion of draft night. From a 10,000 foot view, draft day came and went without much of the expected flurry...
Via Hockey Wilderness
1 day ago

Minnesota Wild: Who Should be in the top 6?

After buying out the remainder of Thomas Vanek’s contract, the Minnesota Wild are down a top six forward.  Who on the Minnesota Wild’s current roster could step up be among the top six forwards next season? It is important to remember that a line in hockey is not necessarily made up of the best players on a […] Minnesota Wild: Who Should be in the top 6? - Gone Puck Wild...
Via Gone Puck Wild
1 day ago

Minnesota Drafts Two Forwards and a Defenseman on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Gustav Olofsson during the third period at TD Garden on November 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Wild 4-2. While a lot of the focus of any draft is on what happens on the first day, it is often what happens on the 2nd day that can sometimes be more impactful.  The draft is full of examples of this.  Shea Weber, Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, P.K. Subban...
Via State of Hockey News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Makes Qualifying Offers

The Minnesota Wild has made qualifying offers to the following players: C Zac Dalpe, D Matt Dumba, C Tyler Graovac, G Darcy Kuemper, D Zach Palmquist, RW Jordan Schroeder and LW Jason Zucker. The team did not make qualifying offers to restric...
Via NHL.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild select Luke Kunin 15th Overall in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Jordan Greenway reacts after being selected 50th overall by the Minnesota Wild during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) On Wednesday, the announced that it will add an expansion team in 2017 in Las Vegas.  Sports writers are thrilled but I felt the overall reception on social...
Via State of Hockey News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild buy out final year of winger Thomas Vanek's contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have decided to buy out the final year of left wing Thomas Vanek's contract. The move was made Friday, a few hours before the NHL draft and a week before the beginning of free agency. Vanek's disappointing two-year stint with Minnesota ended with 39 goals and 54 assists in 154 games with a minus-15 rating. His 18 goals last season were...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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
11 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
15 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
May 30, 2016  |  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

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

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

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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