Wild Re-Sign Fiala for 2 Years, $6 Million

Wild Re-Sign Fiala for 2 Years, $6 Million

September 11th, 2019 ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Kevin Fiala to a two-year, $6 million contract. The deal with the restricted free agent was done on Wednesday, two days before the team's first practice of training camp. Fiala will make $2....
Why Minnesota is Truly the State of Hockey

Why Minnesota is Truly the State of Hockey

September 8th, 2019 The State of Hockey... What does it mean? Where does it come from? It's hardly a secret that Minnesota has long been a hockey Mecca. The first hockey teams in Minnesota were formed a couple of decades before Henry Ford's Model-T changed the world. The University of Minnesota first organized a...

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August 19th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

In today's NHL rumor rundown there are updates on unrestricted free agent Jake Gardiner and pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall, there is speculation the Pittsburgh Penguins might look to trade a top defenseman and the Minnesota Wild are narrowing down their search for a new GM. Gardiner Not Talking Steve Simmons of The Toronto Sun wrote on Twitter that he spoke with Jake Gardiner on Saturday and said the unrestricted free agent defenseman wouldn’t talk on or off the record about his current situation. Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner speaks to reporters after a locker clean out at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, on Thursday, April 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov There have been rumors Gardiner has a handshake deal with a team but he's not signed anywhere and he wouldn’t take any questions about his free-agent status. Related: Ron Hextall - First 3 Years as Flyers' GM Wild Have It Down to Three The Athletic’s...
August 15th, 2019
Wild Prospects

The Minnesota Wild are desperate for talent, especially at forward. Zach Parise, Eric Staal, and Mikko Koivu (the team's veteran forward core) are way past their prime. All that is left of Chuck Fletcher's "young core" is Jason Zucker, and the team's new crop of young forwards is unproven — none of them look likely to develop into the high-scoring forward the team desperately needs. The Wild's defensive core is currently the strength of its team, but Ryan Suter is also getting old and the team's ever-rotating third defensive pair needs work. Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) The Wild are counting on their prospects to step up, provide some offensive production, solidify the defensive core, and rescue their team. Here are the Wild's top prospects who have yet to crack the NHL roster. I'm going to discuss their likely ceiling and give an update on how they are doing with their current teams. Prospect #1: Kirill Kaprizov, LW Kirill Kaprizov is a...
August 14th, 2019
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Patrick Maroon's actual ability to land a job this coming season in the NHL, a new leading candidate for the Minnesota Wild GM job has emerged and two players from the Boston Bruins are in the trade rumor mill. One could get moved, one likely won't. Patrick Maroon Will Find Work Despite the fact that it seems like Patrick Maroon is spending another summer having trouble finding an NHL contract, Michael Russo notes that the unrestricted free agent has at least six ‘job opportunities’ on the table for this season. St. Louis Blues left wing Patrick Maroon and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports) The issue seems to be the length of term being offered. Maroon is looking for more than one year and most teams, if not all, are only offering a single season. The big power forward would like some stability. There has been some debate about how interested the Blues are in bringing Maroon...
August 12th, 2019
Minnesota Wild

After a promising rookie season, Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway looks poised to become the team's big-man and long-term physical presence. Greenway has the skill, the size, and the determination to be an important part of the Wild's forward core for a long time, and in his rookies season, he showed glimpses of greatness. Greenway finished the season with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists), which was ninth-most on the team. Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports) Although 24 points does not sound like anything special for a top rookie, Greenway was a second-round pick, playing on the third line for most of the year on a defensive-minded team with rotating line-mates. When Charlie Coyle was traded to Boston at the trade deadline, the role of skilled power forward was passed down to Greenway (sorry Marcus Foligno, you are the enforcer). Greenway is not a goon or a regular fighter, but he has the grit, puck-skills, and size necessary to embody the...