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2017-18 Wild Rewrite Franchise History

2017-18 Wild Rewrite Franchise History

April 18th, 2018 The 2017-18 NHL season has concluded and the Stanley Cup playoffs are well underway. While 15 teams are enjoying beautiful weather on the beach and pondering their failures of the season, 16 teams are in the midst of desperate battles for the chance to lift the Stanley Cup. While the Minnesota Wild...
Wild in Pivotal Playoff Run

Wild in Pivotal Playoff Run

April 15th, 2018 Six straight playoff appearances is a tremendous accomplishment for any franchise in sports. Only two teams in the NHL have more or an equal number to the Minnesota Wild, and those are the Anaheim Ducks (six) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (12). Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau helped begin the streak...

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March 23rd, 2018
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When you're one of the stars of a team and you miss the first 39 games, it can severely damage any shot at the postseason and give a feeling of hopelessness. Even after returning, there is still major concern if the injury is healed properly or not. The lost practice time while other NHL players are in midseason form may force a slump that is difficult to overcome. This was the case for the Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, who started the season off with a single assist in his first seven games following his return on Jan. 2, 2018. It took Parise roughly six weeks to start putting up points with more consistency. Now that the Wild's alternate captain looks to be back to form, a playoff run becomes more realistic. Parise in Last 14 Games During the recent stretch, Parise has scored six goals and three assists with a plus/minus of plus-one. One of his goals was on the power play and two were game-winning goals. In total, he has 46 shots during the stretch of games, compared to his 57...
March 18th, 2018
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Minnesota sports have always been known for their luck, though not in a good way. Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Gary Anderson became the first kicker in NFL history to have a perfect regular season with no missed field goals or extra points, but went on to miss a 38-yard field goal which resulted in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 playoffs. The 2009 NFC championship game gave light to the bounty scandal defensive coordinator Greg Williams operated, in which the New Orleans Saints targeted Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the NBA's largest playoff drought, were set to finally earn a berth (although it still is possible) before recently acquired All-Star Jimmy Butler went down with an injury. The list goes on. The Wild have been just plain bad in the postseason; it has never had much to do with luck. However, the Wild's Achilles' heel has been the Chicago Blackhawks who have made the postseason nine years straight. It makes...
March 14th, 2018
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The Fourth of July in 2012 was a glorious day in the state of Minnesota. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter joined forces to play for the state of hockey with matching 13-year, $98-million contracts. The signing changed the culture and fan outlook instantaneously for a team that had failed to make the postseason for four straight years. Even when the Wild made the playoffs prior, they couldn't advance past the first round after the 2002-03 season. The added veteran leadership, as well as a slew of young prospects, immediately propelling the team into playoff contention. The significance of the Parise and Suter signings is that it remains the most important day in Wild history. Despite that, we are in year six of the 13-year contract and no Stanley Cup appearance or even Western Conference Final appearance has happened. With seven years left and the two veterans not getting any younger, it becomes more and more likely that they will live out their contracts without a Stanley...
March 9th, 2018
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The hefty paydays for the Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, with matching 13-year, $98 million contracts, was always going to get people talking. Parise has received his fair share of criticism, especially after some injury-riddled campaigns. Suter has missed only five total games since joining the Wild prior to the 2012-13 season. He has been everything the Wild could have dreamed of from the former Nashville Predator, yet the hate for the defenseman continues. In his last 10 games, Suter has posted 11 assists (four in the last two games) and a plus/minus of plus-one. The team has also captured 15 of a possible 20 points during that stretch. Even at 33-years-old, Suter has blown past the 30 minutes of ice-time mark four times in the last 10 games. Nashville Predators Suter was selected seventh overall in the 2003 entry draft by the Predators. Together with fellow draft class member, Shea Weber, the two formed one of the NHL's most elite defensive pairings. Suter spent...

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Why Minnesota is Truly the State of Hockey

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 decadesĀ before Henry Ford's Model-T changed the world. The University of Minnesota first organized a... February 15th, 2018

Revisiting the Wild's 2000 Expansion Draft

This article was originally written in September, 2016. As Las Vegas has been awarded a National Hockey League expansion team that will begin playing in the 2017-18 season, I thought it would be interesting to revisit the league's last expansion draft which saw the Minnesota Wild and Columbus... August 17th, 2017