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Wild Thinking: Smart Decision Choosing Boudreau over Yeo?

Wild Thinking: Smart Decision Choosing Boudreau over Yeo?

January 12th, 2018 The Minnesota Wild are only on coach number five. The 2017-18 season is only their 17th season in the NHL after joining in 2000-01 (2004-05 season was cancelled due to lockout). That means each coach lasts roughly three and a half seasons. Still the only standout season is the 2002-03 season in...
Wild Struggles Persist Against Division Opponents

Wild Struggles Persist Against Division Opponents

January 10th, 2018 The Minnesota Wild had been kicking in the new year with style. The team had posted a 4-1 record in it last five games as the team began to get healthy. During the stretch, the Wild outscored their opponents 19-10. As suddenly as the scoring surge came, it vanished en route to a 7-2 defeat on the...

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October 25th, 2017
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It's one of the biggest headlines currently circulating around the hockey world. Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise underwent successful back surgery - a microdiscectomy to repair a herniated disk, and will be out for another eight to 10 weeks. Parise has yet to play in a game yet in the 2017-18 season and the Wild have been a fairly mediocre team to this point in the year as a result, though Parise's injury is far from the only one the Wild are dealing with. "He’s been in a lot of pain," said Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. "I give him credit. He did what he could to avoid surgery, and rehab and get back and play. But at the end of the day, I think what happened today will allow him to feel better quicker and also give him a real good chance to get back on the ice." For the Wild, this current string of injuries, especially the one affecting Parise, has severely impacted their season already. Unfortunately for those in Minnesota, however, Parise's current injury is...
October 14th, 2017
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After years of being known as one of the stingiest defensive teams in the game but one who had trouble scoring, the Minnesota Wild changed their stripes upon the arrival of Bruce Boudreau. They still finished seventh in goals against but only the Pittsburgh Penguins (282) scored more goals in 2016-17 and their goal differential was second to the Washington Capitals. Impressive to be sure but injuries may force them to turn back the clock to start 2017-18. https://twitter.com/mnwild/status/918949486319120384 It is true, nearly every team in the league will have to deal with losing “X” amount of man games over the course of a season but Minnesota currently has a regular MASH unit on their hands and we are a week into the schedule. How bad can it be you ask? Well, let’s start with the guy who has yet to dress for a single game and that would be none other than Zach Parise. Injury Bug Hits Hard As the veteran winger ages, health continues to be a concern and while he has...
October 10th, 2017

This article was originally written in October, 2010. The Minnesota Wild franchise was founded as an expansion franchise in 2000. It has enjoyed some mixed success so far in its NHL history and the past offseason has provided hope that Hockey Town could be about to be awarded with a top notch NHL team. This article series will look at the top five players for the franchise at each position so far in its history and then move on to look at the team's stars of the future. In week one we look at the top five forwards in Minnesota Wild history. Minnesota Wild Top Forwards #5: Pavol Demitra Demitra only spent two seasons with the Minnesota Wild, but he makes it onto this list ahead of the likes of Pierre-Marc Bouchard based on his impact. He was signed as a veteran forward who could bring balance to the overall group and help turn an already strong defensive team into a good enough offensive team to be a consistent playoff contender. The results were extremely positive. The Wild...
October 8th, 2017
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Daniel Winnik has a new home. The Minnesota Wild announced Wednesday that the 32-year-old veteran forward has signed a 1-year, $660,000 contract after agreeing to a professional try-out with the team.  Winnik was an unrestricted free agent after the Washington Capitals let him walk this offseason. Winnik played in five preseason games for Minnesota, amassing one assist and 15 shots on goal. His signing is a good move by Chuck Fletcher, and Winnik's presence in the lineup will greatly benefit the Wild. A Veteran Presence Entering training camp, head coach Bruce Boudreau was excited to have Winnik, believing that the veteran forward had a good chance to make the team. “I firmly believe we got the best free agent tryout guy out there. He’s going to push guys to play better,” said Boudreau at the Wild's training camp on opening day. Winnik is the definition of a journeyman -- since beginning his career with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007, he's played 717 games for seven...

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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

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 decades before Henry Ford's Model-T changed the world. The University of Minnesota first organized a... July 15th, 2017