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If Parise is Scoring, the Wild are Winning

If Parise is Scoring, the Wild are Winning

August 15th, 2018 It’s no secret Zach Parise makes a lot of money. Parise, 33, is well-known in the NHL. He captained Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and his contract is known around the league for how massive it is. Regardless of how much money he makes, however, he helps the Minnesota Wild...
Meet the Goalies Battling for Dubnyk's Backseat

Meet the Goalies Battling for Dubnyk's Backseat

August 14th, 2018 Goalies are the last line of defense in the NHL. In a long 82-game season, the starter is going to need a break. Whether that’s because of injury or simply because the number one needs to catch his breath from the bench, NHL teams need to have capable backups ready to go. Minnesota Wild...

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June 14th, 2018
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The Minnesota Wild have had a busy offseason since being eliminated in the playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets. The team kicked things off by firing their general manager Chuck Fletcher. This move was long overdue and needed to be done if the team ever wanted to be successful. The Wild also managed to find Fletcher's successor in Paul Fenton. Fenton has spent the last twelve years as an assistant general manager for the Nashville Predators. The Wild have made the postseason in each of the past six seasons but they've failed to live up to expectations and have not made it past the second round. The two constants during these years have been Fletcher and the core players growing together. Since the Wild have already changed one of those constants it would seem natural to make at least one significant roster move. Minnesota has the trade assets so a move could be on the horizon. Related - Wild Thinking: Fletcher Era Finished Nino Niederreiter The Wild signed Nino Niederreiter to a...
June 10th, 2018
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Mikko Koivu was selected by the Minnesota Wild sixth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was the tenth player the Wild had drafted in their existence, being their second year in the draft process. The recently turned 35-year-old has just concluded his 13th season in the NHL and with the Wild. The Wild hit a home run with their selection of Koivu. He became the team's first permanent captain (the organization had a monthly rotation prior). He earned the honor at 26-years-old in his fifth season in the NHL. He has now concluded his ninth consecutive season as captain for the Wild. Koivu also holds numerous franchise records including games played (925), assists (466), points (659), plus/minus (plus-70), and shots (2,107). He is second all-time in goals with 193 only trailing Marian Gaborik who has 219 goals. Health There was something positive about Koivu's season and that was his ability to play in all 82 games (as well as all five postseason contests). It was only the...
June 2nd, 2018
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The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is right around the corner. The Minnesota Wild will actually be able to select a player in the first round of the draft unlike the previous year after former Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher traded the pick away. Since 2010, the Wild have done a pretty fine job selecting players that have impacted the NHL in some way. The early years for Minnesota were quite a different story. Some of the club's worst picks came during this era, which was a primary reason why the Wild struggled (excluding their improbable Western Conference Final run in 2003) for much of their early seasons. Related - Wild Thinking: Fletcher Era Finished A. J. Thelen The Wild decided to use their 12th overall pick in the 2004 draft on A. J. Thelen. Who? He's the guy who got kicked out of his school's hockey program after being selected in the first round. Thelen is a 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenseman and is a hometown kid from Minnesota. He would have been a really cool story, but...
May 27th, 2018
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Funko has created one of the most popular toy items on the market with their Pop! Vinyl collections. The company makes characters from everything including Star Wars to Step Brothers. They of course have also recently gotten into the world of sports. While the NHL only has two waves out so far they boast players such as Brent Burns, Sidney Crosby, and Carey Price. The Minnesota Wild at this point only have one player available in Funko Pop! form with goaltender Devan Dubnyk. His figure features the red alternate Wild jersey made by Reebok. The figure itself shows Dubnyk with no mask on and in a nice goaltending pose. His figure can be viewed here for a closer look. With only one figure for the Wild it is reasonable to expect more in the future. Here is a wish list of Wild players that should make their way to Pop! form. Mikko Koivu The obvious choice for a Wild player to be made into Pop! Vinyl form is of course Mikko Koivu. Koivu was drafted by the Wild and is the first...

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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 decades 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