NHL Rumors: Blues, Maple Leafs, Wild, Oilers, More

NHL Rumors: Blues, Maple Leafs, Wild, Oilers, More

September 19th, 2020 In today's NHL rumors rundown, Friday was a busy day when it comes to discussion about Alex Pietrangelo. What is the latest and are the Toronto Maple Leafs involved? It was also a big day for the Minnesota Wild who continued to stay busy making plans for next season. A surprising team has...
NHL Rumors: Wild, Coyotes, Maple Leafs, World Juniors, More

NHL Rumors: Wild, Coyotes, Maple Leafs, World Juniors, More

September 17th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is lots of news and talk surrounding the Minnesota Wild who have been active in the past few days. Meanwhile, in Arizona, it sounds like the team has the doors wide open in terms of doing business on the trade front. In Toronto, a scribe examined the needs on...
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September 15th, 2020
Wild Transactions

On Friday, Nick Bjugstad was traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Minnesota Wild for a conditional selection in the 2021 NHL Draft. Across the NHL landscape, this trade will be just a blip in a busy news cycle, but in Minnesota, which is known as the ‘State of Hockey,’ a local hero will be returning home to possibly resurrect his NHL career. Nick Bjugstad, Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens_Through_My_Lens / CC BY-SA - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0) Here is a look at his journey from high school award winner to being traded to his hometown NHL club. A Local Hockey Hero Bjugstad played at Blaine High School in Minnesota and won the Mr. Hockey Award as the most outstanding high school senior in that state. "It was definitely a big honor at the time for me and still is because Minnesota takes a lot of pride in their hockey and always has," Paul Martin, a former award winner and NHL defenseman, told NHL.com. "For a high school kid to get that label is...
September 11th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that Mikko Koivu and the Minnesota Wild have come to the end of their road together. In Montreal, speculation is the Canadiens might shop two forwards, potentially keeping the one most thought might be moved. The Edmonton Oilers have apparently switched their goaltending focus, the Colorado Avalanche are going "all in", and the Philadelphia Flyers provide an update on the future of Nolan Patrick. Flyers Hope to Get Nolan Patrick Back Former No.2 overall draft pick in 2017, Nolan Patrick has had a rough go of things over the past year. Due to a serious migraine issue, he missed the entire 2019-20 season and health has been a concern for the Flyers for some time. He's been skating, but there's not been real signs he's close to a return. That may be changing, according to Flyers GM Cliff Fletcher. Nolan Patrick #19, Philadelphia Flyers - December 18, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) While there still isn't a...
September 9th, 2020
Player Profiles

Kevin Fiala emerged as an offensive force for the Minnesota Wild during the 2019-20 season, but the road to NHL success was not easy for the talented 24-year-old from Switzerland. Kevin Fiala has turned into an offensive game-changer in Minnesota(Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Here is a look at his journey from highly touted prospect to potential bust for the Nashville Predators and his successful break as an offensive game-changer in Minnesota with the help of a couple of familiar faces.  A Swiss Can't-Miss Prospect Fiala grew up in the Swiss village of St. Gallen and began playing hockey at four years old. He honed his craft as an offensive point-producer by using a stickhandling and workout routine adopted from his idol, Jaromir Jagr for 30 minutes a day. As a 13-year-old, he scored 63 goals and a jaw-dropping 113 points in 27 games, (from "Like the Wild, Kevin Fiala trying to find his potential," Star Tribune, 01/19/2020). Kevin Fiala was one of the top Europen...
September 8th, 2020
Wild History

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 hockey team in 1895 and though unsanctioned by the University, played a game against a team from Winnipeg on February 19, 1895. Around the turn of the century, indoor games begun to pop up around Minnesota in increasing frequency. Slowly and deliberately, the landscape of Minnesota hockey began to take shape and before we knew it, Minnesota became the beating heart of USA Hockey with the game flourishing at all levels. Gilles Meloche #27 of the Minnesota North Stars (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) When the North Stars left Minnesota in 1993, a void was left in the Minnesota hockey landscape. Luckily, the National Hockey League didn't take long to realize this and...