NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More

NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More

March 30th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Tampa Bay Lightning likely unwillingness to re-sign Cory Conacher and where he'll wind up as a result. The Minnesota Wild are interested in signing the KHL's third-leading scorer, but they can't do so quite yet. Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks are...
Wild's Kurvers Takes Pandemic Pause In Stride

Wild's Kurvers Takes Pandemic Pause In Stride

March 30th, 2020 “We're pretty much locked down," says Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers. "We basically said, go home and ride this out until we give you more direction, and so I'm trying to abide by those same rules. But, you know, it pulls you out of your life habits and so, I'm going to...

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March 11th, 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...
March 9th, 2020
Minnesota Wild

Just when it looked like the Minnesota Wild's season was swirling around the drain, suddenly there is flow and for now, at least, that flow appears to be heading towards postseason play. Hockey teams are always looking for flow and for the Wild, you can find it and if he takes off his helmet, you can also see some pretty impressive flow with forward Kevin Fiala. Kevin Fiala, Minnesota Wild (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) It's wrong to think that Fiala has suddenly emerged out of nowhere. His potential got him drafted 11th overall by the Nashville Predators back in 2014. He played a handful of games for the Preds in his first two seasons before finally seeing extended playing time in the 2016-17 season. Rookie Campaign Ends Abruptly Fiala's rookie season in the NHL produced modest numbers, 11 goals, and just 5 assists in 54 games. In the postseason, he scored twice in a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks but missed the Predators' run to the Stanley Cup when he...
March 4th, 2020
Wild Prospects

You may have heard this before but playing college hockey involves an adjustment period. Regardless of where someone played prior to the NCAA, expectations must be tempered while they transition to a more physical style of play against older opposition. Still, when a young player is selected in the first round, he is under more of a microscope. Some tend to ignore that adjustment period and become prematurely critical of slow starts from freshmen. Minnesota Wild prospect, Matthew Boldy, fits well into that category. His exceptional play in his draft year with the USNTDP led to Minnesota selecting the Millis, Massachusetts native with the 12th-overall pick. However, his production with "the program" did not immediately translate to the college level, leading to some slight cause for concern. Luckily, a strong return after the holiday break eliminated any and all worries. Matthew Boldy Puts it All Together After Slow Start To simply categorize the start of Boldy's freshmen...
March 4th, 2020
Wild Goaltending

The only Minnesota Wild goaltending controversy is that there isn’t one. As long as backup goalie and hometown hero Alex Stalock is getting the job done, he deserves the net. Simple as that. Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise and Alex Stalock - (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Stalock vs. Dubnyk Incumbent No. 1 Devan Dubnyk simply hasn’t done enough to warrant more starts, with his last coming on Feb. 23 against the St. Louis Blues (a loss in which he allowed four goals). Since that point, Stalock, who hails from St. Paul originally, has started five consecutive games, having earned a 4-1 record with one shutout and a .932 save percentage. It's a small sample size, but, still compared to Dubnyk, those are masterful numbers. The soon-to-be 34-year-old is 11-15-2 on the season with a 3.34 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. The 32-year-old Stalock (who will be 33 in July) is 19-10 with a 2.59 GAA and .912 save percentage. In effect, the backup has become the...