Today in Hockey History: June 25

Today in Hockey History: June 25

June 25th, 2020 June 25 has been an important date for the National Hockey League and its growth from six to the soon-to-be 32 teams. Also, this date brought us some important rule changes, a new postseason award and a whole slew of new stars. Expansion is the Word of the Day The NHL laid down the...
Minnesota Wild 2020 Mock Draft Picks

Minnesota Wild 2020 Mock Draft Picks

June 23rd, 2020 The 2020 NHL Draft is one of the deepest drafts of recent memories, and the THW Writers Mock Draft highlighted this. There were some players that were selected in the late second-round that could easily be first-round picks. Since I was selecting for the Minnesota Wild with the 11th overall pick,...

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May 12th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Minnesota Wild being told that one of their newly signed prospects won't be allowed to play. The Toronto Maple Leafs have questions about trades and free agents and in Boston, Tuukka Rask shoots down retirement rumors. NHL Won't Let Kaprizov Play According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, the NHL has informed the Minnesota Wild that there is likely “zero chance” that Kirill Kaprizov will be permitted to make his NHL debut this summer if the 2019-20 season resumes. Kirill Kaprizov during a 2018 KHL playoffs game (Photo: Elena Rusko, www.cska-hockey.ru) Russo writes: Kaprizov hoped he would ultimately be allowed to sign his two-year deal with the Wild and subsequently burn the first year of his contract if the balance of the 2019-20 season is played with a semblance of the regular season and postseason. After all, if this was a normal situation, once Kaprizov’s KHL contract expired April 30, he would have been...
May 11th, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

The Minnesota Wild have two first-round drafts pick in the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft, 11th and 25th overall. This is a phenomenal opportunity for the team to secure top talent for their relatively weak prospect pool. General manager Bill Guerin has his hands full with his team in a bit of a predicament. Offensively, the Wild is filled with aging veterans, some with large contracts such as Zach Parise, Eric Staal, and recently signed Mats Zuccarello, and low ceiling youngsters such as Joel Erikkson Ek, Ryan Donato, and Luke Kunin. Related: Wild's Kurvers Takes Pandemic Pause in Stride They are starting to rebuild after Jason Zucker was dealt at the trade deadline and Mikko Koivu and Staal will come off the books after this season and next season, respectively. The one bright spot is Kevin Fiala, who was a former first-round pick by the Nashville Predators and was acquired for Mikael Granlund at the 2019 trade deadline. He has blossomed into a legitimate scoring threat and will be...
May 6th, 2020
Minnesota Wild

The search continues for Bruce Boudreau’s replacement. It has the potential to be a long one for Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin, as he looks for the next great head coach in franchise history. There are a few reasons. For starters, Boudreau is a tough act to follow. Secondly, based on the circumstances surrounding Boudreau’s departure and how well the team had been performing up to and even after his dismissal, it’s hard to assess the identity Guerin wants to instill in his team. Fired this past February, Boudreau had been hired four years ago in then-general manager Chuck Fletcher’s hopes of getting the Wild to take that next step and become contenders. If you need some indication regarding the success of that venture, Guerin is the replacement of Fletcher’s replacement... sooo, yeah. Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin and owner Craig Leipold - (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) It was maybe too much to ask for Boudreau to...
April 8th, 2020
Wild History

As I write this, I’m trying to decide which is worse, sheltering in place with no NHL playoff hockey or watching the Boston Bruins crash last year’s Stanley Cup Final? The truth is, I have suffered less this year than last. Charlie Coyle, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) I have nothing against the Bruins. They used to push around my beloved Minnesota North Stars until an epic, record-setting, fight-filled brawl in Boston’s famed Garden back in 1981 launched the Stars on a memorable Cup run, but I digress. Coyle Comes Alive Why watching the Bruins' surge last spring tested my gag reflex was because Charlie Coyle ignited the drive. After all, when Coyle was with the Wild, he couldn't shoot a puck into the ocean from the beach. Yet, there he was, not only scoring goals but scoring goals in PLAYOFF GAMES. Of course he was, because if you know anything about the painful history of Minnesota sports, it was inevitable that a player we gave up on went on to...