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The Minnesota Wild were founded as an expansion franchise on June 25, 1997, but did not start play until the 2000–01 season. The new team was the first in Minnesota following the Minnesota North Stars’ relocation to Dallas in 1993. The Wild struggled early on with only three playoff appearances in their first 11 seasons. However, the 2012-13 season started a stretch of success that resulted in nine playoff trips in their next 10 seasons. Despite that success, though, they have only made it past the second round once in franchise history. 

Minnesota Wild Prospect Report: Heidt, Haight, Yurov & More

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been able to watch some Minnesota Wild prospects in action while we wait for the 2023-24 regular season to begin. Last week, the Wild released a lot of their young prospects back to their Canadian Hockey League (CHL) teams to allow them to continue their development, playing big minutes for their club. We have also had some interesting developments on the European front that could have major implications for the organization. Wild News from the Great White North Last week, the club reassigned Riley Heidt to the Prince George Cougars of the Western…

Revisiting the Cal Clutterbuck-Nino Niederreiter Trade

In the years when the New York Islanders consistently finished at the bottom of the standings, then-general manager Garth Snow made one of the most talked-about trades among Islanders fans. It was a simple swap of Nino Niederreiter for Cal Clutterbuck, but the deal will always be debated. Let’s take a look back at the trade that was made on July 1, 2013, between the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild. Cal Clutterbuck In every season that Clutterbuck played in at least 70 games for the Wild, he scored at least 10 goals. When he came to the Islanders, he had only…

NHL Rumors: Devils, Lightning, Flames, Wild, Ducks

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the New Jersey Devils are already talking contract extension with Tyler Toffoli. Meanwhile, as the Tampa Bay Lightning look for goaltending options, is there any truth to rumors the team might trade fo Daniel Vladar? The Minnesota Wild signed two players on Friday, is an extension coming for a third? Finally, did the Anaheim Ducks pull a shady move by holding Jamie Drysdale out of the lineup last season so he wouldn’t reach the game threshold to earn arbitration rights? Devils Looking to Sign Toffoli to a Contract Extension The Devils have initiated preliminary talks…

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What year were the Minnesota Wild founded?

The Minnesota Wild were founded as an expansion franchise on June 25, 1997, but did not start play until the 2000–01 season. 

When did the Minnesota Wild play their first game?

The Wild played their first game on Oct. 6, 2000, against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which they lost 3-1.

Who is the current head coach of the Minnesota Wild?

Dean Evason is the current head coach for the Minnesota Wild.