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Wild Players Most Likely to Be Traded

June 14th, 2018 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...
Wild's Koivu Had Season to Forget

Wild's Koivu Had Season to Forget

June 10th, 2018 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...

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May 9th, 2018
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Skill set aside, signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to their identical overpaid contracts hurts most when it comes to re-signing key players. The Minnesota Wild are using nearly 25 percent of their cap space on just those two and they are paying over $9 million combined for defensemen Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin. That's a ton of money to be spending on defense and part of why signing Matt Dumba to a contract isn't as simple as it seems. New General Manager The Wild recently parted ways with their general manager, Chuck Fletcher after nine seasons. This is problematic for a player like Dumba. The salary is tight and there isn't a ton of money to bring in talent from free agency unless on bargain contracts. The next general manager that the Wild hire will have his own vision and will likely want to build his own team. Minnesota has so many players locked up with large contracts and a slew of aging veterans that will make the process much more difficult. Dumba is a player...
May 5th, 2018
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Less than a year ago, Kirill Kaprizov caused some shockwaves when he said that the Minnesota Wild weren't too interested in him. The young forward had a good season in the meanwhile, not only in the KHL, but also winning a gold medal at the Olympics, scoring the overtime game-winner against Team Germany. He will also represent Russia at the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Denmark. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the Russian website Sport-Express, Kirill Kaprizov said that the communications with the Wild are now better, discussed the Olympics, and talked about his season with the CSKA Moscow. * You can enjoy the original Russian interview by Alexei Shevchenko here * Alexei Shevchenko: It looks like SKA and CSKA players can be more tired than other players after all those games. Kirill Kaprizov: There's some tiredness, of course, but I can't say it's a critical situation. Even if we played a lot of games, both for the club and the national team....
May 4th, 2018
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After another embarrassing exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold fired his general manager, Chuck Fletcher. The firing was long overdue, as the Wild were stuck in the limbo between contender and rock-bottom. However, Fletcher did make plenty of solid moves (as well as terrible) for Minnesota through both trades and free agency. What do the Wild lose from what their former general manager brought to the table? Finding a Starting Goaltender Midseason The 2014-15 season for the Wild was not going as planned. The goalie situation was a disaster and the team was on the verge of a complete collapse due to its situation between the pipes. Fletcher made the best trade of his life in acquiring Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a third-round draft pick. Dubnyk immediately became the full-time starter and went on to start in 38 consecutive games to help guide the Wild to the playoffs. After his heroic efforts, Dubnyk was rewarded...
April 27th, 2018
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Six straight playoff appearances for the Minnesota Wild have resulted in six early trips home. In the second and third years of their streak they managed to get eliminated in the second round. However, each of the last three seasons has resulted in a first-round loss to a division rival (Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets). The Wild have never won more than two games in a series in the last three years, their record combined is a dismal 4-12. After years of failures, how did the problems persist into this postseason run? $196 Million in Injuries There aren't many teams in the league (if any) that can say they have $196 million invested in players not playing in the postseason. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was the first to go out with four games remaining in the regular season. The lower-body injury he sustained would keep him out until the start of the 2018-19 regular season. Zach Parise was the next man down after playing three very solid games in the postseason,...

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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