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Granlund Lifts Minnesota Wild Over St. Louis Blues

Granlund Lifts Minnesota Wild Over St. Louis Blues

November 11th, 2018 ST. LOUIS — Mikael Granlund scored his 10th goal of the season in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, and the Wild got their fifth win in six games and 10th in their past 12. T...
Wild Beat the Ducks for 4th Win in 5 Games

Wild Beat the Ducks for 4th Win in 5 Games

November 10th, 2018 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild swept the Southern California part of their road trip with a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Minnesota, which defeated Los Angeles 4-1 on Thursday, ...

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August 14th, 2018
Wild Goaltending

Goalies are the last line of defense in the NHL. In a long 82-game season, the starter is going to need a break. Whether that’s because of injury or simply because the number one needs to catch his breath from the bench, NHL teams need to have capable backups ready to go. Minnesota Wild training camp will feature two guys battling for the backseat of the crease. Who will get the chance to start when Devan Dubnyk receives a night off? Why the Wild Need a Solid Backup If the Wild can get strong production from a backup goalie this year, they could improve on last year’s 45-win season. Dubnyk accounted for 35 of those wins, with Alex Stalock providing the other 10. Dubnyk had the sixth-most wins in the league last year, yet only seven teams (Arizona, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Ottawa and Vancouver) had fewer wins by their backup goalies. Columbus was the only team of that group to qualify for the playoffs. While it’s a good thing that Dubnyk is...
August 12th, 2018
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's rumor rundown, the Golden Knights are trying to figure out what to do with Erik Haula and his terribly horrid defensive season, the Minnesota Wild are trying to make changes with little success, rumors of Jonathan Drouin being injured are way overblown. Finally, the Anaheim Ducks are looking at their salary cap situation and realizing they may have to move a player like Jakob Silfverberg. Golden Knights Unsure of Plan for Erik Haula Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes that the Vegas Golden Knights are at a bit of a crossroads with second-line center Erik Haula. The team signed Paul Stastny in free agency and while Haula had a successful season offensively — 29 goals and 55 points — his line of David Perron and James Neal was awful defensively. In fact, they were among the worst defensively in all fo the NHL. Vegas general manager George McPhee said of that line, “It produced, but the goals against per 60 minutes was not good enough."...
July 23rd, 2018
NHL Rumors

In today's rumor rundown, Dylan Larkin says he's learning a lot about the business of hockey but that he and the Red Wings are close on a deal to keep the speedy forward in Detroit long-term. We also revisit the situations with Jeff Skinner and Max Pacioretty; will they be traded? Finally, is a Jason Zucker deal in Minnesota happening? Or, are these two sides still very far apart? Dylan Larkin Says a Deal is Close Craig Custance of The Athletic is reporting the Detroit Red Wings and Dylan Larkin are getting much closer on the terms of a contract that will keep Larkin in Detroit for some time. A deal should certainly be done before September.  Custance writes that when asked about the status of his next deal, Larkin said of the negotiations: “It’s coming together. Maybe something pretty soon. It goes back and forth. I’ve learned the business part of it. Between free agency and the draft and everything, it’s tough to get time to talk for my agent and Kenny. That’s part...
July 1st, 2018

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran forward Eric Fehr.  The contract is valued at $1 million. Fehr is a first round (18th overall) draft selection of the Washington Capitals during the 2003 NHL draft. He will turn 33 years old in September of this year, shortly before the 2018-19 NHL season begins. A veteran of 580 regular season games, Fehr split the 2017-18 season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks after a trade shipped him to California in exchange for a 2020 seventh round pick. He would also spend a portion of the season with the AHL's San Diego Gulls. During San Jose's playoff run he contributed a goal and an assist in 10 postseason games. Across Fehr's 13 NHL seasons he has amassed 106 goals and 100 assists in the regular season for 206 points. His finest season offensively came with Washington in 2009-10 when Fehr scored 21 goals and 18 assists in 69 regular season games. Thus far this has been the only season to...

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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