How Are the Wild Spending Their COVID-Restricted Offseason?

How Are the Wild Spending Their COVID-Restricted Offseason?

November 22nd, 2020 Do you ever get so caught up in watching professional sports that you forget those athletes are, indeed, real people? I think we're all a bit guilty of that from time to time. Yet, it remains that these superstars lead regular, everyday lives. True story. Many of your favorite Minnesota...
How the Wild can Overcome Past Personnel Mistakes

How the Wild can Overcome Past Personnel Mistakes

November 19th, 2020 Everyone has their own opinion of what their favorite team should do when it comes to trades, starting players, how to operate the team, etc. I believe there are a few things the Minnesota Wild should have done differently this past season and what they should do going forward. Going Back in...
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November 9th, 2020
Minnesota Wild

After five grueling seasons of missing the mark, Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has decided that enough is enough. In a year where almost everything has seen delays due to COVID-19, including the 2020-21 NHL season, Guerin pushed forward. He has made a clear statement that he means business. Seemingly, with his eye on the prize, which would be a long-overdue Stanley Cup Playoff series win. Although Guerin has made some drastic moves this offseason, the Wild's roster still looks to be a bit messy. For a team like them, who is in a challenging position of proving their ability to remain competitive while simultaneously undergoing a rebuild, this shortened season may play into their favor as an opportunity for some trial and error.  Despite the jumble of players filling the team's roster, there is no doubt the Wild have captured some major talent. Let's have some fun and speculate on which contracts will boast the best payoff for the team in 2021. I'll...
November 7th, 2020
Previews and Predictions

Slated to enter their 21st season as an NHL franchise in 2020-21, the Minnesota Wild have always taken a lot of pride in drafting and developing many top-tier defensemen. As we gear up for next season (whenever that may be), the Wild defense core is certainly beginning to take shape. Who makes the cut on the blue line? And who’s on the outside looking in once the puck drops? Let’s read on and find out. Who’s In? Jared Spurgeon First up is the crown jewel of the defense corps in Minnesota and the little engine that could, Jared Spurgeon. Since entering the league back in 2010-11, Spurgeon has grown into one of the most reliable defensemen in the National Hockey League. At 5-foot-9, 186 pounds (on a good day), he certainly doesn’t scare opponents from a physical standpoint, but from a hockey-IQ and on-ice battle perspective, well, that’s a different story entirely. Jared Spurgeon (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) In Sept. 2019, Spurgeon and the Wild agreed to...
November 6th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Minnesota Wild have done a 180 degree turn on their urgency to trade defenseman Matt Dumba. In Detroit, what else might the Red Wings add before next season begins? In Edmonton, there is some competition brewing between prospect defensemen and the team has loaned newly-acquired Dominik Kahun out. Finally, the Buffalo Sabres released a video last week that tells a lot about the Taylor Hall signing. Wild No Longer Trying to Trade Dumba According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin has no longer placed a great urgency on trading Matt Dumba. There were reports the Wild were looking to use Dumba as an asset to grab a first or second-line player but a few things have changed. Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) His value around the league simply isn't there thanks to teams not having the space or funds available to acquire a $6 million player and after a bit of a down year,...
November 5th, 2020
NHL Coaching

The Minnesota Wild seemed to be doing fairly well back in the middle of February, but not good enough to keep former head coach Bruce Boudreau around. He was let go of his duties following a devasting loss to the New York Rangers where the Wild gave up a two-goal lead in the third period before losing in the shootout. Assistant coach Dean Evason was named interim head coach following the departure of Boudreau and it stuck until the season was paused less than three weeks later. During those last 12 games, the Wild went 8-4, and that success likely led to Evason still being the coach when the season resumed in August, six months later. The Interim Tag is Gone When the season paused, the Wild were in a seemingly good place. They had just won eight out of their last 12 and were coming off a strong overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks. No one knew where the season was going but the Wild had high hopes that when it resumed they would do well. In July, Wild general manager...