Minnesota Wild Take Four on Draft Day 2

Day Two of the Draft for the Minnesota Wild was largely uneventful with only three players selected.  Still these three players are solid values who will be assets in the Wild system very soon. Day two of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft was a long one for the Minnesota Wild and their staff.  With only three […] Minnesota Wild Take Four on Draft Day 2 - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild...
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14 hours ago

Wild goes with size, brute force in Braydyn Chizen in 7th Round

With only four picks in the 2016 draft, the Minnesota Wild really needed to make their picks count. Going with skill in the first round, a two-way player in the 4th, and in the 7th round at number 196 a gamble on a goal scorer with conditioning issues. At 204, the Wild pick size and nastiness with Braydyn Chizen. Chizen scored just one goal and one assist in 45 games with the Kelowna...
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1 day ago

Dmitry Sokolov goes to the Wild at pick 196

Hailing from Omsk, Russia, Sokolov become the second Russian-born player taken by the Chuck Fletcher regime in consecutive drafts. Originally thought to go in the mid-rounds, Sokolov’s stock has fallen considerably, and the Wild were willing to gamble on his offensive talents in the 7th round. Those skills include a heck of a shot and ability to create below the goal line. Standing...
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1 day ago

Wild Selects Four At 2016 NHL Draft

The Minnesota Wild selected four players during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Friday and Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y., including three players during rounds two-seven Saturday. Minnesota finished the Draft having selected three forwards and a defenseman, ...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Drafts Two Forwards and a Defenseman on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Gustav Olofsson during the third period at TD Garden on November 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Wild 4-2. While a lot of the focus of any draft is on what happens on the first day, it is often what happens on the 2nd day that can sometimes be more impactful.  The draft is full of examples of this.  Shea Weber, Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, P.K. Subban...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Vanek’s Buyout is Nothing to Cheer

The Minnesota Wild answered one of their hardest offseason questions yesterday and announced that Thomas Vanek would be bought out of the final season of his contract.  It clears up precious cap space for the Wild to make some big moves, but still it just feel bad to see Vanek’s time with the Wild end like […] Minnesota Wild: Vanek’s Buyout is Nothing to Cheer - Gone Puck...
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1 day ago

Wild picks Brandon Duhaime in 4th round on the 2016 NHL Draft

Brandon Duhaime is a 6'1" winger from the Tri-City Storm. A native of Parkland, Florida, one of a just a couple players taken from Parkland, Florida this draft class. He scored 10 goals and had 22 assists in 39 games for the Steel this season and added 5 more goals and 5 more assists with the Storm. He will head to Providence College next season. Traded mid-season from the Chicago...
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1 day ago

Wild Makes Qualifying Offers

The Minnesota Wild has made qualifying offers to the following players: C Zac Dalpe, D Matt Dumba, C Tyler Graovac, G Darcy Kuemper, D Zach Palmquist, RW Jordan Schroeder and LW Jason Zucker. The team did not make qualifying offers to restric...
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Minnesota Wild select Luke Kunin 15th Overall in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Jordan Greenway reacts after being selected 50th overall by the Minnesota Wild during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) On Wednesday, the announced that it will add an expansion team in 2017 in Las Vegas.  Sports writers are thrilled but I felt the overall reception on social...
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Wild Selects Center Luke Kunin In First Round Of 2016 NHL Entry Draft

The Minnesota Wild selected center Luke Kunin (pronounced KUHN-in) with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft tonight at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. “Luke is a versatile, two-way forward that can play ce...
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Minnesota Wild Select Luke Kunin #15 Overall

Chuck Fletcher and the Minnesota selected Luke Kunin with the 15th pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. About Luke Kunin The 5-foot-11 center for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is almost universally praised for his character and intelligence. He’s on the small side, but he’s shown that he can overcome that, scoring and pushing the pace of a game, as he did in his freshman...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Minnesota Wild Buyout Thomas Vanek

More buyout news is surfacing prior to the NHL Draft and free agency as it’s being reported that the Minnesota Wild are likely going to buy out forward Thomas Vanek. According to Michael Russo, Vanek has been informed by the team of their intention to relief the remainder of his contract from their cap by buying out the 32-year-old. By buying out Vanek, the Wild will open significant...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Wild buy out final year of winger Thomas Vanek's contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have decided to buy out the final year of left wing Thomas Vanek's contract. The move was made Friday, a few hours before the NHL draft and a week before the beginning of free agency. Vanek's disappointing two-year stint with Minnesota ended with 39 goals and 54 assists in 154 games with a minus-15 rating. His 18 goals last season were...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chances are ‘quite high’ Thomas Vanek is bought out by Wild

In 154 games with the Minnesota Wild, Thomas Vanek has scored 39 goals, 93 points and has logged second- and third-line minutes, but at a $6.5 million price tag, it simply hasn’t been enough. And with the Wild entering the off-season with little more than $9 million in cap space and only eight forwards under contract, something is going to have to budge. With free agency approaching...
Via The Hockey News
2 days ago

Wild have scoring forward on summer wish list yet again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have entered yet another summer with scoring on top of their wish list. After ranking 18th in the NHL with an average of 2.6 goals per game, sneaking into the playoffs thanks to a weak bottom of the Western Conference, the Wild have begun their pursuit of a top-six forward through either the trade market or free agency. Zach Parise, with...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Getting Calls About Darcy Kuemper

The market for goaltenders is thinning quickly. Cam Ward and Frederik Andersen have new deals, and everyone else being talked about requires a big trade. That’s why it’s not surprising that Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Pioneer Press that he’s getting calls about backup netminder Darcy Kuemper. “Darcy is a player that – I’ll be candid – some...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Wild Were Banged Up

According to Chad Graff, the Minnesota Wild were banged up pretty bad by the end of the season. We also know that Thomas Vanek had broken and displaced ribs and was unable to play during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. INJURY REPORT In addition to Dubnyk (broken finger) and Zach Parise (back), Fletcher revealed that forward Erik Haula and defensemen Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin and...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The one and only Ilya Bryzgalov wants to return to the NHL

Ilya Bryzgalov is planning to make an NHL comeback. The  35-year-old last appeared in the league in a poor eight-game stint with the Anaheim Ducks, but Bryzgalov in true-Bryzgalovian fashion told NHLPA.com he was able to “rest, both spiritually and mentally” and that his passion for the sport has returned. “I feel the passion inside and the fire in my eyes. I want to face...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minnesota Wild NHL Draft Preview: Goaltenders

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Kaapo Kahkonen of the Minnesota Wild poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Goaltending will always be the x-factor in hockey, no matter what era of hockey you examine.  From Martin Jones‘ 44 save performance in Game 5 of the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Vanek Done in Minnesota?

Thomas Vanek came to the Minnesota Wild as a free-agent signing period during the summer of 2014. Since signing in Minnesota, Vanek has underperformed (scoring 39 goals and 93 points) and been the center of a lot of criticism. Some of the criticism was warranted, some not. Some of it was downright rude. Needless to say,  Wild fans weren't happy with his two-year performance. That...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild add Hall of Famer Stevens as assistant coach

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have hired Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens as an assistant coach.Stevens served as a co-coach and assistant for the New Jersey Devils before spending time as a television analyst. He is the first new hire for new Bruce Boudreau's staff after the Wild hired the former Anaheim Ducks coach last month.Boudreau still has one hire left to make...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild and Bruce Boudreau

The speculation over whether or not the Minnesota Wild will try and compete for the Stanley Cup for the 2016-17 NHL Season seems to have come to a close with the signing of head coach Bruce Boudreau.  The decision will irk some fans who thought interim head coach John Torchetti deserved a chance after taking over for Mike Yeo and getting the Wild back into the playoffs, but Boudreau...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Dmitry Orlov tries to flip Nino Niederreiter

The hip check isn’t used too often in hockey these days, but when it’s deployed it usually results in a devastating collision. Dmitry Orlov tried to pull off an open-ice hip check on Nino Niederreiter, but things didn’t go according to plan. It was still a pretty good hit, but you can tell Orlov was a bit confused when Niederreiter didn’t flip as he had hoped. He also...
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May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Mikael Granlund dangles around U.S. defenders

Mikael Granlund wishes he was still competing for the Stanley Cup with the Minnestoa Wild, but he’s making the most of the situation by showing off some incredible moves with Finland against the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. Granlund wins a battle, but appears to be locked into the corner by Patrick Maroon and Connor Murphy. He has no trouble escaping. That’s a crazy...
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May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason opening round quick hits: Stars vs. Wild

VitalsDallas: (50-23-9) 1st in Central DivisionMinnesota: (38-33-11) 5th in Central DivisionSeason SeriesDallas took four of the five games played against Minnesota this season, although three of them came in overtime.Looking at the MatchupNHL.com is suggesting that the season series between the Stars and Wild isn’t the best way to gauge how they’ll match up in Round 1, given...
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April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

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