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Wild's Fletcher content after early stages of free agency

Chuck Fletcher sounded quite content after the first day of NHL free agency. The Minnesota Wild GM largely just kept a few players in house on Wednesday, namely signing the youthful and talented Mikael Granlund. Minnesota also signed Nate Prosser, Ryan Carter and former Minnesota Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly. Now, Fletcher is overseeing a club that could have 14 players age 25...
Via Fox Sports North
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign center Granlund, defenseman Reilly to deals

  The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign goalie Michalek, three forwards

The Minnesota Wild made multiple moves on Wednesday, including the signing of goalie Stephen Michalek to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Wild also signed forward Zac Dalpe, Ruslan Fedotenko and Marc Hagel. Michalek, 21, went 21-13-13 with a .924 save percentage for Harvard in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound native of Hartford, Conn., helped lead Harvard to an ECAC title and...
Via Fox Sports North
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign forward Ryan Carter to one-year deal

The Minnesota Wild continue to make moves, re-signing forward Ryan Carter to a one-year contract. General manager Chuck Fletcher announced the deal Wednesday, following a few other signings earlier in the day, as NHL free agency heats up. Carter, a 31-year-old native of White Bear Lake, Minn., finished last season with 13 points, including three goals. He also had a plus-3 rating...
Via Fox Sports North
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign C Mikael Granlund, D Mike Reilly

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. Granlund has...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

My Opinion on Devan Dubnyk’s New 6-Year Deal

View image | gettyimages.com On day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft where the generational talents of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were finally drafted there were many side stories. The biggest especially for all Wild fans, the signing of Hero Devan Dubnyk. The Wild and Dubnyk had many talks over the weekend and finally came to an agreement. The final deal is worth 26 Million...
Via TopSportsReport
1 day ago  |  Discuss

5 Free Agents the Wild Should Target

View image | gettyimages.com Every team uses the off-season to improve areas that they see necessary. Some teams look to do this through the draft, trades, or free agency. Since the NHL draft took place this weekend, the Minnesota Wild will have an opportunity to add important pieces to their future. Following the draft the free agency period will begin on July 1, when they can...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Devan Dubnyk signs 6-year extension & Day Two 2015 NHL draft breakdown

poses in the press room after the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winning the Masterton Trophy this season was nice for Devan Dubnyk, but he might be feeling that much better after being signed to a 6-year extension worth a yearly cap hit of $4.33 million.  The deal was probably longer than the Minnesota Wild wanted to commit too...
Via State of Hockey News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild select Joel Eriksson Ek 20th Overall in 2015

Ron McLean and Don Cherry during media availability at United Center on June 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The draft for any of the major sports is magnified or diluted in its importance by the state of an organization each year it is held.  I doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are too worried or overly concerned about not having a selection in the 1st round.  A Stanley Cup victory...
Via State of Hockey News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Reilly Goes Wild

According to a report, college free agent defenseman Mike Reilly has chosen to stay home and sign with the Minnesota Wild. Reilly’s father is a minority owner of the Wild, and he played his collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota. The Blackhawks were rumored to be one of the other finalists he was considering. […] The post Report: Mike Reilly Goes Wild appeared first...
Via Committed Indians
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wild Are Going to the Gophers: Mike Reilly Picks Wild

If you're a Minnesota Gopher fan, you're probably really happy right now. The highly-sought free agent and former Minnesota Golden Gopher Mike Reilly had narrowed his choices down to four teams, the Wild, Blackhawks, Kings and Penguins were said to be in the running for Reilly's services. If you're  a Columbus Blue Jacket fan, you're probably not all that happy.   Michael...
Via Goon's World
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke is Waived, Twitter Responds

Today is a very good day. Since my least favorite player in the NHL was finally waived from the Minnesota Wild, I thought I would celebrate by posting some of the Tweets that I found on Twitter. @sexyreximacrexy I hate Matt Cooke so much and it basically broke my heart when he signed with Minnesota — CorneliusHardenbergh (@HBAdventure) June 18, 2015 @mnwild I hate Matt Cooke he...
Via Goon's World
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking News: Matt Cooke put on Waivers in Minnesota

According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada fame, the Minnesota Wild have put Matt Cooke on waivers for purpose to buy out his contract. First off, I am friggin ecstatic. I couldn't be happier. It's well documented, I have never been much of a Cooke fan, I think he's one of the dirtiest players to have play in the NHL. Second only to Ulfie Samuelsson. What sold it for...
Via Goon's World
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Reaching a deal with Devan Dubnyk may be difficult for Wild

According to Bob McKenzie, the Minnesota Wild and Devan Dubnyk may have more trouble reaching a deal than initially expected (H/T to Ian McLaren of theScore for transcribing). Well, Devan Dubnyk negotiations have been going on a week or two now. There’s no deal in place at this point. That’s not to suggest that they can’t get a deal done, but it’s going to be difficult...
Via Puck Drunk Love
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild’s Biggest Draft Needs of 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Another season has passed–and though not Lord Stanley worthy, the Minnesota Wild had a great one. They had one of the greatest second halves of a season any team could ask for. The Wild went on to record a 23-6-2 record since January 15, this saved their season. In the second half, they were clicking on all cylinders, pushing hard towards the...
Via TopSportsReport
24 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Wild Draft Preview: Defenseman

PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 22: Mathew Dumba, seventh overall pick by the Minnesota Wild, puts on a jersey during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) In the last three seasons the Wild have reaped the benefits of drafting defenseman in the 1st round.  First it was the emergency...
Via State of Hockey News
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild’s top free agent priorities

As the offseason trickles along, the Minnesota Wild have important assets on their team who will become free agents on July first. General manager Chuck Fletcher will have to negotiate smart deals as he and his team try to finagle their way through a tight cap situation. Fletcher has a long summer in front of […] The post Minnesota Wild’s top free agent priorities appeared first...
Via Along the Boards
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft 2015: Potential draft picks for the Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild’s season has come to end, but the offseason, where championship teams are built, is just beginning. First on the offseason agenda is the NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida on June 26. The 2015 draft is one of the deepest drafts, in terms of talent, that we have seen in many years. Although […] The post NHL Draft 2015: Potential draft picks for the Minnesota Wild...
Via Along the Boards
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Harding is expected to retire

Josh Harding is a goaltender you couldn’t help but root for. Unfortunately, it sounds like his ongoing complications with multiple sclerosis will force him to retire from the game of hockey at the age of 30. Via the Star Tribune: Josh Harding, 30, who missed all season with complications from multiple sclerosis after playing two games with Iowa, is expected to retire. His contract...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Wild’s top five performers in the playoffs

The Minnesota Wild’s playoff run came to an end a lot faster than many fans had hoped, but it still had its bright spots and its shining stars. During these playoffs, many players stepped and performed at high-level this postseason giving Minnesota fans hope for years to come. Here are my top-5 Minnesota Wild performers […] The post The Minnesota Wild’s top five performers...
Via Along the Boards
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild must consider roster changes after latest playoff exit

Many great NBA players never won a championship in the 1990s because Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated the decade with six titles in an eight-year span. Fast forward to the present and it’s another Chicago team doing something similar. The Blackhawks reached the Western Conference final for the fifth time in the last eight seasons with a 4-3 Game 4 win to a complete...
Via NESN.com
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Paul mayor after Wild’s blowout loss: ‘WTF was that?’

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (above, left, with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and mascot Nordy) took to Twitter on Wednesday night and articulated quite well the general disposition of Minnesota Wild fans in the wake of the team’s 6-1 shellacking at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the teams’ playoff...Read More The post St. Paul mayor on Twitter after Wild’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Devan Dubnyk makes great save while leaving net

Game 2 between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues will likely be remembered for the Blues’ victory and Vladimir Tarasenko’s hat trick, but there was one save from Devan Dubnyk which deserves to be highlighted. The Wild pulled Dubnyk with time winding down in the third, but Dubnyk was forced to make a desperation save on a Steve Ott shot from center ice. (This video...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Folin back with Minnesota Wild

Christian Folin returns to NHL. (Photo/USA TODAY Sports)The Minnesota Wild have recalled defenseman Christian Folin from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). After only days passed following his reassignment to Iowa and skating in a single game without tallying a point, Folin will return to the National Hockey League (NHL) level. The Gothenburg, Sweden native has...
Via Mill City Sports
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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