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2015 Fantasy Hockey Team Preview: Minnesota Wild

Welcome to the NHL team previews: a series that will breakdown every NHL team this offseason. You can expect to see new posts all summer, starting from the 30th place team, and finishing with the Stanley Cup champions. With so many changes coming in the offseason, some teams will be improving dramatically, while others will be forced to make some tough decisions for the future. It’s...
Via The Fantasy Fix
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Wild's Ballard, Leopold inching toward retirement

Minnesota Wild veteran defensemen Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of their respective NHL careers, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ballard was limited to just 14 games last season after receiving a concussion following a hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin on Dec. 9. The Minnesota native is an unrestricted free agent...
Via Fox Sports
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Wild's Dubnyk wants better start after frenzied finish to last season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk couldn't help but reflect on his feverish flourish to complete the regular season in 2014-15.After all, Dubnyk posted a scintillating 27-9-2 mark with five shutouts and a stingy 1.78 goals-against average and .936 save percentage after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14. The Wild had sent the Coyotes a third-round pick for the...
Via Fox Sports
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Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of the road in the NHL. Ballard, 32, is still experiencing concussion symptoms from a brutal hit he took back in December of 2014 and he’s worried about long-term effects. Meanwhile, Leopold hasn’t been offered a new contract and at the age of 35 he might be willing to hang up his skates in order to focus on his family...
Via Puck Drunk Love
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Wild's Sydor enters treatment center

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program on Monday.Sydor admitted himself into an inpatient treatment center in Malibu, Calif., where he is expected to spend at least the next 30 days, his attorney Ryan Pacyga told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune."He's hurt, he's upset, he's embarrassed...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild assistant coach charged with drunk driving, endangerment of a child

Darryl Sydor, former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild, has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment after he reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .30. The incident took place on Thursday evening as Sydor drove his 12-year-old to the child’s hockey game. According to the Star Tribune, another drive called the police after...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Power Rankings: How Good Are the Wild?

View image | Analysis The Wild’s main goal this offseason was to resign Devan Dubnyk, and that was accomplished when he agreed to a six year deal. Other than that, the Wild did not make any major additions to the team that got swept by Chicago in the second round. If their young players can continue to make strides, then the Wild could challenge for a western...
Via TopSportsReport
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild to play Blackhawks, including alumni game, at TCF Bank Stadium next year

The Wild will play their first regular-season outdoor NHL game next season and they'll do so on the University of Minnesota campus through which many of the state's hockey greats have passed. Minnesota Wild and Gophers officials joined with representatives from the National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL Players' Association at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday to...
Via Fox Sports North
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild, Haula agree to terms on two-year contract

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with Erik Haula on a two-year contract. The former Minnesota Gophers center tallied seven goals in 72 games with the Wild last season and one goal in two playoff contests. Haula knocked in six goals in 46 games in his rookie season with the club in 2013-14, plus four more in 13 playoff games. The native of Finland was selected by the Wild in...
Via Fox Sports North
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Division Offseason Roundup: Minnesota Wild

  Today our analysis of the NHL Central Division’s offseason movements focuses on the Minnesota Wild. After covering the Nashville Predators’ changes and the St. Louis Blues’ offseason moves, we look at Colorado’s budding rivalry. Relying on a shutdown defense quarterbacked by Ryan Suter and an emphasis on competent, possession-heavy play, the Wild have been a solid team...
Via BSN Denver
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild’s Alex Tuch Follows Sick Shootout Goal With Terrific Celebration (Video)

July can be a pretty brutal month for sports, especially during the MLB All-Star break. Apparently Alex Tuch knows this, because he provided the sports world with an absolute gem of a highlight this weekend. Tuch, a 19-year-old Minnesota Wild prospect and former Boston College star, took the ice for a scrimmage at the Wild’s development camp Sunday. The scrimmage had to be decided...
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Team Green rolls to a 6-3 victory over Team White

2015 1st ronder, Joel Eriksson Ek working his way in close in the 2nd half of Saturday’s prospect scrimmage. Do you remember your first major athletic contest you ever played in?  I remember my first varsity game like it was yesterday.  Stepping out from the locker room and making my way to the football field and to a massive crowd of people outside of Fred Moore Junior High...
Via State of Hockey News
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild re-sign D Folin to two-year deal

The Minnesota Wild on Saturday re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year contract. The team initially announced the deal on its official Twitter page. Folin, a 24-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, played in 40 games for Minnesota last season. Folin recorded two goals and eight assists, all told. The defenseman owns 11 points, 13 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in...
Via Fox Sports North
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Folin re-signs with Minnesota Wild

Christian Folin re-signs with Minnesota. (Photo/Getty Images)The Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year, two-way contract starting with the 2015-16 season. Folin spent the past two years with the Wild after opting to turn to professional hockey after only two years with the UMass Lowell River Hawks. Over the past two seasons, Folin has tallied 11 points...
Via Mill City Sports
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Minnesota Wild Prospect Camp Opens This Week

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 26: Joel Eriksson Ek poses after being selected 20th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) With the ‘free agent frenzy’ behind them, the Minnesota Wild switches its focus towards the collection of young players in its prospect pool...
Via State of Hockey News
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild officially announce signing of Dubnyk to six-year deal

A week after agreeing to a contact with Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild officially signed the standout goalie Saturday. Dubnyk received a six-year contract worth a reported $26 million. ''We've analyzed it to death,'' Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said last week at the NHL Draft. ''We've looked at it every which way and we're very comfortable with this signing.'' Dubnyk was...
Via Fox Sports North
July 04, 2015  |  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
June 11, 2015  |  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
June 04, 2015  |  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

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...
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

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