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Wild Prospect Joel Eriksson Ek to Stay in Sweden: Report

The Minnesota Wild appear ready to give 2015 1st round draft pick (20th overall) Joel Eriksson Ek another season in Sweden’s SHL, according to a report in vf.se. “Our plan is that he will remain in Färjestad and play there next season,” said Wild European scout Ricard Persson (in a rough translation). “We think it is a great environment for Joel to continue to develop....
Via The Hockey Writers
13 hours ago

Wild Clean House

With the hiring of 61-year-old All-Star head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Minnesota Wild have decided to do some house cleaning in the coaching department. In essence, the Wild have told assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor that their services will no longer be needed. They will keep former Bob Mason on a goalie coach. Former interim coach John Torchetti will also be employed...
Via Goon's World
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Sign Chase Lang to Entry-Level Contract

The Minnesota Wild announced today that they’ve signed forward Chase Lang to a three-year, entry-level contract. #mnwild has signed Chase Lang (@12Lang) to a three-year, entry-level contract: https://t.co/UNczUg08Z9 pic.twitter.com/R061Gc9aYy — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 24, 2016 Lang played the majority of last season in the WHL. He played 69 games between the Calgary...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Minnesota Wild Shake Up Assistant Coaching Staff

The Minnesota Wild coaching staff will be getting more of a shake-up than just the arrival of incoming head coach Bruce Boudreau, according to the Star Tribune. Two new assistant coaches will be hitting the bench, with Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor having been informed that they will not be a part of the new coaching staff in St. Paul. Both have contracts that conclude on June 30...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau showcases pitching skills at Twins game (vid)

Recently hired Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was tabbed with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Thursday’s Minnesota Twins-Toronto Blue Jays game at Target Field. And perhaps most surprisingly, not only did the southpaw Boudreau not embarrass himself, he showcased some serious pitching skills by tossing a pretty impressive backdoor breaking ball. Wild...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Sign Standout Hungarian Goalie

Wild Ink World Championships Standout The Minnesota Wild made an interesting move on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the signing of goaltender Adam Vay to a two-year, entry-level contract. The 22-year-old Vay just completed the world hockey championship where both he and Team Hungary made some pretty big waves. Hungary won its first tournament game in 77 years against Belarus last...
Via Sports-Glory
6 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...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Boudreau in Minnesota: 'This is the last place I'm going'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Bruce Boudreau's teams have been remarkably consistent and successful over nearly a decade on the bench in the NHL. They've also had a history of early exits from the playoffs, which is why the 61-year-old coach became available to the Minnesota Wild. Though the Wild have qualified for the postseason four straight times, the are badly in need of stability...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Minnesota Wild Report Card: Leadership & Upper Management

PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 22: Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau looks on 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) American President Dwight David Eisenhower once said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want...
Via State of Hockey News
14 days ago  |  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...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruce Boudreau named next Minnesota Wild head coach

It is time. The Minnesota Wild have selected their next head coach, and it happened a lot faster than I thought it would. They have hired Bruce Boudreau, an ex- Anaheim Ducks and Washington Captials head coach, to take the place of Mike Yeo and John Torchetti. This is a hire that some Wild fans may feel a bit weary about, but don’t be. He may have been fired from his two other...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Minnesota Wild Season Report Card: Team Assessment

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 24: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild reacts after a loss against the Dallas Stars of Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Stars defeated the Wild 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) The saying “don’t quit your day job” is usually...
Via State of Hockey News
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild GM Fletcher: Torchetti 'serious' candidate for coaching job

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is about to embark on another coaching search, the third of his tenure and a critical one for the immediate future of the team and Fletcher's own standing as the leader in the front office.A three-month scramble to get to the playoffs hasn't left him much time to consider the exact qualities Fletcher is looking for...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch the Minnesota Wild's tribute to Prince

The Minnesota Wild paid tribute to local music legend Prince Sunday, and before Game 6 of the Wild-Stars playoff series, fans inside the Xcel Energy Center observed a moment of silence in honor of the Minnesota native. The Wild changed their goal music to Prince's 1984 hit Let's Go Crazy. Minnesota went down 4-0 to start the game, but scored four goals in the third period. The...
Via Fox Sports
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild changed their goal song and honored Prince in Game 6

The sporting world has been paying their respects to Prince over the last couple days, but the Minnesota Wild took their tribute to another awesome level. Prince, one of the most famous individuals to have been born in the state, was recognized in several different ways as the Wild hosted the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of their first round playoff series. Prior to the game, the rally...
Via The Comeback
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Up and down season ends for the Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild’s 2015-16 season came to an end today as they were eliminated by the Dallas Stars in six games.  The first round series was a lot like the Wild’s season, as they fell behind 2-0 and were playing catch up the rest of the series.  The first part of the season went well as the Wild were consistently in playoff position, until a mid season slump led to the firing...
Via isportsweb.com
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

2 goal night by Koivu earns Wild 5-4 overtime win in Dallas

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 20: Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild makes a save in net as Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild and Patrick Eaves #18 of the Dallas Stars look on during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Stars defeated the Wild...
Via State of Hockey News
April 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: how game three is do or die

The Minnesota Wild have been playing like a team that doesn’t know it’s the playoffs. Guess what? It’s the playoffs, and they are down two games. Tonight is game three in St. Paul, MN, and the Wild need to do something to get the home fans back on their side. The team has not won since March 29th when they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks to sweep the season series, and they...
Via isportsweb.com
April 18, 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...
Via Yardbarker
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Michal Neuvirth makes great save to preserve win

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth made an absolutely incredible stick save with just 1.6 seconds left to preserve a 3-2 Flyers victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center. This is just an unbelievable play, and it’s equally as stunning that the puck didn’t somehow cross the line (if it did, we can’t conclusively say so): close...
Via The Comeback
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo wasn’t happy with Adam Oates consulting Wild players

The Minnesota Wild canned Mike Yeo on February 13th to give a boost to a team which had been wildly inconsistent. The team is on the right track under new coach John Torchetti, responding by winning four of their last five games. In a revealing interview with Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune, Yeo admitted his coaching was undercut by consultant Adam Oates. Russo reports...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss
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