Minnesota Wild

After years of being known as one of the stingiest defensive teams in the game but one who had trouble scoring, the Minnesota Wild changed their stripes upon the arrival of Bruce Boudreau. They still finished seventh in goals against but only the Pittsburgh Penguins (282) scored more goals in 2016-17 and their goal differential
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This article was originally published in November, 2012. The third edition of this article series looking at the history of the Minnesota Wild looks at the franchise’s top four goaltenders of all time. The Minnesota Wild have been a strong defensive team throughout their history and that has undoubtedly helped the goaltending talent. The franchise has gone
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Free agency has come and gone, training camps are about to open and summer is almost over. Somehow, Jaromir Jagr still hasn’t been signed by a team. The legendary winger has remained a free agent since July 1, when the Florida Panthers let him walk. It’s amazing that not a single team in the NHL believes
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It took long enough, but the Minnesota Wild have signed their top two restricted free agents, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, to multi-year contracts. The Wild signed Niederreiter to a five-year deal worth $26.25 million, an average of $5.25 million per year. The following day, the Wild locked up Granlund for three years at $17.25
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We’re closing in on the end of July and the Minnesota Wild still have some moves to make. The Wild are without a veteran fourth-line center. They have some talented young players who are looking to crack the lineup, but veteran depth never hurts. Matt Cullen has been on the Wild’s radar for most of
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Originally published in March of 2015, hockey in the great state of Minnesota only grows stronger with each passing year. The State of Hockey… What does it mean? Where does it come from? It’s hardly a secret that Minnesota has long been a hockey Mecca. The first hockey teams in Minnesota were formed a couple
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If only they had certain players. If they had drafted or traded for those players things would be different. These are common phrases in the hockey community. Whether it was a failed draft selection, unsuccessful trade, or just daydreaming, fans, the media and even GMs often wish they had certain players playing for their team.
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The Minnesota Wild take pride in their small but very talented pool of prospects. They have a handful of skilled players who are either close to, or ready to make that jump into a full-time role in the NHL. With the recent departures of Marco Scandella, Alex Tuch and Erik Haula, there are some holes
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Time will tell if the Minnesota Wild or the Buffalo Sabres got the best of their recent deal. Both teams’ fans have claimed it a win for them, which usually means it’s a pretty fair deal. While that may be the case, the deeper one digs into the deal right now, the better it looks
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The Minnesota Wild still need to fill some voids in their current roster. After sending Erik Haula and Alex Tuch to the Vegas Golden Knights, and with Martin Hanzal heading to free agency, the Wild are in need of a winger and fourth-line center. We are less than a week away from the start of
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The knights of the Boston Bruins round table have congregated once again — this time to address the blue line. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been interested in acquiring Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin since as early as last year, at least. With the expansion draft looming, the Wild’s surplus of young defensemen has become a
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In a week or less, the Stanley Cup Finals will come to an end. Once this happens, the NHL offseason will be in full swing. Almost all the teams have already begun their work, prepping for a busy month full of trades and blockbuster free agent signings. The Minnesota Wild are one of many teams
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For several years, the Wild were known for their depth at defense. Dating back to 2008, the Wild drafted a defenseman with their first pick five different years. This enabled them to put together a very promising and talented prospect pool of blueliners. The Wild took it a step further in the summer of 2013
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The Minnesota Wild now have another need that has to be addressed this summer. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, assistant coach Scott Stevens has resigned. Stevens pulled head coach Bruce Boudreau aside recently, telling him his intentions to step down. Boudreau stated that Stevens will be “very difficult to replace” and that
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The fast-approaching NHL Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights could very well lead to a flurry of trade activity in the final hours beforehand. Several teams are in a bind with the draft’s exposure requirements, as they risk losing good players and getting nothing in return. One of those teams that looks to be
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