Minnesota Wild fans fearing that the 2017-18 season could be Mikko Koivu‘s last can breathe a sigh of relief, and that suspense didn’t even carry into opening night. Instead, the Wild signed Koivu to a two-year contract extension worth $11 million. It represents a minor cut in pay for Koivu, as he’s entering the final […]
Minnesota Wild training camp began with one notable absence: Zach Parise. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the first split-squad practices Friday that he believes Parise will join the team soon enough. ''As soon as the trainers tell me he's ready to go, he'll be here,'' Boudreau said.
NHL teams hand out PTO invites for training camp to some unlikely candidates, but the Minnesota Wild might just take the cake. The Wild raised some eyebrows by handing Ryan Malone a tryout offer. Malone, 37, hasn’t seen NHL action since 2014-15. Even
The Minnesota Wild and center Matt Cullen have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract, bringing him back to his home state for a 21st season in the NHL. The Wild announced the deal, which includes $700,000 in potential performance bonuses, on Wednesday. Cullen played the last two years with Pittsburgh, winning consecutive Stanley Cups […]
The Minnesota Wild have employed two GMs in their history: Doug Risebrough, the franchise’s architect, and Chuck Fletcher, who’s been in charge – somewhat startlingly – since 2009. In that time, the Wild have spent a lot of money, particularly in landing local stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Fletcher deserves some credit for the […]
Depending upon how you look at 2016-17, Bruce Boudreau and the Minnesota Wild either exceeded expectations or did exactly as one might predict. On another bright side, players enjoyed career years (Mikael Granlund, Devan Dubnyk) and others seemed revitalized (Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu) under Boudreau. On the other hand, the Wild still fell in the […]
The Minnesota Wild looked incredible at the start of last season. Not many people expected them to get off to such a hot start, but at one point, it looked like they were going to run away with the Central Division. Not only did the Wild not win the division, they also suffered an ugly […]
“For me, last year stunk,” said Parise, per the Wild’s website. With eight years still remaining on his massive contract, it’s imperative that Parise finds his game again. In the five years Parise has been in Minnesota, the Wild have yet to miss the playoffs.
This offseason for the Minnesota Wild was never going to be about making major additions. This was simply the summer of maintenance and sustenance, with a new contract for Mikael Granlund one of the biggest priorities. Now that Granlund has agreed to the deal, for $17.25 million over three years, the dynamic Finnish forward has […]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with standout forward Mikael Granlund on a three-year, $17.25 million contract. The Wild announced the deal Tuesday with the restricted free agent, whose 69 points last season ranked tied for
The Minnesota Wild are a fascinating team to observe, especially after several players received a shot in the arm playing under Bruce Boudreau. While the team still needs to settle matters with RFA Marcus Foligno, GM Chuck Fletcher navigated the choppy waters of a challenging off-season, dealing with the expansion draft and finding fair compromises […]
The Minnesota Wild faced some serious challenges this off-season, particularly in potential salary arbitration hearings. Mere days after signing Nino Niederreiter to a five-year, $26.25 million contract to avoid arbitration, the Wild found common ground with another rising star forward in Mikael Granlund. After showing flashes of brilliance through his first four years in the […]