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Jason Zucker's biggest fan lost to cancer, but he won the Wild player's heart
Anas is a college free agent out of Quinnipiac, along with 2014 and 2015 first-round picks Alex Tuch and Joel Eriksson Ek. The trio combined for two goals in Thursday's scrimmage and flashed a lot of skill.
With only $12 million in cap space and a handful of forward holes to fill, there's a chance two of the top free agents from the state could be too costly.
The Wild's cost to sign a top free agent likely went up after Wednesday's moves that included Steven Stamkos staying in Tampa Bay and P.K. Subban heading to Nashville for Shea Weber.
Fletcher won't say right this second what he has up his sleeve. But he didn't buy out Thomas Vanek's contract for no reason. He has his paws in multiple trade scenarios.
The longtime NHL star has known Luke Kunin since the Wild draft pick was 5 years old.
Dmitry Sokolov, considered by most experts to be a top-15 or even top-10 draft pick heading into this past season, fell all the way to the Wild at 196th overall.
The Wild cut ties with Thomas Vanek only two years after the former Gophers star turned down long-term, mega-million dollar offers from other clubs.
Wisconsin's Luke Kunin thinks of himself as a center and, maybe most importantly for the Wild and its offense-starved fans, a goal scorer.
Trades leave Chuck Fletcher with just two picks in first six rounds.
GM Chuck Fletcher has indicated that he may need to buy out the final year of Thomas Vanek's contract to pay other players, an NHL source said.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been involved in trade conversations for weeks. Fletcher said he feels there's a good chance to "improve the team" via trade at this weekend's draft.
Las Vegas was announced as the 31st NHL franchise Wednesday, and next year's draft means every current team will lose one player.
Riley Tufte, like Nick Bjugstad before him, is poised to be a first-round draft pick in Friday's NHL draft.
The Wild will open the upcoming season at St. Louis on Oct. 13, the NHL announced Monday, an intriguing matchup considering the Blues added former…
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Lalonde will be introduced as the Iowa Wild's fourth head coach in four years at a news conference Monday in Des Moines, a source confirmed.
Vanek scored a career-low 18 goals in 74 games last season and his 41 points were the lowest of any non-lockout season. A decision needs to be made by the end of the month.
They may seem like the odd couple, but for the next year, 42-year-old Mike Yeo will be mentored by 64-year-old Ken Hitchcock as the St. Louis Blues' "Coach in Waiting."
Amanda Kessel, her brother Blake, and parents Kathy and Phil Sr. attended Sunday's Game 6 in California and celebrated a Stanley Cup victory.
While the pressure hasn't entirely shifted to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they also don't want to turn Game 7 into a crapshoot.
He's recorded three-point postseason games at most opportune times for Sharks.
On the same day another sports giant, Muhammad Ali, was laid to rest, Howe, after years of declining health, died Friday. He was 88.
PITTSBURGH – From the mail room with the North Stars to assistant General Manager of the San Jose Sharks, Joe Will has every right…
Ex-Wild interim coach turned down Iowa post.
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is on the verge of his second Stanley Cup. But before he made it big, he honed his skills in Faribault.
"I love helping, I love teaching, I love talking hockey," said Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, hired Tuesday by the Wild as a top assistant coach under Bruce Boudreau.
The Penguins have a 3-1 series lead, and they've done a masterful job in the first four games frustrating San Jose's stars at every turn.
Patrik Laine isn't conceding that he should be the No. 2 pick behind Auston Matthews in the NHL draft June 24 in Buffalo.
The Penguins, who won their first three Stanley Cups in road buildings, return to Pittsburgh for what could be a festive Game 5 Thursday.
Born in Vadnais Heights and a standout at White Bear Lake High School, Justin Braun is becoming quite the story this series.
Every time the San Jose Sharks captain gets the puck, the Pittsburgh Penguins have limited his time and space. That's why he has no goals and four shots as the Sharks trail the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final 2-1.
Joonas Donskoi's goal gave San Jose the 3-2 victory, which was its first OT victory of the postseason and its first victory of this series, leaving it down 2-1.
In a raw assessment after Wednesday's overtime loss to Pittsburgh, San Jose center Logan Couture said the reason Sidney Crosby is so good in the faceoff circle is because he "cheats."
Because of his exciting style on the ice and fun appearance off the ice, the former Wild defenseman has become one of the NHL's most popular and recognizable players.
A decade ago, the Wild was smart enough to discover Ward. A few years later, some would say, the Wild was dumb enough to let him walk.
His career cut short because of blood clots, Pascal Dupuis helps Penguins' coaches with video, travels on road trips and keeps his old mates loose with his typical quick wit and humor.
Matt Cullen and family are relishing the 39-year-old's resurgence with the Penguins. After Pittsburgh won the Eastern Conference title, his children danced in the locker room.
Twelve years in the NHL, and first-year San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin never has missed the playoffs and is striving to become the third Elk River-raised player to win a Stanley Cup (Joel Otto, 1989 Flames; Dan Hinote, 2001 Avalanche).
Nineteen years after getting drafted, the often maligned Thornton, a 36-year-old former Sharks captain who had that "C" stripped right off his chest, is back in Pittsburgh potentially within days of winning hockey's ultimate prize.
Zach Parise opted for rehabilitation rather than surgery and hopes to represent the United States at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in September.
While general manager Chuck Fletcher had said he has ideas regarding the makeup of the coaching staff, new Wild coach Bruce Boudreau would be given "free rein" when it came to his chief lieutenants.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday he doesn't want to offer too many opinions to new head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Known for an aggressive, offensive style and for getting the most out of his players, Bruce Boudreau had some memorable lines right out of the gate.
Talk to a half-dozen of Bruce Boudreau's friends and, without fail, they all describe the new Wild coach the same way: "an everyman … unassuming … not a self-promoter … no ego … honest … just a good, good guy."
The Wild made its initial offer to Boudreau on Friday night after he met with the Senators. The Wild increased the offer during back-and-forth negotiations by the time he left Ottawa on Saturday.
Boudreau, who coached the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals to eight division titles in nine years, agreed to terms Saturday night on a four-year contract.
The Wild asked permission to contact Bruce Boudreau and met with John Torchetti.
Although he has little postseason success, in 681 regular-season games over nine seasons Bruce Boudreau is 409-192-80 behind the bench.
Their versatility could go a long way for the Wild.
Selecting a permanent coach is part of Chuck Fletcher's fix-it project for the Wild's offseason following this year's roller-coaster of a campaign.
Zach Parise, who dealt with a herniated disk for three months, is optimistic that offseason rehab will fix his back.
The injured Thomas Vanek, 32, scored a career-low 18 goals in 74 games. His 41 points were his fewest in a non-lockout-shortened season.
Potential tying goal winds up millimeters short as Wild's season ends.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk cannot get over the one or two goofy, funky goals a game that were scored against him not only in the Wild's first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars but pretty much every game down the stretch of the series.
The forward has been one of the Wild's most effective players.
Friday night in what could have been a season-ending Game 5, captain Mikko Koivu, who forced overtime in the final minutes of the third period, scored his first career playoff overtime winner for a season-saving 5-4 Wild victory.
With the Wild facing elimination Friday night, coach John Torchetti made a couple tweaks to the lineup in Game 5 against the Dallas Stars.
The Wild's attempt to climb back begins tonight.
In a league where coaches are hired to be fired within a few seasons, Lindy Ruff spent 15 years coaching the Buffalo Sabres before coming to Dallas in 2013.
The Wild, with injured star Zach Parise watching from the press box, got off to a slow start before being implored by interim coach John Torchetti to 'give up more for each other.'
John Torchetti was so dissatisfied with the Wild's physicality in Games 1 and 2 that the first couple of clips he showed the team on video in advance of Game 3 illustrated the fact that if the "littlest" guys on the team — Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon — could play physical, so could everyone else.
"I'm good at taking penalties nobody's ever heard of before,'' Carter said. "I always get the good ones."
A controversial, fluky goal left goalie Devan Dubnyk livid and proved damaging as the Stars took a 2-0 stranglehold on the first-round series with Game 3 in St. Paul on Monday night.
As part of John Torchetti's Game 2 shake-up, Mikael Granlund moved from second-line center to first-line left wing. The result was seven shots … and no goals
In an effort to repair the Wild's psyche, coach John Torchetti shook up the lines during Friday's practice.
Erik Haula missed Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Stars because of a lower-body injury.
Wild players said early Thursday they'd use the underdog card as motivation. But the undermanned team that skidded into the playoffs looked like it didn't belong on the same ice with the Stars
One day after leaving Boston College after two seasons to sign with the team that drafted him 18th overall in 2014, Alex Tuch said his goal is to make the Wild next season.
With Zach Parise expected to be sidelined indefinitely, the pressure will be on other Wild players to pick up the slack offensively.
Missing the playoffs last year served as winger's motivation for a strong season.
Parise was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester seeing a specialist Monday, according to multiple sources, a week after aggravating a back injury that has affected him since January.
The Stars' young superstar Tyler Seguin practiced with Dallas for the first time since sustaining a lacerated Achilles' tendon March 17.
Teammate Chris Porter, Zach Parise's friend and college teammate, said the Wild's star winger "has been mum about it to everybody. It's obviously bad."
Any way you measure it, the Wild comes up short in virtually every category against the No. 1-seed Dallas Stars, who won 12 more games and finished with 22 more points.
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