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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.
In what may have been his final NHL contest, former Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom returned to his home of 10 seasons and put forth a 35-save performance to lead Calgary.
The Wild turns its focus to consistency as the postseason begins Thursday with a Game 1 matchup in Dallas.
The season finale presents an opportunity to end an unsightly losing streak.
The Wild expects to be without veteran winger Thomas Vanek for the start of the playoffs, interim coach John Torchetti said Friday.Vanek, who…
Of the 160 playoff teams in the shootout era, the Wild could end up making the postseason with the fewest points.
The Wild might have been the first team in NHL history booed off the ice by its home crowd on a night it clinched a playoff berth after losing 3-0 to San Jose.
Defensemen Matt Dumba and Mike Reilly, and wingers Jordan Schroeder and Justin Fontaine were scratched Tuesday.
The odds still say the Wild gets in, but the Winnipeg defeated the Wild 5-1 as Jets fans taunted the losers with chants of "First-round Exit!"
It's been a disappointing season in Winnipeg and Wheeler, the Plymouth native, former Gopher and likely future Winnipeg Jets captain. The Jets had high expectations after making the playoffs for the first time since relocating from Atlanta last season.
A matchup with the rugged Jets on Sunday evening stands in the way of the Wild and the playoffs.
The NHL called Duncan Keith's high-stick a dangerous, intentional and violent retaliation to a "light shove" from Charlie Coyle.
Maybe a letdown was natural after six consecutive wins and the emotional victory over Chicago. But the Wild got beat by an opponent that had nothing to play for.
Former NHL coach Adam Oates has been under scrutiny from NHL teams for privately working with players, including Wild veteran Zach Parise.
The Wild stayed hot Tuesday, winning 4-1 over Chicago to continue its surge as the playoffs near. Minnesota sits in a postseason position with five games to play.
The Bill Masterton Trophy goes to an NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
A referral in Russia made Calder Trophy hopeful Panarin the beacon of former Wild exec's sports agency.
A recent turnaround and an upcoming favorable schedule means the Wild currently has a 94.9 percent chance of making the playoffs.
The Wild signed Gophers junior defenseman Nick Seeler to a two-year, entry-level deal starting next season.
The Wild played it cool, rolled over the physical Avalanche and padded its lead for a playoff spot.
One day after missing practice to be treated by a doctor for an undisclosed lingering injury, the slumping Wild winger ruined the homecoming of the winningest goaltender in Wild history
There was so much hoopla about Niklas Backstrom's return to Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night that David Jones' first game against the Calgary Flames got overshadowed. The forward who came to Minnesota in the Backstrom deal Feb. 29 played three seasons for the Flames and faced his old team for the first time.
The puck seemed as if it was in the Wild's zone for 120 minutes of the 60-minute game, but Devan Dubnyk hoisted the Wild back into the second wild-card spot for now.
Jason Pominville missed his seventh consecutive game Tuesday night, but could practice Wednesday for a possible return Thursday against Calgary or Saturday in Colorado.
Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter keep the third line dangerous.
Charlie Coyle's shootout goal and Devan Dubnyk's key saves earned the win.
Coach John Torchetti essentially put Vanek on notice last week. He wants more work ethic and battle and made clear he wanted Vanek to start taking care of the puck.
Minnesota moved within one point of the 8th-place Avalanche for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk improved to 2-1 in games after being pulled this season.
Devan Dubnyk is all for the smaller pants and more contoured chest protectors approved this week by the general managers.
Sensing his team still was stinging before Wednesday's practice, interim coach John Torchetti gathered his players by the bench and tried to get them refocused.
Mika Zibanejad's goal with eight seconds left sent Tuesday's game into overtime, where the Senators scored on Devan Dubnyk with 30.4 seconds to play.
The 25-year-old Senators captain has 72 points in 71 games. In the past 20 years, only four defensemen have averaged one point a game in a season.
Asked about his team's problems playing at home, interim coach John Torchetti said: "I have no idea. But it's a big thing, seriously."
Angst is up after a third winless Wild homestand in 2016 (that's what being a bubble team yet again and two wins in the past 13 games at Xcel Energy Center causes), so naturally it's time for another Russo's Rants Sunday Insider Q and A.
Charlie Coyle has surpassed his career high of 12 goals in 2013-14 by nine goals this season with 13 games to play.
Devan Dubynk's strong start in Montreal and Colorado's loss put the Wild back in eighth.
One day after players say he was the most pointed he has been with them to date, the Wild interim coach scratched second-line winger Jason Zucker against the Montreal Canadiens.
Beginning Thursday vs. Edmonton, 15 games in 31 days will seals team's fate.
After the Wild played eight games in 13 days and 15 games in 27 days, coach John Torchetti followed Monday's CBA-mandated day off by canceling Tuesday's practice.
There was a point earlier this Iowa Wild season where every time Mike Reilly dipped a toe onto the ice, it felt as if he was being scored upon.
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