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Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper was trade bait in the offseason but is happy to remain with the Wild.
Charlie Coyle took a spot on the right side of Zach Parise's line Wednesday at practice, and it's at right wing where Bruce Boudreau says he envisions Coyle playing.
The Wild brass by this point knows the 6-4 winger is as tough as they come, so Kurtis Gabriel has come to camp intent on trying to show everybody he has a complete game.
Alex Tuch, Joel Eriksson Ek are aiming high to make Wild's roster out of camp.
The first experience with new coach Bruce Boudreau was a tiring, eye-opener for the five returnees from the Finnish and U.S. teams.
Tyler Graovac needed surgery to repair his bilateral core muscle last season and never got to speed.
Mike Reilly, entering his second season, proudly says he had a "big summer" while Christian Folin showed up to Wild training camp noticeably leaner.
Training camp has started for the Wild. As forward Charlie Coyle said, "There's a new way of doing things."
Chris Stewart, who played briefly with the Wild as a trade-deadline acquisition two seasons ago, is back in in St. Paul.
Wild players report Thursday for training camp. The team hits the ice with new coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday
The veteran forward, well familiar with Bruce Boudreau, has accepted an invitation to attend Wild camp on a pro tryout.
The Americans are trying to upend Canada in Canada, just as they did in 1996.
A team-by-team look and projections for where they will finish in the tournament.
Wild star says he had no back issues in two games.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he feels there are still some "pretty good free agents in the market place," and new coach Bruce Boudreau wants more NHL experience for training camp.
The decision is driven by Leipold's desire to keep the Wild in his family long-term, which clashed with minority owner Matt Hlzier's goals.
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…
Get caught up by reading Wild beat writer Michael Russo's NHL draft preview.
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.
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