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Murray's hiring of Chuck Fletcher and Brent Flahr began a long working relationship and close-knit friendship that others in hockey were fortunate enough to share.
Native Minnesotan Matt Cullen called joining the Wild for the 2017-18 season a "family decision." He has won three Stanley Cups, and will turn 41 in November.
In the waning minutes of every game in Da Beauty League, dozens of kids in hockey garb press against each railing at the Zamboni entrance inside Edina's Braemar Arena.
In avoiding Friday's arbitration hearing, Mikael Granlund's agent didn't want a multiyear contract to go too long-term.
After a career year in which he scored 25 goals and 57 points, Nino Niederreiter has loftier expectations after signing a five-year deal with the Wild.
Niederreiter's contract, which has no no-trade protection and buys three of his unrestricted free agency years, was right in line with the market for other recent deals.
Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund are thought to be seeking long-term contracts north of $6 million annually. They have hearings scheduled for next week.
The Tier III expansion team is based in Coon Rapids and will debut its 44-game schedule at home Sept. 22. The Wild coach will attend tryouts this weekend.
Marco Scandella, the second-longest tenured Wild player until being traded, said he's looking forward to playing for Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley in Buffalo.
Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, both coming off career years, have filed for salary arbitration. Their salaries will have an impact on other moves the Wild can make.
Veteran defenseman Kyle Quincey was the top signing Saturday, inking a one-year, $1.25 million deal. The Wild signed six others but talks with Matt Cullen haven't led to deal.
Stanley Cup-winning center could be biggest move team makes on first day of wheeling and dealing.
As much as Jason Zucker tries to dodge the Vegas strip, he'll have no choice next March 16 when the Wild's scheduled to play its first-ever game against the expansion Golden Knights
All the team's activities Monday indicate a trade could be around the corner. Some kind of deal is needed in order for the Wild to free up salary cap money for free agency.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau and Woods will coach together for the fourth time.
While it may have been an uneventful day for the Wild, it wasn't for Minnesotans Casey Mittelstadt, Ryan Poehling and Jake Oettinger. Mittelstadt, the Minnesota Mr. Hockey from Eden Prairie, was drafted eighth by the Buffalo Sabres. And then Lakeville pals Poehling and Oettinger went back-to-back late in the first round.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu knows GM Chuck Fletcher has a lot on his plate before he can even think about maybe talking to him about a contract extension.
It's a a good bet Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wheels and deals in Chicago during this weekend's draft. Round 1 is Friday night, Rounds 2-7 are Saturday night.
After being relegated for much of last season to the fourth line in Minnesota, Haula's excited for the new opportunity he'll receive with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
Erik Haula, who could have become a restricted free agent July 1, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
Many teams, including the Wild, will be eyeballing how the NHL handles the Marian Hossa situation with the Blackhawks. Hossa's career might be over because of a skin allergy.
If the Golden Knights sign the former two-time University of Minnesota leading scorer, Erik Haula would count as the Wild's lost player in expansion.
The Wild's Mikko Koivu is up for the Selke Trophy, and Mikael Granlund for the Lady Byng. The awards will be revealed Wednesday night.
Gophers freshman Casey Mittelstadt could become be the highest-drafted Minnesotan since Ryan McDonagh, another Mr. Hockey winner, went 12th overall to the New York Rangers in 2007.
St. Cloud State center Ryan Poehling and Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger grew up a three-minute drive from each other, and work out and skate together in the summer.
After a year of fretting and speculating, Wild fans know the full list of 23 players who were left exposed for the Las Vegas team to take one from in Wednesday's expansion draft.
GM Chuck Fletcher, trying to keep losses to a minimum, was in trade talks in advance of a moratorium early Saturday afternoon.
With lists submitted, any Wild moves now must go through Golden Knights.
The team might be trying to move one of its better defensemen to avoid losing him in the expansion draft.
Vegas' debut roster will be announced throughout next Wednesday's NHL Awards Show. The Wild almost certainly will lose a good player in the expansion draft.
In hindsight, P.K. Subban probably should have avoided poking the bear and dragging Sidney Crosby into ListerineGate.
Hill-Murray graduate Jake Guentzel became the first rookie in NHL history to lead the postseason in goals (13) -- and won the Stanley Cup as well.
The Minnesota native, 40, was solid on penalty kill and won key faceoffs.
Former Predators fan favorite Patric Hornqvist returned to Music City, spoiled Nashville's party and delivered the NHL its first repeat champion since 1998.
Nashville will have its fired-up fan base but needs to play better to survive.
Cullen has treated this season as his last. His wife is homesick for Minnesota, and he craves the chance to coach his three hockey-loving boys.
The Wild has complicated expansion decisions to make about whom to protect on its roster, and there are rumors that management is working to make a significant trade.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel combined for eight points, chasing Nashville's Pekka Rinne from the net as Pittsburgh moved within one win of lifting the Stanley Cup again.
Josh Archibald didn't play in Game 5 on Thursday, but he did skate in Game 4. The rule for having one's name etched on the Stanley Cup is 41 games played or one game in the Stanley Cup Final with the winner.
Phil Kessel has been limited to one assist and nine shots in four games in the Stanley Cup finals, a series in which the Penguins are 1-for-16 on the power play. Game 5 is tonight.
Pekka Rinne's strong play has the Predators two wins from the Stanley Cup. He is 9-1 at home in the playoffs with a .949 save percentage.
Another strong outing by goalie Pekka Rinne in front of a raucous crowd helps Nashville make the series a best-of-three.
After a trip to the NHL draft combine, the former Eden Prairie star has gotten a chance to hang out at the Stanley Cup, where he's trying not to act like too much of a fan.
In 1981, Dino Ciccarelli scored a rookie record of 14 goals in the Stanley Cup. Guentzel, of Woodbury, is one behind the NHL Hall of Famer, who twice scored more than 50 goals in a season for the Stars.
The Predators struck three times in the second period to take control in Game 3. Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said it wasn't a coincidence that the 22-year-old Jake Guentzel was placed to the left of Sidney Crosby in the Penguins' dressing room.
Fired-up fans ready for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final are as fluent in hockey as they are with Nashville's top-tier music.
Phil and Karin Housley have ambitious agendas, be it in the National Hockey League or the Minnesota state senate.
There's no doubt a number of Pittsburgh's key players were molded well in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., site of their AHL club.
After Pittsburgh lost an early 3-0 lead, the former Hill-Murray star came through to break a 3-3 tie late in the game.
Almost as if he was clairvoyant, Gary Bettman got ahead of what looked like what might have ended up being the Stanley Cup Final opener's chief story line two hours before puck drop.
Talented back end takes on high-powered offense.
At age 67, highly respected David Poile has a team in Stanley Cup Final for first time.
Chuck Fletcher doesn't believe the rumors that the former fifth-round pick will sign a long-term deal with CSKA Moscow.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau still believes the Wild is a legit Stanley Cup contender, all the more because he sees similarities between his team and finalist Nashville.
Craig Leipold said his team "crapped out" in its playoff loss to St. Louis, and now it's up to Wild management to dissect what happened and fix things to prepare for next season and beyond.
There's no way around it: the Wild will lose a quality player to the Vegas Golden Knights in expansion. The Wild also has significant restricted free agents to re-sign, including Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.
When he was younger, Hill-Murray grad Jake Guentzel was a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Now he's one of them. "It's amazing. You wake up and it's still a dream you get to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin."
In his season-ending remarks Tuesday, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher pointed to the teams regular-season improvement, not the speedy playoff exit vs. St. Louis.
Center improving after concussion, but he laments early playoff exit.
Another first-round exit leaves plenty of blame to go around.
The Wild didn't go quietly Saturday afternoon, but few will remember the Wild's franchise-best regular season now that the team couldn't even get past Game 5 of the first round.
Minnesota and St. Louis players are surprising even themselves with tenacity in limiting goals.
Game 4 was slowed as centers, often the Wild's, drew calls.
Wild's tough, talented winger ditched slump to be playoff force.
Because of the Wild's 4-10-2 March and playoff lack of success, some still feel the arrival of Martin Hanzal and Ryan White messed up the Wild's chemistry. Coach Bruce Boudreau disputes that claim.
Statistical advantages are no comfort in a 3-0 hole.
After a franchise-record 106 points, the Wild is three games into this postseason and has yet to figure out how to win a game against the St. Louis Blues or light up their stingy goalie.
The Wild, the second-highest-scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, a team that scored four or more goals 34 times and five or more 22 times, has scored three goals in three games and nearly 10 periods in the Western Conference quarterfinals with the St. Louis Blues.
With Games 3 and 4 at home, Mike Yeo will have last line change and the opportunity to get Vladimir Tarasenko away from Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's desired matchup.
Down 2-0 to the Blues, it won't be easy to come back. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only 18 teams in NHL history have rallied to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home.
Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens is Bruce Boudreau's chief lieutenant and Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, one of St. Louis' assistant GMs, is the Blues' interim goalie coach.
Zach Parise's goal with 23 seconds left in regulation of Game 1 capped a frantic flurry of offense by the Wild. But the Blues' scored the game-winner just after midnight, following more than 17 minutes of overtime and 52 shots by the losers.
Kyle Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, have grown close with Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly, through the University of Minnesota's Masonic Children's Hospital.
If the Wild plans on knocking off the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs, trying to figure out a way to shut down superstar Vladimir Tarasenko would be a start. Haula might be an option.
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