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At 1-6, the Wild believes it can stage a turnaround and avoid a season-long spiral — a fate it could start to distance itself from beginning Sunday when the team hosts the Canadiens.
Jason Zucker.didn't hold back about the loss after the team held a players-only meeting. "Bruce [Boudreau] has got to be better. We've got to be better. Everybody's got to be better. That's it."
What gives Devan Dubnyk confidence that he'll rebound is he hasn't felt off in any of his starts. But that's also what's making him frustrated.
Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurt during the first weeks of the NHL season, and Tuesday night's led to a 4-2 loss at Toronto during which an early lead didn't hold up.
Kevin Fiala was hyped as someone who could add a dynamic presence to the Wild's top-six forward group when he was brought in at the trade deadline in February in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund, who went to the Predators to complete the swap.
The Wild didn't earn any style points for rousing out of a sleepy stalemate to defeat Ottawa, another struggling team, 2-0 on a pair of third-period goals.
The backup goalie posted his sixth career shutout in the team's first win of the season.
This was the first home opener the Wild dropped in regulation in franchise history after going 14-0-4.
Only a few players remain from the 2009 championship squad that Bill Guerin was on with the Penguins — captain Sidney Crosby, center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang.
Winnipeg broke a 2-2 tie with two goals less than a half-minute apart in the third period as the Wild dropped its first three games in regulation for the first time in franchise history.
Playing in Minnesota has veteran defenseman Brad Hunt feeling content with his hockey career.
Eric Staal is sitting out to heal, and Ryan Donato is skating with the fourth line.
New Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has yet to register a point after two games.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who missed 50 games last season, has shown razor-sharp precision in his return to the lineup — an accuracy that's helping buoy the Wild's lukewarm offense amid an 0-2 debut.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise scored but the Wild offense struggled again in the early going.
The Wild goalie caused a stir when he stopped former teammate Mikael Granlund in Thursday's opener.
After just one regular-season game together, one which the trio went a combined minus-9 and managed just one shot, the top line of wingers Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello and center Eric Staal was dismantled.
The Wild on Thursday scored twice in 43 seconds to take the lead in the second period, but that was largely the extent of its offensive threat. Nashville scored four times in the third and won 5-2.
Ryan Hartman switched teams three times least season. After beginning with the Predators, he was moved to the Flyers. In late June, the Flyers traded Hartman to the Stars but ultimately wound up with the Wild.
Matt Dumba's tattoos chronicle the Wild defenseman's life journey so far - where he's from, where he is now and where he hopes to be going. "I just want [to be a] champion," he said.
While he misses the competitiveness of playing, new Wild general manager Bill Guerin gets that same feeling when he's hammering out a trade or pursuing a free agent.
Wild owner Craig Leipold is open to pivoting to a more patient strategy if the payoff is worth it.
Jason Zucker is piling up minutes as he seeks to improve over last season.
Victor Rask, a center obtained last season in a trade for Nino Niederrreiter, was an extra forward in Friday's practice. "This is where you become mentally strong," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
An injury to defenseman Greg Pateryn has opened the door, but time is running out to make an impression at training camp.
Before getting back on the ice Tuesday for a practice at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink outside Vail, Colo., coaches and staff members spent Monday in a four-person scramble that was treated like a tournament.
Ryan Donato's audition at center seems to be over. He's shifted to left wing alongside center Mikko Koivu and right winger Ryan Hartman.
Devan Dubnyk started more games than any goaltender in the NHL last season, and the Wild would like to trim hundreds of minutes off his playing time in 2019-20.
Goaltender Alex Stalock was busy, sprawling out for saves, pawing pucks with his glove and funneling passes to teammates.He needed the work.
Kevin Fiala made a brief appearance at the X before he and the rest of the team heads to Colorado.
NHL players' faces can be tough to discern. But their mugs, with or without teeth, are front and center when it's time to take their official head shot for the season on the first day of training camp.
The Wild's Ryan Hartman finished an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick, picking up a goal and also flexing his physical side by dropping the gloves for a second-period fight.
It wasn't until after he accomplished his goal of starring in Sweden that the NHL became a reality for Zuccarello, who grew up in Oslo.
The captain -- who has scored 201 goals and assisted on 487 in 14 years with the Wild -- took the next step in his recovery from a February knee injury Monday.
Ryan Donato, acquired in a trade from Boston last season, will get a look in the middle as the Wild quickly gets ready for its first preseason game.
It wasn't until last month that Wild defenseman Matt Dumba finally felt back to normal after tearing his pectoral muscle in a fight last December. Friday, he finally got to show his stuff.
On the heels of a disappointing non-playoff finish, getting back to a familiar setting was a source of encouragement for the Wild, who have many questions to answer as training camp begins.
With 13 of the first 18 games of the regular season on the road, a potentially make-or-break slate, the Wild is planning to make cuts sooner so players tasked with tackling that stretch can prepare together.
Winger Jordan Greenway and the rest of the Wild open training camp Thursday at the TRIA rink in St. Paul.
Bruce Boudreau stopped by the Star Tribune Stage at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday and expressed optimism for the upcoming season despite the Wild coming off its first playoff miss in seven years.
Restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday.
Bill Guerin, 48, spent the past eight years with the Penguins — three as player development coach, beginning in 2011, and the past five as assistant to general manager Jim Rutherford.
In a twist, Ron Hextall was fired last season by the Flyers, who then hired former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Fourteen months after he was brought on, Paul Fenton was fired by Craig Leipold. "It was a realization that our organization was a little different than what Paul was fitting into."
Minnesota Wild takes care of three of its restricted free agents: Ryan Donato, Nico Sturm and Carson Soucy
Wild must still sign likes of Eriksson Ek and Fiala.
A self-described "hockey nerd" new Wild forward Mats Zuccarello made it clear he felt coveted — a message the team was able to convey during the interview period leading up to the start of NHL free agency.
The Wild see Hartman as someone who is hard to play against, can make life difficult on the opponent and skates as an agitator with the ability to draw penalties and swing momentum.
The well-traveled right wingers have combined for 756 NHL games.
The San Jose captain and proven scorer is likely to leave the Sharks for greener pastures.
The Wild plays three games on the road before its home opener against Pittsburgh and then goes back on the road for three more games.
After meeting for the first time when they were eight years old, Matt Boldy and Marshall Warren have been teammates for years. forging a bond that goes well beyond the ice.
Defenseman Filip Johansson is aware of the pressure he inherited once he became the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2018.
Matt Hendricks joined the Wild as its assistant director of player development earlier this week — a role that enables him to stay connected to the game he loves while being home with his family.
Left winger Pontus Aberg, acquired from Anaheim in a midseason trade, was let go, along with three minor leaguers. Restricted free agents retained by the team include Joel Eriksson Ek, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala.
The former Bemidji State standout was picked up from Vegas during last season.
After adding winger Matt Boldy in the first round Friday, the Wild made seven selections Saturday — mostly forwards who the team believes can pivot between center and wing. But goaltending was also a focus.
"Everyone has worked so hard for this moment," Wild pick Matt Boldy said. "So we don't really have that jealousy for each other. You're more so just happy for each other."
At No. 12, the Wild is scheduled to make its highest pick since it drafted defenseman Matt Dumba seventh overall in 2012 and has eight picks overall.
Jason Zucker accepted the King Clancy Award, which honors leadership on and off the ice, as a member of a Wild. But how much longer will he be part of the team?
Our North Score Sunday debate looks at what the Wild needs to do now that the NHL offseason has officially arrived.
Jared Spurgeon, 29, is entering the final year of a four-year, $20.75 million contract. GM Paul Fenton talked about the defenseman's future in the context of next week's NHL draft.
The former Wild teammates are on opposite sides in the best-of-seven series between Boston and Carolina that guarantees one of them plays for the Stanley Cup.
Jason Zucker was also a finalist last season, when the award was shared by Vancouver's Sedin twins. It's given for "leadership qualities on and off the ice and significant humanitarian contribution to his community."
The arrival of Ryan Donato, Jordan Greenway and Luke Kunin to the Iowa Wild after the Minnesota Wild's season was over led to the AHL team's late surge.
Jason Zucker, Eric Staal and Zach Parise hope to improve their outputs next season after missing the playoffs in 2019.
The Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, and players were realistic as they cleaned out their lockers. "We've got a lot of work to do," said winger Zach Parise.
After being shut out 11 times, the team must figure out a way to score more goals.
Andrew Brunette, director of player personnel for the Wild, was an assistant general manager under GM Chuck Fletcher before Fletcher lost his job a year ago.
After finishing with 83 points, 11th among the clubs in the lottery, the Wild has a 3 percent chance of landing the top pick.
J.T. Brown appeared in 56 games for the Wild, scoring three goals. He was arrested early Saturday in Dallas on suspicion of public intoxication, according to police documents.
Injuries, trades and a frustrating lack of scoring were harbingers of a slide that left the Wild out of the postseason for the first time in seven years.
The Wild could have more than $18 million in space to utilize during this longer-than-usual offseason that begins this week with no playoffs.
Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned aside all 22 shots he faced from a Wild team that ended the season on a goal drought of nearly 125 minutes.
Devan Dubnyk started seven more games than he did last season, and his 67 appearances tied his career high — a workload that Dubnyk had no problem handling.
Charlie Coyle was back at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday with the Bruins, his 20th game since the trade — a span in which Boston has utilized the versatility that headlined Coyle's skills while with the Wild.