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Paul Fenton is known as tireless, patient and sharp reading intangibles. That's how he was on the ice, too.
The addition of Nashville staples such as goalie Pekka Rinne, captain Roman Josi and several others were part of Paul Fenton's legacy as assistant general manager with the Predators,
Getting familiar with the Wild's personnel is on new GM Paul Fenton's agenda as he transitions to the organization, and coach Bruce Boudreau is ready to help.
With Nashville, Fenton oversaw amateur player development, managed the pro and amateur scouting staffs and advised GM David Poile on player personnel decisions.
A standout in the Finnish Elite League, Kahkonen was also the goalie for Finland's gold medal junior team in 2016.
Reported GM finalsits include executive with ties to Leipold.
Washington rookie Travis Boyd hasn't spent much time in the NHL, but the Hopkins native has crammed plenty of memorable moments into his limited experience.
Longtime Nashville executive Paul Fenton is a candidate to replace Chuck Fletcher. The 58-year-old also interviewed for the Wild's general manager job in 2009 when Fletcher was hired.
The Wild cut ties with Chuck Fletcher on Monday following nine seasons together, and a new voice in charge is likely to bring different ideas.
After firing GM Chuck Fletcher, owner Craig Leipold said he isn't seeking a major overhaul. Instead, he wants a replacement to 'shake it up' while sharing his vision.
Although most of the lineup is under contract for next season, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba are two core players who require new deals.
The disappointment of a third consecutive first-round playoff ouster defines mood for Wild's season
Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler and winger Jordan Greenway appeared in every playoff game for the Wild.
The Jets have beaten the Wild in all four games played in Winnipeg this season and have won 11 in a row on home ice. And that's only part of the challenge facing Minnesota in tonight's win-or-go-home Game 5.
One of the Jets' most effective defensemen won't be on the ice for Game 5 when Winnipeg tries to finish off the Wild.
Even in tense times, Devan Dubnyk focuses on maintaining the outlook that has helped him ascend to elite status among NHL goaltenders
Star forward Zach Parise, who has scored in each game of the series, suffered the injury in Sunday's 6-2 victory. Parise is the top-scoring player in Wild playoff history with 14 goals and 31 points.
While the Wild certainly established a blueprint for combating the Jets in Sunday's 6-2 victory, the belief is it'll have to make revisions to stage an encore at the X.
The Wild remains down 2-1 in the series after its lopsided 6-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.
After struggling to score on the road in the first two games of the series, the Wild on Sunday erupted for six goals back at home to cut into Winnipeg's lead.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway, who joined the team after finishing his college season at Boston University, corralled a loose pick and whirled to score with five minutes left in the second period.
The Wild had no trouble responding to the physical tone set by the Jets in Game 1.
After managing just 20 shots in Game 1 the Wild had an even worse output Friday in the encore — testing Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck only 17 times.
The Wild on Wednesday in Game 1 was outshot 2-to-1 in Winnipeg and its No. 1 line was quiet.
Even before injuries to Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon late in the regular season reconfigured the Wild's blue line to promote Matt Dumba to the No. 1 unit, Dumba carved out a more prominent role.
"The greatest feeling of success is when people say you can't do something and you do it," Bruce Boudreau said. "That's where we're at."
The poise Spurgeon could offer the defensemen during the playoff series against the Jets would be a major lift to the Wild if he is able to suit up for Game 1 Wednesday at Winnipeg.
The injured star defenseman wishes the Wild well as he focuses on family, recovery.
Winnipeg is a bonafide threat to win the Stanley Cup, and the Wild lost to the Jets three times by a combined margin of 13-6.
Suter's injury puts more of the onus on youngsters.
Minnesota's blue-liners have four goals in team's past three games since Ryan Suter went out with a season-ending ankle fracture.
Dustin Brown scored his fourth on the game on a blistering one-timer only 23 seconds into the extra period after completing a hat trick in under two periods of play.
While the Wild faded in the third period, the Ducks picked up the pace as a playoff berth dangled in front of them. Anaheim clinched after a 3-1 victory.
This recent stretch of games is the best Zach Parise has looked since he returned in January following back surgery that fixed a herniated disc.
Ryan Suter is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, and that will provide the team with more clarity on the timeline for recovery and the severity of the injury he suffered in Saturday's loss.
The Wild hosts the Oilers for its final home game of the regular season. It has gone 0-2 against the Oilers this season, falling 3-2 and 4-1.
The Wild blanked on an opportunity to inch closer to locking down a playoff spot, as its season-high seven-game point streak finally expired. But the most concerning development Saturday was a lower-body injury that knocked defenseman Ryan Suter out of the game.
With 13 healthy forwards available, someone has to be on the outs. And so far, that has been Tyler Ennis.
Wins matter but haven't spared Boudreau the ax.
Ever since the break, Eric Staal has been steadily clutch — a sign of the consistency that's boosted him to his highest goal total since he last scored 40 goals nine years ago.
Defenseman Matt Dumba led the charge by the Wild, scoring a goal and adding three assists for a career-high four-point showing.
Getting a point was crucial to the Wild who added to its margin over Colorado in the Western Conference.
With only seven games to go in the regular season, Jordan Greenway is joining the Wild in the midst of a pressure-packed playoff push.
"We're not getting anywhere fast getting a point here and a point there," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after the 2-1 loss. "But I think we're going in the right direction."
"I had a lot of acquaintances and friends that gave me a quick text," he said. "But it's over and done with now."
Boudreau, 63, is the second fastest all-time to reach the milestone (837 games) and quickest among active NHL bench bosses. He also became the 26th NHL coach to achieve the distinction.
It won't be long until the Wild is confronted with its playoff fate, as only eight games remain on the docket. And with the team hunkered into the third spot in the Central Division, it's poised to meet the second-place Jets.
The Wild might have had a slow week with only one game on its schedule before returning to action Saturday night, but a significant change was put in motion during that time that could affect the team.
The Wild fell behind 1-0 Saturday before rallying for a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.
While it would appear the Wild has a bit of breathing room from its perch as the third seed in the Central Division, nothing is for certain.
When the Wild resumes play Saturday, it'll be the start of a nine-game push to the finish line headlined by some of the best teams in the league
Los Angeles scored in the final minute of regulation and the final minute of overtime to beat the Wild 4-3 at the X in what goalie Devan Dubnyk called a 'playoff-like game.'
Stints with the Capitals and the Penguins during those teams' playoff pushes give him perspective as the Wild pursues the postseason.
After Alex Stalock set the stage for a weekend sweep with his 26 saves in the 4-2 victory over Vegas, Devan Dubnyk took over in Arizona.
Wild's successes include a blue line corps that has set record for offensive output.
Wild winger Jason Zucker on Friday had the chance to return home for a meaningful matchup against the Golden Knights.
The Stanley Cup playoffs begin in four weeks, and the lead up to the postseason for the Wild will go on without defenseman Jared Spurgeon
A lack of execution headlined a 5-1 loss, and Jared Spurgeon was injured in the final minutes of a game in which the Wild dominated early but didn't take advantage.
Before the Wild gets a four-day break next week, it'll rattle off three games in four days with another back-to-back in that stretch — a pattern in the schedule that's yielded mixed results for the Wild this season.
The team's 42 points since 2018 began ranked third in the league and second in the Western Conference, improvement that elevated it from clamoring for a wild-card spot to sitting among the division leaders.
Center Eric Staal probably headlines the opposition's scouting report on the Wild. But recently, he hasn't been the only player other teams have had to worry about since the Wild has experienced production from all four lines.
The Wild lost to Edmonton 4-1 on Saturday.
Connor McDavid had a hand in most of Edmonton's offense, as the NHL's reigning MVP lifted the Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Wild
Surgery to fix his knee is expected to happen in the coming weeks, but Kunin has already started his recovery.
Eric Staal scored his 37th goal; Devan Dubnyk won 30th game.
Zach Parise is on a point-scoring streak, including a goal Friday night.
Every kid dreams of playing for the highest stakes. But not everyone grows up to actually have those opportunities in the NHL like Eric Staal.
Eric Staal scored twice, giving him 36 goals on the season, and the Wild set a team record by scoring four goals in a stretch of 3 minutes, 28 seconds.
Ever since Nick Seeler was recalled from AHL Iowa on Feb. 11 to make his debut, the 24-year-old hadn't left the lineup until Tuesday against the Hurricanes. He was still sore after his first career fight.
Prized prospect Luke Kunin had been the poster boy for the Wild's plan to bring up players from the minors to help with its push to and through the post season.
A blend of toughness and scoring touch put an end to the Wild's ugly slide.
He has been caught by a puck a couple of times, although he says it's part of the game.
Bruce Boudreau addressed the Wild during an early timeout, but Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and racked up five points Friday night against Minnesota.
Luke Kunin was the first fresh yet familiar face tabbed to boost the Wild after he was recalled from Iowa.
The Wild's high-scoring line of Zucker-Staal-Granlund was shut out by the Coyotes, who have the fewest points of any team in the NHL.
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