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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.
No one could get a puck by Boston goalie Jaroslav Halak, who made 26 saves as the Wild was blanked for the 10th time this season.
A Hobey Baker Award finalist after leading Clarkson in scoring with 45 points during his junior season, Nico Sturm considers himself a two-way center who plays a 200-foot game and takes pride on his defensive work.
The 2018-19 season likely will be remembered as hitting its expiration date Sunday as former Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves in Minnesota's 4-0 loss to Arizona.
With Matt Dumba, captain Mikko Koivu and leading scorer Zach Parise all sidelined the Wild is finding it tough to locate the back of the net.
The Wild kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by outdueling the Golden Knights 3-2 but Colorado upended Arizona 3-2 in a shootout earlier, a worst-case scenario because both teams earned points.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter wondered if he'd ever be able to walk again.after shattering his right leg during the final weeks of the 2017-18 season.
The past six Wild seasons finished with the team in the playoffs, but how it reached that point was different each year. Here's a look back to fuel your look ahead.
With five games to go, the Wild is loitering outside the playoff picture with 79 points, which makes scoreboard as important as winning.
The team surrendered a shorthanded goal to stay two points behind Colorado.for the final playoff berth while being shut out for the eighth time this season.
The former Gophers standout was drafted in the third round by Nashville in 2016.
The winger got to catch up with his former team on Monday night.
Their in-game study sessions highlight the development process three of the Wild's youngest players are still experiencing while battling for the playoffs.
A night after knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Wild was undone by the Hurricanes.
Nino Niederreiter's exit was the first of three major changes for the Wild leading up to the NHL trade deadline this season. He was shipped to the Hurricanes Jan. 17.
Luke Kunin's goal broke a 1-1 tie with the defending Stanley Cup champions for the Wild's 20th road win for the season.
Until he was moved out in exchange for winger Nino Niederreiter on Jan. 17, Victor Rask had only ever played for the Hurricanes.
Ryan Donato's neighbors may not haved liked it, but Wild is reaping the reward.
The Wild remained one point behind Arizona for the final playoff spot and the loss to Colorado let the Avalanche move withing a point of Minnesota. "At this point in the season, effort is not enough," center Eric Fehr said.
Robson can appear in the regular season, but he's ineligible for the playoffs because he wasn't on the Wild's reserve list at the trade deadline.
An undersized skater who's now listed at 5-9 and 167 pounds, Jared Spurgeon was routinely told he would never advance — by scouts, coaches and hockey organizations that cut him from their squads.
Wild needs to catch Coyotes, keep the Avalanche on its heels.
The Wild scored a pair of power-play goals, and picked up one point, but it wasn't enough for victory.
The 22-year-old is approaching his one-year anniversary in the NHL.
Marcus Foligno has become a vocal leader for the Wild in his second season with the team.
Ryan Donato scored twice, and the Wild snapped a three-game losing streak with a supercharged effort.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday met with most players to express a message that emphasized self-preparation. The Wild has lost three in a row.
The Wild, with eyes on the playoffs, lost its third consecutive game at home with Thursday night's effort, a 4-1 lackluster loss to Dallas. It kept a recent trend alive: The Wild has won once at home in 10 games.
The Wild is tapping into Luke Kunin's versatility right now at a critical time in its season.
The 25-year-old is still developing in his first full season, a process that has become magnified as the team has juggled seven defensemen.
Another ineffective showing by the power play headlined a 3-0 loss to the Sharks in front of 18,907 at the X that was yet another weak showing on home ice.
What ultimately may end up deciding the Wild's playoff fate is how it fares during a five-game homestand that begins tonight against San Jose.
Jason Zucker scored all three goals while Devan Dubnyk posted his second shutout as the Wild topped the NHL-leading Lightning 3-0.
Victor Rask participated in his first skate with the Wild on Thursday morning since he was hurt Feb. 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers when he stepped on a puck
Tampa Bay's 106 points are 17 more than the No. 2 Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it recently tied the NHL record for fastest to 50 wins by reaching it in just 66 games.
Nashville for the second time in three days beat the Wild in a shootout on a goal Devan Dubnyk doesn't believe was on the level. At the same time the Wild extended its point streak to a season-high seven games.
Mikael Granlund's life changed in a hurry, on the ice and off: he was traded for the first time in his career, had a son and played twice vs. his old team. "I don't know if that kind of week is ever going to come up again," Granlund said.
And after a gruesome scoring drought and run of bad games against weak teams, the Wild has emerged with more firepower and confidence as the season reaches its final weeks.
Arriving back in the Twin Cities on the brink of morning after a late-night victory Saturday in Calgary to face a rested Nashville squad, the Wild was only minutes away from sweeping a back-to-back.
Coach Bruce Boudreau anticipates he could tab Devan Dubnyk for the entire three-game road trip this week, including a back-to-back at the end against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
The Wild's five-game streak ties a season-high, while also nixing Calgary's seven-game tear.
Kevin Fiala had never been traded before and felt nervous about joining the Wild even though he knew it was the right move for his career.
The Wild won its fourth in a row, defeating the Jets 3-2 after an improbable comeback ending featuring goals from Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek.
Poised to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Eric Staal said the new deal came together quickly Monday, which he expected it would.
Generating more skill and speed off the rush is a target for Wild general manager Paul Fenton, and he used both of those characteristics to describe Kevin Fiala after trading with the Predators for him.
The two went to different Boston-area schools but are teaming up together for the second time in their young careers.
With the NHL trading deadline today, you can argue whether the Wild is showing its potential or demonstrating the value of the team's recent roster shakeup.
Although the sample size is small, the Wild's performance in the aftermath of the Ryan Donato-for-Charlie Coyle deal has been encouraging and helps explain why the team has belief in the current group.
Luke Kunin, the youngest on the Wild at 21 years old, had a goal and assist, while 22-year-olds Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and newcomer Ryan Donato each tallied a point.
Eric Staal's agent, Rick Curran, said he had a meeting with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton early in the season, expressing Staal's desire to stay with the Wild. The trade deadline is Monday.
The Wild, losers of five straight, traded Charlie Coyle to the Bruins. He learned of the trade Wednesday afternoon as the team prepared to fly to New York for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Anaheim scored three goals in the final six minutes, including an empty netter, as the Wild's scoreless streak reached 156 minutes and Bruce Boudreau cut short his postgame press conference.
While the Wild is aware it's received breaks from other teams' losses in staying ahead of the curve, players aren't glued to the scoreboard between games.
The 4-0 loss was a ghastly flop in a Central Division battle that felt like the team's most significant test of the season. The Wild has played nine games in February, winning only one. "It's getting pretty ugly," winger Zach Parise said.
After the game, coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated the team's goal is to make the playoffs, but how General Manager Paul Fenton affects that ambition is unclear — uncertainty players seem to be processing.
Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek have capitalized on their chemistry to be a consistent duo for the Wild — impact that Kunin believes is spurred by the second chance he received.
Nico Hischier put the winning goal past a wandering Devan Dubnyk, getting New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider his first victory in 22 regular-season games.
In-season transitions wouldn't be possible without equipment staffs outfitting players with what they need to represent their new squads, behind-the-scenes shuffling that's essential.
The Wild led 3-1 and later 4-3 but Tuesday's loss drops Minnesota to to 1-4-2 in its last seven games. The latest setback came after a poor line change that had coach Bruce Boudreau fuming.
Victor Rask filled out the third line next to center Joel Eriksson Ek and right wing Luke Kunin on Tuesday against the Flyers but logged only eight shifts before leaving in the second period after stepping on a puck.
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