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Wild signs Gustav Bouramman to three-year contract

The Wild signed defenseman Gustav Bouramann to his three-year, entry-level contract Friday. That deal will slide to next year as long as he doesn't officially turn pro in North America (i.e. Iowa) this season.

Bouramman, 19, scored six goals and 40 assists and had 43 penalty minutes in 68 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in 2015-16, ranking T-3rd amongst all OHL defensemen in assists and T-5th in scoring.

If you've watched him play in Wild development camps, you know why the Wild value him. Looks like the 2015 seventh-rounder has a future.

He'll arrive in Minnesota in 10 days for rookie camp. After training camp, the Wild will get with his agent to decide his future. He has a chance to return to Sweden to play pro for Lulea, but the Wild controls where he goes now and I'd assume the team wants him to stay in North America and develop on the smaller ice.

So returning to junior remains an option unless the Wild wants him to turn pro with Iowa.

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Couple other items:

The local pro camps put on by Octagon and Sheehy Hockey are going on around town now. I was down at Octagon's today at Braemar and Eric Staal, Jason Pominville and Jared Spurgeon have joined Wild teammates like Zach Parise, Mike Reilly, Kurtis Gabriel, Mario Lucia and Alex Stalock.

Several NHLers like Nick Bjugstad, Paul Martin, Drew Stafford, Dustin Byfuglien, Brock Nelson, Kyle Okposo, Jake Gardiner, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan are down there, too.

Staal scored a nice goal today, and Lucia scored a couple beauties. Reilly continues to fly.

Erik Haula left today for Finland to take part in World Cup of Hockey training camp for the Finns.

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A reminder, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau will join me at the Star Tribune booth on Monday at 3:15 p.m. for a Q and A. You all are very much invited and are welcome to ask the new coach questions as well. The plan is to also stream the event live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/startribunesports, so "LIKE" the page now.

Also, "LIKE" my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/startribunemikerusso.

-- Wild preseason tickets are now on sale. Regular-season single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center box office and at noon that day through ticketmaster.com.

Also on Sept. 24, the Wild's planning an open to the public practice.

Wild left wing Zach Parise says he's 'good to go' after injury

In case you missed it, I filled in for Dan Barreiro on KFAN (100.3-FM) on Wednesday and Wild left wing Zach Parise was one of my guests.

Parise, who missed the playoffs with a herniated disk, provided an update on his health. He has been skating and working out for weeks and on Wednesday, as a standard practice for all NHLers participating in the World Cup of Hockey, had a series of doctor appointments to get cleared.

“I feel really good,” Parise, who leaves for USA Hockey’s training camp on Sept. 4, said. “All the rehab went and is going well. I’m happy with the progress. The doctors were really happy today. … I’m really happy with it. I’m good to go.”

Parise said he’s happy to put the questions to rest. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we can hopefully move on.”

Parise said it was never a question in his mind whether he’d take part in the World Cup as long as he was cleared to play and ready to play. He said with the uncertain future of NHLers taking part in the Winter Olympics, he doesn’t know how many more chances he’ll have to represent his country.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who will join me at the Star Tribune booth at the State Fair on Monday at 3:15 p.m., has indicated that the Wild will play it safe at times with Parise this season and manage his back. He has hinted that there may be busy times during the season where he asks Parise to take it easy and not practice.

Parise doesn’t feel this will be an issue though, saying, "I feel better when I practice. I feel better when I play. Some people like to be away from the rink and they feel rested. I feel the opposite. I feel like garbage when I don’t go and skate.”

Asked if he’s confident the injury is completely behind him or fears this could be an ongoing issue, Parise said, “My MRI looked fantastic today” and that the doctors have told him, “I’m no more susceptible right now than you are of getting a herniated disk. So for me that was good news. I’m not concerned about taking a hit and [I’m not] worried it’s going to happen again. If it happens, it happens. But I’m not concerned that because it already happened that it’s going to happen again.”

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-- A couple other housekeeping items:

As I mentioned, Boudreau will join me at the Star Tribune booth on Monday at 3:15 p.m. for a Q and A. You all are very much invited and are welcome to ask the new coach questions as well. The plan is to also stream the event live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/startribunesports, so "LIKE" the page now.

Also, "LIKE" my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/startribunemikerusso.

-- Wild preseason tickets are now on sale. Regular-season single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center box office and at noon that day through ticketmaster.com.

-- Also, FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Wild, will host a “Wild Town Hall” on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. with Wild owner Craig Leipold, GM Chuck Fletcher and Boudreau. The broadcast event will be televised live on FOX Sports North PLUS.
 
Hosted from Xcel Energy Center, the event will be moderated by Anthony LaPanta with Kevin Gorg reporting. The press release says the “Wild Town Hall” will focus on a variety of topics, including the impact of the new coaching staff, an in-depth look at the roster and discussion about the future of the team.
 
The show will also re-air on FOX Sports North following the Twins game Tuesday evening.

Training camp opens Sept. 22, so daily (or several times daily) blogs and articles will be back soon.

Hope to see you at the State Fair on Monday.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • San Diego at Vikings (preseason)

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Twins at Toronto

    12:07 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    5:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Seattle at Lynx

    6 pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Fort Lauderdale

    6:30 pm on CBSSN

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • L.A. Rams at Vikings (preseason)

    7 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Oregon State at Gophers football

    8 pm on BTN, 107.9-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • Washington at Lynx

    7 pm on 106.1-FM

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Rayo OKC at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch.29

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05 pm on 106.1-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    1:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Lincoln at Saints

    5:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Connecticut at Lynx

    6 pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Baltimore

    NY Yankees

     

    - F

    5

    0

  • Minnesota

    Toronto

     

    - F

    6

    9

  • LA Angels

    Detroit

     

    - F

    5

    0

  • San Diego

    Miami

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Philadelphia

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    5

    1

  • Colorado

    Washington

     

    - F

    5

    3

  • Seattle

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Tampa Bay

    Houston

     

    - F

    10

    4

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Oakland

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    7

    4

  • Cleveland

    Texas

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Atlanta

    San Francisco

     

    - F

    4

    13

  • Cincinnati

    Arizona

     

    - F

    2

    11

  • Chicago Cubs

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    0

    1

  • Kansas City

    Boston

     

    - Bot 7th

    10

    4

  • San Diego

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    10

    23

  • Arizona

    Houston

     

    - F

    24

    34

  • Cincinnati

    Jacksonville

     

    - 4th, 11:17

    21

    19

No NBA games today

No NHL games today

  • New England

    New York

     

    - F

    0

    1

  • Seattle

    Portland

     

    - F

    2

    4

  • New York City FC

    Orlando City SC

     

    - F

    1

    2