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Drury, Ruggiero, Schneider, DeGregorio named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero, Mathieu Schneider and Ron DeGregorio have been chosen for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The four will be inducted on Dec. 17 in Boston.

Drury won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. He scored 255 goals and had 615 points in 892 NHL games and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1998-99. Drury, who played on three U.S. Olympic teams, won the Hobey Baker Award and played on a national championship team at Boston University. Drury’s early claim to fame was pitching Trumbull, Conn., to the Little League World Series title in 1989.

Ruggiero won four Olympic medals during her 15-year career with the U.S. women’s national team. She played in more games (256) for that team, played in 10 world champoinships and was the tournament’s top defenseman four times. Ruggiero played four years at Harvard, where she had 243 points in 127 games and was a four-time All-America. She also was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this year.

Schneider, a defenseman, played 21 professional seasons and won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993. He played in 1,289 NHL games and 223 goals and 520 assists. Schneider played on two Olympic teams and helped the U.S. win the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey for the past 12 years, started the national team development program in 1996. He has been with USA Hockey for 40 years, and won the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in 2002.

The addition of four will bring the number of members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn., to 169.

Wild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal


Erik Haula is unsigned no more.

The Wild and Haula's agent beat a Sunday arbitration decision by agreeing on a two-year, $2 million deal. Haula would have been awarded a one-year deal between $775,000 and $1.2 million later today.

Haula will receive $950,000 in Year 1 and $1.05 million in Year 2.

All of the Wild's NHL restricted free agents have been re-signed. Iowa Wild defenseman Jon Blum and winger Brett Bulmer remain unsigned. It's believed Blum, who has been on the trading block, has options in Europe, but he has yet to decide to go that route.

Been asked a bunch today: When Haula filed for arbitration, yes, that triggered a second buyout window for the Wild. That starts Wednesday and lasts 48 hours. But, again, it is not an option with Niklas Backstrom. As I reported last month, Backstrom has not been cleared from offseason elbow surgery and thus for a second consecutive offseason cannot be bought out. The expectation is he'll be cleared by training camp.

Here is the updated Wild depth chart:

Here’s a look at how the Wild is shaping up to look like next season. This will change throughout the summer if the Wild add and delete players.

The depth chart is my opinion. Obviously, lines change, roles change (maybe Charlie Coyle to wing eventually), etc.

In parentheses, each player’s cap hits.


Left wing                              Center                                    Right wing

Zach Parise ($7.5+M)       Mikael Granlund ($3M)       Jason Pominville (5.6M)

Jason Zucker (900+K)      Mikko Koivu (6.75M)          Thomas Vanek ($6.5M)  

Nino Niederreiter (2.66M) Charlie Coyle (3.2M)       Justin Fontaine (1M)

Ryan Carter (625K)              Erik Haula (1M)                  ---------------------------

Vying for spots: Jordan Schroeder (600K), Tyler Graovac, (747,500); Brett Sutter (600K), Zac Dalpe (600K), Ruslan Fedotenko (600K), Michael Keranen (675K), Marc Hagel (605K), Kurtis Gabriel (667K), Zack Mitchell (615K), Brady Brassart ($836,667), Raphael Bussieres ($759,167), Grayson Downing (692,500), Pavel Jenys (688,333), Christoph Bertschy (575K), Jared Knight (761K), Brett Bulmer (RFA).


Left Defense                     Right Defense

Ryan Suter (7.5+M)         Jonas Brodin (4.1+M)

Marco Scandella (4M)     Jared Spurgeon (2.66M)

Mike Reilly (925K)       Matt Dumba (894,167) 

Nate Prosser (625K)         Christian Folin (725,000)

Vying for spots: Folin, Tyson Strachan (650K), Jon Blum (RFA), Zach Palmquist (692,500), Gustav Olofsson (795K), Guillaume Gelinas ($596,667), Dylan Labbe (692,500), Alex Gudbranson (610K), Hunter Warner (598,333).


Devan Dubnyk (4.33M)

Darcy Kuemper (1.25M) 

Niklas Backstrom (3.42M)

Minor-league goalies: Brody Hoffman (925K), Stephen Michalek (687,500).

*Wild’s expected to sign another goaltender for Iowa.

Total cap hit roughly: $69,821,342 ($71.4 million ceiling).

*Includes $500K buyout cap hit for Matt Cooke.

**Excludes potential bonuses for Reilly and Dumba for purposes of calculating the cap. A club is permitted to exceed the upper limit provided the overage is the direct result of performance bonuses. If this is the case, a club is only allowed to exceed the upper limit by 7.5 percent, which is $5.355 million (7.5 percent x $71.4M).

Available cap space: $1,578,658. Part of this cap space will be eaten up if hopefuls like Graovac, Schroeder and Folin make the team.

If injured goalie Niklas Backstrom is still on the roster as a third goalie come the season, the Wild would have to keep two extra skaters opposed to three. If the Wild keeps two extra defensemen, that would mean no extra forwards.

Remember, this cap space is deceiving because the Wild needs to leave a cushion for injuries and flexibility to make in-season adjustments (i.e. trades).

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Lynx at Los Angeles

    9pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at New York


  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing


  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing


  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Lynx at Phoenix

    9pm on 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing


  • FC Edmonton at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing


  • Winnipeg at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Los Angeles at Lynx

    6pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • Vikings vs. Pittsburgh

    7pm on Ch. 11, 100.3/1130

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Houston


    7:05 PM

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  • Seattle


    7:40 PM

  • Cleveland

    LA Angels

    9:05 PM

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    9:05 PM

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    6:00 PM

  • Indiana


    7:00 PM

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    9:00 PM

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