Canada's Alexis Lafreniere has nothing to do but wait now that his Canadian junior hockey season is over, and uncertainty over when the NHL draft will

For NHL, drafting as usual won't fly amid coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 NHL draft was scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal, but it was postponed because of ongoing uncertainty. The location, timing and format of the draft (and draft lottery) have yet to be announced.
Gophers
April 8
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UMD defenseman Dylan Samberg signs with Winnipeg Jets

The junior from Hermantown won two high school and two NCAA titles.
Vikings
April 6
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This way to the top: Who's running Minnesota's sports teams?

Even though games aren't being played, Minnesota sports executives are still making decisions that impact the teams we watch. Some names are familiar. Others aren't. Here's a look at the power structures for the state's pro teams and at the University of Minnesota
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Wild
April 6
Zach Parise (11), Eric Staal (12) and the Wild were in a race to make the NHL playoffs when the season halted.

Parise on Wild's playoff push: 'We liked the direction we were going'

After the worst start in team history, Saturday was to have been the regular season finale for the Wild, a game that might have decided whether it made the playoffs.
Vikings
April 1
Among the things columnist Jim Souhan misses is a border battle where you can throw out the records when the the teams meet and players stay focused b

Souhan: Missing sports clichés, the comfort food of English language

There's an "i" in cliché, but this is all about team, and columnist Jim Souhan is a team-first guy, but it's a business and he's got to be able to feed his family.
Wild
March 31
Zach Parise’s son, Jaxson, sat in on a teleconference with NHL players (clockwise) Dallas’ Jamie Benn, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog and Winnipeg

With NHL playoffs on ice, Wild's Parise puts focus on family

Since the NHL paused its season nearly three weeks ago, Zach Parise has focused on family — a point hammered home during video call with three others from the Central Division.
Wild
March 31
The Gritty truth: NHL player poll crowns best trash-talker and more

The Gritty truth: NHL player poll crowns best trash-talker and more

The NHLPA Player Poll surveyed more than 600 players on a variety of topics, including on-ice skills, arenas and teams.
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Gophers
March 31
In a memorable week in March 1981, Neal Broten held up his new North Stars jersey on March 30 with General Manager Lou Nanne looking on. He signed two

Broten's week: From 1981 NCAA final with Gophers to NHL debut

This Week in Minnesota Sports: Three days after his last game as a Gopher, Neal Broten was playing for the North Stars, another example of his charmed hockey life.

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  • Western Conference
    Central w l otl points home away
    St. Louis 42 19 10 94 23-7-5 19-12-5
    Colorado 42 20 8 92 18-9-6 24-11-2
    Dallas 37 24 8 82 19-12-3 18-12-5
    Winnipeg 37 28 6 80 20-14-3 17-14-3
    Nashville 35 26 8 78 17-14-4 18-12-4
    Minnesota 35 27 7 77 19-11-5 16-16-2
    Chicago 32 30 8 72 16-14-4 16-16-4
  • Pacific w l otl points home away
    Vegas 39 24 8 86 22-11-4 17-13-4
    Edmonton 37 25 9 83 17-11-6 20-14-3
    Calgary 36 27 7 79 16-13-4 20-14-3
    Vancouver 36 27 6 78 22-9-4 14-18-2
    Arizona 33 29 8 74 17-12-4 16-17-4
    Anaheim 29 33 9 67 16-15-5 13-18-4
    Los Angeles 29 35 6 64 19-13-2 10-22-4
    San Jose 29 36 5 63 17-17-2 12-19-3
  • Eastern Conference
    Atlantic w l otl points home away
    Boston 44 14 12 100 22-4-9 22-10-3
    Tampa Bay 43 21 6 92 22-10-2 21-11-4
    Toronto 36 25 9 81 18-9-7 18-16-2
    Florida 35 26 8 78 17-14-4 18-12-4
    Montreal 31 31 9 71 14-17-6 17-14-3
    Buffalo 30 31 8 68 20-11-4 10-20-4
    Ottawa 25 34 12 62 18-13-6 7-21-6
    Detroit 17 49 5 39 12-23-2 5-26-3
  • Metropolitan w l otl points home away
    Washington 41 20 8 90 18-10-5 23-10-3
    Philadelphia 41 21 7 89 25-6-4 16-15-3
    Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86 23-8-4 17-15-2
    Carolina 38 25 5 81 19-12-2 19-13-3
    Columbus 33 22 15 81 20-12-4 13-10-11
    NY Islanders 35 23 10 80 20-9-6 15-14-4
    NY Rangers 37 28 5 79 18-16-2 19-12-3
    New Jersey 28 29 12 68 13-11-10 15-18-2
  • Goals
    Z. Parise MIN 25
    K. Fiala MIN 23
    E. Staal MIN 19
    L. Kunin MIN 15
    M. Zuccarello MIN 15
  • Assists
    R. Suter MIN 40
    K. Fiala MIN 31
    E. Staal MIN 28
    J. Brodin MIN 26
    M. Zuccarello MIN 22
  • Points
    K. Fiala MIN 54
    R. Suter MIN 48
    E. Staal MIN 47
    Z. Parise MIN 46
    M. Zuccarello MIN 37
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    A. Stalock MIN 2.67
    D. Dubnyk MIN 3.35
  • Saves
    A. Stalock MIN 985
    D. Dubnyk MIN 756
    K. Kahkonen MIN 157
  • Wins
    A. Stalock MIN 20
    D. Dubnyk MIN 12
    K. Kahkonen MIN 3
  • Goals
    A. Ovechkin WAS 48
    D. Pastrnak BOS 48
    A. Matthews TOR 47
    L. Draisaitl EDM 43
    M. Zibanejad NYR 41
  • Assists
    L. Draisaitl EDM 67
    C. McDavid EDM 63
    A. Panarin NYR 63
    J. Carlson WAS 60
    B. Marchand BOS 59
  • Points
    L. Draisaitl EDM 110
    C. McDavid EDM 97
    D. Pastrnak BOS 95
    A. Panarin NYR 95
    N. MacKinnon COL 93
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    T. Rask BOS 2.12
    A. Khudobin DAL 2.22
    D. Kuemper ARI 2.22
    E. Merzlikins CLS 2.35
    J. Halak BOS 2.39
  • Saves
    C. Hellebuyck WPG 1656
    C. Price MON 1595
    A. Vasilevskiy TB 1472
    F. Andersen TOR 1434
    J. Gibson ANH 1403
  • Wins
    A. Vasilevskiy TB 35
    C. Hellebuyck WPG 31
    J. Binnington STL 30
    F. Andersen TOR 29
    (2) Players 27
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  • Saturday, April 11
  • Sunday, April 12
  • Monday, April 13
  • Tuesday, April 14
Wild
March 30
Wild scoring leader Kevin Fiala and his girlfriend, Jessica Ljung, walked his dog, Foxi, along Nicollet Mall on Wednesday.

Wild's Fiala keeps training in anticipation of season's resumption

Amid the coronavirus shutdown, the breakout winger is working like there's a season to finish.
Vikings
March 30
Greatest sports movies? Our Virtual Happy Hour picked 50

Greatest sports movies? Our Virtual Happy Hour picked 50

Ten Star Tribune staff members gathered after work (or during work for some) for a Virtual Happy Hour in which they compiled a list by holding a draft of the best sports movies. Here are their picks, video clips and more.
Wild
March 28
Wild left wing Kevin Fiala scored after faking out Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis during the first period on March 3.

A month of excitement for Kevin Fiala

Kevin Fiala was one of the NHL's leading scorers from Feb. 4 through the recess in the season.
Wild
March 27
Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich led the NCHC in scoring this season.

Minnesota Duluth star defenseman Scott Perunovich agrees to terms with Blues

The junior from Hibbing, Minn., and Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist will forgo his senior season with the Bulldogs to join the St. Louis organization. He was a second-round draft pick in 2018.
Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle, left, is congratulated by teammates Thomas Vanek, of Austria, and Matt Dumba, right, after scoring during the third pe
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Wild
March 27
Owner: Wild will pay its full-time staff through the end of April

Owner: Wild will pay its full-time staff through the end of April

The Wild's full-time staff will receive full pay and benefits through the month of April while the NHL remains paused during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus
March 26
Sports bars around the country, like this one in Manhattan, sit empty during what is usually the beginning of a busy period.

Sports bars near Target Center, Target Field reimagine role with no live events: 'We completely rely on it'

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has put sports bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities in a difficult situation. "At least 75 percent of our income is based on events," said one local operator.
Wild
March 26
Wild signs junior hockey goalie to entry-level deal

Wild signs junior hockey goalie to entry-level deal

Hunter Jones is coming off his third season with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League and went 31-14-3 with a 2.75 goals-against average
Wild
March 25
NHL postpones draft, combine and awards

NHL postpones draft, combine and awards

The NHL announced Thursday it has postponed the 2020 draft, scouting combine and its annual awards due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Wild
March 24
Wild mailbag: Eriksson Ek looks ready for more responsibility

Wild mailbag: Eriksson Ek looks ready for more responsibility

This week's Wild mailbag takes a look at Joel Eriksson Ek's role and how much spending flexibility the Wild could have in free agency.
Wild
March 24

Wild signs college free agent Mitchell Chaffee to two-year contract

The Wild continued to load up its pipeline Tuesday, signing college free agent Mitchell Chaffee to a two-year, entry-level contract that starts next season.
Wild
March 23
In an updated Q&A issued Monday, the NHL said it doesn’t expect any scenario to “endanger or interfere with” the league's ability to play a full

NHL doesn't anticipate need to abbreviate 2020-21 season

But no decisions have been reached about how, or if, this season will conclude.
Wild
March 23
Wild's Dumba donates to families impacted by coronavirus

Wild's Dumba donates to families impacted by coronavirus

Defenseman Matt Dumba is helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, making a donation Monday to support ACES families impacted by COVID-19.
Wild
March 23

Wild signs two prospects, including Western Hockey League's top scorer

Adam Beckman, who was drafted in the third round last year, finished with 107 points in 63 games with the Spokane Chiefs. Damien Giroux was a fifth-round pick.
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