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Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (62) / 1/5/1955
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 175

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Wild coach Bruce Boudreau felt Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to Columbus was "embarrassing."
Minnesota had 3-1 and 4-2 leads in this contest, but the Blue Jackets managed to claw their way back into the contest. To be fair to Minnesota, the squad has endured far more than its fair share of injuries. Forwards Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, Marcus Foligno, Nino Niederreiter, and Charlie Coyle are all currently sidelined, so they're in a challenging situation, but Boudreau certainly wasn't in the mood to use that excuse. "It wasn't what Columbus was doing, because I've seen Columbus play 10 times better than that," Boudreau said after the loss. "But the simple plays we're supposed to be making, managing the puck, turning pucks over. You can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn't be doing that." The Wild have roughly a week off now, so maybe that will do them some good. We also might see alternate lines for Friday's game against Winnipeg. Oct 15 - 5:37 AM

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The Minnesota Wild have reached an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Rapid City Rush.

The Rush were previously affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes' franchise. Minnesota is also affiliated with the AHL's Iowa Wild. "We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Rapid City Rush," said Minnesota Wild senior vice president of hockey operations Brent Flahr. "Rapid City is a terrific hockey market that includes a lot of Minnesota Wild fans and provides our organization with another great opportunity for developing our players."
Jun 19 - 6:50 PM

Minnesota left Matt Dumba unprotected for the expansion draft.

Dumba and fellow rearguard Marco Scandella are available to the Golden Knights. Unless the Wild can make a side deal with Vegas, Dumba will almost certainly be a member of the Golden Knights. Eric Staal was also left unprotected. The Wild retained: Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Jason Zucker, Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk.
Jun 18 - 12:03 PM

Although Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is mad with the way Minnesota's season ended, he believes the team is good enough to go far in the playoffs as is.

Minnesota had a 49-25-8 regular season record, but lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues. "I think we’re good enough where we don’t have to change a lot," Boudreau said. "We were in the top 10 in almost every category in the league, and until March 1, we were in the top five in every category." There will obviously be some turnover as there is every summer, but it's entirely possible that the Wild will avoid making any substantial trades or signings this summer. The Wild are likely to be close to the salary cap anyways once they re-sign their restricted free agents, so it would be somewhat difficult for them to make substantial additions at this time. That being said, you never know, especially this year when the Las Vegas expansion draft throws an uncommon winkle into the offseason proceedings.
May 25 - 10:24 AM

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold isn't happy with how Minnesota did in 2016-17.

For the second straight season, the Wild were booted out in the first round, this time in a 4-1 series loss to the St. Louis Blues. "I was terribly disappointed [by our finish]. … I’m not over it," Leipold said. "Not over it. I watch these games now and go, ‘That could be us.'" He added that he likes the way the team's built, but he also feels they took an unexpected step back in the playoffs. That being said, he doesn't blame GM Chuck Fletcher for their playoff collapse. As mentioned before, Fletcher's job is safe for now.
May 18 - 10:31 AM

Despite another disappointing showing in the playoffs, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher's job is safe for now, per owner Craig Leipold.

Fletcher has been the general manager of Minnesota since May 2009. Under his watch the Wild have made the playoffs for five straight seasons, but haven't gotten past the second round in any of those runs. This year the Wild suffered a disappointing 4-1 series loss to the underdog St. Louis Blues.
Apr 24 - 10:53 AM

Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau has coached teams that have been down 2-0 in a playoff series before.

Boudreau has been in that position three times before, winning one of those series with the Capitals against the Rangers. He is going to have work that magic again if the Wild are going to overcome their 2-0 deficit to the Blues. Boudreau's calming manner may be just what the Wild need. "It’s the third time that it's happened. Successfully we've won it once. Unsuccessfully we lost in seven both other times. Just trying to explain to (the Wild) that it's not as dire as they think."
Apr 16 - 12:19 PM

The Wild set two franchise records of note this season.

The Wild won 49 games, the most ever for this franchise and recorded 106 regular-season points, also a record. Minnesota will have a tough first-round opponent in the Blues. It should be a good opening round playoff series.
Apr 9 - 12:13 PM

Minnesota forwards seem to all be slumping at the same time.

Nino Niederreiter has scored only one goal in his last 19 games, while Jason Zucker has one goal in his last 12. Mikko Koivu has registered only goals in his past 23 games and Charlie Coyle has two goals in his past 19. This is not a recipe for success. No wonder Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau is in a bad mood.

With Zach Parise and Jason Pominville back from the mumps, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his forward lines for Sunday's game against San Jose.

Eric Staal will play between Parise and Chris Stewart, while the Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund line remained intact. Newly-acqyuired Martin Hanzal willskate between Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, and Pominville will flank with Erik Haula and Ryan White. Chris Stewart might be the fantasy winner here.
Mar 5 - 12:12 PM

Don't be surprised if the Wild add some depth up front before next Wednesday's trade deadline.

"I think that’s fair," GM Chuck Fletcher said of needing depth. "I think we’ve got more unproven depth up front than we do on defense. We have [Jordan] Schroeder and [Tyler] Graovac, who are here, but the guys behind them [in Iowa] are a little more unproven." Don't expect Fletcher to pull off a major trade, as he probably feels he doesn't need to overspend. But adding one or two bottom-six guys is realistic.
Feb 25 - 9:22 AM

The Minnesota Wild have picked up at least a point in 11 straight road games.

The Wild are 9-0-2 over that span. That's just one short of the franchise record, which they'll consequently have an opportunity to tie on Sunday in Chicago. It'll be an interesting game overall as the Wild and Blackhawks are tied in terms of points (59) for the lead in the Central Division. Chicago will also be eager to step up after being blown out by Washington on Friday.
Jan 15 - 4:59 AM

Bruce Boudreau downplayed the significance of Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets.

It's the first time in major North American sports history that two teams riding winning streaks of at least 12 games will go head-to-head. "It’s not the Super Bowl, it’s not the Stanley Cup," Boudreau said. "It’s Game 36. It’s got a good, little story line, but that’s all it is." It's a shame that one of these two winning streaks has to end, but this should one should be entertaining to say the least.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:45:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild are one of the best five-on-five teams in the NHL.

The Wild gives up a league low 1.94 goals per game while at the same time scores a fourth-highest, 3.06 goals per contest. That results in a plus-36 goal differential second best in the NHL. As well, Wild players hold six of the top 11 plus/minus rankings. Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau has been very happy about his team's overall game this season, including a current 10-game winning streak.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 11:40:00 AM

Minnesota's penalty kill has struggled following a hot start to the season.

The Wild were 26-for-27 on the kill in the first 10 games of the year, but in the last 12 contests the team has gone 27-for-37. As a result, Minnesota has slipped to 16th overall in situations when they have been down by a man.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Charlie Coyle
4Joel Eriksson Ek
5Matt Cullen
LW1Mikael Granlund
2Jason Zucker
3Marcus Foligno
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Parise
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Tyler Ennis
3Chris Stewart
4Zack Mitchell
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Gustav Olofsson
6Ryan Murphy
7Nate Prosser
8Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock