Player News - Wild

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Christian Folin will miss Saturday's game due to an illness.

Folin has no points in three games this season. He has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 24 - 1:29 PM

Keith Ballard is dealing with an illness.

Ballard will miss Saturday's game as a result. He's only played in one game so far this season.
Oct 24 - 1:28 PM

Darcy Kuemper is the second netminder since 1943-44 to earn three shutouts in his first four games.

The other player to accomplish that was Pascal Leclaire in 2007-08. Leclaire ended up recording a 2.25 GAA and .919 save percentage in 54 games that season. He also finished second in the league with nine shutouts. Of course, a hot start doesn't always lead to a good season, but Kuemper is certainly worth starting at this time.
Oct 24 - 12:30 PM

Jason Pominville netted his second goal of the year in Thursday's 2-0 win over Arizona.

He generated a goal and an assist in Minnesota's season opener, but he didn't have a point in his previous three contests. Pominville should be a good source of offense on Minnesota's top line this campaign.
Oct 24 - 11:34 AM

Darcy Kuemper stopped all 26 shots he faced on Thursday night en route to his third shutout of the young season in a 2-0 win over Arizona.

Kuemper is having a special start to the year and is posting absolutely breathtaking numbers. Initially thought to be a three-man race heading into the season, Kuemper has taken the starting goaltending job in Minnesota and is running away with it. Through four starts, he is 3-1 with a .980 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average.
Oct 24 - 12:21 AM

Jared Spurgeon had a hand in both Wild goals on Thursday night as the 24-year-old had two assists in Minnesota's 2-0 win over Arizona.

Spurgeon now has a goal and four points through five games this season, an impressive output for the defenseman who had 26 points in 67 games last season. The Edmonton native had an offensive flair in his WHL days with Spokane, and is looking to have discovered it at the NHL level in an early analysis of his production this year.
Oct 24 - 12:00 AM

Charlie Coyle has agreed to a five-year, $16 million extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Coyle is in the last season of his entry-level contract and will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting in 2015-16. This could end up being a great deal for Minnesota. Coyle had 30 points in 70 games last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that. We're looking for the 22-year-old forward to get around 45 points this season and if all goes well, he should top that figure in the years to come.
Oct 22 - 5:23 PM

Charlie Coyle skated with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek during Tuesday's practice.

Koivu doesn't have a point in four games and Vanek has only one assist, so coach Mike Yeo is hoping that Coyle can help get his new linemates going. Koivu and Coyle enjoyed some success together last season.
Oct 22 - 10:36 AM

Mikael Granlund's next contract is likely to be a two- or three-year pact.

That kind of deal would seemingly benefit both parties, as it gives Granlund an opportunity to try to land a big money deal if he performs and it gives Minnesota time to see what kind of player they have before deciding if he should be rewarded handsomely.
Oct 21 - 11:05 AM

Nate Prosser made his season debut Sunday.

He logged just 8:14 of ice time in Minnesota's 2-1 loss to Los Angeles. Prosser was credited with three hits and one block in the match.
Oct 20 - 12:07 PM

Thomas Vanek doesn't have a goal in a Wild uniform despite 13 shots in four games.

"As a team and for myself, you just need that first one and hopefully it opens up," said Vanek. "I don't feel like I'm squeezing my stick quite yet. We had some good looks. They're just not going in right now." Oddly enough, he may have had some trouble holding his stick after his thumb was struck by a shot from teammate Ryan Suter during the second period of Sunday's loss to Los Angeles. He missed the final 13 minutes of the second period, but he returned in the third. Vanek has one assist in his first four games, but there's no reason to panic.
Oct 20 - 12:01 PM

Mikko Koivu hasn't registered a point through four games this season.

Koivu feels like he's generating plenty of scoring chances with new linemate Thomas Vanek, but the puck isn't going in for them. "I think we're doing a lot of things the right way, but in the end, it's no excuse to say you're playing good when you can't capitalize on your chances," he said. Koivu has 11 shots and he's won 58.7 percent of his faceoffs, so he has contributed in other categories. The points should come eventually.
Oct 20 - 11:53 AM

Niklas Backstrom stopped 14 of 16 shots he faced in Minnesota's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Backstrom started his first game since January and didn't really look out of place. He wasn't very busy today, as Minnesota dominated 41-16 in shots. The 36-year-old was beat in the first period by Tyler Toffoli, and in the third period by Tanner Pearson. Backstrom is an aging goaltender who isn't a good bet to stay healthy. The emergency of Darcy Kuemper also doesn't help Backstrom's cause.
Oct 19 - 6:10 PM

Ryan Suter registered an assist and played a game-high 32:50 in Minnesota’s 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday.

32:50 is a season-high for Suter. The 29-year-old got an assist on Matt Cooke’s third period goal. Even though Minnesota has struggled to score of late, Suter is having himself a very good season. He has one goal and three assists in four games this year. The Wild outshot the Kings 41-16, but Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick got the better of Minnesota.
Oct 19 - 6:04 PM

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo says the team needs more from forward Jason Zucker.

Zucker sent a pass into teammate Matt Dumba's skates that led to Corey Perry's game winning goal on Friday. "With his speed, it’s just kind of a minor thing and these are learning moments," Yeo said. "If he can have a bit of a shoulder check, he can realize that he has a little bit more time and space, that he’s part of the attack as opposed to just moving it to somebody. It’s just trying to get his feet going and with his speed, that could be such a factor for us. We saw it on his goal. As much as anything else, I wanted to make sure he knows that one mistake, that’s part of the game, that’s part of the process for a young player and he’s still developing and you’ve got to move on from that and learn from it."
Oct 19 - 12:09 PM


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