Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Erik Haula had a hip injury in the playoffs.

A lower-body injury kept him out of the lineup for Game 1 against Dallas, but he was able to return in the second contest of the series. It's unclear if that ailment was his hip, but he did contribute one goal and three assists in five matches when he returned.
Apr 29 - 9:25 AM

GM Chuck Fletcher is open to trading Darcy Kuemper.

"I think it would behoove us to look around and see what value we could find in him," said Fletcher. "If there's a deal that makes sense for us and allows him to get a better opportunity, I think that would be good for both of us. But I also have no problem bringing him back." With Devan Dubnyk locked up for the next four years, it makes sense that the Wild would explore their options with Kuemper.
Apr 29 - 9:19 AM

Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher said that interim bench boss John Torchetti is "definitely a very serious candidate" to coach the Wild next season.

He added that "it's important that we find a coach that can hold the players accountable and put a system in place and get them to execute the system and hold them accountable to it." Fletcher said there is no rush to announce a new head coach for the team.
Apr 29 - 9:16 AM

Jared Spurgeon was playing through an upper-body injury throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

It sounds like that injury had a meaningful impact on Spurgeon's ability to play, but he still managed to average 22:41 minutes of ice time per contest. He finished with 11 goals and 29 points in 77 games.
Apr 28 - 6:25 PM

Marco Scandella might require hernia surgery over the summer.

Scandella will not participate in the 2016 World Championships due to the injury. He had five goals and 21 points in 73 regular season contests.
Apr 28 - 4:55 PM

Thomas Vanek hopes to play for the Wild next year, but he knows that he could be bought out during the off-season.

"I do understand the business side of it," he said. "I'm not happy with my year, but at the same time, I truly still believe that I'm a 30-goal scorer in this league. I'll worry about myself, have a good summer and be ready to go. I signed here not because this is where I live. I signed here because I truly love it here, and I want to win here." He scored just 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games in 2015-16. Vanek sat out four of the last five regular-season games and the playoffs because of broken and displaced ribs. If he is medically cleared to play during the buyout window then it will certainly be an option.
Apr 28 - 9:37 AM

Zach Parise had been playing with a herniated disk in his lower back for three months before a hit on April 5 took him out of the lineup.

"I don't know if you've ever had nerve pain, but it doesn't feel very good," said Parise. "It's been really scary, some of the things that I was feeling. There was a lot of pain and just some of the things that were happening, it was a little eye-opening." He is hoping to avoid off-season back surgery with therapy and rehab. Parise believes he has made positive progress with that path so far and feels like he'll be training normally by midsummer. He still wants to play for the United States in the World Cup of Hockey in September.
Apr 28 - 9:29 AM

Zach Parise's upper-body injury is a back problem.

It prevented Parise from participating in the playoffs. He described the injury as scary and a little eye-opening, but he doesn't anticipate missing any more time over it. He expects to be available for the World Cup.
Apr 27 - 4:49 PM

Devan Dubnyk was dealing with a broken index finger since Game 1 of the Wild's first round series.

Dubnyk finished the series with a 3.34 GAA and .877 save percentage in six start. We can't know how much the injury impacted his play, but obviously another factor was the Stars' offensive prowess.
Apr 27 - 1:49 PM

Thomas Vanek's upper-body injury is broken and displaced ribs.

Vanek doesn't require surgery though. He's coming off of a disappointing campaign where he was limited to 18 goals and 41 points in 74 contests. Due to that, it's possible that the Wild will buy out the final season of his three-year, $19.5 million contract.
Apr 27 - 12:43 PM

John Torchetti hopes to be back behind the bench for Minnesota next season.

He took over as the interim head coach on Feb. 13 after Mike Yeo was fired. Torchetti posted a 15-11-1 record with Minnesota to end the regular season and the club went 2-4 in the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 11:00 AM

Jonas Brodin had a goal and an assist in Game 6 versus Dallas.

He had three points in six games in the series. Brodin's goal was his first in 34 postseason appearances. The 22-year-old defender posted just two goals and seven points in 68 games during the regular season.
Apr 25 - 10:53 AM

Mikko Koivu contributed two assists in Minnesota's comeback attempt in Game 6 against Dallas.

The Wild scored three goals before the midway mark of the third period to cut into the Stars' 4-0 lead. Koivu assisted on two goals by Jared Spurgeon during that time, but Minnesota lost the game by a score of 5-4. The veteran center finished the series with five points in six matches.
Apr 25 - 10:49 AM

Nino Niederreiter picked up two assists in Game 6 during a 5-4 loss to Dallas.

He crashed the net late in the third and nearly tied the game, but it was ruled that the puck didn't completely cross over the goal line. Niederreiter racked up seven shots in the contest and he posted six points in six games, but the Wild are out of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 10:44 AM

Jason Pominville scored in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Dallas in Game 6.

He made it 5-4 with 4:47 left and the Wild came close to tying it, but the puck didn't completely cross the line. The loss eliminated Minnesota from the postseason. Pominville led the team in scoring with four goals and seven points in the series. He finished with a four-game point streak.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM


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