Player News - Wild

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Minnesota has until June 1st to sign prospect Reid Duke.

The Wild might end up trading Duke rather than inking him as there reportedly is some interest from other teams. Duke had 33 goals and 62 points in 68 WHL regular season games. He's added another eight goals and 24 points in 21 playoff contests. Minnesota took him with the 169th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Chase Lang has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Lang had two goals and three points in 11 AHL games in 2015-16. Prior to that he scored 27 goals and 63 points in 69 contests with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen in 2015-16.
May 24 - 2:04 PM

New Wild coach Bruce Boudreau will have new assistants with him on the bench next season.

Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor have been told they won't be returning next season, according to multiple sources. Assistant coach Darby Hendrickson and goalie coach Bob Mason will be back, though. Andrew Brunette, who has a year remaining on his contract, is expected to rejoin the front office. Bob Woods and Brad Lauer, who were assistants to Boudrea in Anaheim, could be candidates for the jobs.
May 23 - 6:12 PM

Mikael Granlund has been one of the stars at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia.

He has scored four goals and registered 11 points in eight games and has an assist in Saturday morning's semifinal game which Finland is leading 3-1 over Russia. Granlund has been an enigma in his NHL career to date. His skills should render better scoring results. We recommend you give Granlund the 2016-17 season before giving up on him, though. Granlund is still a candidate for a breakout season.
May 21 - 11:24 AM

New Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau will meet with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on Friday.

Unsurprisingly, Boudreau plans on meeting with captain Mikko Koivu too, but he'll wait until after the World Championship is over to do that. Boudreau also needs to decide what to do with the rest of the Wild's coaching staff, which predates his arrival. If he doesn't plan on retaining their services, he will likely let them know soon.
May 20 - 9:04 AM
Adam Vay - G - Wild

Minnesota has agreed to terms with Adam Vay on a two-year, entry-level contract.

The 22-year-old netminder had a 3.67 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in three games for Hungary at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, but he played impressively at the tournament. In 39 games with Debreceni HK of the MOL Liga, he posted a 2.77 GAA, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts.
May 18 - 12:34 PM

Mikael Granlund contributed an assist in Finland's 4-0 win over Canada in the final game of preliminary round action at the World Championship.

The win gave the Finns first place in the pool and it gave Granlund nine points in seven matches at the tournament.
May 17 - 5:28 PM

Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist for Switzerland in a 3-2 overtime win over Denmark at the World Championship on Tuesday.

His two-point effort helped the Swiss rally from a 2-0 deficit. Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Danes in the contest.
May 10 - 5:23 PM

John Torchetti's future with the Minnesota Wild is unclear.

Torchetti served as the Wild's interim head coach after Mike Yeo was fired this winter. Torchetti interviewed for the head coaching job on Monday, but we know he didn't get the gig because Minnesota hired Bruce Boudreau on Saturday. According to the Minneapolis Tribune, Torchetti has one year remaining on his contract to coach the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa.
May 8 - 10:53 AM

Bruce Boudreau's four-year contract with the Wild is believed to be worth just under $3 million per year.

This means that the final year of Boudreau's deal with the Ducks is no longer valid. The Wild made the hiring official on Saturday night. Boudreau has won eight division titles with the Capitals and Ducks and the Wild are hoping he'll be able to stabilize things behind the bench in Minnesota.
May 8 - 10:51 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired Bruce Boudreau as their next head coach.

He will be the fifth head coach in the history of the Minnesota Wild. For the most part, Boudreau seems to get the most out of his offensive players, which should be good news for the Wild from a fantasy perspective. The Wild's new head coach also showed an ability to adapt his coaching style when the Ducks got off to a slow start in 2015-16. His contract is believed to be a four-year deal. He has a career record of 409-192-80 (.659).
May 7 - 8:57 PM

Bruce Boudreau doesn't appear to feel any ill-will towards Ducks GM Bob Murray following Boudreau's firing.

"Quite frankly, I’m glad Bob did it when he did it and not waited too long," Boudreau said of Murray firing him shortly after Anaheim's elimination from the playoffs. "I thought that was pretty classy. It wasn’t not expected. We expected a lot from us on our team and I expected a lot from me. And we didn’t get to where we wanted to be." Boudreau also appreciated that Murray didn't fire Boudreau earlier in 2015-16 when Anaheim struggled out of the gate. Boudreau also acknowledged that he's been attracting interest now that he's available. He'll probably end up with a new job for the 2016-17 campaign.
May 3 - 8:47 AM

Don't be surprised if the Ottawa Senators go after Bruce Boudreau to be their next head coach.

Boudreau, who was just fired as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, has the highest regular season winning precentage of any NHL head coach with a minumum of 500 games at .659. It is .002 better than the legendary Scotty Bowman. Of course, the regular season isn't Boudreau's problem. Rightly or wrongly he has been tagged as a coach who can't win in the playoffs. Stay tuned.
Apr 30 - 10:24 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Boudreau has a 1-7 record in Game 7s and you can debate whether or not he's to blame for that or even if that was on the Ducks' minds when they decided to fire him, but it would be hard to argue there's not a clear link between that record and Anaheim's decision to let him go. The reality is that the Ducks have seen four straight playoff runs end in a Game 7 loss and if Anaheim had won one or two of those, thus allowing them to go further into the playoffs, perhaps that would have been enough to save Boudreau. Because if nothing else, this can't be about his regular season results. Sure the Ducks got off to a rough start in the 2015-16 campaign, but they rebounded in a big way. Anaheim had a 208-104-40 regular season record under Boudreau and have won their division for four straight years under him. They just couldn't get it done in the playoffs, which was also the case with Washington when Boudreau was overseeing them.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM

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


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