Player News - Wild

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Bob McKenzie reported Thursday night that Josh Harding has been suspended by the Minnesota Wild because his fractured ankle was not a hockey-related injury.

As long as Harding is injured, he will not be paid by the Wild and his contract does not count against Minnesota's salary cap. We will keep you posted with any other developments on this hectic day in the Wild's goalie crease, which also saw Darcy Kuemper resigned to a two-year deal and Ilya Bryzgalov invited to training camp on a pro tryout.
Sep 18 - 9:48 PM

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Minnesota at an average annual value of $1.25 million on Thursday night.

Kuemper posted a solid rookie season in 2013-14, going 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Considering Thursday's news that Josh Harding will be sidelined for at least a month with a broken foot, Kuemper slots in as at least the backup goaltender out of the gate with the potential to win the starting job over Niklas Backstrom if the veteran can't get his career back on track.
Sep 18 - 9:34 PM

Josh Harding is projected to miss a minimum of two-to-three months because of a fractured foot.

Harding apparently suffered the ailment in an off-ice altercation with a teammate. This could lead to a suspension if the Wild decide to go down that route. Harding's injury puts the team in a tough position. Ilya Bryzgalov was invited to camp on a tryout basis, as a result, and the club is still trying to negotiate with young netminder Darcy Kuemper.
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov has accepted a professional tryout with the Minnesota Wild and he will be at camp.

He expressed his wish to return to the Wild during the summer and it looks like he will get his chance following the news that Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to a fractured foot. Bryzgalov played well for the Wild down the stretch last year, while posting a 7-1-3 record to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA.
Sep 17 - 6:32 PM

Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.

He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months.
Sep 17 - 5:27 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't think Josh Harding's ankle injury will impact negotiations with Darcy Kuemper.

"The situation itself doesn't change he dynamic," he said. "You want to get it done because he's a good, young goalie, he's somebody we think has potential to be a good player, but anytime you get into a situation where you're missing camp, it's just not healthy. The goal is always to get a contract done. Whether Josh is healthy or not healthy doesn't really have any impact. You always want to get it done, but you've got to do what's right. We'll just keep working through it and hopefully get it done." Harding could be out for months with an ankle injury and with Kuemper's negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the Wild may look for a veteran goalie to join them at training camp.
Sep 17 - 4:16 PM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Josh Harding's ankle injury is "significant."

The ailment he sustained off the ice is expected to keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks. McKenzie reports that Harding is already on crutches and sporting a walking boot.
Sep 17 - 4:04 PM

Niklas Backstrom feels healthy heading into training camp and he wants to recapture his past form.

"Backy's kind of been the forgotten soldier right now," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "Nobody even talks about him. He's won a lot of hockey games for us, there's been many games where I know he stole games for us. He's a guy who can come in and do that again this year. I think he'll be motivated." If he can put his injury woes behind him then Backstrom could be a sneaky pick late in drafts as a depth goalie option.
Sep 17 - 12:40 PM

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Sep 16 - 7:08 PM

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000.
Sep 15 - 10:58 AM

Christian Folin played a tremendous game in the Wild prospects' 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis' prospects on Saturday in rookie tournament action.

Folin scored the game winning goal in overtime, played some big minutes throughout the game and was heavily relied on down the stretch in the victory. "I thought he had a really strong game for us," Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir said. "I thought he showed up, played well and did some good things. And got better from yesterday. That’s the most important thing."
Sep 14 - 3:32 PM

Gustav Olofsson was Minnesota's star of the game in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets in a rookie contest Friday night.

The 19-year-old 2013 second-round pick didn't hit the scoresheet but impressed with Wild brass with a strong overall effort. Olofsson played college hockey last season in Denver and in the AHL for eight games with Iowa and has some modest offensive skills. We don't believe he will be a fantasy factor this season.
Source: Wild.com
Sep 13 - 1:24 PM

Minnesota has inked Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, $8 million contract.

"I'm glad it's over and I'm part of the Wild family again," Niederreiter said. "I think it's all about now. The season's coming up and I think I found a way to score goals in the league and felt I got better and better as last season went on, so now I'm very happy to focus and not worry about the contract situation. Now I just want to go out there and play and really, really work on things." He notched 14 goals and 36 points, along with 175 hits, in 81 games last season during his first year with the Wild.
Sep 11 - 5:45 PM

Bob Suter, the father of Ryan Suter, has passed away at the age of 57 after suffering a heart attack.

Bob Suter was a member of the Miracle On Ice team that won gold for the United States in the 1980 Winter Olympics. "Bob Suter will always be remembered for his role as a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice Team that captivated our country and whose impact is impossible to measure," USA Hockey said in a released statement. "His legacy, however, is far beyond that as he dedicated his life to advancing hockey and helping young people achieve their dreams. Bob's positive impact on our sport will be felt for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Suter family at this difficult time." Bob Suter, who is also the brother of former NHL player Gary Suter, had been serving as a scout for the Minnesota Wild.
Source: CBC.ca
Sep 10 - 10:22 AM

Nino Niederreiter's agent, Andre Rufener, believes that his client is close to re-signing with the Minnesota Wild.

Niederreiter is a restricted free agent and recently turned down a lucrative offer from a KHL club. "We are close [to a contract with the Wild], and I really hope and I truly believe that we can get it done," Rufener said. "It's in our best interest to get it done before camp [Sept. 18], so that's what we're trying to do." The contracts Niederreiter and the Wild have been discussing have ranged from two-to-six years, so it will be interesting to see what he ends up with. He had 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Sep 10 - 9:04 AM


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