Player News - Wild

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Erik Haula is seeking $1.2 million from an arbitrator.

Minnesota has countered at $775,000. Haula's arbitration date is scheduled for Friday, but the two sides have the option of settling on their own prior to the date or even after it so long as they agree to terms before a judgment has been made. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 10:13 AM

The free agent market has been "pretty quiet" for Jordan Leopold.

"This is the latest I've ever waited to see if I'm playing or not. After doing this for 13 years, it's been a great experience. If it doesn't end up working out, then it doesn't work out. I can't say I haven't been there or done that. I've seen it all," Leopold said. He would like to continue his career though if there's interest in him. He doesn't expect the market to pick up until August.
Jul 28 - 10:15 AM
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The Minnesota Wild have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards.

Although the Wild were affiliated with Quad City in 2014-15, the Mallards were the franchise's secondary ECHL affiliate whereas now Quad City is the primary affiliate. Quad City reached the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to the Rapid City Rush. "We're excited to announce this new agreement and continue our partnership with the Mallards," said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr. "Quad City offers a great organization that will provide our players an excellent opportunity to continue their development."
Jul 21 - 10:52 PM

Jack Sadek was handed the difficult task of balancing Minnesota's development camp and the start of his classes with the University of Minnesota.

"Jack's been working his butt off this week," Wild's director of player development Brad Bombardir said. "I give him a lot of credit for the work that he's shown and the willingness to want to be here and also take care of his classroom work going to the U of M." Sadek will play for the University of Minnesota as a freshman in 2015-16. He was taken by the Wild with the 204th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 21 - 10:03 AM

The Wild still have big expectations for Darcy Kuemper, despite signing Devan Dubnyk to an extension this summer.

Dubnyk essentially has become the team's No. 1 netminder for the next six years after signing a deal worth $26 million. "Well we’re still very excited about Darcy Kuemper," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He’s a young man, and two seasons ago he had a tremendous year. Last year he was certainly more erratic. He started well and had a tough stretch in the middle of the year. ... "But he’s just turning 25, he’s got great size and athleticism, and we feel he’s a guy that can win games in this league. He has won games in this league. He won a playoff series against Colorado where he was the No. 1 goalie." Kuemper posted a 2.60 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last year, but was considerably better the year before. Fletcher says the team is comfortable with Kuemper as the No. 2 moving forward.
Jul 18 - 1:58 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Eriksson Ek was taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. "We're excited to officially have Joel under contract," said assistant GM Brent Flahr. "He's a top young player with an exciting package of size, skill, hockey sense and character. We are committed to working with him in the development process and look forward to seeing him in a Wild uniform in the near future." He had four goals and six points in 34 games in Sweden's top league last season.
Jul 13 - 9:43 PM

Erik Haula has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31.

That's the latest date in the schedule for a hearing, which is great news for both sides as a recent report suggested that Haula and the Wild aren't close to an agreement. He had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests with Minnesota last season.
Jul 13 - 5:34 PM

Christian Folin re-signed with the Wild on a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

Folin, who got a one-way contract, gives the Wild eight defenseman. The 24-year-old restricted free agent was signed as a college free agent after the 2013-14 season at UMass-Lowell. The Swedish blueliner had 10 points in 40 NHL games last year, plus four points in 13 games in the AHL.
Jul 11 - 5:11 PM

Erik Haula and the Wild are not near an agreement on a new contract.

The restricted free agent and the Wild could very well go into arbitration or sign right at the deadline, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. Haula made $900,000 last year. He played in 72 games, recording seven goals and seven assists, last season.
Jul 11 - 5:10 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek said he is looking to get bigger and stronger.

"I need to be stronger," said Eriksson Ek, who has only 180 pounds on his 6-2 frame. "I need to work on my first steps. I need work on everything, but those two things, that’s the most important." The Wild selected the 18-year-old with the 20th overall pick in last June's Entry Draft. He scored four goals and six points in 34 games with Farjestads BK Karlstad in the Swedish League last season. He is still probably a few years away from contributing at the NHL level.
Jul 11 - 9:59 AM

Alex Tuch will return to Boston College for his sophomore season.

Tuch had 14 goals and 28 points in 37 NCAA games in 2014-15. Those are strong numbers for a freshman, but Tuch feels he still has a lot to prove. "I could have produced a lot more," he said, "and I think I have another year of development ahead of me." Minnesota took him with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 10 - 8:50 AM

Niklas Backstrom went into the severity of the elbow injury he's been dealing with.

Backstrom had nerve damage to the point where he couldn't move some of his fingers. It meant that he couldn't so much as hold a phone with his right hand. He had surgery for his injury in May. Minnesota was expected to buy out Backstrom this summer, but the Wild can't due to his injury. Backstrom isn't expected to be cleared to play until training camp at the earliest, which means that he might end up on the long-term injured reserve list instead.
Jul 7 - 9:49 AM

Restricted free agent Erik Haula has filed for salary arbitration.

Haula is coming off a two-year contract that totalled $1.8 million. The two sides can still come to an agreement before the arbitration hearing takes place. Haula has seven goals and 14 points in 72 games with the Wild last season.
Jul 5 - 11:12 AM

The Minnesota Wild have officially announced the signing of Devan Dubnyk to a six-year/$26 million contract.

Dubnyk was sensational for the Wild after being traded from the Coyotes on January 14 as he went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He went from a backup goalie in Arizona to being a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. "The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Star Tribune on June 27. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I'm real excited."
Jul 4 - 5:49 PM

Given that the 2015-16 Minnesota Wild will be very similar to last season's edition, Zach Parise feels that the onus is on the players to improve upon their showing last season.

"We need guys to get better; we need guys to play better," Parise said. "It sounds like that's (the front office's) approach as well. Just internally, we need to get better. If there was a way they could improve the team, I'm sure they will and would, but as a group, we just have to take it upon ourselves to play better next season." Parise had 33 goals and 62 points in 74 contests in 2014-15. That's pretty much in line with what he has done in previous seasons with Minnesota, but there's a bit of room for improvement given his skill level.
Jul 3 - 10:23 AM

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