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Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is not worried about rumors circulating that former 5th round pick Kirill Kaprizov is set to sign a long-term contract to stay with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

"We’ve been in contact with his agent over the last couple weeks and we haven’t been made aware of anything," Fletcher said. "We’re operating under the assumption he’s got a year left. He’s going to play for CSKA, and then he’s interested in coming over and playing for the Wild for the ’18-’19 season. He’s a heck of a player. I think he’ll be ready to step in and be a good hockey player for us a year from now. That’s our expectation and our hope. We haven’t been notified of anything to the contrary." The Wild think he will be ready for the NHL when his contract expires in the KHL and Fletcher is running under the assumption that Kaprizov will be on his NHL roster during the 2018-19 season. Kaprizov led the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament with nine goals and set a KHL record for most points by a player under 20 with 42 in 49 games. It looks like the Wild got themselves a steal when they selected him in the 5th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 27 - 10:56 AM

Although Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is mad with the way Minnesota's season ended, he believes the team is good enough to go far in the playoffs as is.

Minnesota had a 49-25-8 regular season record, but lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues. "I think we’re good enough where we don’t have to change a lot," Boudreau said. "We were in the top 10 in almost every category in the league, and until March 1, we were in the top five in every category." There will obviously be some turnover as there is every summer, but it's entirely possible that the Wild will avoid making any substantial trades or signings this summer. The Wild are likely to be close to the salary cap anyways once they re-sign their restricted free agents, so it would be somewhat difficult for them to make substantial additions at this time. That being said, you never know, especially this year when the Las Vegas expansion draft throws an uncommon winkle into the offseason proceedings.
May 25 - 10:24 AM

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold isn't happy with how Minnesota did in 2016-17.

For the second straight season, the Wild were booted out in the first round, this time in a 4-1 series loss to the St. Louis Blues. "I was terribly disappointed [by our finish]. … I’m not over it," Leipold said. "Not over it. I watch these games now and go, ‘That could be us.'" He added that he likes the way the team's built, but he also feels they took an unexpected step back in the playoffs. That being said, he doesn't blame GM Chuck Fletcher for their playoff collapse. As mentioned before, Fletcher's job is safe for now.
May 18 - 10:31 AM

Eric Staal has been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered in Minnesota's last game of the year.

"He feels better and has passed all the tests. Physically, he'd be able to play an NHL game right now," said GM Chuck Fletcher. "So the feeling is he's in a good spot. We all feel a bit fortunate. It was a bad injury. He'll have a summer where he'll be healthy and be able to prepare, so that’s a positive in view of how ugly that incident could have been." Staal crashed head-first into the end boards on Apr. 22 against St. Louis.
May 17 - 1:02 PM

Other teams have calling the Wild about Nino Niederreiter, but GM Chuck Fletcher wants to keep him on the team.

"We're going to try to find a way to keep them both here," Fletcher said of RFAs Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund. "Certainly there are ways to do it, but you can't control everything. We need the cap ceiling, we need to know what will happen with expansion, there are other opportunities out there to improve our team. [Granlund and Niederreiter] are two more decisions we have to make within the context of a lot of other decisions that we'll have to make. It's challenging. There's obstacles. But it's actually exciting. There will be opportunities here to consider things that maybe we normally haven't considered the last couple summers. It's energizing." Niederreiter and Granlund are both eligible for arbitration, but that probably wouldn't be the best course of action because a two-year contract would take them to unrestricted free agency.
May 17 - 11:55 AM

Jason Zucker's sports hernia surgery was a success.

The Wild announced after the operation that Zucker should be healthy in time for the start of training camp after he had bilateral core muscle repair surgery. He had 22 goals and 47 points in 79 regular season contests.
May 4 - 3:26 PM

It is believed that Ryan Suter played in the playoffs with an upper-body injury.

It's unclear if he will require surgery at this time. Several Wild players played hurt in the postseason and some needed procedures following the team's first-round exit.
May 4 - 9:48 AM

Jason Zucker is expected to undergo surgery for a sports hernia Thursday per Wild sources.

The Wild will make an announcement Thursday after a core muscle injury expert assess Zucker's recovery time. He missed three games late in the year with a lower-body injury, which could be related to the issue.
May 3 - 12:51 PM

Marco Scandella has undergone arthroscopic hip surgery.

The Minnesota rearguard is expected to be ready for training camp. Scandella had 13 points along with 50 hits and 85 blocks in 71 games in 2016-17.
May 2 - 2:47 PM

Kirill Kaprizov has one more year left on his KHL contract.

After that it will be his decision whether he stays in Russia or signs with Minnesota. The Wild talked to his agent and girlfriend at 2017 World Junior Championship and believe that he wants to be an NHLer. Kaprisov, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, had 20 goals and 42 points in 49 KHL contests this past campaign.
May 2 - 10:54 AM

Christian Folin (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

He underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery for a labral tear on Monday. Folin originally suffered the injury back in March.
May 1 - 6:59 PM

Christian Folin had shoulder surgery on Monday.

He was wearing a brace down stretch and suited up in just two games in the playoffs. Minnesota is still waiting for a timetable on Folin's recovery.
May 1 - 6:11 PM

Martin Hanzal enjoyed his time with the Minnesota Wild, but he isn't sure if he will be back with the team next year.

"I was really happy here so if there's a chance for me to stay here, I would love to," said Hanzal. "But that would have to be both sides agreeing on that. I enjoyed it. I loved it here. ... I've never been a free agent. It’s going to be a new experience. I have no idea right now to be honest which teams or whatever. I have to wait for the offers and see what happens." He would like a long-term deal, but the Wild have to sign RFAs Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, while giving players like Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin looks at NHL spots. It may not be the right fit for the team to bring back Hanzal, but that determination has not been made yet.
Apr 27 - 10:34 AM

Nino Niederreiter will be a restricted free agent this summer.

GM Chuck Fletcher described Niederreiter as a streaky goal scorer and that's a fair assessment. The 24-year-old winger had his best NHL season in 2016-17 with 25 goals and 57 points in 82 contests. It will be interesting to see what kind of a deal Niederreiter gets in the off-season.
Apr 27 - 9:48 AM

Jonas Brodin and Joel Eriksson Ek will represent Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

Brodin had 25 points in 68 games during the regular season for the Wild, while Erikssson Ek produced seven points in 15 NHL appearances.
Apr 27 - 9:40 AM


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