Player News - Wild

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In retrospect, Mathew Dumba feels he benefited from spending another season with WHL Portland.

Dumba started the 2013-14 campaign with the Minnesota Wild, but after participating in just 13 NHL contests, they finally sent him down in January. He went on to record eight goals and 24 points in 27 WHL contests and then another 18 points in 21 playoff games with the Portland Winterhawks. "Everything happens for a reason; maybe I didn't see it at the start," Dumba said. "That meeting, when I found out I was going to go back to junior, I was pretty disappointed about that, obviously. Everyone's dream is to get to the NHL and stay there, and that certainly was mine. But I've seen the development in my game and what it's done for me, and now coming back, I'm looking forward to using all of that and trying to make it full time this year."
Jul 10 - 9:42 AM

The Minnesota Wild have officially announced Cody Almond's one-year extension.

Almond will make $550,000 in 2014-15. He's looking to prove himself in the NHL after scoring 18 goals and 34 points in 44 Swiss league games last season.
Jul 9 - 6:44 PM

Justin Fontaine has received his arbitration date.

Fontaine and the Minnesota Wild will take part in the hearing on August 1 if they can't agree to terms before then. He had 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14. If nothing else, he should get his first one-way contract.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:23 PM

Cody Almond has agreed to a one-year, $550,000 contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Almond is likely to make the Wild's opening game roster given that the deal is one-way. He's returning to Minnesota's organization after spending two campaigns in the Swiss league. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 44 contests last season.
Jul 8 - 9:52 AM

Darcy Kuemper chose not to file for salary arbitration.

Kuemper is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had a 2.43 GAA and .915 save percentage in 26 games with the Wild in 2013-14. He'll probably end up with a one-way deal.
Jul 6 - 9:30 AM

Justin Fontaine will continue to try to work something out with the Wild, but he has filed for salary arbitration.

He recorded 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games last season. Fontaine also added a goal and an assist in nine playoff outings. He earned $600,000 last year.
Jul 5 - 3:28 PM

Joel Rechlicz has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Rechlicz had two points and 87 penalty minutes in 25 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Jul 2 - 10:32 AM

Thomas Vanek admitted that returning to Minnesota was one of his main motivations for wanting to test the free agent market.

Vanek had to compromise to sign with the Wild though as they would only ink him to a three-year deal. He hadn't previously played for the Wild, but he did go to the University of Minnesota where he was a star with the Golden Gophers. This signing also reunites him with his former Sabres linemate, Jason Pominville.
Jul 2 - 10:30 AM

Brett Sutter has signed a two-year, two-way contract with Minnesota.

Sutter had a goal and two points in 17 games in 2013-14. He might end up making the Wild's opening game roster as a bottom-six forward, but he's more likely to start the season in the minors.
Jul 1 - 6:34 PM

Guillaume Gelinas has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Gelinas was undrafted, but had a big season with the QMJHL Val d'Or Foreurs in 2013-14. He scored 23 goals and 92 points in 67 contests and spent 81 minutes in the sin bin.
Jul 1 - 6:31 PM

Minnesota has signed Stu Bickel to a one-year, two-way contract.

He skated in just 24 games for Hartford in the AHL last season, where he picked up eight points and 85 penalty minutes.
Jul 1 - 5:55 PM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal, $19.5 million contract.

Vanek goes back to Minnesota where he played college hockey and was a scoring star with the Golden Gophers. He will be motivated to play in front of friends and should settle in on the Wild's top line alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. He will also play on the team's top power-play unit. Look for Vanek to register 70 points this upcoming season. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher did well to hold the term on this deal to three years and a reasonable $19.5 million. It looks like Vanek and the Wild win here.
Jul 1 - 1:43 PM

Thomas Vanek is interested in signing with the Minnesota Wild, but the team might be unwilling to give him a long-term deal.

Still, Vanek might be open to signing with the Wild on a short-term contract. "Is it a deal-breaker if he loves everything about the team and they're shorter term than another team? I don't think it's to that extent," Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett said. "It's just one more of those boxes that you check when you’re trying to make a decision." Vanek will be one of the top unrestricted free agents despite his rocky playoff run with Montreal.
Jul 1 - 10:20 AM

The Minnesota Wild are holding an in-person meeting with potential UFA target Thomas Vanek on Sunday, according to a report by TVA's Louis Jean.

The Wild wouldn't be able to sign him until July 1, as only the Montreal Canadiens have that right. Many believe that the sniper is likely to land in Minnesota, and this only intensifies that speculation.
Jun 29 - 1:07 PM

The Minnesota Wild have taken Alex Tuch with the 18th pick of the opening round in the 2014 draft.

Tuch is a towering, bulky winger with a powerful stride who can hit hard, forecheck and score. The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native put up an impressive 28 goals and 60 points in just 53 games in the USHL this season with 58 penalty minutes. Tuch is a robust forward who grinds into opponents with the puck, and protects his linemates with his big body. Many of Tuch’s goals come through his impressive ability to attack the net and tip in pucks from the point, but he also owns a sublime pair of hands that could dish out the puck. Tuch is committed to Boston College this autumn, and should develop into a gritty second line power forward in the future.
Jun 27 - 9:02 PM


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