Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Thomas Vanek is involved in an ongoing gambling investigation in upstate New York.

Per WHEC-TV, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer." Vanek has also issued a statement saying that his cooperation was requested by the U.S. Federal Government and he intends to comply. "I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution," Vanek said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL is looking into the situation, but currently isn't commenting on the matter.
Jul 21 - 7:04 PM

Nate Prosser has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Prosser had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games in 2013-14. He has a fair chance of making the team's opening game roster.
Jul 21 - 4:31 PM

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly uninterested in signing Nate Prosser.

Prosser will attempt to get a one-way contract out of another team. He had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 52 games in 2013-14.
Jul 17 - 6:11 PM

The Minnesota Wild have inked John Curry to a one-year, two-way deal.

Curry had a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage in 19 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth goaltender, which the Wild clearly need given setbacks their netminders suffered in 2013-14.
Jul 17 - 4:20 PM

Jason Zucker has inked a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Zucker's deal is two-ways in 2014-15, but it will be a one-way agreement in the second season of the contract. He had four goals and five points in 21 games with Minnesota last season, but he has significantly more offensive upside than those numbers imply.
Jul 15 - 4:11 PM

Center Jordan Schroeder has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Schroeder, 23, collected six points (3-3=6) in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks and one assist in two games with the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound native of Prior Lake, Minn., has recorded 15 points (6-9=15) in 56 NHL contests with Vancouver the past two seasons. He has 115 points (47-68=115) in 192 AHL games. Schroeder recorded 73 points (22-51=73) in 72 games during two seasons at the University of Minnesota (2008-10). He helped win a gold medal for the United States at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Schroeder was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year following the 2008-09 season after leading the NCAA in rookie scoring. He was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 12 - 3:24 PM

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathon Blum on a one-year contract.

Blum, 25, recorded one assist in 15 games with Minnesota last season and tallied 29 points (7-22=29) in 54 contests with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was named Iowa’s Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Des Moines community during the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound native of Long Beach, Calif., has notched 23 points (7-16=23) and 20 PIM in 106 career NHL matches with the Nashville Predators and Minnesota. Blum has produced 142 points (30-112=142) and 127 PIM in 290 career AHL contests. He was selected by Nashville in the first-round (23rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 12 - 3:21 PM

The Minnesota Wild have added Andrew Brunette to their coaching staff.

Brunette will serve as an assistant coach next season. He will likely work from the bench during games with head coach Mike Yeo and fellow assistants Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor. Brunette hung up his skates in 2012 after playing in 1,110 career NHL games.
Jul 11 - 9:56 AM

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


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