Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Wild GM Paul Fenton praised Filip Johansson's hockey intelligence.

"I love taking smart defensemen," Fenton said. "It's kind of been a thing that I've done since I started running the draft. When [the scouts] started talking about the smarts, and I've seen him play several times as well, so I was very happy with the selection." He's probably two years away from contributing at the NHL level. Expect him to play with Leksands in Sweden next season.
Jun 23 - 10:11 AM

The Minnesota Wild selected Filip Johansson with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Johansson has puck-moving ability but his selection 24th overall is a bit of surprise given his limited offensive production with Leksands under-20 team in the SuperElit in Finland. On the plus side, Johansson has a high hockey IQ and is a solid puck distributor. He also has good size and has upside as a tour-four defender, but it is unclear if his skills will sufficiently translate at the NHL level. Johansson, who isn't much of a shooter, recently signed a two-year contract extension with Leksands, so it is unlikely we will be seeing him in North America anytime soon.
Jun 22 - 10:12 PM
Kyle Rau - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild and Kyle Rau are reportedly close to agreeing to an extension.

The terms of the contract aren't clear yet, but he's coming off a two-year, $1.85 million contract. If he's not re-signed, then he will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He excelled in the AHL last season with 23 goals and 50 points in 69 AHL contests, but only played in three games with Minnesota.
Jun 20 - 1:53 PM

The Minnesota Wild will play in an exhibition game in Iowa.

The contest will be against the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 19. The Wild also have preseason games set against Winnipeg (Sept. 17, Sept. 26), Dallas (Sept. 20, Sept. 24), and Colorado (Sept. 22, Sept. 28).
Jun 14 - 8:31 AM

Dean Evason has been hired by the Minnesota Wild to serve as an assistant coach.

Evason will be replacing John Anderson, who didn't have his contract renewed. Evason, 53, has spent the last five seasons as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. Before that, he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Washington Capitals. Much of that stint with the Capitals overlapped with Bruce Boudreau time as their bench boss, so Boudreau and Evason are already very familiar with each other.
Jun 7 - 9:34 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired Jack Ferreira as an assistant to general manager Paul Fenton.

Fenton played for Ferreira during the 1991-92 season with the San Jose Sharks and the two worked together with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993. Ferreira also served as the general manager of the Minnesota North Stars. "He's certainly one of the people who has influenced my career, not only from when I was a kid playing, but all the advice he's given me over the years," Fenton said. "I learned so much working for him in Anaheim and continuing a relationship as we've gone forward in professional hockey. I look forward to having him here as a really good guidance piece."
Jun 5 - 8:25 PM

Wild assistant coach John Anderson will reportedly not have his contract renewed.

Anderson had spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with Minnesota. Prior to that he was the head coach of the AHL's Chicago Wolves and he also logged 814 NHL games during his playing career. The Wild also declined to renew the contract of Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Jun 5 - 5:52 PM
Adam Vay - G - Wild

Adam Vay has signed a contract with Saryarka Karaganda (Kazakhstan) in Russia's second division.

The Hungarian netminder signed an entry-level deal with the Minnesota Wild in 2016, but he never made it to the NHL. The 24-year-old spent most of last season with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. Vay had a 13-17-2 record with a 3.29 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage in Rapid City this year.
Jun 2 - 11:05 AM

Ryan Suter is making progress in his recovery, but it will be a few weeks before he can start putting weight on his ankle.

"I can’t wait," Suter said. "I feel like once I start walking, then it’s kind of behind me. … There’s a few more weeks for that, and once that happens, hopefully I’ll be ready to go." The goal is for Suter to be ready for the season opener. He suffered a fractured ankle on March 31.
May 24 - 2:55 PM

Charlie Coyle underwent surgery last Friday on both of his wrists.

Coyle needed tears in each of his wrists repaired and he will require four weeks to recover. He had been dealing with the issues during the last half of the regular season and in the playoffs.
May 22 - 11:36 AM

Minnesota has announced the hiring of Paul Fenton as the team's new General Manager.

Fenton will also serve as the Wild's Alternate Governor and he will oversea the hockey operations department. "Paul is uniquely suited for this job having played 10 years of professional hockey and holding 25 years of management experience in the NHL," said team owner Craig Leipold. "His gift of evaluating talent is obvious in Nashville's roster and recent success. My relationship with Paul goes back to my early days in Nashville and I know that Wild hockey fans are going to love Paul's infectious passion for the game and unsurpassed work ethic. He's the right person to deliver a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey." Fenton has spent the last 12 years as assistant GM of the Nashville Predators.
Source: Wild.com
May 21 - 5:23 PM

Paul Fenton will reportedly be the next GM of the Minnesota Wild.

Sources told the Athletic that Fenton has been offered the job and he has accepted. Fenton has been working as an assistant general manager with the Nashville Predators and he serves as the General Manager of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. Nothing has been confirmed by the Wild yet.
May 21 - 5:09 PM

Minnesota has signed Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Kahkonen registered a mark of 20-23-12 with a 2.20 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and six shutouts in 56 games for Lukko of Finland's Liiga in 2017-18. He was chosen in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
May 16 - 2:14 PM

Jason Zucker has been selected as a finalist for the King Clancy Trophy.

This award is given "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Zucker has been a big part of the community in Minnesota, notably with fundraising campaigns. Nashville's P.K. Subban as well as Vancouver's Henrik and Daniel Sedin have also been selected as finalists for the award.
May 2 - 7:35 PM

Eric Martinsson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Martinsson collected 17 points, 34 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 46 games for Swedish Hockey League's Vaxjo Lakers HC. The 25-year-old defender also had 11 points in 13 playoff outings.
May 2 - 7:20 PM


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