Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

GM Chuck Fletcher feels he has to get Nino Niederreiter's contract done right with some key restricted free agents in need of deals next summer.

Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella are among that group. Fletcher feels Niederreiter's deal could affect the others. It's possible that Niederreiter could miss the start of training camp, but Minnesota feels there will be plenty of competition to act as insurance.
Sep 1 - 4:53 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo plans to let his three healthy goaltenders battle it out for the starting role in the pre-season.

"The plan for the first three preseason games is… to give everybody equal playing time," said Yeo. "We’ll determine who to give a greater workload to from there." Yeo went on to say that his goaltenders will receive a boost this season due to Minnesota’s improved scoring abilities. During the second half of last season the Wild offense found their stride, and with the Thomas Vanek signing the team should produce sufficient offense for Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper.
Aug 30 - 12:46 PM

Wild coach Mike Yeo said Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper have a chance to win the No. 1 job.

"I have to say we're kind of open right now, to be honest with you," Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. "We're going to have some scrimmages ... but we're going to have to pretty quickly determine who we want to give a greater workload to after that. That's going to be a good challenge." Harding may have the inside track on the position because of his success in 2013-14 before he was forced to the sidelines due to his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. Kuemper performed well in his absence and Backstrom is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued campaign. Training camp will be interesting in the Minnesota crease.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 29 - 5:58 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov would like to return to the Minnesota Wild, according to his agent.

"Ilya would very much like to return to the Wild and further the success the team had down the stretch last year," Ritch Winter said. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences he has had in his career. Ilya loved his teammates in Minnesota, loved the city and loved and appreciated the support he received from the coaching staff and Wild fans. He would love to be a part of helping this team to enjoy the success they had together last year." The problem for the Wild is that their crease is already crowded and the club is preparing to the start the year with three goalies on the roster. Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are expected to return from their respective ailments, while RFA Darcy Kuemper is slated to join them once he gets signed. There probably isn't any room for Minnesota to bring in Bryzgalov too, even though he's willing to accommodate the move the best that he can.
Aug 21 - 3:32 PM

Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Aug 21 - 3:21 PM

There haven't been any contract talks between Minnesota and Nino Niederreiter lately.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher plans to reach out to his restricted free agents (Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper) in the near future. "We're over a month 'til camp," he said. "We'll keep plugging along."
Aug 15 - 6:24 PM

Darcy Kuemper is still unsigned, but he remains in Minnesota's plan going into the season.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is expecting Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom to be healthy going into training camp, but the team wants to have Kuemper around as an insurance policy. "Darcy [Kuemper] also showed some glimpses of what we hope he'll become, so we're comfortable with those three goaltenders," Fletcher said. "People always ask if I'm worried about it, and I'm not worried about it. You never know what's going to happen. Injuries can happen to anybody and certainly you can't predict things, but guys are healthy and typically when Backstrom and Harding are healthy, they play well." There haven't been any recent contract discussions between Kuemper and the Wild, but Fletcher plans to get in touch with him in the near future.
Aug 15 - 6:15 PM

Niklas Backstrom is projected to be fine when training camp begins.

Backstrom and Josh Harding spent extended time in the infirmary last season, but they are expected to be ready to go. "Now's the time of the year, with about a month to go, you want to reach out and make sure there's no issues you don't know about so if there is something you have time to help the process," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "With Josh and Nik, you're just trying to reach out and see how they're doing. They're both doing really well." Backstrom isn't a stranger to injuries, but he'll be trying to bounce back in 2014-15.
Aug 15 - 5:59 PM

Josh Harding is projected to be ready for training camp.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom will be ready to go as well. "Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher said referring to Backstrom and Harding. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals." Harding missed the last 40 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of his battle with multiple sclerosis. He was playing very well in 2013-14 before his illness put him on the sidelines. Harding could be sharing the crease with Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper this season.
Aug 15 - 5:52 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher isn't worried about overworking Ryan Suter.

"He's such an effortless player," Fletcher said. "He's not a physical player and he's not necessarily a player who's leading the rush offensively. He defends really well, he moves the puck really well. He's such an intelligent, intuitive player. He knows where to go and doesn't waste a lot of energy flailing around the ice." Suter has led the league in average ice time in each of his two seasons in Minnesota. He registered eight goals and 43 points in 82 games last year, while logging 29:24 per match.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 12 - 5:08 PM

Forward Nino Niederreiter and the Minnesota Wild have yet to reach an agreement on a contract for the restricted free agent.

The gritty forward is one year away from reaching unrestricted free agency, but both sides appear interested in signing a deal that keeps the player in Minnesota for multiple years. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Friday that the team had been engaging in ongoing discussions with Niederreiter's representatives and there is hope a new contract will be reached soon.
Aug 2 - 8:06 AM

Justin Falk has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Falk had two assists in 20 games with the New York Rangers last season. The Wild drafted him in 2007 and he played in 109 contests with Minnesota before he left for New York.
Aug 1 - 6:03 PM

The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper haven't talked much since July 5.

Kuemper didn't file for salary arbitration, which leaves the door open to him signing an offer sheet or holding out into training camp. "Darcy has great potential and played very well in stretches for us [last] season, but at the end of the day I think he's played around 30 games in the NHL," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "Usually this isn't the time to fight for the big contract. We feel Darcy right now is trying to establish himself in the league, and once he does that it'll be a little simpler to come up with terms." It's worth noting that the Wild already have Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding under contract. They obviously want to sign Kuemper too, but as long as at least one of Backstrom and Harding are healthy, the Wild can afford to wait Kuemper out, even if this drags into the regular season.
Jul 31 - 10:03 AM

Justin Fontaine has inked a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Fontaine had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday. He scored 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Jul 29 - 1:11 PM

Mathew Dumba will go into the 2014-15 campaign with the goal of spending the full season with the Wild.

Dumba played for Minnesota, Team Canada, and the WHL Portland Winterhawks in 2013-14. "I was all over the map," Dumba said. "But it was fun every step of the way. I was learning something new every day when I was up here with Minnesota." He's not guaranteed a roster spot going into training camp, but he's certainly got a fair shot. The Wild are only have four blueliners signed to one-way contracts, but Dumba will be fighting with Christian Folin, Jonathon Blum, Jonas Brodin, and others for the remaining spots.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 25 - 3:56 PM


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