Player News - Wild

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Mikael Granlund picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Granlund had an incredible year in 2016-17, and the Wild will be looking for more of the same this season. The 25-year-old had 26 goals and 69 points in 81 games. He'll have fantasy value in most standard leagues. Defenseman Matt Dumba also found the back of the net in the win over the Avalanche.
Sep 23 - 9:00 PM

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau seems to like Joel Eriksson Ek as his third-line center.

Of Eriksson Ek, who has not played in any games so far but will suit up for Minnesota's last four pre-season contests, Boudreau had the following to say: "I think he’s looking great. He was happy to be here last year. This year, he’s taking it a lot more serious, in the vein that he knows he’s an NHL player, and he’s out to prove it". Minnesota seems to have its top two lines settled with Erick Staal between Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter on the first and Mikko Koivu between Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker on the second. Eriksson Ek will have limited fantasy value, if he in fact, centers the third unit but he will likely get a chance to play alongside Tyler Ennis, which isn't all that bad.
Sep 23 - 12:51 PM

The Wild sent defenseman Dylan Labbe to Iowa of the AHL on Friday.

Also re-assigned to the AHL were fellow defensemen Gustav Bouramman and Hunter Warner and forwards Adam Gilmour, Pavel Jenys, Chase Lang, Mario Lucia, Gerald Mayhew and Dante Salituro, and goaltender Adam Vey. Minnesota also placed defenseman Zach Palmquist on waivers with the intention of optioning him to Iowa as well if he clears.
Sep 23 - 12:45 PM

Zach Parise (back) participated in Friday's practice.

Parise had been skating on his own prior to that. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for any preseason games as he has no timetable. It's also worth noting that Parise believes that this is an issue he'll have to monitor throughout the season, so we'll see if this ends up costing him games down the road or impacts his play.
Sep 22 - 5:05 PM

Zach Parise (back) is expected to return to practice on Friday.

It will be his first session with his teammates since training camp opened because of a back injury. Parise is eager to bounce back in 2017-18 after he had 19 goals and 42 points in 69 games last season. However, injury concerns may have something to say about that.
Sep 22 - 9:30 AM

Jared Spurgeon scored the only goal in Minnesota's 1-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old accumulated 10 goals and a career-high 38 points with the Wild last season. Expect Spurgeon to log big minutes this season. He averaged just over 24 minutes per game in 2016-17. He has some value in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 10:58 PM

Luke Kunin is projected to play between Jason Zucker and Tyler Ennis on Thursday against Winnipeg.

Kunin turned pro last year after finishing his second season with the University if Wisconsin. He accounted for eight points (five goals, three assists) in 12 matches with the AHL's Iowa Wild at the end of the year. Kunin may start the year in the minors, but he is an intriguing player to keep an eye on because of his offensive potential.
Sep 21 - 10:20 AM

Zach Parise (back) skated hard before Wednesday's practice.

Parise did some high-speed skating and shooting during a session that lasted at least 30 minutes. The next step for him will be to rejoin the team for practice. Parise still appears to be day-to-day after he reportedly tweaked his back before training camp.
Sep 20 - 5:21 PM

Charlie Coyle had seven shots and one goal in Monday's 3-2 preseason shootout win versus Winnipeg.

He also logged a team-leading 23:34 of ice time in the contest. Coyle scored his goal on a first-period power play. He racked up a career high 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 82 games last season.
Sep 19 - 11:34 AM

Kyle Quincey is confident being a leader even though he is new to the Minnesota Wild this season.

The veteran defender is slated to help whoever wins the job to be his defense partner. "For the past few years, all of my [defensive] partners have been a couple of years younger than me," said Quincey. "Being the older guy mentoring the guy coming up is fun. I enjoy it." Mike Reilly, Gustav Olofsson and Ryan Murphy are competing for the team's sixth and seventh defense spots.
Sep 19 - 11:28 AM

Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Koivu is entering the final season of his seven-year, $47.25 million contract, so he's now locked up through the 2019-20 campaign. That means he'll be 37-years-old by the time his extension ends. In that context, the $5.5 million cap hit he'll receive during his new contract seems reasonable. There's obviously an element of risk there given his age, but he's solid offensively and a strong defensive center. He also means a lot to the organization as the only full-time captain the Wild have ever had and he's the franchise leader in both games played and points.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 18 - 8:11 PM

Dereck Baribeau has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota.

Baribeau turned aside 49 of the 56 shots he faced in two games for Minnesota at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which gave him a 3.65 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. The 18-year-old netminder posted a 12-15-2 record in the QMJHL last season with a 3.93 GAA, an .881 save percentage and one shutout in 35 games with Val-D'Or and Quebec.
Source: Wild.com
Sep 18 - 1:56 PM

Gustav Olofsson would have to be placed on waivers to be assigned to Iowa of the AHL.

That could give him the inside track on a roster spot over Mike Reilly, who doesn't need to clear waivers be assigned to the minors. Both defenders are competing for a third-pairing spot alongside Kyle Quincey.
Sep 18 - 1:26 PM

Mike Reilly feels he can play regularly with Minnesota this season.

He played just 17 NHL matches last year. "I definitely think I can help this team," Reilly said. He will compete with Gustav Olofsson to play with Kyle Quincey on the team's third defense pairing. Unfortunately, Reilly doesn't need to put on waivers to be sent down to the minors like Olofsson does.
Sep 18 - 1:16 PM

Ivan Lodnia is no longer part of the Wild's training camp roster.

Lodnia scored 24 goals and 56 points in 66 contests with OHL Erie in 2016-17. The Wild selected him with the 85th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 17 - 2:59 PM


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