Player News - Wild

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Minnesota has claimed Nate Prosser off waivers from St. Louis.

Prosser played 53 games with the Wild last year before signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues in the summer. Even if he manages to crack Minnesota's lineup, he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Oct 2 - 12:13 PM

St. Louis put Nate Prosser on waivers Wednesday.

Prosser inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues in late July after spending parts of the past five seasons within the Minnesota Wild organization. In 53 games last year, he had eight points and 58 penalty minutes.
Oct 1 - 6:44 PM

Mikael Granlund put work into his shot over the summer after he scored eight goals last season.

"I didn't score a lot of goals last season, and I want to be a threat there ... I have to be a threat there," he said. "I tried to work hard this summer to make my shot more dangerous." Granlund wants to shoot more often and avoid the distinction of being a pass-first player. He compiled 33 assists in 63 games last campaign and he hasn't been shooting much during the preseason, so old habits may be hard for him break.
Oct 1 - 3:38 PM

Justin Fontaine (lower body) is expected to be out of action for a few weeks.

That means he will not be available for the start of the regular season. It is believed that Fontaine has a groin injury. He registered 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games with the Wild last year.
Oct 1 - 2:36 PM

Justin Falk was sent down to the minors by Minnesota on Tuesday.

He cleared waivers, along with Jonathan Blum and Joel Rechlicz, which paved their paths to AHL Iowa.
Sep 30 - 1:08 PM

Jordan Schroeder has been placed on waivers by the Wild.

He will head down to the minors if he clears. Schroeder appeared in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and he recorded six points.
Sep 30 - 1:05 PM

Christian Folin and Mathew Dumba have a shot at making Minnesota's roster.

However, for that to happen both players would have to be in Minnesota's top-six group. "They've got to be playing [to stay]," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "I don't need to state the obvious, but things change quickly with injuries and situational play. ... There's going to be a constant battle for ice time all season long and players like Blum and Falk will factor into it again. They need to pick up their play, they need to get their game going, but we fully expect that they'll factor into the equation at some point, too." Folin and Dumba have played well at training camp, but they are both 23 years of age and there's no need to rush them if the situation doesn't make sense.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Jason Pominville scored three goals in the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 preseason victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played once again without superstar Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins announced Sunday that Crosby would make his preseason debut at Xcel Energy Center, but he returned to Nova Scotia for the funeral of his grandmother, who died Saturday. Pominville broke a 1-1 tie when he converted a pass from Zach Parise at 8:39 of the third period. He scored again at 12:57 and completed his hat trick by hitting the empty net with 20 seconds remaining. Parise opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. Pittsburgh tied it on a goal by Steve Downie at 15:33 of the second. That was the only one of the Penguins' 33 shots to beat goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
Sep 29 - 11:14 PM

Jonathon Blum has been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild.

Blum has excelled offensively in the minors, but he hasn't been able to properly establish himself at the top level. The former first round pick might still turn things around, but at the age of 25, he's running out of time to prove he can be more than an organizational depth defenseman.
Sep 29 - 12:13 PM

Thomas Vanek is expected to make his preseason debut at home on Monday after he missed Saturday's contest with an undisclosed ailment.

"It's only a preseason game, but watching Saturday, I was impressed how excited people were and the atmosphere, so just to be out there and experience it will be fun," Vanek said. "I got the taste of putting on the jersey on the road. I'm used to putting new jerseys on the last 12 months, but once you do it the first time at home, it's always pretty cool." He's projected to play alongside Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle in the match.
Sep 29 - 11:11 AM

The 2014-15 season will be an emotional one for Zach Parise and his family, as his father J.P is battling stage 4 lung cancer.

Zach’s father J.P played 890 games in the NHL, most of them with the Minnesota North Stars. J.P, 72, was diagnosed with cancer last February. "This might be hard to understand, but because I know he watches every game, from now on it’s just really important for me to play my best with him watching," said Zach. "That sounds weird. I don’t want to say this is motivation. But it puts what’s important and what’s not in perspective, and honestly this has changed our lives." We’d like to send our best to the Parise family.
Sep 28 - 12:17 PM

Matt Dumba appears to be more confident on the ice this year.

Wild beat reporter Michael Russo has been very impressed with Dumba’s play. Dumba got an assist on Nino Niederreiter’s goal during Saturday’s exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets. Russo also noted that Dumba has been much more physical during the preseason. If the 20-year-old defenseman continues to have a strong camp, he could make the Wild’s roster out of camp.
Sep 28 - 12:04 PM

Nino Niederreiter scored and assisted for the Wild in their 4-3 win over the Jets on Saturday night.

Of course, it's only the preseason, but it certainly appears the Wild have found themselves a good young player. All it took was some patience for the 22-year-old who had 14 goals and 36 points last season and should improve in this campaign. Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula and Jared Spurgeon notched the other goals. Nicklas Backstom made 14 saves on 17 shots in the full game.
Sep 27 - 10:42 PM

Zach Parise will be one of four forwards likely to comprise Minnesota's first power-play unit.

Wild coach Mike Yeo will be taking a look at his first unit during Saturday's game against Winnipeg. In addition to Parise, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund will be up front with Gary Suter and Jason Pominville on the points.
Sep 27 - 1:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom is scheduled to play the entire game Saturday night against Winnipeg.

This will be a good test for the oft-injured Backstrom. We will all be watching to see how he comes out of this contest and whether his core-strengthening efforts this offseason will finally lead to an end to his abdomen/hip issues. If Backstrom is healthy, he will likely play well enough to grab the lion's share of starts in the Wild net this season.
Sep 27 - 12:54 PM

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