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The Minnesota Wild have chosen Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Luke Kunin first served notice to the hockey world by captaining Team USA to a gold medal in 2014-15 as an under-ager, scoring six goals in seven games. He then smoothly transitioned from the US National Development Team to the University of Wisconsin last year, scoring 19 goals and 32 points in 34 games as a freshman. Kunin plays a competitive and responsible two-way game at center, but he will need to work on his explosiveness and reel in his snarl a bit.
Jun 24 - 9:02 PM

The Minnesota Wild have reportedly not presented Brett Bulmer with a qualifying offer.

Bulmer was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, but without a qualifying offer, he can become a UFA on July 1. He had three goals, 11 points, and 73 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games in 2015-16.
Jun 24 - 6:58 PM

The Minnesota Wild have officially bought out Thomas Vanek's contract.

We're just passing this on as a matter of course as the Wild's intent was already confirmed earlier in the day. As previously noted, this move frees up $5 million in cap space for Minnesota for the 2016-17 campaign, but now they'll have a $2.5 million cap penalty in 2017-18. "In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility we needed to make this difficult decision," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "We thank Thomas for his time with the Minnesota Wild and wish him the best going forward."
Jun 24 - 5:47 PM

Thomas Vanek has confirmed that he will be bought out.

As previously noted, this will provide the Wild with an additional $5 million in cap space in 2016-17, although Minnesota will also have a cap penalty of $2.5 million in 2017-18. For the Wild, this opens the door for them to make some big moves this summer, so it will be interesting to see what they do from here. For everyone else, this puts another interesting forward onto the market. Vanek is coming off of a rough season where he only recorded 41 points, but the 32-year-old still has top-six potential. If he inks a modest one-year deal, it would be a nice gamble for the team that snags him.
Jun 24 - 3:43 PM

Thomas Vanek has reportedly been told that he will be bought out.

Vanek has one season left on his three-year, $19.5 million deal. Buying out his contract another $5 million in cap space for the 2016-17 campaign, which coupled with the flexibility they already had, would put them in a position to make some major moves this summer. Vanek had 18 goals and 41 points in 74 contests last season.
Jun 24 - 3:24 PM

Don't be surprised if Darcy Kuemper is traded just before or during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

As previously reported, the Wild have been getting some calls for Kuemper and it would make sense for them to move him. He's a restricted free agent on a team that's committed to Devan Dubnyk through 2020-21. Kuemper would be more expensive than your typical backup and he has starter potential that likely won't be realized if he stays in Minnesota. On top of that, the Wild will only be able to protect one goaltender in next year's expansion draft, so if Minnesota doesn't trade Kuemper now, they may lose him at that point anyways.
Jun 23 - 8:48 AM

NHL.com is reporting that Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is a candidate to be traded soon.

The web site points out that Dumba will be a restricted free agent July 1, and the Wild have defense prospects Mike Rielly, Christian Folin and Gustav Oloffson ready to compete for NHL spots.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 20 - 11:00 PM

Minnesota star Zach Parise has been skating on his own and progressing well, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Monday.

Parise missed the Wild's six games against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference First Round because of a back injury, but "He feels very good," Fletcher said. "Rehab has gone well and he's working out. . ."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 20 - 10:57 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been getting some calls regarding Darcy Kuemper.

The 26-year-old netminder is expected to be available for the right price, but right now Fletcher admits that he is "a little hesitant" to trade him. Minnesota has Devan Dubnyk for another five seasons, so Kuemper could be moved as soon as the NHL Draft.
Jun 20 - 2:46 PM

Minnesota is expected to target a scoring center in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Wild need some talent in the AHL, where Iowa has been the worst team for the last two years. Minnesota holds the 15th overall pick, so they could end up with Michael McLeod, Kieffer Bellows or Tyson Jost.
Jun 20 - 11:53 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired Derek Lalonde to be the next head coach of the Iowa Wild (AHL).

Lalonde will be introduced on Monday. He'll become the team's fourth head coach in four years. Lalonde spent each of the last two seasons with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, leading them to two consecutive Eastern Conference and North Division regular season titles.
Jun 19 - 10:02 AM

The Wild may move a defenseman sooner rather than later in order to avoid losing a rearguard in the upcoming 2017-18 expansion draft.

If the proposed rules with respect to roster protection come to pass, NHL teams will only be able to protect three defensemen in advance of the expansion draft. Ryan Suter would be a given and then the team would have to choose two from Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella and Matt Dumba. Instead of losing one of Scandella, Spurgeon, Brodin or Dumba for nothing, the Wild may consider moving one for a pick prior to the June entry draft next week. Stay tuned.
Jun 18 - 11:16 AM

Thomas Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, isn't sure if Minnesota will use a buyout on his client.

"If Chuck knew he was going to buy him out by now, I think I would know by now," Bartlett said regarding Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "I do think I have a good enough relationship that he'd give me the heads up. Now that doesn't mean that they couldn't decide something different between now and two weeks from now." The window opens Wednesday and goes until June 30. If Minnesota buys out the final year of Vanek's contract it would save them $5 million next season and cost them $1.5 million against the cap next season and $2.5 million the year after that.
Jun 15 - 9:17 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired John Anderson as an assistant coach.

Anderson spent the previous three seasons as the bench boss of the AHL's Chicago Wolves. He's also the former head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, which posted a 70-75-19 record with him in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The Wild also hired Scott Stevens as an assistant coach on Tuesday.
Jun 8 - 2:52 PM

The Minnesota Wild have released their preseason schedule.

Minnesota will play in a total of six exhibition contests with two games against Colorado and Winnipeg each and one contest versus each of Buffalo and Carolina. The Wild will play in their first preseason game on Sept. 26 and wrap things up on Oct. 8.
Jun 8 - 8:54 AM


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