Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle Brodziak (back) stayed off the ice on Tuesday.

That's the third straight day of training camp Brodziak has missed. For what it's worth, he doesn't have a history of serious back problems.
Sep 23 - 12:37 PM

Justin Fontaine (groin) wasn't on the ice Tuesday.

Fontaine is considered day-to-day due to the ailment. We're not overly concerned about most training camp injuries and it's too early to worry about this one.
Sep 23 - 12:35 PM

Nino Niederreiter wants to be a top-six forward this season, but he's unlikely to get his wish.

The Wild already have combinations of Zach Parise-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle at the start of camp, which will bump Niederreiter to the third line at least. However, coach Mike Yeo is encouraging him to be demanding and to strive for a higher spot.
Sep 23 - 9:22 AM

Tyler Graovac was the only goal scorer for Minnesota in a 2-1 preseason loss to the Jets Monday night.

Jason Zucker and Christian Folin picked up assists on the lone tally for the Wild while Ilya Bryzgalov and Niklas Backstrom shared goaltending duties. Backstrom was the sharper of the two netminders as he blocked all 12 shots he faced in 30 minutes of game action.
Sep 22 - 10:56 PM

Kyle Brodziak (back) hasn't skated for the past two days.

List him as day-to-day for the time being. Brodziak shouldn't be on your fantasy radar after he scored eight goals and 24 points in 81 games last season.
Sep 22 - 3:42 PM

Cody Almond will dress in Minnesota's preseason opener on Monday versus Winnipeg.

He played with Geneve-Servette in the Swiss League for the past two seasons and agreed to a one-way contract with the Wild in the off-season. If he doesn't make Minnesota's roster then he'll have the choice to play in the AHL or return to Switzerland.
Sep 22 - 3:39 PM

Thomas Vanek has been playing alongside Mikko Koivu.

Wild coach Mike Yeo has liked what he's seen from the pairing so far. "It's been exciting," Yeo added. "I've been really pleased with Thomas so far. I have a whole new appreciation for his skill level and how smart he is. I mean, he's thinking usually two or three plays ahead. So that's been fun, and he's been working." Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with Minnesota over the summer.
Sep 21 - 3:20 PM

Darcy Kuemper admitted he was a little rusty during the Minnesota Wilds’ first scrimmage on Saturday.

"The scrimmage was a little rusty," said Kuemper. "The longer I was out there in practice, I felt better. It’s just a matter of time before everything comes back." With Josh Harding (ankle) out for a few months, Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom will split time between the pipes in Minnesota this season.
Sep 21 - 10:57 AM

If the first day of Minnesota's training camp was any indication, Mikko Koivu may end up centering the Wild's second line.

Coach Mike Yeo is obviously toying with the idea of splitting up Koivu and Zach Parise. Koivu skated between Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle, while Parise skated alongside Mikael Granlund and Jason Pomminville. Although it is early in camp and much can change, both Vanek and Parise thought their respective lines gelled well. Keep an eye on this situation going forward. The obvious winner, if these lines should stay intact, is Coyle.
Sep 20 - 1:58 PM

Niklas Backstrom spent his offseason in Finland strengthening his core muscles and increasing his flexibility so as to avoid the abdominal injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons.

It seems to have had a positive effect as Backstrom looked healthy Friday and poised to get his career back on track. "I feel pretty good,’" said Backstrom. "Probably the next couple of days, I’ll find out more about how I feel and how the body will react.’’ If he can truly stay healthy, we like Backstrom's chances of regaining Minnesota's starting goalie position.
Sep 20 - 1:50 PM

From the comments of Ilya Bryzgalov on Friday it does not appear he believes he is in Minnesota's plans for this season.

Bryzgalov did not work out much this past summer and seemed to be fatigued after scrimmages on Friday. After practice on Friday Bryzgalov had the following to say: "I was just enjoying my life (this summer). I just came here to help the team through the camp.‘’ Wild coach Mike Yeo also stated that Bryzgalov would have to regain his form quickly. That is not encouraging for those counting on the veteran netminder to play a significant role in Minny this season.
Sep 20 - 1:42 PM

Thomas Vanek is excited to be playing for his hometown Wild.

He lives in the Lake Elmo area of Ramsey County and was eager to play in Minnesota long before he became an unrestricted free agent. However, he also likes the way the team looks and feels they have a great combination of talent. "I like the way this team is," Vanek said. "You need good leadership, you need good older guys, and I think we have that, and to win, I think you need good young guys, and we have that, too. The mix is good. You don't win it on paper, but I felt there's plenty of good guys in here on and off the ice that we can grow as a team that come January and February become a team that will be tough to play against and have a chance to win."
Sep 19 - 9:36 AM

Bob McKenzie reported Thursday night that Josh Harding has been suspended by the Minnesota Wild because his fractured ankle was not a hockey-related injury.

As long as Harding is injured, he will not be paid by the Wild and his contract does not count against Minnesota's salary cap. We will keep you posted with any other developments on the Wild's hectic crease situation, which also saw Darcy Kuemper re-signed to a two-year deal and Ilya Bryzgalov invited to training camp on a pro tryout.
Sep 18 - 9:48 PM

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Minnesota at an average annual value of $1.25 million.

Kuemper posted a solid rookie season in 2013-14, going 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Considering Thursday's news that Josh Harding will be sidelined for at least a month with a broken foot, Kuemper slots in as at least the backup goaltender out of the gate with the potential to win the starting job over Niklas Backstrom if the veteran can't get his career back on track.
Sep 18 - 9:34 PM

Josh Harding is projected to miss a minimum of two-to-three months because of a fractured foot.

Harding apparently suffered the ailment in an off-ice altercation with a teammate. This could lead to a suspension if the Wild decide to go down that route. Harding's injury puts the team in a tough position. Ilya Bryzgalov was invited to camp on a tryout basis, as a result, and the club is still trying to negotiate with young netminder Darcy Kuemper.
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM


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