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Devan Dubnyk and the Wild will discuss a contract extension this week, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The Wild acquired Dubnyk in January, and all he did was post some of the best numbers in the NHL: 27-9-2 record, a 1.78 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. "The Minnesota Wild and Dubnyk will sit down with his agent this week to talk to see if they can work out a contract with the goalie who had a great second half of the year," Friedman said during Hockey Night in Canada. Dubnyk made $800,000 this past season.
Source: The Score
May 23 - 10:45 PM

Michael Keranen has inked a on-year extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Keranen had 10 goals and 37 points in 70 AHL games in 2014-15. He had a great 2013-14 campaign in SM-liiga with 52 points in 52 contests, but we wouldn't count on him having fantasy value next season. Keep in mind that he's 25 years old, so his offensive upside is limited.
May 22 - 2:03 PM

Devan Dubnyk topped Sportsnet's list of pending 2015 unrestricted free agents.

That's not surprising after the season Dubnyk had, but it still highlights how far he's come in just a year. When he was a free agent last year the question was if he would even get an NHL contract. After posting a 2.07 GAA and .929 save percentage in 58 contests with Arizona and Minnesota, there should be no shortage of teams interested in his services, if the Wild don't sign him first. Dubnyk will be a bit of a gamble though given that he's likely to get a decent term but still isn't far removed from his disastrous 2013-14 campaign.
Source: Sportsnet
May 15 - 9:11 AM

Charlie Coyle registered a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win for the United States over Switzerland on Thursday.

The victory put Team USA into the semifinals of the World Hockey Championships, where they will play against Russia. Coyle has three points in three games for the U.S. at the tournament. Ben Smith and Jake Gardiner had the other goals in the contest.
May 14 - 4:20 PM

Josh Harding is expected to announce his retirement this summer.

Harding was limited to just two AHL games in 2014-15 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Wild are unlikely to offer him a one-way contract given their goaltending situation. "I wouldn't want to speak for him, but he has bigger issues than just hockey," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. Harding has a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage in 151 career NHL games.
May 12 - 10:39 AM

Mikael Granlund is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Granlund had eight goals and 39 points in 68 contests. He was completing his entry-level deal, so naturally he'll be getting a substantial raise by comparison. He had previously been seeking a one or two-year bridge deal, so it wouldn't be surprising if that's what he ends up getting this summer.
May 12 - 10:36 AM

Keith Ballard is still dealing with concussion symptoms and he isn't sure if he'll eventually play hockey again.

Ballard has suffered five concussions in five years and hasn't played since Dec. 9. "I'd love to play, but I've got to feel better first," said Ballard. "I don't want to close the door and say, 'Oh, I'm done,' but I'm going to factor everything in and give it some time and see if I can get to a point where I can get on the ice and feel OK." Ballard is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and teams will factor in his injury history when considering him. If Ballard wants to continue his NHL career, he might end up having to sign a two-way contract.
May 12 - 10:30 AM

Chris Stewart is interested in re-signing with the Minnesota Wild.

Stewart was acquired by the Wild on March 2 in exchange for a 2017 second round pick. He finished the season with 14 goals and 36 points in 81 contests with Buffalo and Minnesota. He also had two assists in eight playoff games before suffering a separated shoulder. "Hopefully there's an opportunity for me to come back here," Stewart said. "I thought the fit was perfect." Minnesota's cap situation might make it difficult for the two sides to agree to terms though.
May 12 - 10:24 AM

Kyle Brodziak hopes to re-sign with the Minnesota Wild.

Brodziak is set to become an unrestricted free agent after completing his three-year, $8.49 million contract. "First time I'll ever be a UFA, so I don't really know what to expect," Brodziak said. "I loved it here. I've been here for six years, started my family here, made a lot of really good friends. I have nothing bad to say about the organization, so right now, I'm just not really sure what's going to pan out." He had nine goals and 20 points in 73 contests in 2014-15.
May 12 - 10:21 AM

Devan Dubnyk is hoping to re-sign with the Minnesota Wild.

"I'm not going to go look elsewhere if there is no need to, and obviously that depends on what comes and how those conversations are going," Dubnyk said. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has also expressed an interest in keeping the goaltender, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides get something done. Dubnyk had a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, but he was solid at the start of the season with Arizona and then took off after being acquired by Minnesota. Dubnyk posted a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage in 39 contests with the Wild in 2014-15.
May 12 - 10:19 AM

Nate Prosser's finger was sliced by a skate in Game 4 against Chicago.

He required eight stitches to repair the damage. Prosser can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he is open to re-signing with the Wild if the team is interested. He dressed in one playoff game with Minnesota and in 63 contests during the regular season.
May 11 - 3:20 PM

Jason Zucker played through a broken thumb for Minnesota's last few playoff games.

He admitted it was difficult to stick handle and he kept having it numbed so he could play. Zucker generated two goals and one assist in 10 postseason games after he posted 21 goals and 26 points in 51 games during the regular season.
May 11 - 3:03 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is interested in signing Devan Dubnyk.

It sounds like he would prefer to get the contract worked out as soon as possible, as he's hoping to get something done before July 1 when Dubnyk can become an unrestricted free agent. Dubnyk has also expressed his interest to remain with the Wild, where he enjoyed tremendous success in 2014-15 after he was obtained from Arizona.
May 11 - 2:39 PM

Chris Stewart was on the shelf with a separated shoulder for Minnesota's last two playoff games.

He had two assists in eight postseason games and said it "wasn't a story book ending." Stewart recorded three goals and 11 points in 20 games with the Wild after he was acquired from Buffalo. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
May 11 - 2:34 PM

There's a good chance that the Minnesota Wild will look to buyout goaltender Niklas Backstrom this off-season.

The Wild are strapped for cash because they have handed several big contracts to some veterans like Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter but they will surely look to sign Devan Dubnyk to a contract extension. To do so, they will have to create as much cap space as possible. The veteran had a great career with the Wild, but he mostly served as the team's third goaltender after the acquisition of Dubnyk.
May 10 - 9:39 AM


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