Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Keith Ballard is leaning towards retiring from hockey.

Ballard is still battling the symptoms of the concussion he suffered on December 9th and although he's leaning towards retirement, he isn't ready to make any official announcement just yet. "I’m just trying to get healthy," he said. "If I make a full recovery from this one, I’ll chalk it up to good luck. If I’m hit like this again, I’m a little freaked out about what would happen the next time."
Aug 29 - 10:09 AM

Matt Cooke is patiently waiting for a new NHL contract.

Cooke was bought out by the Wild in June and has had a hard time latching on to another team. "I was hurt last year," said Cooke. "There was some mismanagement on my [hip] injury, and part of that is my fault. It led to me getting hurt twice in one season. I’m 36 years old, I only played 30 games last year and then me getting bought out, that’s a tough scenario [to find a job]. Patience is a virtue and right now all I’m doing is making sure I stay ready, that I get ready. We’re still three weeks away [from camp]."
Aug 29 - 10:06 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he will support assistant coach Daryl Sydor after his recent run-in with the law.

Sydor was arrested on August 20th for drunken driving and he has now entered treatment for 30 days. "He was great last year," Yeo said. "Unfortunately he had a setback here, but I know he can get back to where he was last year. We just want to do everything we can to support him and give him a chance to get better."
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

Minnesota assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday and could face drunken driving as well as child endangerment charges.

Sydor was driving his son to a hockey game with a blood alcohol level of .30. His first court appearance was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Sydor has a problem with alcoholism and he said in April that he sought treatment last summer.
Aug 21 - 4:46 PM

Brett Bulmer has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract.

He contributred four goals and 12 assists in 53 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL last season. Bulmer didn't get any NHL action in 2014-15 and he has three assists in 14 career appearances with Minnesota.
Aug 17 - 12:26 PM

Erik Haula has put a disappointing 2014-15 season behind him and he's looking forward to the upcoming campaign.

He was scratched for eight playoff games and found himself in coach Mike Yeo's doghouse for parts of the regular season. Haula notched just 14 points in 72 games and he posted a minus-7 rating. "It's already behind me," Haula said. "There's no reason to dwell on it. I'll just put the work in this summer and go from there. I'll try to do the best I can to be in the best shape possible." He inked a two-year, $2 million contract with the Wild earlier this month.
Aug 6 - 1:16 PM

Thomas Vanek (groin) has resumed skating.

He underwent surgery in June to repair two hernias in his left groin. Vanek said he feels great and he will be ready to take part in training camp. The sports hernia was apparently a problem for him for "a lot of the second half" of the year.
Aug 5 - 3:20 PM

Alex Tuch suffered a knee injury during an exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The ailment will prevent him from playing in the United States' three remaining contests, but he is going to stay with the team. "The reality is he can probably get better medical treatment here than sitting at home," said USA national junior GM Jim Johannson. "We have the trainers and medical staff here. I would say there's a remote chance he might skate but he won't play in any more games." Tuch has been walking around under his own power, so the decision to keep him out appears to be more precautionary than anything else. The Minnesota Wild picked him with the 18th overall choice in the 2014 draft.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 4 - 9:19 PM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Erik Haula to a new two-year contract worth $2 million.

The two sides had an arbitration hearing on Friday, but they were able to come to terms on an extension before the arbitrator's ruling was announced. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 games last season.
Aug 2 - 10:15 AM

Erik Haula is seeking $1.2 million from an arbitrator.

Minnesota has countered at $775,000. Haula's arbitration date is scheduled for Friday, but the two sides have the option of settling on their own prior to the date or even after it so long as they agree to terms before a judgment has been made. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 10:13 AM

The free agent market has been "pretty quiet" for Jordan Leopold.

"This is the latest I've ever waited to see if I'm playing or not. After doing this for 13 years, it's been a great experience. If it doesn't end up working out, then it doesn't work out. I can't say I haven't been there or done that. I've seen it all," Leopold said. He would like to continue his career though if there's interest in him. He doesn't expect the market to pick up until August.
Jul 28 - 10:15 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards.

Although the Wild were affiliated with Quad City in 2014-15, the Mallards were the franchise's secondary ECHL affiliate whereas now Quad City is the primary affiliate. Quad City reached the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to the Rapid City Rush. "We're excited to announce this new agreement and continue our partnership with the Mallards," said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr. "Quad City offers a great organization that will provide our players an excellent opportunity to continue their development."
Jul 21 - 10:52 PM

Jack Sadek was handed the difficult task of balancing Minnesota's development camp and the start of his classes with the University of Minnesota.

"Jack's been working his butt off this week," Wild's director of player development Brad Bombardir said. "I give him a lot of credit for the work that he's shown and the willingness to want to be here and also take care of his classroom work going to the U of M." Sadek will play for the University of Minnesota as a freshman in 2015-16. He was taken by the Wild with the 204th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 21 - 10:03 AM

The Wild still have big expectations for Darcy Kuemper, despite signing Devan Dubnyk to an extension this summer.

Dubnyk essentially has become the team's No. 1 netminder for the next six years after signing a deal worth $26 million. "Well we’re still very excited about Darcy Kuemper," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He’s a young man, and two seasons ago he had a tremendous year. Last year he was certainly more erratic. He started well and had a tough stretch in the middle of the year. ... "But he’s just turning 25, he’s got great size and athleticism, and we feel he’s a guy that can win games in this league. He has won games in this league. He won a playoff series against Colorado where he was the No. 1 goalie." Kuemper posted a 2.60 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last year, but was considerably better the year before. Fletcher says the team is comfortable with Kuemper as the No. 2 moving forward.
Jul 18 - 1:58 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Eriksson Ek was taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. "We're excited to officially have Joel under contract," said assistant GM Brent Flahr. "He's a top young player with an exciting package of size, skill, hockey sense and character. We are committed to working with him in the development process and look forward to seeing him in a Wild uniform in the near future." He had four goals and six points in 34 games in Sweden's top league last season.
Jul 13 - 9:43 PM


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