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Hurricanes Acquire Nino Niederreiter From The Wild For Victor Rask

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired forward Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Victor Rask.

“We’re excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer and veteran presence in Nino Niederreiter,” said Waddell.“We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his efforts on the ice and in the community during his time in Raleigh.”

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Minnesota Wild Acquire Pontus Aberg From The Anaheim Ducks

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Pontus Aberg (pronounced PAWN-tuhs A-buhrg) from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Justin Kloos.

Aberg, 25, has recorded 19 points (11-8=19) including three power-play goals in 37 games with Anaheim this season while averaging 15:37 in TOI/game. He ranks second on the team in power-play goals and T-2nd in goals. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, has tallied 37 points (16-32=37) in 105 career NHL contests with Nashville and Anaheim. Aberg has also collected five points (2-3=5) in 18 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was selected by Nashville in the second round (37th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Anaheim claimed Aberg off waivers from Edmonton on Oct. 1, 2018. He will wear sweater No. XX with Minnesota.

Kloos, 25, has recorded 30 points (12-18=30) in 34 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of Lakeville, leads Iowa in scoring and ranks T-1st in goals this season. He appeared in one NHL game last season with Minnesota, skating 8:39 in his NHL debut on Oct. 24, 2017 vs. Vancouver. Kloos was signed by Minnesota as a free agent on March 29, 2017.

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Morning Line- Jim Souhan On The Minnesota Wild

The Wild is back to its teasing, taunting ways, following an unpredictably strong stretch of hockey with unsightly losses to Detroit and Philadelphia. The Wild are hanging around the fringes of the wild-card playoff race without inspiring much hope that they could accomplish much should they make the postseason.

They are old. They have large amounts of money committed to older players. They are paying $3 million or more to 11 players on the current roster.

-Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune where you can read more on the Minnesota Wild.

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GIF- You Make The Call Montreal/Minnesota

Five for interference and a game for Kenny Agostino.


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Matt Dumba Had Surgery, Out At Least Three Months

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced defenseman Matt Dumba underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoralis muscle by Dr. Brad Nelson at TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Dumba is expected to miss a minimum of three months. 

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Matt Dumba Out A Significant Time, Will Have Surgery

from TSN,

Wild general manager Paul Fenton told reporters Friday that Dumba's upper-body injury will require surgery and is expected to keep him out for a significant period of time.

"He is in a state of shock. He is visibly upset," Fenton said of the 24-year-old defenceman.

The Athletic's Michael Russo wrote earlier on Friday that if the injury ends up requiring surgery, it could end the his season. Even if surgery is required, the Wild are still holding out hope he could return toward the end of the year. He will continue to be evaluated over the course of the next week.


via Sarah McLellan tweets,

Fenton said he’d like to see how the team plays now before he makes any future decisions on #mnwild blue line. Mentioned Murphy and Belpedio as two right shots who could come up from the minors to play.

Fenton: “But it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to explore other opportunities here. I’m certainly looking at it, looking around the league and seeing what might be available.”

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Videos-  Matt Dumba Hit On Mikael Backlund

Michael Russo tweet, (also Mikko Koivu was injured on a hit from Mark Giordano so see his recent tweets)

Prediction: League will see this as shoulder check with incidental head contact.



Video of Bill Peters on the hit is below.

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The Minnesota Wild Continue Winning

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Having just rattled off five straight victories, the Wild was far from a footnote in the NHL when it set out on a franchise-record seven consecutive road games last month.

But after a solid 5-2 showing during the stretch, its profile is on the rise — especially since the team’s performance was rewarded with a hefty boost up the standings.

“We want to create as much separation as we can,” winger Zach Parise said.

The Wild bolstered its spot among league leaders by capping off its historic jaunt with a 3-2 win over the Blues in front of 16,735 Sunday at Enterprise Center, the team’s 10th victory in its past 12 games.


from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There never seems to be much open ice for the Blues when they play the Minnesota Wild. On Sunday, Blues center Ryan O’Reilly thought he knew why.

“I just think they’re veteran guys, they’re a team that’s been together for a long time,” O’Reilly said. “They clutch.”

And by ‘clutch’ O’Reilly didn’t mean the Wild were making key plays at critical times. (Although they did some of that.)

“They’re grabbing,” O’Reilly said. “Personally, I think there could have been some penalties on it, but with them, they’re smart and they know how to get away with it. They don’t force a lot. They just grab you and make it tough to get around. That’s what veteran teams know how to do.”


Watch the highlights below.

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The Minnesota Wild Stay Hot With A Win Over The Anaheim Ducks

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

One team was crisper, faster and stronger on the puck.

And it wasn’t the squad that was rested.

As has been the trend this season, the Wild had plenty left in the tank to crank out a solid effort in its second game in as many nights — this time shrugging off the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 victory Friday night in front of an announced 16,464 at Honda Center.

The Wild pocketed its ninth victory in its past 11 games and improved to 4-0 in the second half of back-to-backs.

“To see that in a group this early says a ton about what we have in here,” goalie Alex Stalock said.

Stalock was triumphant for the third time as the closer in the two-game, two-day set, making 20 saves, and Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund each racked up three points, with Granlund scoring twice.


Game highlights below.

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Videos- Los Angeles Kings And Minnesota Wild Remember The Victims In Thousand Oaks

via Sportsnet,

Watch as the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild honour the victims of the recent Thousand Oaks shooting pre-game.




Below, watch Luc Robitaille on the tragedy in Thousand Oaks.

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