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Ten Years Ago The Minnesota Wild Made A Splash

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

Parise and Suter were the top free agents in an offseason that contained few stars. There were headlines on the pursuit of Parise, son of J.P., a North Stars legend, then head of the Shattuck Academy hockey program in Faribault. Suter seemed destined to stay in Nashville.

And then, on July 4, always Minnesota's favorite holiday, even on a Wednesday as it was this time … laziness, friends, family, shooing flies from the potato salad, maybe a ballgame on the radio with that new guy, Cory Provus, joining Dan Gladden.

It wasn't a day for ice-shattering sports news, but then came the reports before noon: The Wild had reached deals with Suter and Parise for the same money ($98 million) and length (13 years).

Minnesota went nuts. Even Ron Gardenhire and Joe Mauer were celebrating with the Twins in Detroit. They had done videos at the behest of the Wild, telling Suter and Parise they would "look great in green."

Revised history has it that the 13-year contracts were a burden. Actually, the length was a benefit to the Wild to spread out the dollars.

Revised history also says the Parise/Suter signings were a failure because the promise of a Stanley Cup run was never met. There was no such promise. The signings were done to compete again and prevent echoes in the X.


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Report- Minnesota Wild Trade The Rights Of Kevin Fiala To The LAK

added 4:31pm,


added 4:35pm, LAK release is below.

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Finally A Road Win For The Minnesota Wild In St. Louis

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Kirill Kaprizov was still in Russia, Jordan Greenway was a rookie who left college earlier in the year and Marc-Andre Fleury was backstopping Vegas.

That's how long it had been since the Wild won in St. Louis.

But this drought finally ended and from a downpour, a 5-1 clinic by the Wild on Friday night in Game 3 at Enterprise Center to earn a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven and reclaim home-ice advantage in the first-round series.

"It's good to get a win here, get some confidence," Mats Zuccarello said. "At the same time, this game is over. You're looking towards the next one."

Kaprizov scored his team-leading fourth goal, Greenway ignited the offense with a record-setter and Fleury stopped 29 shots to tie Grant Fuhr for the third-most playoff victories at 92.

As for the Wild, the team improved to 8-7 overall in Game 3s and 2-2 when on the road while picking up its first victory at St. Louis since Nov. 11, 2018, and end a seven-game losing streak. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon.

"We don't remember what's happened," coach Dean Evason said. "Today we had success. We have to build for the next game. I don't remember anything else."


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A Bounce Back Win For The Minnesota Wild

from Sarah McLellan pf the Star Tribune,

The Wild improved the power play and penalty kill, cleaning up the messes from the dud two nights earlier, and that helped the team solve the biggest problem of them all.

For the first time in a year and after six consecutive losses, the Wild finally defeated the Blues – and it wasn't close.

This was a 6-2 blowout on Wednesday in front of 19,376 at Xcel Energy Center to even the best-of-seven, first-round series at 1-1 ahead of Game 3 on Friday in St. Louis.

"It's for sure helping to build confidence," Joel Eriksson Ek said, "knowing you can take the lead and run with it."

Kirill Kaprizov scored the Wild's first postseason hat trick while Eriksson Ek had two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 32 shots to pick up his first playoff victory with the Wild and 91st of his career.

Fleury is one away from tying Grant Fuhr for the third most all-time in the NHL.

"Fun game to play," he said, "and hopefully we have many more of those."


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Video- Jared Spurgeon May Be Hearing The Department Of Player Safety

Watch the incident below.

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The Minnesota Wild Have A Decision to Make

from La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune,

Kevin Fiala scored early Tuesday in Montreal to become the 42nd player in the NHL to enter the coveted 30-goal zone this season.

For those waiting to see the 25-year-old Wild winger put it all together, wait no more. He's crafty, creative and full of flair. He's awesome in transition. He still makes mistakes and turns over the puck more than he should, but he's already sitting on a career high in goals and is in his finest season as a pro.

So that settles it, right? The debate over keeping Fiala or defenseman Matt Dumba this summer — because of salary cap issues, the Wild can't have both — is over now? The team surely can't part ways with Fiala, who will be a restricted free agent following the season.

That would mean it needs to move on from Dumba, who has a salary cap hit of $6 million next season in the final year of his contract. With limited cap space — mostly because of $12.7 million in dead money following the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter — Dumba's gotta go to make room for an improved contract for Fiala, who is making $5.1 million this season. And Fiala might not yet be at the height of his powers, potentially a tantalizing development for the win-now Wild.


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Video- Ryan Hartman Fined For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

NEW YORK (April 13, 2022) – Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman has been fined $4,250, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 1163 in Minnesota on Tuesday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 9:15 of the third period. Hartman was assessed a minor penalty for roughing as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

Watch below, I start the video as the incident is about to be shown.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury On The Trade To Minnesota

added 1:05pm, Wild release is below.

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Minnesota Trades Kaapo Kahkonen To San Jose

added 12:46pm, San Jose release is below.

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Mar-Andre Fleury Headed To Minnesota

added 11:14am, Bob McKenzie on TSN says Chicago may retain 50% salary and it is a 2nd round pick that could be a first with conditions.

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