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Mats Zuccarello Signing Is Official In Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with right wing Mats Zuccarello (pronounced MATS zoo-ka-REHL-oh) on a five-year, $30 million contract that goes through the 2023-24 season.

"Mats is a very competitive, high-energy player," Fenton said. "He brings a high level of skill and character to our lineup and we're very excited to add him to our team."

Zuccarello, 31 (9/1/87), recorded 40 points (12-28=40), including 15 power-play points (3-12=15) in 48 games with the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars last season and averaged a career-best 19:51 in TOI/game. The 5-foot-8, 184-pound native of Oslo, Norway, added 11 points (4-7=11) in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Dallas, ranking T-1st on the team in scoring, T-2nd in assists and T-3rd in goals.

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Report- Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Talk Involving Phil Kessel

from Josh Yohe of The Athletic,

The Penguins and Minnesota Wild have a trade proposal on the table with Phil Kessel as the centerpiece, numerous sources confirmed to The Athletic....

However, Kessel ultimately will have some say in this decision, as he is the owner of a partial no-trade clause that allows him to name only eight teams he can be traded to....

However, numerous sources confirmed that Kessel is unsure if he wants to play in Minnesota. He did research on Minnesota and the Wild during the past week, the sources said. Kessel is very close friends with Ryan Suter. Both are natives of Madison, Wisconsin, and played internationally together for Team USA.

It is believed Jason Zucker, the speedy Wild forward who scored 76 goals the past three seasons, would be part of the deal. Minnesota made it clear to other franchises that Zucker, 27, is available.

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No Playoffs For The Minnesota Wild

from Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

For the first time since Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed matching 13-year, $98 million contracts on July 4, 2012, the Wild have failed to make the playoffs.

That much was guaranteed Tuesday night despite the fact that the Wild earned a dominant 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

“It’s tough,” Marcus Foligno said. “We played a really good game. It was just too little, too late in the season. We had a lot of chances at home to play like this and it catches up eventually.”

With the way the Wild have faltered down the stretch, especially over the last couple of weeks, they needed the Colorado Avalanche to lose to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Instead, the Avalanche cruised to a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers to officially eliminate the Wild.

“Unfortunately, we’re in this spot right now,” Parise said in the locker room after the game, about 45 minutes or so before the Wild learned their fate. “I think everyone wishes we would have given ourselves a little bit more of a chance.”


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The Minnesota Wild Find Themselves In A Playoff Spot After Win Against The Washington Capitals

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

After Friday’s impressive win, the Wild are back in a playoff position, one point clear of the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes, both of which have a game in hand.

“It means temporarily we’re in a playoff spot,” Boudreau said. “That’s what that means.”

He placed tons of emphasis on the word “temporarily” and for good reason. After all, the Wild have made a habit of looking like Stanley Cup contenders from time to time, only to follow it up with a wretched performance akin to that of a Pee Wee game.

“I think we’re trying to figure it out, too,” Zach Parise said, trying to explain the Jekyll and Hyde charade to no avail. “Just like we’ve been doing for a little while, we got ourselves right back in the mix, so it was a good win.”


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Playoff Hopes Fading For The Minnesota Wild

from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Accountability? Marcus Foligno is demanding it from people above the pay grade of a fourth-line grinder.

Urgency? Bruce Boudreau is out of answers for the Wild’s woeful lack thereof, and he indicted his players without naming names.

Scoring? Zach Parise would just like to have the puck.

What the Wild want and what they are able to give are miles apart at a crucial juncture of their fading season. Thursday night’s listless 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center led to some harsh introspection afterward in a sullen dressing room.

A third straight loss plunged Minnesota to 1-6-3 in its past 10 home games, including Monday’s 3-0 shutout loss to San Jose. They have not won in regulation in St. Paul since Jan. 19 and fell five points behind Dallas for a wild-card berth with Arizona lurking in between.

“It pisses you off,” said Foligno. “I’ve only made the playoffs once in my career. To be in a playoff spot for most of the season and now being out of it, it kind of looks like it’s slipping away. We’ve got to figure it out. We still have games left to turn it around, but we keep saying that. We’ve been saying that a lot this year.”


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Video- Your Opinion On The Game Winning Shootout Goal By Ryan Johansen

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A Contract Extension For Eric Staal


added 7:26pm, Wild release is below.

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Matt Hendricks Traded To Winnipeg

added 4:10pm, Wild release is below.

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Mikael Granlund Sent To Nashville For Kevin Fiala

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Charlie Coyle Traded To Boston

added 6:05pm,



added 10:47pm, Boston release is below.

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