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Video- Maybe It’s Just Not The Year For The Minnesota Wild



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A Bad Month For The Minnesota Wild Ends

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

How the Wild finished October is the same epitaph it will hang on the entire month, a mashup of touch-and-go execution and untimely breakdowns that has fanned frustration for a previously savvy, veteran club.

Most recently, this reality manifested itself as a 2-1 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues on Wednesday in front of an announced 18,096 at Enterprise Center that wrapped up a winless two-game tour of the Central Division.

Overall, the Wild is a grim 4-9 with only eight points — the team’s second-fewest ever for October behind the seven it earned from a 2-7-3 showing in its inaugural season in 2000-01.

“Flip the page and flip the calendar,” winger Zach Parise said. “Let’s start over in November.”


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A Much Needed Win For The Minnesota Wild

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Sportswriters like to get players and coaches to qualify their wins. Does it mean more to battle back late? Was it special to beat your former team? Did it feel good to finally jump out of the gate fast?

The Wild took turns responding to those questions after Sunday’s victory over the Montreal Canadiens, and of course there were specific reasons they came out on top. But, really, the how and the why were unimportant in the immediate wake of a 4-3 win at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild won for the second time in eight tries; that’s all that mattered.

“Thank God, eh?” said winger Marcus Foligno.

For at least another few days, the drama inside and outside Minnesota’s NHL team will be gone. Mikko Koivu won’t yell at everyone in a closed-door meeting, and coach Bruce Boudreau won’t make the players sit through a horror movie recounting their bad passes and turnovers during a 1-6-0 start.

The pins and needles inside the dressing room were so dense that Jason Zucker apologized to Boudreau on Saturday after invoking his name in a self-flagellating quote following last Thursday’s 4-0 loss at Montreal. Zucker’s quote was taken at the team bus, minutes after a players-only airing of the grievances called by longtime captain Koivu.


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Video- Keith Kinkaid Is A Save Of The Night Candidate

Stacking the pads and the glove well positioned.


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The Minnesota Wild Hold A Players Only Meeting After Another Loss

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

After falling 4-0 to the Canadiens in front of a packed house at Centre Bell, the Wild are 1-6-0 and sinking deeper and deeper into oblivion with each passing game.

Perhaps it wasn’t surprising then that the Wild held about a 10-minute players-only meeting after the game in which captain Mikko Koivu addressed the team.

“Some things needed to be said, and Mikko covered them,” Jason Zucker said before lighting into the team. “I think more than (a players-only meeting) is going to have to jump-start us, to be honest. It’s going to be each individual guy from (coach) Bruce (Boudreau) on down. Bruce has got to be better. We have got to be better. Everybody’s got to be better. That’s it.”

If nothing else, at least the Wild stayed on brand, struggling through their latest lapse which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game....

“We all have to take a look in the mirror and kind of take some onus on our game and helping each other,” Dumba said. “We aren’t going to get far if we don’t come together here, and it’s going to be miserable like it is right now.”


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Morning Line- Michael Russo

Six games into a miserable start to their season, the Wild are proving to be an aging, plodding, aggravating-to-watch team and one that’s finding itself outmatched just long enough in games against younger, faster, more skilled teams that they’re unable to overcome the spurts of ineptitude that have occurred in every game except versus bottom-dwelling Ottawa.

-Michael Russo of The Athletic after the Minnesota Wild lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Russo has more (paid) on the state of the Wild.

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Afternoon Line- Bill Guerin

“We make mistakes and they cost us, we’ve been in every game. It’s just a matter of finding more confidence. These guys have done everything that we’ve asked them to do, and there’s a lot of hockey to be played still. Honestly, I think it’s a confidence thing and I really think it’s a matter of getting over the hump and getting our first win. We’ve done some really good things during the course of the games. It’s just a matter of putting a full 60 together and just getting our first win.”

-Bill Guerin, GM of the Minnesota Wild.  Michael Russo of The Athletic ($$$) has more from Guerin who are 0-4-0 this season.

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The Minnesota Wild Remain Without A Point This Season

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

Poor Billy Guerin, but he has got to know by now he has quite the chore in front of him with a flawed, disjointed roster off to the worst start in Wild history.

That “all-in” poker chip each player received during the Beaver Creek bonding trip late last month hasn’t brought much luck yet considering the Wild are the only team without a single point.

After winning a league-worst 16 home games last season, the Wild finally opened the gates to Xcel Energy Center nine days into the new season. After talking all training camp about reestablishing their home-ice dominance, after trying to persuade everyone and anyone that last season’s home-barn ugliness was just an anomaly, the Wild tripped all over themselves during a 7-4 loss in front of a bunch of disenchanted fans. It was the first time in their 19-year history they had lost an Xcel Energy Center opener in regulation (14-1-4).

The seats were all full. But it’s no secret many Wild fans didn’t love the way last season ended and weren’t exactly booming with confidence over the squad heading into the season, even after July’s firing of the old GM, Paul Fenton.

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Eventually The Minnesota Wild Will Need To Rebuild

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Minnesota Wild are burdened by their gigantic contracts with defenseman Ryan Suter and winger Zach Parise, who will count a shade more than $7.5 million against the cap each season until 2025.

Previous general manager Paul Fenton gave free agent winger Mats Zuccarello, 32, five years and $30 million this summer before getting the axe. Then new GM Bill Guerin one-upped him by giving defenseman Jared Spurgeon, 29, a seven-year deal for a shade over $53 million.

(That contract reminds us that Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo will get paid for real on his next contract. Lesser defensemen are getting crazy money in the league.)

The Wild could surprise this team by making the playoff bracket this season and winning a round or two. But at some point a total rebuild will become inevitable, given the advancing age up and down their roster.

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Minnesota Wild Signs Jared Spurgeon To A Seven-Year Deal

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a seven-year, $53,025,000 million contract extension ($7,575,000 million average annual value) that goes through the 2026-27 season.

Spurgeon, 29, set career highs in goals (14), assists (29), points (43) and games played (82) during the 2018-19 season. The 5-foot-9, 166-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta also set career highs in shots on goal (152) and hits (91) and tied his career high with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) last season. He led the team in blocked shots (145), ranked second in TOI/game at 24:09 (17th in the NHL) and fifth in goals, assists, points, shots on goal and hits. His 14 goals ranked T-3rd in franchise history by a defenseman in a season.

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