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Morning Line- Craig Leipold On The NHL Participating In The 2022 Olympic Games

“Maybe the Olympics in China will be different,. We have to look at what the value of an Olympics does for our brand. You know, as an example, if this was in Vancouver again, I’m sure we’d be going because it makes a lot of sense. You know, for us to shut down our league, and take the risk of our players to go over there, there has to be value for our business for that to happen.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild via Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press.

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Morning Line- Craig Leipold

“Anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment, probably 30 other owners would say the same thing. I think we have a team that can do it.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild.  Joe Christensen and Rachel Blount have more on the Wild at the Star Tribune.

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Zach Parise On His Reported Back Injury

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Parise remained vague about the injury — reported to be a back issue — that kept him out of full workouts for the first seven days of camp. He also declined to predict whether he would play any preseason games. Still, he felt good after a practice that lasted a little less than an hour at Xcel Energy Center, which seemed satisfying enough under the circumstances.

The goal, Parise said, is to be ready for the season opener Oct. 5 at Detroit. By his definition, that means feeling completely healthy, a goal he still is pursuing.

“It was a good step, I thought,’’ said Parise, who sat out the 2016 playoffs because of a herniated disc that bothered him for much of the season.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, there’s still a good chunk of time before the season starts. Right now, it’s about being smart.

“At this time of the season, you want to go in feeling good. You want to go in without nursing something or at 80 percent. You want to not have that stuff be on the top of your mind. Just go in, relax and play. And that’s what I’m shooting toward.’’

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A Two-Year Extension For Mikko Koivu

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with captain Mikko Koivu on a two-year, $11 million contract extension ($6 million in 2018-19 and $5 million in 2019-20 for a $5.5 million average annual value).
 

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A Four-Year Deal For Marcus Foligno And The Minnesota Wild

added 6:15pm, Minnesota release is below...

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The Olympics May Be In The Back Of Ryan Malone’s Mind After Signing A PTO With The Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While there's no doubt Malone would love to prove himself in camp to the point he could sign an NHL two-way with the Wild or another team, this tryout appears to be intended to show Wild management he warrants an AHL deal.

While it's believed Pittsburgh and New Jersey has also shown interest in signing Malone to an AHL contract, Iowa is likely his preference because he could be closer to his two children and fiancee.

If he signs an AHL deal and not an NHL deal, Malone would be eligible to participate in the Winter Games in February in South Korea. Sources say he has discussed this possibility with USA Hockey in recent days.

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Nino Niederreiter Proving His Worth

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Five years ago, there was a legitimate question as to whether or not the former fifth-overall pick in the NHL Entry 2010 draft was going to wash out of the league.

Nino Niederreiter has come a long way since then.

Niederreiter’s career trajectory is unlike anything I’ve seen before – from top-tier, blue-chip prospect, to a guy who looked miserable on the ice and was unable to generate any semblance of offence, to a bona fide top-six winger who makes everyone around him better. All this before he’s turned 25 years of age.

Five years ago, Niederreiter produced one of the uglier seasons of the modern era for any rookie forward, scoring just one goal with zero assists over 55 games. The goal-scoring was particularly worrisome. How frequently do forwards with that little punching power ever stick around? If you guessed infrequently, if at all, you’re right:

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Mikko Koivu Statement On The Stabbing Attacks In Finland

About the attack....

 

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One More Year For Matt Cullen

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild, multiple sources say.

Cullen's deal is expected to be a one-year contract with performance bonuses.

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Mikael Granlund And The Minnesota Wild Agree To A Three-Year Contract

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Mikael Granlund (pronounced mih-KIGH-ehl GRAN-lund) on a three-year, $17.25 million contract ($5.25 million in 2017-18, $5.5 million in 2018-19 and $6.5 million in 2019-20 for a $5.75 million average annual value).

"Mikael has been an important part of our club for the last five years, and he showed a great amount of growth with an impressive performance last season," said Fletcher. "People across the League are now surely aware of what our management group has always known: Mikael has a tremendous level of talent and skill. Coupled with his excellent work ethic and tremendous character, we know he'll play a large role in the future success of our team, and we're thrilled to have him under contract moving forward."

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