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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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The Minnesota Wild Agree To A Five-Year Deal With Nino Niederreiter

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 Nino Niederreiter (pronounced NEE-noh NEE-duhr-righ-tuhr) on a five-year contract with a $5.25 million average annual value ($4.6 million in 2017-18, $6.075 million in 2018-19, $5.85 million in 2019-20, $4.25 million in 2020-21 and $5.475 million in 2021-22).

"Nino has had a big impact on our club during the last four seasons and we're very happy to know that will continue in the future," said Fletcher. "He's grown into his role as one of the offensive leaders of this group and his shot and net-front presence will continue to play a major role in our team's success. Nino has a great attitude and personality, and we know our fans will be as happy as we are about this news."

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Kyle Quincey Signs With The Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with free-agent defenseman Kyle Quincey on a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Quincey, 31, tallied 15 points (6-9=15), a plus-4 rating and 51 penalty minutes (PIM) in a total of 73 games with the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets last season. He averaged 17:54 in TOI/game and recorded 97 hits and 97 blocked shots. He was traded by New Jersey to Columbus on March 1, 2017 in exchange for Dalton Prout. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario, added one assist in two Stanley Cup playoff games with the Blue Jackets. Quincey owns 155 points (36-119=155), a plus-12 rating, 520 PIM, 741 hits and 744 blocked shots in 568 career contests during parts of 12 NHL seasons with Detroit, Los Angeles, Colorado, New Jersey and Columbus (2005-17). He has recorded nine assists in 56 career Stanley Cup playoff matches.

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Marco Scandella Headed To Buffalo From Minnesota

 

added 11:41am,

 

 

added 12:36pm, Minnesota release is below...

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Here Is Your First Leak- Report, Erik Haula Signing With Golden Knights

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the StarTribune.

Erik Haula is Vegas-bound, as well as a prized Wild prospect.

Haula, a speedy former University of Minnesota center, will not only become the one Wild player lost to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights during tonight’s NHL Awards Show and expansion announcement, he’ll become the first – or one of the first – free-agent signings in Golden Knights history, multiple NHL sources say.

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Afternoon Line- Craig Leipold

via Michael Russo tweets,

"A lot of good things happened last yr. We just ended up bad. We have to identify what happened there, & we need to address those"

"I’m not satisfied where we are. In my feeling with the playoffs, we took a step back, and we never expected that."

 "We didn’t think that was going to happen, so it’s causing us to think, ‘What do we need to do?’"

Russo has more in his Twitter feed on this topic.

added 6:11pm, Russo has now posted a story on this at the Star Tribune.

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The Minnesota Wild Comeback Ends In OT

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The Wild didn't go quietly Saturday afternoon, but few will remember the Wild's franchise-best regular season now that the team couldn't even get past Game 5 of the first round.

Once again, the effort was there, and other than the first 10 ½ minutes, so was the better play. But in the end, the Wild couldn't complete a third-period comeback from two goals down by losing 4-3 in a season-eliminating overtime.

"What is this, five years in a row? I'm sick of it," said center Erik Haula, who was elevated when Eric Staal sustained a scary-looking head injury in the second period. "We're all sick of it."

A team with Stanley Cup aspirations, one that went 30-6-3 during a three-month stretch, got career-best seasons from several players and scored a franchise-record 266 goals, ended in a thud to its former coach with eight goals in the entire series, four at 5-on-5.

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Below watch the game highlights adn handshakes...

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