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The Minnesota Wild Are 3-1-0

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

The hot start has left many fans wondering: Are the Wild for real? Here’s a counterpoint to that: Who cares?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter if the Wild are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season, not if they are laying the foundation to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders for seasons to come.

As much as Guerin has preached that he expects the current roster to compete at a high level — something it’s proved capable of so far — it’s pretty clear he’s playing the long game here. He doesn’t even have a No. 1 center, for crying out loud.

That said, it’s pretty clear the Wild are going to be a fun team to follow no matter what happens this season. They have a potential superstar in rookie Kirill Kaprizov, who goes by “Dolla Bill Kirill” in the locker room and already has the fan base wrapped around his finger. They also have a rising star in wing Kevin Fiala, who is among the most dynamic players in the league, capable of spontaneously combusting at any moment.

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Life On The Road In The COVID Era

from Sarah McLellan of the Star-Tribune,

If they aren't at the arena for a game or working out on the practice ice, there's a good chance Wild players are staring at their cellphones.

"Uber Eats and DoorDash have been very popular," winger Marcus Foligno said.

A week into its season-opening, four-game trip, which wraps Wednesday at Anaheim, the Wild is starting to get the hang of life on the road in 2021.

New rules have been implemented to stay safe while traveling during the pandemic. Although the policy has restricted players' access to the outside world in between games, it's also increased their bonding time.

"You can't go anywhere, so everyone is together," captain Jared Spurgeon said. "Having new guys on the team, you're able to play cards or just hang around and talk. It's definitely been good for the group."

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Colorado Trades Ian Cole To Minnesota For Greg Pateryn

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Ian Cole.

Pateryn, 30, has recorded two points (0g/2a) in three games for the Minnesota Wild so far this season. After undergoing surgery on Oct. 1, 2019, Pateryn made his 2019-20 season debut on Jan. 12, 2020 against Vancouver and played in 20 contests for Minnesota during the regular season, tallying three points (0g/3a). He recorded a career-best, three-game point/assist streak from Feb. 25-28, 2020. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, native missed the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

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Video- What A Way To Get Your First NHL Goal

Kirill Kaprizov with the game winning goal in OT against the LA Kings.

 

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Cam Talbot To Minnesota

added 2:50pm, Press release is below.

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Nick Bonino Traded To The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Nick Bonino (boh-NEE-noh) and the 37th and 70th draft picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Luke Kunin and the 101st selection in this year's draft.

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Devan Dubnyk Headed To San Jose

 

added 5:05pm, Minnesota release is below.

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Minnesota Wild Statement On Mikko Koivu

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Buffalo Trades Marcus Johansso To Minnesota For Eric Staal

added 6:18pm, Minnesota press release is below.

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A Seven-Year Deal For Jonas Brodin In Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (JOE-nuhs broh-DEEN) to a seven-year, $42,000,000 million contract extension ($6,000,000 average annual value) that begins with the 2021-22 season and goes through 2027-28.

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