Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Minnesota-Wild

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."

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mikael+granlund

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."

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nino+niederreiter

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.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kyle+quincey

Marco Scandella Headed To Buffalo From Minnesota

 

added 11:41am,

 

 

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

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marco+scandella

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.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: erik+haula

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.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: craig+leipold

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.

read on

Below watch the game highlights adn handshakes...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Video- Eric Staal Crashes Into The End Boards Head First

No update on his condition at this time.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: eric+staal

The St. Louis Blues Fail To Close Out The Series Against The Minnesota Wild

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are now 2-4 in closeout games in the past two seasons.

Vladimir Tarasenko, who did have a good stretch in the second period Wednesday, still hasn't scored in the series.

And that the old Wild has awakened - the team that played the first two-thirds of the season.

See, the Wild was really, really good until the last month. It was possible they could've ended up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Western Conference, if they didn't turn into the “January St. Louis Blues” in March and April.

Much of the problem was Dubnyk. And now he's proving to be the solution, and that's a scary proposition.

“That’s what we need from him every night if we’re going to turn this thing around,” said Hanzal, whose team hosts Game 5 on Saturday at 2 p.m. “He has to be our best player and that’s what he did tonight. We have to do the same thing on Saturday, because everybody in this room still believes we can do it. I believe too, and if we play like this the rest of the series, we’re going to do it.”

Uh oh.

That doesn't sound good.

continued

Below, watch the highlights from the 2-0 Wild win over the Blues...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Offense A Big Problem For The Minnesota Wild

from Michel Russo of the StarTribune,

Six weeks ago, the Wild was gearing up for a deep Stanley Cup run.

But late Sunday afternoon, in a quickly-emptying locker room full of sweaty, stunned faces, Eric Staal voiced what everybody in the organization and thousands of fans who invested their hearts and money into what’s quickly becoming a lost season had to be thinking.

“After the type of year we had, this is definitely hard to imagine right now,” Staal said. “We’ve got to find a way to win one.”

After a franchise-record 106 points, the Wild is three games into this postseason and have yet to figure out how to win a game against the St. Louis Blues or light up their stingy goalie.

Three games that could have gone either way, yet it’s the Wild that lost 3-1 Sunday afternoon to find itself in a colossal 3-0 cavity.

continued

Below, watch Bruce Boudreau post-game...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 4 5 6 7 8 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts