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Gaborik on the Block

According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:

I am told by a very good source that Marian Gaborik is in play right now, meaning the Wild’s working the phones.

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Wild Sign Backstrom

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Minnesota Wild have signed star goalie Niklas Backstrom to a $24 million, four-year contract, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he had been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

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Gaborik Feels Great

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Expected then to be back in 10 to 14 weeks, Gaborik, said he believes he’s ahead of schedule but said his return would depend on his upcoming workouts.

“I feel really good,” he said, adding that training at nearly 8,000 feet of elevation, skating, swimming and working out in Vail “definitely helps.”

He called Vail “the best place to rehab,” but said his skating has been limited to hitting the ice without pads and equipment.

That changes Thursday, when he will begin zeroing in on getting back into the lineup. The Wild have made the target date between March 10 and March 20.

“I’m going to come back and skate with gear on and progress, and when that time will come, I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said.

more and Marian talks about his future too…

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Will Anyone Overpay For Wild Stars?

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

“How can I begin to think I’m going to compete for a playoff spot by trading Backstrom?” Risebrough said. “Now, that’s showing you my motivation. I don’t know what somebody else’s motivation is. To say ‘never’ is illogical, and I don’t want to be hung with that because I don’t know what somebody might offer me.

“If somebody says, ‘I really want to overpay,’ well, then what do I do? Now they put me in a dilemma. But I’ve told you my motivation.”

Asked if that includes Marian Gaborik, whom Risebrough also says he’d prefer to hold onto, he answered, “Both.”

read on

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Wild Plan To Keep Gaborik

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

General Manager Doug Risebrough made it clear this weekend that, in his mind, Marian Gaborik will be the biggest acquisition the Wild makes by Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Risebrough said Gaborik, who has played six games all season, is right on schedule in his rehabilitation from left hip surgery. Even if it means the pending unrestricted free agent walks away this summer for nothing, Risebrough said he probably won’t trade Gaborik.

“[Gaborik’s] further along than we thought he was going to be,” Risebrough said. “So, I don’t know what that means other than I know it’s going to be a big shot in the arm for us when he comes back.

“And that’s one consideration when you ask, ‘How comfortable are you [with this team]?’ I’m planning on [Gaborik returning].”

read on

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Wild’s Foster Encourages Young Injured Player

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:

Thomas Royea is 15 years old. He’s only a sophomore in high school, so trust the hockey player when he says he wishes he hadn’t broken his femur.

But one special thing came from it. “It’s not every day a kid gets a call from an NHL player,” Royea said.

Royea, who lives in the small northern Michigan town of Negaunee, is a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, but he’s now a Kurtis Foster fan for life.

continued…

*thanks to a KK reader for passing this on

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Wild Owner Feels Gaborik Will Be Part Of Their Playoff Run

Craig Custance of Sporting News Today recently conducted an interview with Wild owner Craig Leipold.

Leipold says Gaborik is making great strides with his rehab and is confident Marian will be part of the playoff run for the Wild.

Read the interview here which include numerous hockey topics…

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Backstrom Hopes He Is Not Traded

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Backstrom said negotiations are being conducted between the Wild and his agent, Don Baizley.

“I haven’t talked to Don since last weekend, so I don’t know what’s going on,” Backstrom said. “We play so many games, and I want to stay focused on helping our team win. All I can say is I think they’re talking. There’s something going on, but I don’t know what that means.”..

In the last year of his contract, Backstrom can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. If he isn’t signed by Wednesday’s trade deadline, he’s a candidate to be traded because the Wild would risk losing him this summer for no compensation.

“I don’t know if you think about that,” Backstrom said. “I want to be here. I’m focused on just wanting to be here. We’ll see what happens. But for sure, you hope you can stay here at least the rest of the season.”

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Foster Back With The Wild

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Defenseman Kurtis Foster is officially back with the Wild, nearly a year after breaking his leg in San Jose.

“My time in Houston was a fun time, but I’m excited to be back with the team and back on the ice — hopefully tomorrow,” he said.

During a two-week rehab assignment in Houston, Foster had a goal and five assists, helping the Aeros go 6-0.

It will be hard cracking the Wild’s defense, however.

continued

added 4:44pm, Also from Shipley,

Wild winger Owen Nolan has a fractured toe and is out indefinitely, the team said today.

“In two or three days, when the swelling goes down, we’ll know more,” assistant general manager Tom Lynn said.

Because Andrew Brunette (knee) was able to practice today, and Colton Gillies has recovered from the flu, the Wild likely will not call a forward up from Houston for Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles.

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Keenan Not Happy With Play Of Fritsche

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Rene Bourque’s dream season won’t likely include a 30-goal milestone.

Right now, the Flames forward is just hoping to be back in action sooner than later.

Bourque scored his 21st goal of the season last night in the club’s 3-2 overtime win, but was knocked from the game in the second period with an ankle injury, assessed to be a high-ankle sprain….

Head coach Mike Keenan said Fritsche slew-footed Bourque on the play.

“Not only didn’t he get a call on it, he got a shorthanded goal,” Keenan said. “It was a disappointment, in terms of the officials just didn’t see it. We watched it on tape, which is always easier than live action.

“He’s got a very damaged ankle now. He’s going to be gone for a long time.”

more and the video below is not the best, but it does show Fritsche and Bourque colliding.

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