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Report: Minnesota won't re-sign Nate Prosser | 07/17/2014 6:11 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are reportedly uninterested in signing Nate Prosser.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Prosser will attempt to get a one-way contract out of another team. He had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 52 games in 2013-14.
Wild re-sign goaltender John Curry | 07/17/2014 4:20 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have inked John Curry to a one-year, two-way deal.
Wild.nhl.com

Impact
Curry had a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage in 19 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth goaltender, which the Wild clearly need given setbacks their netminders suffered in 2013-14.
Minnesota signs Jason Zucker to two-year deal | 07/15/2014 4:11 PM
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Jason Zucker has inked a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
Zucker's deal is two-ways in 2014-15, but it will be a one-way agreement in the second season of the contract. He had four goals and five points in 21 games with Minnesota last season, but he has significantly more offensive upside than those numbers imply.
Jordan Schroeder signs pact with Minnesota | 07/12/2014 3:24 PM
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Center Jordan Schroeder has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
nhl.com

Impact
Schroeder, 23, collected six points (3-3=6) in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks and one assist in two games with the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound native of Prior Lake, Minn., has recorded 15 points (6-9=15) in 56 NHL contests with Vancouver the past two seasons. He has 115 points (47-68=115) in 192 AHL games. Schroeder recorded 73 points (22-51=73) in 72 games during two seasons at the University of Minnesota (2008-10). He helped win a gold medal for the United States at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Schroeder was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year following the 2008-09 season after leading the NCAA in rookie scoring. He was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Wild agrees to terms with D Jonathan Blum | 07/12/2014 3:21 PM
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The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathon Blum on a one-year contract.
nhl.com

Impact
Blum, 25, recorded one assist in 15 games with Minnesota last season and tallied 29 points (7-22=29) in 54 contests with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was named Iowa's Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Des Moines community during the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound native of Long Beach, Calif., has notched 23 points (7-16=23) and 20 PIM in 106 career NHL matches with the Nashville Predators and Minnesota. Blum has produced 142 points (30-112=142) and 127 PIM in 290 career AHL contests. He was selected by Nashville in the first-round (23rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Andrew Brunette joins Wild's coaching staff | 07/11/2014 9:56 AM
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The Minnesota Wild have added Andrew Brunette to their coaching staff.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Brunette will serve as an assistant coach next season. He will likely work from the bench during games with head coach Mike Yeo and fellow assistants Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor. Brunette hung up his skates in 2012 after playing in 1,110 career NHL games.
Dumba benefited from demotion to WHL | 07/10/2014 9:42 AM
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In retrospect, Mathew Dumba feels he benefited from spending another season with WHL Portland.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
Dumba started the 2013-14 campaign with the Minnesota Wild, but after participating in just 13 NHL contests, they finally sent him down in January. He went on to record eight goals and 24 points in 27 WHL contests and then another 18 points in 21 playoff games with the Portland Winterhawks. "Everything happens for a reason; maybe I didn't see it at the start," Dumba said. "That meeting, when I found out I was going to go back to junior, I was pretty disappointed about that, obviously. Everyone's dream is to get to the NHL and stay there, and that certainly was mine. But I've seen the development in my game and what it's done for me, and now coming back, I'm looking forward to using all of that and trying to make it full time this year."
Wild make Almond signing official | 07/09/2014 6:44 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have officially announced Cody Almond's one-year extension.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
Almond will make $550,000 in 2014-15. He's looking to prove himself in the NHL after scoring 18 goals and 34 points in 44 Swiss league games last season.
Fontaine's arbitration date set for Aug 1 | 07/09/2014 4:23 PM
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Justin Fontaine has received his arbitration date.
TSN.ca

Impact
Fontaine and the Minnesota Wild will take part in the hearing on August 1 if they can't agree to terms before then. He had 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14. If nothing else, he should get his first one-way contract.
Report: Ducks might sign Dany Heatley | 07/09/2014 3:59 PM
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Dany Heatley might end up with the Anaheim Ducks.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

Impact
There's apparently mutual interest between the two parties. Heatley declined to the point where he scored just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season and we aren't optimistic about his chances of rebounding. Still, if the Ducks or another team can get him to agree to a cheap, one-year deal then he would be worth the risk.
Cody Almond returns to the Minnesota Wild | 07/08/2014 9:52 AM
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Cody Almond has agreed to a one-year, $550,000 contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Almond is likely to make the Wild's opening game roster given that the deal is one-way. He's returning to Minnesota's organization after spending two campaigns in the Swiss league. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 44 contests last season.
Darcy Kuemper doesn't file for arbitration | 07/06/2014 9:30 AM
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Darcy Kuemper chose not to file for salary arbitration.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Kuemper is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had a 2.43 GAA and .915 save percentage in 26 games with the Wild in 2013-14. He'll probably end up with a one-way deal.
Justin Fontaine registers for arbitration | 07/05/2014 3:28 PM
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Justin Fontaine will continue to try to work something out with the Wild, but he has filed for salary arbitration.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
He recorded 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games last season. Fontaine also added a goal and an assist in nine playoff outings. He earned $600,000 last year.
Will anyone take a chance on Dany Heatley? | 07/04/2014 7:41 PM
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Dany Heatley is still in search of a suitor for next season, as the unrestricted free agent looks for a relevant role with an NHL club after failing to live up to his big-money contract.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The two-time 50-goal scorer has not been a top-six forward for a while now, despite the $7.5 million he's been earning on average for the past six years. But the 33 year-old could be an asset if he takes on a different role and accepts a lot less money for the upcoming NHL season. A healthy scratch in the final days of the regular season, Heatley notched six points in 11 playoff games and might be worth a short term, sub-$2 million risk.
Wild sign Joel Rechlicz to a two-way deal | 07/02/2014 10:32 AM
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Joel Rechlicz has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
Rechlicz had two points and 87 penalty minutes in 25 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Thomas Vanek wanted to join Wild for a while | 07/02/2014 10:30 AM
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Thomas Vanek admitted that returning to Minnesota was one of his main motivations for wanting to test the free agent market.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Vanek had to compromise to sign with the Wild though as they would only ink him to a three-year deal. He hadn't previously played for the Wild, but he did go to the University of Minnesota where he was a star with the Golden Gophers. This signing also reunites him with his former Sabres linemate, Jason Pominville.
Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild. | 07/01/2014 8:30 PM
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Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
Minnesota will be the fourth team Vanek has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. Vanek played for the University of Minnesota from 2002-04. He had fantasy value everywhere he went last season, producing nine points in 13 games with Buffalo, 15 points in 18 games with Montreal and 44 points in 47 games with the New York Islanders. He should challenge the 70-point mark again in 2014-15.
Minnesota signs Brett Sutter | 07/01/2014 6:34 PM
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Brett Sutter has signed a two-year, two-way contract with Minnesota.
Wild.nhl.com

Impact
Sutter had a goal and two points in 17 games in 2013-14. He might end up making the Wild's opening game roster as a bottom-six forward, but he's more likely to start the season in the minors.
Guillaume Gelinas signs entry-level contract | 07/01/2014 6:31 PM
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Guillaume Gelinas has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Wild.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Gelinas was undrafted, but had a big season with the QMJHL Val d'Or Foreurs in 2013-14. He scored 23 goals and 92 points in 67 contests and spent 81 minutes in the sin bin.
Minnesota signs Stu Bickel to 1-year contract | 07/01/2014 5:55 PM
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Minnesota has signed Stu Bickel to a one-year, two-way contract.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
He skated in just 24 games for Hartford in the AHL last season, where he picked up eight points and 85 penalty minutes.
Vanek goes home to Minnesota | 07/01/2014 1:43 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Vanek goes back to Minnesota where he played college hockey and was a scoring star with the Golden Gophers. He will motivated to play in front of friends and should settle in on the Wild's top line alongside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. He will also play on the team's top power-play unit. Look for Vanek to register 70 points this upcoming season. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher did well to hold the term on this deal to three years. It looks like Vanek and the Wild win here.
Alex Tuch goes to Minnesota at No. 18 | 06/27/2014 9:02 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have taken Alex Tuch with the 18th pick of the opening round in the 2014 draft.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Tuch is a towering, bulky winger with a powerful stride who can hit hard, forecheck and score. The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native put up an impressive 28 goals and 60 points in just 53 games in the USHL this season with 58 penalty minutes. Tuch is a robust forward who grinds into opponents with the puck, and protects his linemates with his big body. Many of Tuch's goals come through his impressive ability to attack the net and tip in pucks from the point, but he also owns a sublime pair of hands that could dish out the puck. Tuch is committed to Boston College this autumn, and should develop into a gritty second line power forward in the future.
Report: Wild shopping Kyle Brodziak | 06/25/2014 10:06 AM
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The Minnesota Wild are reportedly shopping Kyle Brodziak.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
The Wild aren't likely to get much for Brodziak, but they might just want to get rid of his roughly $2.8 million cap hit. He had 24 points and 61 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
Wild owner Leipold: I'm in sync with Fletcher | 06/22/2014 9:58 AM
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Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold has been very happy with what GM Chuck Fletcher has done with the team.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Under Fletcher, the Wild have gone through a swift rebuilding process to establish a capable core around Mikko Koivu and major free agent signings Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. "I like his style," Leipold said of Fletcher. "His style fits well with our relationship. It's important for the GM and owner to be in sync. He knows what my end game is here and that's it. We want to bring the Cup here. That's why we're all driven." Leipold pointed to the Wild's success when it comes to drafting and developing prospects under Fletcher as his biggest contribution and the reason the signings of Parise and Suter have worked out so far.
Matt Moulson, Wild will probably move on | 06/15/2014 10:14 AM
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Matt Moulson has probably played in his last game with the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Moulson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Wild acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres to give them a boost going into the playoffs, but Moulson ended up with just three points in 10 postseason games while averaging 14:59 minutes. Not exactly the type of numbers you want out of a player that will be presumably looking for a big payday.
Report: Wild want to re-sign Cody McCormick | 06/15/2014 10:11 AM
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Cody McCormick is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
The Minnesota Wild would reportedly like to re-sign him though. He doesn't do much offensively and there are significantly better options out there for fantasy owners that are primarily interested in PIM, so we don't think he should be on your radar if you're in a standard fantasy league.
Heatley, Rupp and Prosser likley out of Minny | 06/14/2014 11:26 AM
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It is very unlikely that Dany Heatley, Mike Rupp or Nathan Prosser will be playing for Minnesota next season.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
All three are unrestricted free agents and the Wild seem disinterested in re-signing them. The Wild do have interest in re-signing Clayton Stoner and Cody McCormick, however. Stay tuned as the free agent season will soon be upon us.
Wild anxious to re-sign UFA Stoner | 06/14/2014 11:22 AM
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Look for Minnesota to ink pending UFA Clayton Stoner to a contract before july 1st.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
The steady defenseman's agent Kevin Epp has been in touch with Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and it is likely a deal will get done. Stoner is known more for his physicality than his offensive prowess.
Ilya Bryzgalov will not be back with the Wild | 06/07/2014 8:46 AM
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The Pioneer Press is reporting that Ilya Bryzgalov will not return to the Minnesota Wild for the 2014-15 season.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
Bryzgalov is eligible for unrestricted free agency and that's the way it looks things will progress as the Wild will go with Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper as their three netminders. Stay tuned as some NHL team should take a shot at the former number one goalie in Phoenix and Philadelphia.
GM wants Josh Harding at training camp | 06/07/2014 8:43 AM
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GM Chuck Fletcher is expecting to see a healthy Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) at training camp in September.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
Harding was sensational in 2013 before getting ill again as he was 18-7-3 in 29 games with a scintillating 1.65 GAA and a .933 save percentage. But he did not play at all in 2014 as he became ill once again and his doctors were unable to come up with the right combination of medications to allow him to be healthy enough to return. "Josh's battles have been well-chronicled, and I think he's feeling well at this point in time," Fletcher said. "The goal for him is, much like last summer, is to build up and be able to come to training camp and play well. There's been nothing I've heard to make me believe that's not the case."
Nino Niederreiter and Wild talking contract | 06/07/2014 8:33 AM
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The representatives for Nino Niederreiter and the Minnesota Wild have started to talk about a contract extension.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
Niederreiter is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season so the Wild want to lock him up. Niederreiter is only 21 and was selected with the fifth pick of the 2010 draft by the New York Islanders who got rid of him too quickly as he was traded to the Wild during the 2013 off-season in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick (Eamon McAdam). Niederreiter scored 14 goals and 36 points this past season and added three goals and six points in the playoffs. Stay tuned.
Erik Haula likely to remain at center | 06/07/2014 8:14 AM
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Erik Haula will likely play at center next season.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
While coach Mike Yeo would not commit to Haula playing center only, he did say that that the Finn, who busted his jaw at the 2014 World Championships, was best suited to play as a pivot. "I like him in the middle. I think his speed is more of a factor when he's coming through the middle of the ice," Yeo said. "Defensively he's very, very strong down low in his own zone -- because of his speed, because of his stick, because he's a smart player." Haula did not require surgery and should be 100 percent by the end of June.
Keith Ballard has sports hernia surgery | 06/07/2014 8:10 AM
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Keith Ballard has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
GM Chuck Fletcher said that Ballard was the only Wild player to need off-season surgery. The 31-year-old defenseman should be ready for the start of training camp.
Wild like Yeo's handling of distractions | 06/06/2014 3:46 PM
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The Minnesota Wild made Mike Yeo's multi-year contract extension official with a press conference on Friday.
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher took the opportunity to praise the Yeo's ability to handle distractions. He used the Wild's barrage of goaltending injuries this season as an indicator that Yeo can overcome adversity. The Wild bench boss has a 104-82-26 record in the regular season.
Niklas Backstrom is making progress in rehab | 06/06/2014 2:04 PM
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Niklas Backstrom (abdomen) should be able to start practicing with pads on in July.
Wild.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Backstrom has been plagued by a variety of lower and mid-body injuries in recent years. He wasn't able to participate in either of the Wild's last two playoff runs as a result.
Wild hope Josh Harding will be good for 14-15 | 06/06/2014 1:57 PM
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Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) is feeling well after being unable to play since December 31.
Wild.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
The hope is that Harding will be available for the start of training camp. Harding had a 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games, but unfortunately not clear how much he can be counted on to play in 2014-15.
Wild sign Michael Keranen to one-year deal | 06/05/2014 3:39 PM
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Michael Keranen has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
"We are excited to get Michael under contract for next season," said GM Chuck Fletcher. "He had a very good year in Finland and our scouting staff thinks he is ready for the challenge of coming to North America. We are happy to add him to our lists of prospects and look forward to seeing how he performs in training camp." He notched 17 goals and 52 points in 52 games for Ilves Tampere of the Finnish Elite League in 2013-14
Yeo's new contract reportedly a 3-year deal | 06/01/2014 10:46 AM
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Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo's announced multi-year extension is reportedly a three-year deal.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Yeo's contract is believed to be worth nearly $3 million. "Very well-deserved," Zach Parise said. "I think he did a really good job - [the entire coaching staff] all did a really good job - down the stretch for us, especially in the playoffs. I mean, we were really prepared. We knew exactly what to expect. We exploited weaknesses. It's a big chess game, the playoffs. I think they did a really good job making adjustments on the fly. It was real impressive." Yeo has a 104-82-26 record with Minnesota.
Parise: Coach Yeo's deal 'very well-deserved' | 05/31/2014 8:50 PM
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Zach Parise is happy that coach Mike Yeo received a three-year contract extension.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
The Wild went 43-27-12 in the regular season, getting to the playoffs as a wild-card team. They ended up losing to the Blackhawks in the second round. "Very well-deserved," said Parise. "I think he did a really good job - [the entire coaching staff] all did a really good job - down the stretch for us, especially in the playoffs. I mean, we were really prepared. We knew exactly what to expect. We exploited weaknesses. It's a big chess game, the playoffs. I think they did a really good job making adjustments on the fly. It was real impressive."
Wild sign coach Mike Yeo to multi-year deal | 05/31/2014 5:25 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have officially announced a multi-year contract extension with head coach Mike Yeo.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
"Mike has done a very good job the last three seasons as our Head Coach and we look forward to his leadership going forward," said GM Chuck Fletcher in a press release. Yeo has posted a record of 104-82-26 with the Wild and he's helped the team make the playoffs twice.
Yeo closing in on contract extension | 05/31/2014 12:18 PM
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Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo is closing in on a contract extension with the Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Details were apparently being ironed out Friday night. Yeo is the NHL's youngest coach (40 years old) and has a 104-82-26 (. 552) regular season record with the Wild. He has also coached the Wild past the first round for only the second time in franchise history this past spring.
Erik Haula (jaw) needs 3-4 weeks to recover | 05/28/2014 6:50 PM
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Erik Haula fractured his jaw while playing in the gold medal game in the 2014 World Championship.
Wild.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
The good news is that Haula should be fine in four weeks and he won't need surgery. He had six goals and nine assists in 46 contests in 2013-14.
Wild, Mike Yeo negotiating a new contract | 05/27/2014 2:21 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are still negotiating a contract extension with head coach Mike Yeo.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Yeo's current contract is set to expire on June 30. He made around $600,000 in 2013-14 and is reportedly looking to double his salary in the new deal. Minnesota has gone 104-82-26 under Yeo and they've made the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns.
Wild might start 14-15 with three goaltenders | 05/21/2014 9:49 AM
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The Minnesota Wild might end up starting the 2014-15 campaign with three goaltenders.
The Pioneer Press

Impact
That's typically a scenario teams want to avoid, but it might be necessary in the Wild's case. Wild goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding both missed major chunks of 2013-14 and they are unfortunately not safe bets to be available for most of the upcoming campaign. With that in mind, the Wild need a viable third option and such a goaltender will almost certainly command a one-way contract.
Matt Moulson had oblique, groin injuries | 05/17/2014 6:54 PM
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Matt Moulson had an oblique injury and a groin issue in the postseason.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
"He was having a hard time moving," GM Chuck Fletcher said. Moulson tried to play through the ailments. He posted a goal and two assists in 10 games before sitting out the last three contests of Round 2. Moulson can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Charlie Coyle downplays playoff injuries | 05/17/2014 6:50 PM
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Charlie Coyle didn't think playing with two separated shoulders was a big deal.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
"You forget about it once you're out there, but everyone's in the same situation," Coyle said Friday. "Everyone has one ache or another. ... You're always banged up. You just fight through it. ... Everyone was doing that. Every guy was doing that." He separated one shoulder in Game 4 against Colorado and the other in Game 3 against Chicago. Coyle had seven points in 13 playoff contests for the Wild and he'll rehab over the summer.
Backstrom situation hampers Wild | 05/17/2014 12:30 PM
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The goalie situation in Minnesota will take a little while to sort out and much will depend on doctors' reports and the salary cap.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Niklas Backstrom, who had two recent surgeries (one to repair his core abdominal muscle and one to repair a hip), is under contract for two more years, and can't be released as he is an injured player. Josh Harding still has some obstacles to deal with as a result of his multiple sclerosis before he can be counted, Darcy Kuemper is a restricted free agent and Ilya Bryzgalov is a UFA. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher acknowledged that he didn't have a plan for the team's goaltending spots as two many balls are in the air. He did say the team may have to carry three netminders in 2014-15, though. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.
Yeo will be re-signed: Fletcher | 05/17/2014 12:23 PM
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Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher seemed unequivocal in his statement that the team will re-sign head coach Mike Yeo in the coming weeks.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Fletcher is thrilled about the progress his Wild team made this season and he attributes a great deal of that success to Yeo. "Mike's the coach of our team," Fletcher said. "He's a very good coach." Look for a deal to get done in the next two weeks.
Bryzgalov speaks highly of his time with MIN | 05/15/2014 12:55 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov is eligible for unrestricted free agency this July and it's unclear if he'll be back in Minnesota.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Still, he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Wild. "I've been so happy here," he said. "I wish we can accomplish more. It is what it is. My personal experience was probably the best team I've played [for], best organization I've been [in]." Coach Mike Yeo was also pleased to have Bryzgalov in the organization. "I'm really proud of him, what he brought to our group," said Minnesota's bench boss. "You know we all heard stories about Bryz and all I can say is this guy was an unbelievable teammate and came into some really tough situations and he was incredibly bought in to our team."
Plenty of questions surround Wild's crease | 05/15/2014 12:33 PM
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Josh Harding's health situation adds complications to Minnesota's goaltending.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He didn't play after Dec. 31 because of problems caused by multiple sclerosis, but he stated last month that he has no intention of retiring. Harding has one year left on his current contract, while Darcy Kuemper will be a restricted free agent in July and Ilya Bryzgalov will be unrestricted. The Wild also have Niklas Backstrom locked up for another two seasons, but he has struggled to stay in the lineup as well because of injuries. Who starts for the Wild on opening night next season should be considered a big question mark at this time.
Mike Yeo expected to get extension from Wild | 05/15/2014 12:18 PM
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Coach Mike Yeo is expected to get a contract extension from the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
His deal expires on June 30 and meetings with GM Chuck Fletcher should start soon. Yeo's job was thought to be in jeopardy during the 2013-14 campaign, but the Wild snapped out of their funk and qualified for the playoffs where they advanced to the second round. He is the NHL's youngest coach at age 40.
Zach Parise energized Wild in the playoffs | 05/14/2014 8:34 PM
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The Wild got their money's worth from captain Zach Parise in these playoffs, as their prized free agent signing from 2012 played to his potential during Minnesota's playoff run.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Parise notched 14 points in the Wild's 13 game post-season, which ended after Patrick Kane buried Minnesota in overtime on Tuesday night. Parise and fellow free agent signing Ryan Suter brought the Wild to the first round of the playoffs last season after a four year absence from the post-season, then improved this season by knocking off the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, then playing a solid series versus the defending champion Blackhawks.
Nate Prosser played through broken finger | 05/14/2014 3:52 PM
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Nate Prosser broke a finger in the first round of the playoffs.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Prosser played through the injury and ended up with a plus-two rating and 12 penalty minutes in 10 contests. He averaged 12:31 minutes of ice time per contest.
Report: Coyle played with shoulder injuries | 05/14/2014 3:50 PM
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Both of Charlie Coyle's were reportedly separated for at least part of the playoffs.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Coyle still managed to score three goals and seven points in 13 postseason games. The 22-year-old forward is likely to set a new career-high in points in 2014-15 after getting 30 this season.
Erik Haula will play in World Championship | 05/14/2014 3:27 PM
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Erik Haula will join Team Finland for the remainder of the World Championship.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Haula had six goals and nine assists in 46 games in 2013-14. He also had seven points in 13 playoff contests.
Justin Fontaine couldn't beat Crawford | 05/14/2014 8:32 AM
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Justin Fontaine tallied a game-high six shots on goal, but he wasn't able to solve Corey Crawford in Game 6.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He had some glorious opportunities to score in the contest, including a pair of partial breakaways. Fontaine generated a goal and an assist in five games in the series.
Matt Cooke registers assist in OT loss | 05/14/2014 8:24 AM
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Matt Cooke collected an assist in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He also posted three hits and earned two minutes in the sin bin for a boarding play on Johnny Oduya. Cooke was also a step or two behind Patrick Kane, who ended up scoring the game winner on a strange bounce in overtime.
Bryzgalov and Minnesota lose | 05/14/2014 4:52 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov blocked 25 of 27 shots in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago Tuesday evening at Xcel Energy Center.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bryzgalov played a solid game and he finished his playoffs with a 3-6-2 record. He also has a 2.63 goal-against average and .885 save percentage. Bryzgalov played a good series against the Blackhawks and Darcy Kuemper probably couldn't play any better, if he would have been healthy.
Haula scores in OT loss | 05/14/2014 4:47 AM
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Erik Haula was the only Minnesota goal scorer Tuesday as the team was eliminated from the playoffs following a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the western conference semi-finals.
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Haula tied the game to 1-1 with a burst of speed and a deadly shot at 2:29 of the second period. Haula finished his playoffs with four goals and three assists in 13 games. The rookie was one of the best Minnesota players in the postseason.
Ryan Suter skips skate for dental appointment | 05/13/2014 2:07 PM
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Ryan Suter missed Tuesday's morning skate because of a dental appointment.
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"Scheduled cleaning," coach Mike Yeo said, smiling. "So that's why he was not there." It isn't certain if he was joking or not, but Suter is expected to play in Game 6, which is all that matters.
Darcy Kuemper will back up Bryz in Game 6 | 05/13/2014 1:50 PM
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Darcy Kuemper will dress in Game 6 as Minnesota's backup goaltender.
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He suffered an upper-body injury in Game 7 against Colorado during the first round of the playoffs and he hasn't played since. Ilya Brzgalov will start in Game 6 versus Chicago on Tuesday night.
Matt Moulson skates, won't return Tuesday | 05/13/2014 1:10 PM
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Matt Moulson (lower body) skated on Monday, but he won't return in Game 6 Tuesday night.
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Coach Mike Yeo said, "hopefully we take care of business," so a decision can come for Moulson's availability for Game 7 on Thursday. He hasn't played since the third game of the series.
Keith Ballard will return from UBI Tuesday | 05/13/2014 12:11 PM
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Keith Ballard (upper body) will be back in Minnesota's lineup for Game 6.
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He missed Game 5 on Sunday because of an upper-body injury after getting hit from behind by Chicago's Brandon Bollig. Ballard is expected to take Nate Prosser's spot in the lineup.
Erik Haula scores beauty for Wild in defeat | 05/12/2014 12:21 AM
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Erik Haula scored the Minnesota Wild's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks in playoff action in Chicago Sunday night.
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The goal was a gem. Haula opened the scoring with a beautiful combination of jaw-dropping speed and hustle. He carried the puck the length of the ice, blowing past two all-stars -- forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith -- before snapping off a shot that was stopped by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Haula got his own rebound, though, and backhanded the puck. This time, Crawford saved with his extended leg pad, but the puck bounced up in the air and into the net before Brent Seabrook could bat it away with his stick. The goal was Haula's third of the post-season.
G Ilya Bryzgalov takes tough loss in Chicago | 05/12/2014 12:15 AM
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Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced but he and the Minnesota Wild were edged 2-1 by the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series Sunday night.
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The Wild now trail the Hawks 3-2 in the series. Game 6 will be played in Minnesota Tuesday night. The home team has won every game of the series thus far. Bryzgalov is 3-5-1 in the post-season. His GAA is 2.60 and his save percentage is .908.
Mikael Granlund has stepped up in playoffs | 05/11/2014 9:39 AM
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Mikael Granlund has been a big contributor for the Wild in their 2014 playoff run.
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Minnesota has some promising young forwards and they've shined in postseason. Granlund is perhaps the best example of that as he's tied for the team lead in goals with four. He also has three assists and a plus-four rating in 11 contests. The Wild might not get past the second round, but with guys like Granlund developing into great players, the Wild have a bright future ahead of them.
Wild need to improve on the road | 05/11/2014 9:17 AM
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Although the Minnesota Wild have been great at home in the playoffs, the flip side is that they've struggled on the road.
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With Game 5 in Chicago, the Wild will need to find a way to reverse that trend. "We just have to make sure we go out with the same attitude and don't be afraid to make plays," Niederreiter said. "Usually on the road, we play a little hesitant, almost like we're waiting until something happens. We have to make sure we go out there and make it happen." Niederreiter pointed in Game 5 against Colorado as an example of a game where they went in with the wrong attitude. Niederreiter felt they were overconfident after taking Games 3 and 4. They ended up losing Game 5 in overtime.
Nate Prosser will probably play Sunday night | 05/10/2014 5:57 PM
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Nate Prosser will probably replace Keith Ballard in the lineup on Sunday in Game 5.
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He was scratched for Games 3 and 4 of Minnesota's second round series versus Chicago after appearing in the team's previous nine postseason matches. Ballard was injured on Friday night.
Matt Moulson unlikely to play in Game 5 | 05/10/2014 5:54 PM
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Matt Moulson (lower body) didn't travel with his teammates to Chicago for Game 5.
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He's unlikely to play Sunday night as a result. Moulson missed Friday's contest as well because of a lower-body injury.
Keith Ballard will sit Sunday due to UBI | 05/10/2014 2:23 PM
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Keith Ballard (upper body) won't play in Game 5 Sunday night.
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He was checked from behind into the boards during the second period of Minnesota's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks. His night ended on Friday after he logged 7:10 of ice time. Ballard won't travel with the team to Chicago.
Byzgalov makes game-changing save | 05/10/2014 12:28 PM
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Although he let in a questionable goal Friday night, Ilya Bryzgalov made a game-changing save on a Patrick Sharp breakaway.
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With the game tied at two, Sharp deked on a breakaway but Bryzgalov made a tremendous pad save to keep the puck out of the net. From that point on, the Wild feeding off the energy of that save, dominated and ultimately scored twice to secure the victory. "At the time, you can call it a game-changing save," Zach Parise said. Bryzgalov was acquired as an insurance policy at the trade deadline. With three Minnesota goalies injured at the moment, it looks like his acquisition was a very astute move.
Matt Cooke strong in Wild win Friday | 05/10/2014 12:19 PM
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Matt Cooke, who returned from a seven-game suspension Friday, played very well against the Blackhawks.
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In fact, an argument can be made that he was one of the better Minnesota players in the 4-2 win. Cooke was all over the ice registering five hits, blocking thee shots and separating the Hawks from the puck time and time again. He also registered an assist as he stole the puck from Michal Roszival that led to Justin Fontaine's first-period goal. Overall, a very strong game for Cooke.
Bryzgalov and Minnesota win | 05/10/2014 2:30 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 of 20 shots in Minnesota's 4-2 win over Chicago in Game 4 of their second round playoff series on Friday night.
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Bryzgalov continued his solid performance from last game, although he could have easily saved the first Chicago goal. Bryzgalov now has a 2.91 goals-against average with .866 save percentage in the playoffs. Minnesota will face Chicago again on Sunday night and Bryzgalov could be the starting goalie again then.
Spurgeon leads Minnesota to win | 05/10/2014 2:23 AM
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Jared Spurgeon scored a goal and registered an assist in Minnesota's 4-2 win over Chicago Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.
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Spurgeon scored on a power-play in the third period and that was his third goal in the playoffs. He now has five points in 11 games in the playoffs. Justin Fontaine, Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville also score for the Wild, while defenseman Ryan Suter added two helpers in the victory.
Matt Cooke is pumped to return | 05/09/2014 4:26 PM
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Matt Cooke is looking forward to returning from his seven-game suspension on Friday.
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Cooke is projected to play alongside Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine. "I've been ready to go since I haven't been able to play, so the time is finally here and I just want to go out and battle with my teammates," Cooke said. "I've got a lot of praise for the guys in this room. They've done a great job, battling with adversity, up in games, down in games, tough travel. They've done a great job and I'm just thankful that I get a chance to go out and play with them again." Not surprisingly, Cooke plans to maintain his physical game despite the suspension.
Matt Cooke will add 'physicality' to 3rd line | 05/09/2014 8:46 AM
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Matt Cooke is slated to play with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine in his return to the lineup in Game 4 Friday night.
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"We'll have a talk with him to make sure that his head's in the right place as far as how he has to play the game, and he's going to add, definitely, some speed," coach Mike Yeo said. "He's going to add some physicality." Cooke had one assist and 18 hits prior to receiving a seven-game suspension in Round 1 against Colorado.
Yeo: Matt Moulson has a lower-body injury | 05/08/2014 1:02 PM
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Matt Moulson is dealing with a lower-body injury, according to coach Mike Yeo.
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The Wild bench boss said Moulson is expected to stay off ice for a couple days. That means that he's likely to miss Friday's Game 4 meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Matt Moulson might be scratched in Game 4 | 05/08/2014 12:13 PM
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Matt Moulson could be a healthy scratch Friday night in Game 4.
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He didn't have a place on Minnesota's top-four lines during Thursday's practice. Matt Cooke, who is set to return from his seven-game suspension, skated on the third line alongside Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine in Moulson's place. He has recorded just one goal and two assists in 10 playoff games with the Wild. There's also the possibility that Moulson could be playing hurt and Cooke's return will give Minnesota a chance to rest him for a game.
Ryan Suter seems to be OK after injury scare | 05/08/2014 12:07 PM
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Ryan Suter may have hurt his left shoulder or arm in the second period of Tuesday's 4-0 win over Chicago.
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He left for the dressing room after a collision with Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa, but he returned for the third period and appeared to be all right. Coach Mike Yeo said the incident was "really nothing" and Suter wasn't among the team's players who received medical treatment on Wednesday.
Fletcher to decide on Heatley after playoffs | 05/08/2014 11:55 AM
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Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher isn't sure what the future holds for pending unrestricted free agent Dany Heatley yet.
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"We'll see at the end of the year," Fletcher said. "His contract is up, and we can just see what the fit is going to be and for us, the key thing is we have to look at our young players and where they're all going to fit. You want to make sure you give them an opportunity to continue to grow, whether that's [Nino] Niederreiter or [Charlie] Coyle or maybe even Jason Zucker, you have to make sure there's roles and opportunities for those young players. You don't want to box them out. So we'll sit down at the end of the year and talk to Dany and take a look and see how we end up here." Fletcher gave Heatley credit for his professionalism during the 2013-14 campaign. The veteran forward had his ice time and role reduced this season, but he's been productive in the playoffs with seven points in eight matches.
Matt Cooke finishes his suspension | 05/07/2014 12:44 PM
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Matt Cooke has completed his seven-game suspension.
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Cooke was punished for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie in the first round. The Wild advanced, but are down 2-1 in their second round series against Chicago. "I'm thankful for the success of my teammates," Cooke said. "I await the opportunity to get back out there with them."
Erik Haula registers GWG in Game 3 vs. Hawks | 05/07/2014 9:27 AM
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Erik Haula posted the game-winning goal against Chicago in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
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He opened up the floodgates in the third after two scoreless periods. The Wild scored four answered goals in the final frame. Haula has arguably been Minnesota's best forward in the series. Haula has earned a point in three straight games versus the Blackhawks to give him a total of five in 10 outings these playoffs.
Jason Pominville contributes 2 assists Tues. | 05/07/2014 9:20 AM
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Jason Pominville contributed two assists in Game 3 to help the Wild earn a 4-0 triumph against Chicago.
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In 10 postseason games, he has one goal on 23 shots to go with seven helpers. The trio of Pominville, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise picked up two points apiece to help Minnesota cut the Blackhawks' series lead in half.
Zach Parise records 2 points in Game 3 win | 05/07/2014 9:13 AM
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Zach Parise notched a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago on Tuesday night.
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The Wild needed their big guns to step up to get them back into their second-round series against the Blackhawks and they did just that. Parise earned an assist on Mikael Granlund's first goal of the match and then he scored on the power play late in the third period. Parise had one goal and no helpers a year ago versus the Hawks in the postseason. He has 13 points, including three in Round 2, in 10 2014 playoff matches.
Bryzgalov perfect in win | 05/07/2014 3:34 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Tuesday night.
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Bryzgalov played his best game in this years playoffs and recorded his fourth career playoff shutout but first since 2006. Bryzgalov has to continue to play like this and give the Wild a chance to win this series against the Blackhawks. Bryzgalov still has some ugly numbers in the playoffs with 3.09 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.
Granlund scores in twice in win | 05/07/2014 3:27 AM
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Mikael Granlund scored two goals in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Tuesday night.
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Granlund's first goal was a beautiful individual effort as he cut into the slot past the checking efforts of both Chicago defensemen and ladled a backhander past the glove hand of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Granlund now has four goals and three assists in 10 playoff games this year. Zach Parise also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Jason Pominville added two helpers in the victory. Rookie Erik Haula also scored for the Wild.
Darcy Kuemper skates, not ready to return | 05/06/2014 3:46 PM
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Darcy Kuemper (upper body) was on the ice with the Wild Tuesday morning.
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Kuemper left Game 7 of the first round due to the injury. He isn't expected to return for Game 3 of Minnesota's series against Chicago.
Nino Niederreiter will play with Koivu, Coyle | 05/06/2014 3:44 PM
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Nino Niederreiter will play on the Wild's top line on Tuesday.
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Niederreiter has been held off the scoresheet for two straight games after stepping up in Game 7 of the first round with two goals and an assist. Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle will play alongside Niederreiter.
Wild get Keith Ballard (groin) back Tuesday | 05/06/2014 12:27 PM
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Keith Ballard is ready to return from a groin injury.
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Ballard will play in Game 3 of Minnesota's second round series against Chicago on Tuesday. He had two goals and nine points in 45 regular season contests. This will be his first game since March 17.
M. Cooke has one game left on his suspension | 05/06/2014 8:06 AM
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Matt Cooke will serve the final match of his seven-game suspension Tuesday night.
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He will be eligible to return to the fold on Friday night when the Wild host Chicago. Cooke hasn't played since Apr. 21 because of a suspension for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie in Round 1.
Wild expected to go with Bryzgalov in Game 3 | 05/05/2014 2:18 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start again for the Wild in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
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"He's in the net," coach Mike Yeo said. "We got to find a way to get a win and that's all of us. That's him, but our team too and I'm not going to sit around and wait for another option, for someone else to come in. This is the guy, so let's quit even talking about it. We shouldn't even be talking about who is backing up. [Bryzgalov] is the guy right now and so we have to find a way as a team and as a staff to get a win." Minnesota doesn't have any other options anyway with Darcy Kuemper, Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom injured.
Blackhawks keep foiling Wild's biggest stars | 05/04/2014 7:56 PM
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Simply put, Minnesota Wild stars Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter seem to have no solution for the Chicago Blackhawks in playoff competition.
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Both Parise and Suter had matching -3 ratings in a 4-1 Game 2 loss while Koivu wasn't much better with a -2 mark. As strong a team as Chicago might be, it's difficult not to be disappointed with the lifeless work of these three highly paid players.
Cody McCormick gets lone Wild goal in loss | 05/04/2014 7:44 PM
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Cody McCormick scored the only goal for the Wild in their 4-1 Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday night.
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It's always nice when your depth players chip in with some offense, but it's clear that the Wild will go nowhere fast in this series without their big names doing more damage. McCormick's was his first point of the playoffs. Clayton Stoner and Erik Haula had the assists. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon finished a game-low minus-three.
Ilya Bryzgalov lousy again in Game 2 loss | 05/04/2014 7:43 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 21 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday.
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Bryzgalov's performance at times this season was a nice story, but it doesn't appear he'll be a difference-maker for the Wild in this series, and that's obviously not good news for his team's prospects. He has given up seven goals over his last two games. Altogether, he has a 3.90 goals-against average and .830 save percentage during the playoffs. The Wild trail in the series 2-0.
Bryzgalov will have to be better | 05/04/2014 12:14 PM
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All eyes will be on Ilya Bryzgalov Sunday afternoon.
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He will get the start as Darcy Kuemper is injured. Bryzgalov did not play well Friday night in Game 1 allowing four goals on 21 shots and needs to be much better if Minnesota is to have any chance of defeating the Hawks in Game 2.
Brodziak to center Heatley Sunday afternoon | 05/04/2014 12:08 PM
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Kyle Brodziak will center a line featuring the surprisingly effective Dany Heatley Sunday afternoon in Game 2 against Chicago.
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Cody McCormick will be the third member of the Wild's fourth unit. Heatley has five points in six playoff games and seems to be enjoying some sort of resurrection. The underrated Brodziak can take some of the credit for that.
Fontaine to draw in Sunday in Game 2 v Hawks | 05/04/2014 12:04 PM
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Justin Fontaine will draw back into the Wild lineup Sunday afternoon against the Blackhawks.
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He will center the Minnesota checking line featuring Nino Niederreiter and Erik Haula in Game 2. Stephane Veilleux looks to be the odd man out.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start Sunday in Game 2 | 05/03/2014 6:02 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will get the nod in Game 2 Sunday afternoon.
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He allowed four goals on 21 shots in Game 1 of Round 2 against Chicago, but coach Mike Yeo didn't have a problem with his performance. "I thought he played pretty well and I expect him to play well [Sunday]," Yeo said. "When I looked at the video of that game and that area, I'm not too sure what he could have done on the goals that went in. He's excited for the game and putting pressure on himself. I want everyone to remember that [Game 1] and feel that game but come out with a little more this time around." John Curry will probably remain on his backup, as Darcy Kuemper still hasn't joined the team in Chicago.
Wild set to use speedy checking line again | 05/03/2014 5:58 PM
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Erik Haula is projected to be back with Justin Fontaine and Nino Niederreiter in Game 2 against Chicago.
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Ten trio practiced Saturday and they played together during the first round versus Minnesota. "I feel we had a good series when we played together against Colorado," Niederreiter said. "We are three pretty fast guys and we know we can make plays out there but at same time we know we have to play solid defensively and make sure we play our game and system. That's when good things will happen." Haula has a goal and two assists in eight postseason contests.
Darcy Kuemper is unlikely to play Sunday | 05/03/2014 4:58 PM
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There hasn't been a charge in Darcy Kuemper's status after he missed Game 1 of the second round with an upper-body injury.
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"He's not ... here," said coach Mike Yeo on Saturday. Kuemper didn't accompany the Wild to Chicago for the start of the series and probably won't be available to play in Game 2 on Sunday either.
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