Joe Bouley has been covering the Minnesota Wild since 2013 with SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBou15. Host of 10K Rinks Radio. Subscribe on Apple, Google, and Spotify!
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Can Marco Rossi Help the Wild Contend Next Year?
By Joe Bouley - Oct 7, 2020
When asked about making the leap to the NHL, Marco Rossi said, “I am ready. One hundred percent.” Bold words from a newly drafted 19 year old. […]
By Trading Dubnyk and Donato, the Wild Clear Up Pressing Roster Issues
By Joe Bouley - Oct 6, 2020
Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin‘s actions on the eve of the draft tell us that he hired Judd Bracket to run the draft table so he […]
Does Minnesota Hockey Have to Worry About Players Jumping to the USNTDP?
By Joe Bouley - Oct 1, 2020
The Minnesota Wild created the “State of Hockey” motto in order to connect the expansion franchise to the history of the sport in the state. While outsiders […]
Erik Haula Could Serve as a Stop-Gap Center for the Wild
By Joe Bouley - Sep 25, 2020
There is a pretty limited pool of free agents this year. The players who are available are either over 30 or depth guys. A few former Minnesota […]
The Wild Should Push for a 2022 Winter Classic
By Joe Bouley - Sep 23, 2020
The world has changed dramatically in the last nine and a half months since the Minnesota Wild were announced as hosts of the 2021 Bridgestone Winter Classic. […]
Eric Staal Trade Not a Surprise for Rebuilding Wild
By Joe Bouley - Sep 17, 2020
Wild General Manager Bill Guerin has ripped open the Minnesota Wild offseason like tearing off a Band-Aid. He swung a low-risk trade to acquire Nick Bjugstad, re-signed […]
The Wild are Getting Good Value on Jonas Brodin’s New Contract
By Joe Bouley - Sep 16, 2020
Former Wild general manager Paul Fenton said he liked to build from the net on out. The defensemen that the Nashville Predators have dressed over the last […]
NCAA Announces Delayed Start of Hockey Season, Potentially Stalling Player Development
By Joe Bouley - Sep 11, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NHL will be felt immediately in the form of a flat salary cap, “the bubble” and diminishing hockey-related revenue. […]
The Minnesota Wild’s Draft and Develop Strategy Needs a Tweak
By Joe Bouley - Sep 9, 2020
Player development for an NHL team is either everything, or it’s nothing. You could argue that with better scouting and an ability to identify key traits in […]
The Minnesota Wild Need Eriksson Ek, Foligno and Hartman’s Defense to Compete Next Year
By Joe Bouley - Sep 2, 2020
Defense never garners much attention in the game recaps or the headlines unless there was a surgical dismantling of another team’s offense. It is also quite noticeable […]
Why Bill Guerin Was Exploring a Zach Parise for Andrew Ladd Trade Last Season
By Joe Bouley - Aug 26, 2020
Those closest to the team believed it was likely that Guerin could re-visit the trade in the offseason. Fast forward through the four-month COVID-19 hiatus, the Return-to-Play and an abbreviated postseason appearance, the offseason for the Wild is officially here.
It’s Time for the Minnesota Wild to Declare the Parise-Suter Era Over and Retool the Roster
By Joe Bouley - Aug 21, 2020
A rebuild, a re-tool or a tweaking, however you want to name it, takes time. With Parise and Suter on the roster, there’s an added bit of complexity. The Wild would be better served to use patience and shrewdness in these final seasons rather than milk every last drop out of the deals.