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The game couldn’t have ended in a more salt-in-the-wound way for the Minnesota Wild and their fans. After clinging onto a 2-0 lead from the first period on a couple weeks ago against Buffalo, the Sabres tied the game with about seven minutes left in the third. Then with 1:30 left in regulation, Buffalo got the game-winning goal from – who else? – Jason Pominville. The former Wild forward not only scored, but he put the puck in the net with a nifty backhanded shot with his back facing the net. It was no doubt frustrating for the Wild faithful for many reasons, maybe the toughest to take because of all the misses and whiffs he had as a member of the Wild from 2012-17. Pominville is tearing it up in Buffalo, with nine goals and nine assists in 24 games so far this season. The Sabres have won nine […]
The Minnesota Wild are rolling as the calendar turns to November, having won seven of their last eight games. They sit at 8-3-2 with 18 points and in second place in the Central as of Tuesday morning. Along with that, one of the more encouraging signs is that they’re getting help from all over the lineup. That includes the Wild’s third defensive pairing of Nick Seeler and Greg Pateryn. Seeler and Pateryn had a couple of their best games of the season while the Wild played their most complete game of the season with a 5-1 victory in St. Louis over the weekend. Put an asterisk next to the Blues for struggling as a whole recently — with goaltender Jake Allen leading the way in that department — putting former Wild coach and current Blues head coach Mike Yeo’s job security in serious question. Still, the Wild put together a […]
Topics Include: -A great start to the Wild's record seven-game road trip. -Eric Staal registered his 400th career goal and we ponder his future with...
Two games into the 2018-19 season and the Minnesota Wild have a total of two goals. Just two, from veteran Zach Parise in the 4-1 opening-night loss in Colorado and a snipe-shot from the point off defenseman Matt Dumba’s stick in a 2-1 shootout loss to Vegas in Saturday’s home opener. In a script that’s nothing new, the Wild’s effort was not exactly where it needed to be at the start, and even in the middle, of the first couple of games. If they could bottle up the third periods they had and release those in games going forward, it might serve them pretty well. Saturday, the Wild got the first goal 9:23 into the game on Dumba’s shot after all the pomp and circumstance a home opener can offer. With the thumping rock music blaring through the speakers, the player introductions and light show in the pregame, what’s not […]
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed restricted free agent Nick Seeler to a three-year, $2.175 million deal. The 25-year-old Eden Prairie native and Minnesota alum has been with the Wild organization since they drafted him in the fifth round in 2011. Seeler, showed promise in a 22-game debut with the Wild last season. He even stepped up in the playoffs to a second pairing role after Ryan Suter’s injury, averaging over 17 minutes per game as the Wild fell to the Jets in five games. Seeler didn’t light up the stat sheet, scoring six points in 27 combined games, but showed lots of poise and promise in his own zone, paving the way for him to compete for the third-line, left-side position this season with the Wild. It remains to be seen if the Wild will bring in more competition for Seeler to win a job with the team this fall, […]
‘Tis the season. It’s mid-summer, which means the NHL offseason is reaching its glorious crescendo. Teams are lining up in Los Angeles to talk to this summer’s hottest commodity, John Tavares, making bad trades to jockey for cap space position and overpaid players are getting bought out. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Amongst the chaos, the Minnesota Wild have sat mostly quiet. After promises of “tweaks” from their owner and new general manager, they have yet to make a move, possibly waiting on the ever-important Tavares shoe to drop. Then again, so is the rest of the league, apparently. Heck, they haven’t even made the one move that everyone thinks they should. It’s entirely possible that no tweaks are in store, or that they won’t come until after free agency. With that possibility in mind, and the free agency period looming, what should the Wild do come July 1? Here are […]
As the NHL buyout window officially opened on Friday morning, many have pegged Wild forward Tyler Ennis as a top candidate to be bought out. Ennis, 28, is entering the final year of his five-year, $23 million contract that he signed with the Buffalo Sabres back in July of 2014. Ennis will account for a cap hit of $4.6 million but just holds a salary of $3.65 million in the 2018-19 season. The reason the Wild forward is a popular candidate for a buyout is that he only registered 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists) in 73 games last season, and had lost the confidence of head coach Bruce Boudreau in the final weeks of the season. Ennis only appeared in one playoff game for Minnesota as a result of his poor play. Even though Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said in his 31 Thoughts piece a week ago that the […]
Topics Include: -Game 1 Recap - Don't Blame Devan Dubnyk! -The transition game was not good. -Game 2 Recap - Woof! -How can you lose so bad? -Were...
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