Wild Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Folin For 2 YearsThe Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year contract. The deal was done Saturday with the restricted free agent.
Wild Reassign Forward Graovac To AHL IowaThe Minnesota Wild have sent forward Tyler Graovac to the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Graovac, assigned on Thursday after being recalled on Sunday, played two games with Minnesota.
Wild's Ballard Has Facial Fractures, ConcussionMinnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards. The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.
Wild Assign Goalie Josh Harding To AHL AffiliateThe Minnesota Wild have assigned goalie Josh Harding to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. The move was made Tuesday after Harding cleared waivers. The 30-year-old was taken off injured reserve Monday. He hasn't skated with the Wild this season. Harding broke his right foot in an incident off the ice a few days before training camp and was put on a suspended list.
Wild Agree To Terms With Goalie Curry The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with goaltender John Curry on a one-year, two-way contract. Under the deal announced Thursday, Curry will be paid his NHL salary only if he is on the NHL roster. If he is sent to the AHL, he will get a minor-league salary.
Minnesota Senior Serratore Signs With Adirondack University of Minnesota senior Tom Serratore has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. The university said Monday that Serratore will join Adirondack immediately.
Wild, Sharks Exchange Minor LeaguersThe Minnesota Wild have acquired forward Curt Gogol from the San Jose Sharks for forward Chad Rau in a trade of minor leaguers. San Jose general manager Doug Wilson announced the move Wednesday, ahead of the team's home game against the Dallas Stars. The Sharks had lost four of their last five. Rau has one goal and six assists in 33 games this season for the AHL's Iowa Wild. He has two goals in nine career NHL games for Minnesota. He will report to the Worcester affiliate.
Former Gopher Matson Keeps NHL Dream AliveTyler Matson spent some golden years as a Golden Gopher. "Unbelievable experience," Matson said. "Playing for Don Lucia, the Gophers and being in Minnesota and being a Minnesota kid … you want to play there." His current residence is just over three hours south in Des Moines, where he plays for the Wild's AHL team – the Iowa Wild. Interstate 35W and a whole bunch of players are between him and the big club.
Wild Call Up Gustafsson To Back Up BackstromThe Minnesota Wild have recalled goalie Johan Gustafsson from the AHL, after a lower-body injury that forced Josh Harding out of the last game after two periods. Gustafsson was 2-0 with a 1.99 goals against average in three games this season for the Iowa Wild. The sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft played in his native Sweden last season and has not appeared in an NHL game. He'll be the backup to Niklas Backstrom when the Wild play at Chicago Saturday. Coach Mike Yeo said after practice Friday that Harding was feeling better but won't travel to the game.
Wild Sends Zucker To AHLThe Minnesota Wild trimmed their roster over the weekend, sending promising young forward Jason Zucker and two other players to Iowa of the AHL. Forwards Brett Bulmer and Jake Dowell also were assigned to Iowa. But Zucker was the only mild surprise in the group. The speedster Zucker had four goals and one assist in 20 games for the Wild last season. But he was unlikely to play on opening night against the Los Angeles Kings, so the Wild sent him down to get some work in with the Iowa Wild, the team's new AHL affiliate.
Wild Re-Sign Fontaine, McMillan To 2-Way DealsThe Minnesota Wild have re-signed forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan to one-year, two-way contracts. The deals were announced by the team on Thursday. The 25-year-old Fontaine led Houston in the AHL last season with 56 points in 64 games, including 23 goals.
Wild Re-Sign Veilleux To 2-Year Contract The Minnesota Wild re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a two-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The 31-year-old Veilleux played most of last season with Houston in the AHL. As a late call-up for more energy for the fourth line, he appeared in two of Minnesota's playoff games against Chicago. The two-way contract means he'll have a lesser salary if he's in the minors. The Wild have moved their AHL affiliate to Iowa for the 2013-14 season.