The Minnesota Swarm are packing up and leaving the state after 11 seasons. Swarm co-owner John Arlotta announced Friday night that the National Lacrosse League team will relocate for the 2016 season.
Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team, which plays its home games at the Xcel Energy Center, has not offered renewals to its season ticket holders for next season, and also appears to have ended its Junior Swarm box lacrosse program. For weeks, there has been speculation that team owner John Arlotta, who bought the Swarm from Wild owner Craig Leipold in 2008, has been looking to sell the team or move it.
The Minnesota Wild have swapped minority owners, with Chicago financier Matthew Hulsizer replacing New York hedge fund manager Philip Falcone on majority owner Craig Leopold’s board of directors.
At long last, Minnesota will finally get the chance to host an outdoor NHL game next season. The Wild will play the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the NHL’s two “Stadium Series” games. The match-up is set for Feb. 21, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. “A real thrill,” Wild CEO Matt Majka said. “And happiness. And a little relief maybe, too, because we’ve been waiting a long time.”
Even though it’s the middle of October and snow isn’t on the ground (yet), hockey season is officially here. In Minnesota, the Wild is off to a 2-0 start and has yet to allow a goal, shutting out Colorado 5-0 in its home opener and then going to Colorado last Saturday and winning 3-0.
Making the playoffs for the first time in five years should count as progress. For the Minnesota Wild, that step forward wasn’t firm enough.
Before everyone settled in for their fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Minnesota Wild put on quite a show themselves.
People inside the Vikings insist they are intent on making playing baseball a part of the new football stadium. If the NHL gets salary roll backs as part of their new collective bargaining agreement, it could be big savings for Craig Leipold on Zach Praise and Ryan Suter’s contracts. Suter chartered his own plane to be part of the fundraiser for Jack Jablonski. Nice move!
The Minnesota Wild made the free agent signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter official on Monday, introducing the pair at a news conference with their new jerseys.
Craig Leipold never thought one of the biggest bonanzas in NHL history was even possible when the Wild owner stepped into the negotiating room with general manager Chuck Fletcher and the agents for forward Zach Parise.
The Minnesota Wild have missed the playoffs. Again.
But owner Craig Leipold is adamantly optimistic that he won’t be watching the postseason on television again next year.
Craig Leipold leaned back in his office chair and shook his head with a grimaced look, the frustration of missing the playoffs for a third straight year still fresh for the Minnesota Wild owner some four days after the season.
Day 6 of the State Fair… Michele spoke with Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold about the Wild’s upcoming 10th anniversary season…