The Minnesota Wild have signed right wing Nino Niederreiter to a three-year contract. The Wild announced the deal Thursday. Minnesota had been negotiating with Niederreiter all summer and time was running short with training camp set to begin next week.
Bob Suter, a member of the “Miracle On Ice” team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild star Ryan Suter, died Tuesday at the age of 57. The Wild announced Suter’s death and called him “a great hockey ambassador, he was a terrific person off the ice who will be greatly missed.” The team did not disclose other details.
Three years after the death of former Wild tough guy Derek Boogaard, two men are facing charges for allegedly providing him with the drugs that killed him. Boogaard was found dead in May of 2011 inside his brother’s Minneapolis apartment. The medical examiner ruled his death an accidental overdose of prescription pain pills and alcohol.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Justin Fontaine to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. The deal was done on Tuesday.
Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek says he’s cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester. Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year contract. The deal was announced on Tuesday. Zucker will have a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for next season. Players on one-way deals are paid the same, whether they are in the NHL or the AHL.
The Minnesota Wild say digital ticketing will replace paper tickets for season ticket holder starting in the upcoming season. Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka says the time is right to make the move.
An NHL star was among those moved last month by the heroism of 10-year-old Nino Johnson, of Maplewood, who saved his grandfather, Pino Lipari, from drowning. Lipari was in his backyard pool playing ball with his grandson, when the ball drifted into the deep end. Lipari is not a strong swimmer, but tried to retrieve the ball anyway.
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with right wing Joel Rechlicz. The deal was announced Wednesday. The 27-year-old has played in 26 NHL games, but none since 2012. Rechlicz played last season in the AHL.
It was the worst kept secret in all of hockey. Over the last year the hot rumor in the NHL was that Thomas Vanek would play for the Minnesota Wild once he became a free agent. That rumor became reality on Tuesday as Minnesota signed Vanek to a three year contract worth $19.5 million. With the deal signed, it ends a year that was a long journey for Vanek.
The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday they’ve signed free agent left winger Thomas Vanek to a three-year contract. Vanek, who played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota, had been a standout winger for the Buffalo Sabres.
The Minnesota Wild have made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defenseman Jonathon Blum, right wing Justin Fontaine, goalie Darcy Kuemper, right wing Nino Niederreiter and left wing Jason Zucker.
Minnesota has once again played a prominent part of the NHL draft. Fifteen natives of the State of Hockey had their names called in Philadelphia this weekend.
The Minnesota Wild put a lot of work into summer projects the past two years. This time, they’re on track for a little less activity. Some key restricted free agents need new contracts to be retained. Another scorer would be a big help for the forward lines.
With the Stanley Cup Final over, the NHL offseason is officially underway. All 30 NHL teams will use this time to tweak or remake their rosters as they get ready for the 2014-2015 NHL season.