Wild Trades Niklas Backstrom To CalgaryThe Wild announced that they've traded goalie Niklas Backstrom to the Calgary Flames along with a sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft for forward David Jones.
Minnesota Wild Return To Ice With Stalwart Dubnyk In GoalWhen Devan Dubnyk arrived last winter, the Minnesota Wild were drifting. His NHL career, too, had taken on a nomadic tone. The six-year, $26 million contract signed by the lanky goalie during the summer was designed to give both Dubnyk and the Wild the stability they have desired for some time.
After Midseason Arrival, Dubnyk Still Going Strong With WildThe Minnesota Wild were flailing three months ago, when a potential remedy for their problems was located in the desert. Devan Dubnyk was so eager to help he took a cross-country red-eye flight to meet them.
Wild Back-Up Goalies Aim To Stay Sharp Without Playing TimeThey have experience and track records, and they probably won't play a significant minute the rest of the season or in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That's because the two Minnesota Wild goal tenders are behind Devan Dubnyk, and as Mike Max explains, all they can do is prepare and wait.
Fontaine, Dubnyk Help Wild To 3-1 Win Over AvalancheJustin Fontaine broke a second-period tie, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Wild Blog: Back On The Bandwagon?Alright Wild fans, are you back on the bandwagon yet? I, of course, never got off. But was last night's win enough to get you back to believing in this team? It was enough for WCCO-TV reporter Rachel Slavik, who sent me the following text after last night's game:
Blackhawks Cruise Past Wild, 4-1The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start.
Fiddler Scores 2, Stars Rout Wild 7-1Vernon Fiddler scored two goals and the Dallas Stars scored six or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since 1997, beating the Minnesota Wild 7-1 on Saturday night.
Parise Helps Wild Beat Coyotes 4-3 In ShootoutZach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt.
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.
Niederreiter Scores 3, Wild Beat Sabres 6-3Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three straight losses without him.
Hoffman, Anderson Lead Senators Past Wild 3-0Mike Hoffman scored twice and Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots to lead the Ottawa Senators over the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Thursday night. Clarke MacArthur also had a goal for the Senators. Anderson earned his second shutout this season and the 28th of his career. Niklas Backstrom made 14 saves for Minnesota. The Wild have outshot their opponents in all 12 games this season, but they've lost their past two.
Wild Blog: 2014-15 Season PreviewWhen we last saw the Minnesota Wild they were skating off the ice stunned after losing in overtime to Chicago 2-1 as the Blackhawks took the series in six games. While the sudden impact of the season being over may have hurt initially, fans could take solace in knowing that the Wild had their best playoff showing since their run to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.
Wild Goalie Situation Still In FluxThe Minnesota Wild have started the season with the same big question as they finished the last one with: Who can they count on in the net? Training camp began Friday with more goalie clarity than earlier in the week, at least.
Backstrom, Zucker Have Surgeries For WildMinnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker had surgery this week to address injuries that ended their seasons. The Wild announced Wednesday that Backstrom had surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday on a core muscle injury. The injury bothered Backstrom for much of the season. He went 5-11-2 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. He has not played since Jan. 30. The team says it expects him to be fully recovered in time for next season.