St. Paul native Ryan McDonagh is finally a Stanley Cup champion
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
Ryan McDonagh cut his teeth on the outdoor rinks in St. Paul, and like any true Minnesotan, dreamed of some day lifting the Stanley Cup over his head. That burning passion intensified after winning a high school state championship at Cretin-Derham Hall as a junior and being named Minnesota Mr. Hockey as a senior. Little did McDonagh, 31, know it would be more than a decade before he reached the top of the mountain again. He never got it done at the University of Wisconsin, failed to medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and consistently came up short of the ultimate goal as the l ..read more
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Wild sign first-round draft pick Marco Rossi to entry-level contract
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
Less than a month after the Wild selected him with the No. 9 overall pick in the NHL draft, Marco Rossi signed a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday. “A dream comes true,” Rossi tweeted. “Can’t be more happy to sign my first NHL contract with the Wild. Thank you to my family who sacrificed so much for me and thank you to anyone else who helped me along this way.” A dream comes true. Can’t be more happy to sign my first NHL contract with the @mnwild. Thank you to my family who sacrificed so much for me and thank you to anyone else who helped me along this way. #mnwild pic.twitter.com/M1 ..read more
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NHL postpones 2021 Winter Classic at Target Field
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
In a move that felt inevitable with coronavirus pandemic still rapidly spreading, the NHL announced on Thursday it has postponed the 2021 Winter Classic between the Wild and St. Louis Blues at Target Field. It was scheduled for Jan. 1. The NHL plans to return to the Twin Cities for an outdoor game in the near future, according to a press release, with the logical choice being the 2022 Winter Classic. None of that is set in stone, however, and more details will follow at a later date. Target Field was supposed to hold close to 40,000 people for the event, a number that obviously doesn’t fall in ..read more
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Hockey Day Minnesota in Mankato postponed because of COVID-19
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
It looks like Hockey Day Minnesota in Mankato will have to wait. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread at a rapid rate, the Wild, in conjunction with Fox Sports North, announced on Wednesday that Hockey Day Minnesota 2021 has been postponed. They also announced that Mankato will host Hockey Day Minnesota 2022. The 15th annual celebration was supposed be hosted at Blakeslee Stadium on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. That will still be the host site when Hockey Day Minnesota 2022 descends upon Mankato. More details regarding Hockey Day Minnesota 2021 will be announced at a later da ..read more
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Wild sign Hudson, Wis., native Ian McCoshen to two-way contract
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
While the name Ian McCoshen likely doesn’t register throughout the NHL, it’s safe to assume there are people in Hudson, Wis. excited to have a native son back close to home. In the midst of an already busy offseason, Wild general manager added to some blue-line depth on Monday, signing McCoshen to a  one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay the 25-year-old defenseman $700,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the minors. Born in Anaheim, Calif., McCoshen spent most of his childhood in Hudson, playing on the youth circuit before to attending Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., where he ..read more
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Wild re-sign goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to two-year, $1.45 million deal
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
Kaapo Kahkonen might be the goaltender of the future for the Wild. He might not be. Either way he will get a chance to prove himself over the next couple of seasons. After the Wild signed veteran Cam Talbot to be their No. 1 goaltender on the opening day of free agency, they circled back to Kahkonen on Monday afternoon, awarding him with a two-year, $1.45 million deal. It will be a two-way contract in 2020-21 ($700,000 in the NHL, $250,000 in the AHL) and a one-way contract in 2021-22 ($750,000 no matter where he plays). Originally taken by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, t ..read more
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Wild re-sign winger Jordan Greenway to two-year, $4.2 million deal
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
Wild general manager Bill Guerin has already changed so much this offseason. On Saturday, he decided to keep something the same, re-signing winger Jordan Greenway to a two-year, $4.2 million contract. The 23-year-old Greenway tallied 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 67 games last season. He was originally selected by the Wild in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, and while he hasn’t lived up to his potential yet, his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame make him an intrigue building block for the future. It’s unclear where Greenway will play in the lineup next season. He’s been slotted mostly in t ..read more
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Wild to sign goaltender Cam Talbot to three-year, $11 million deal
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
After stressing the importance of finding a No. 1 goaltender all offseason, Wild general manager Bill Guerin has finally found his man. A sourced confirmed to the Pioneer Press that the Wild will sign 33-year-old Cam Talbot to a three-year, $11 million contract. This was far and away the top priority for Guerin going into next season. Asked earlier this week what the Wild needed heading into free agency, Guerin bluntly replied, “Goalie.” That’s exactly what Talbot is. And a good one at that. Talbot posted a 12-10-1 record for the Calgary Flames last season with a 2.80 goals-against averag ..read more
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Wild re-sign local legend Kyle Rau, depth defenseman Matt Bartkowski
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
After making a few splashy moves this week, Wild general manager Bill Guerin made a couple of more modest moves Thursday, re-signing winger Kyle Rau and defenseman Matt Bartkowski. Both players signed a one-year, two-way contract, with Rau earning $700,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the minors, and Bartkowski earning $700,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 in the minors. It is almost guaranteed that Rau and Bartkowski will spend most of their time with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, though both have NHL experience and would fit in nicely in Minnesota. Rau, 27, is a local leg ..read more
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Here’s a look at the Minnesotans taken in the NHL draft
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by Dane Mizutani
4y ago
For the second consecutive year, no Minnesotans were selected on Day 1 of the NHL draft. That drought continued early in Day 2 until the Los Angeles Kings finally got things started for the Land of 10,000 Hockey Ponds, selecting Maple Grove native Brock Faber with the No. 45 overall pick. Here’s a look at the Minnesotans taken so far: BROCK FABER, NO. 45, LOS ANGELES KINGS Hometown: Maple Grove Size: 6 feet, 190 pounds Position: Defenseman JAKE BOLTMANN, NO. 80, CALGARY FLAMES Hometown: Edina Size: 6-1, 188 Position: Defenseman WYATT KAISER, NO. 81, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Hometown: Andover Size: 6 ..read more
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