Latest Minnesota Wild News

Wild re-sign Ryan Donato among 3 restricted free agents

Jul. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed three restricted free agents: forwards Ryan Donato and Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy. Donato, a natural center who mostly played left wing after arriving from Boston, received a two-year, $3.8 million contract. He had four goals and 12...

Central Recasting: Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

Jul. 2, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

The NHL isn't a copycat league. It's a response league. After the big and gritty St. Louis Blues muscled their way to the Stanley Cup, division rivals have responded in different ways. The Nashville Predators inked top free agent center Matt Duchene ; the Dallas Stars beefed up with tough, playoff-tested scorers...

Rangers, Panthers, Predators winners early in free agency

Jul. 2, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

The New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators came out ahead on Day 1 of NHL free agency, signing the best players available to seven-year contracts. If Artemi Panarin , Sergei Bobrovsky or Matt Duchene can help their new team win the Stanley Cup, it will go against a trend. Teams that have made...

Wild add Zuccarello, Hartman, as GM seeks more 'hardness'

Jul. 1, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild zeroed in on Mats Zuccarello as free agency approached, desiring his competitive drive and playmaking skills for a top-six forward group in need of a new look. With a five-year, $30 million contract the right wing agreed to Monday when the market opened, Zuccarello...

The Latest: New York Rangers land top free agent Panarin

Jul. 1, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 1:15 p.m. The New York Rangers have landed the biggest fish in free agency by agreeing to terms with winger Artemi Panarin. The team announced the contract with Panarin on Monday, about an hour after the market opened. The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers...

Wild extend qualifying offers to Donato, Eriksson Ek, Fiala

Jun. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have extended qualifying offers to seven players eligible to become restricted free agents, including forwards Ryan Donato, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala to retain the rights to three key pieces of their young core. The moves were made Tuesday, as expected. Four...

Minnesota Wild sign D Hunt to 2-year deal

Jun. 24, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million. Hunt had five points in 29 games with the Wild last season after coming over from Vegas in a midseason trade. The 30-year-old Hunt, a native of British Columbia who played at Bemidji State, has...

The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian right wing won the award for the first time after his prolific 128-point regular season. He beat out two-time MVP...

Home sweet home: NHL execs flock back to familiar franchises

May. 24, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Brodeur has been back with the New Jersey Devils for eight months and only walked by his statue once. It's harder to avoid his banner hanging from the arena rafters. Brodeur returning to the place he spent the majority of his career sparked a recent run of executives going home to...

Modano returns to NHL roots in Minnesota, as Wild adviser

May. 23, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mike Modano has decided to return to his NHL roots in Minnesota. The Hall of Fame center was named Thursday as the executive adviser to Wild owner Craig Leipold and president Matt Majka, a newly created position that Modano will assume on Sept. 1. Leipold and Modano often...