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Jarrod Skalde's suit claims he was told to "stay quiet" after reporting coach's assault.
Players seem ready for the NHL season to begin, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to delay the start.
First round draft pick Marco Rossi will play for Austria in the World Junior Tournament.
Eric Staal has played 16 NHL seasons, including the past four in Minnesota. He was traded to the Sabres for Marcus Johansson, a 10-year veteran who had nine goals in 60 games last season.
Two big suitcases and a large duffel bag were a key for Wild hockey writer Sarah McLellan, who is in the second week of a 14-day quarantine in Edmonton.
Marcus Johansson trains with Wild players Jonas Brodin and Joel Eriksson Ek when they are home in Sweden, for the summers. He's also worked with coach Dean Evason.
Jonas Brodin agreeing to a seven-year contract extension could lead to the Wild using its depth on defense to make a deal for a high-end offensive player.
A native Minnesotan, Nick Bjugstad was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins after an injury-plagued season.
The 2014 fourth-round pick's development and potential to be a future starter for the Wild was amplified by his 3-1-1 NHL debut before the season was halted.
Only 20 players will dress for each game, but the Wild will have options against the Canucks.
The Wild will leave the Twin Cities on Sunday for Edmonton, the Western Conference hub for the NHL's 24-team, tournament-style restart, but players have no clue when they'll return.
The Wild beat writer for the Star Tribune is serving a 14-day quarantine before she can cover the NHL postseason in her hometown.
To end her first week of quarantine in an Edmonton hotel room, hockey writer Sarah McLellan treats us to leftover pizza, a Ukrainian feast and other highlights of her day.
Being a fan is about having something to look forward to and believe in and rally around with others who feel the same way. That's something NHL writer Sarah McLellan loves about sports.
The Wild will officially reconvene today at Tria Rink in St. Paul for training camp after a 123-day lag in the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The team is allowed to sign the prized prospect to a two-year, entry-level contract starting Monday.
The Wild was on a roll when the season was stopped by the pandemic, and interim coach Dean Evason is hoping players can keep that edge when games resume.
The NHL released the schedule for the best-of-five play-in series on Friday afternoon.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's fundraiser to help rebuild Lake Street in the aftermath of George Floyd's death received a $100,000 donation from the NHL and Wild.
When the 2020 NHL draft takes place, the Wild will have someone new in charge of its picks.
The South St. Paul native rebounded from a serious injury early in his career to be a major force in Minnesota this season.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba helped establish the Hockey Diversity Alliance to demolish racism and intolerance in hockey. The group has already received insight from Colin Kaepernick.
The group plans to promote diversity through community outreach and engagement with youth while attempting to make the sport more affordable and accessible.
Teams will be able to open their practice facilities with no more than six players skating at a time without coaches in Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play protocol. Here are more details.
If the NHL resumes, the Wild will face Vancouver in a best-of-five qualifying round. "We're certainly looking at it as the first round of the playoffs," Wild coach Dean Evason said.
Although large gatherings still are prohibited by Gov. Tim Walz, restrictions could loosen by the time the NHL selects its cities, or the state could make an exception for the NHL..
If action resumes, and it wouldn't until July at the earliest, the Wild would face Vancouver in a play-in series.
Gary Bettman is set to make a televised address at 3:30 p.m. about what hockey would look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer.
The Iowa Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen has been recognized as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2019-20 season.
The latest return-to-play scenario reportedly being considered for pro hockey wouldn't wrap up the regular season nor jump to a normal playoff structure.
Iowa Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, defenseman Brennan Menell and forwards Sam Anas and Gerry Mayhew were named to the 2019-20 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams.
On the surface, the idea of adding eight more teams to the field sounds like a good one. But there issues that need to be confronted.
The NHL is still exploring the possibility of finishing the season in centralized locations, and St. Paul - with ample space for multiple games a day, might be in the mix.
Away from the road and rinks, Wild reporter Sarah McLellan finds order again after the pandemic brought pro hockey, and almost everything else in sports, to a halt.
Although the NHL hasn't finalized a timeline to resume the season, it has a plan in place to get closer to making a relaunch a reality.
The coronavirus pandemic halted the NHL more than nine weeks ago, and Matt Dumba is spending the hiatus in Calgary. Before the season paused, Dumba had 11 points over his previous 22 games.
The NHL's top developmental league, which includes the Iowa Wild, gives up on resuming the 2019-20 season.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has tried to stay prepared if the NHL season restarts but, at least, his family worries are behind him.
Centralizing action in a finite number of cities is one of the latest restart scenarios to gain traction since the league came to a standstill almost two months ago.
The Wild has scrambled its scouting staff ahead of this year's draft.
Figuring out its depth chart at one key position is an issue that has to be addressed. Sarah McLellan answers that and other personnel questions.
This week's Wild mailbag takes a look at Joel Eriksson Ek's role and how much spending flexibility the Wild could have in free agency.
The Wild continued to load up its pipeline Tuesday, signing college free agent Mitchell Chaffee to a two-year, entry-level contract that starts next season.
The Wild, only one point shy of a playoff spot, was set to host Vegas on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old winger, who played six games during this stint in Minnesota, already has the highest goal total in the American Hockey League since the 2011-12 season.
The Wild nabbed a pair of victories on its three-game swing through California and hopes to build on that success for the challenges ahead.
After scoring in the first period and the final minute of overtime to beat Anaheim, Kevin Fiala continued a sizzling streak of 14 goals in the Wild's last 18 games.
A difficult season has made him a backup, but there's time left for him to help the team.
The Wild reclaimed a playoff spot Sunday with its 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks ahead of a three-day break in the schedule.
The Sharks outshot the Wild by a wide margin in the third period but Alex Stalock was up for the challenge, making 40 saves in a 3-2 victory
Success away from home has helped the Wild rejoin the playoff race — a turnaround the group hopes to continue during a three-game tour of California.
After going 14-6-1 over its last 21 games, the Wild finally moved into a playoff spot Thursday night.
The Wild can move into a playoff spot Sunday with a win over the Capitals.
Three consecutive victories, five victories in six games overall and a 12-5-1 run since mid-January has anchored the Wild in the Western Conference playoff race.
Bartkowski was recalled from AHL Iowa on a emergency basis after Thursday night's win in Detroit.
Goalie Alex Stalock posted his third shutout of the season Tuesday in the Wild's 4-0 win over the Golden Knights.
After the Blackhawks on Tuesday scored twice late to tie the game in regulation, Matt Dumba's first goal in 34 games sent the Xcel Energy Center crowd home happy.
After the Blackhawks claimed him off waivers, Nick Seeler joined his new team at Xcel Energy Center. "Change is hard," said the former Eden Prairie and Gophers player. "But I think this is a good change for me personally."
There were plenty of catalysts in the Wild's bounce-back performance against the Blackhawks.
The defenseman stood alone on the blue line for the national anthem.
The penalty kill earns Bruce Boudreau's wrath: "As bad as you can possibly get in this league," he said.
The Wild's penalty kill gave up three goals, and the power play went 0-for-4 in a 6-1 loss to the Bruins.
The Wild resumes play after an eight-day break just five points out of the last wild-card spot.
In his third season with the Wild after being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, Marcus Foligno is a fascinating enigma. He leads the team in hits, but is an easygoing big kid at home.
Eight different players tallied at least a point for the Wild, which enters the All-Star break and its ensuing bye week five points out of a playoff spot.
Zach Parise's current goal-scoring burst, which started Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh, came on the heels of a 10-game goal drought.
The Wild embarked on the All-Star break five points back of a playoff spot after a 4-2 win against the Red Wings.
"This game is about us, our character and how to bounce from a pretty heartbreaking night the other night," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
First assembled as a checking line to thwart opponents' top producers, the trio of Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin is now creating its own scoring chances.
The Wild could make a few changes to its lineup before taking on the Canucks Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.
While the Wild was idle, the gap between it and a playoff spot widened, with Calgary opening up a five-point gap over Minnesota for the second Wild Card spot..
Jared Spurgeon was injured in the first period Tuesday when he took a shot to the hand during a Panthers power play. Nick Seeler will take his place Thursday when the Wild continues its three-game road trip.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon was hurt in the first period and center Mikko Koivu skated one shift in the third before leaving the game, which the Wild won with a pair of third-period goals.
In 16 games before suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 7 in San Jose, Foligno scored twice and chipped in four assists.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon and captain Mikko Koivu didn't finish the 4-2 win over the Panthers Thursday at BB&T Center.