While Zach Parise and Ryan Suter remain unsigned, the Minnesota Wild added needed depth as free agency began Sunday. Here's what fans can expect from center Zenon Konopka and right winger Torrey Mitchell.
Zenon Konopka- Konopka's role is simple: protect stars Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu.
Via Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"Koivu is a superstar that maybe doesn’t get enough respect around the league and he should," Konopka said. "Heatley is a world-class player and we have to make sure those guys are taken care of and they feel very comfortable and nice. If they want to sit down at center ice and read the paper, ...
In their short existence, the Wild's biggest foray into free agency was losing Marian Gaborik to it in 2009. But after their most disappointing season yet and without a playoff series victory since 2003, the Wild are preparing to make big moves come July 1. They hope home cooking will help.
Both New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise and Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter have ties to the Twin Cities area. Parise, the son of former North Star great J.P., grew up in Minneapolis and attended the famed Shattuck St. Mary's High School south of the Twin Cities.
Although Ryan Suter himself hails from Madison, Wisconsin (where he played his college hockey for the Badger...
Coming off a season that saw them drift from first place in December to missing the playoffs completely, the Minnesota Wild are seeking to reinvigorate a fanbase that has now witnessed three straight seasons without a playoff berth.
On draft weekend they walked away with seven prospects and a new dose of optimism. The Wild balanced the picks between four forwards and three defensemen.
Among the seven are two Minnesota natives, Shattuck St. Mary's defenseman John Draeger and Edina High School left winger Louis Nanne. Nanne is the grandson of the one time North Stars general manager turned high school hockey commentator of the same name.
With the No. 7 selection the Minnesota Wild have selected Matthew Dumba. Dumba, 17, is coming off a productive season with the Red Deer Rebels in theWestern Hockey League. The six-foot, 183-pound offensive defenseman notched 20 goals and 57 points in 69games. Said to model his game after Dion Phaneuf, the Calgary-native ranked second ingoals among defensemen in the WHL, but played five fewer games than the leader,James Bettauer, who scored 21 goals. Dumba, a right-handed shooter, had a 31-point increase compared to his 2010-11campaign, in which he produced a respectable 15 goals and 26 points in 62 games. A physical defenseman that won’t shy away f...
In a game that saw the return of Duncan Keith, which also saw a much tighter defensive effort yet the Blackhawks lose this game in the last four minutes of the game. The bigger picture and more importantly was that the fourth seeding in the Western Conference and home ice advantage in the playoffs was at stake.
Not making an excuse but the Hawks lineup was fairly depleted with Toews, Montador, Lepisto, Bolland and Brunette all out of the line-up. This impacted the lines on the ice and the match ups coach Q could employ.
The Blackhawks with only gaining one point and Nashville defeating Dallas can not capture the 4th seed and home ice in the first round. They can only get as hi...
Early in the season, the Minnesota Wild was one of the Cinderella stories of the NHL: under the guidance of freshman NHL bench boss Mike Yeo, the Wild surged to the top of the Western conference.
The last time these two teams met was January 12th, when the Blackhawks won 5-2 at the United Center. Since that time, the Wild slowly tumbled out of the top eight in the West (all the way down to 13th, 33-35-10), and the Blackhawks (44-26-9) just clinched a playoff berth. They will now face each other twice in the next few days. Last year, it was Minnesota's game 82 that made the difference for Chicago to go to the playoffs; now these final games of the season could make the diffe...
A day after being sent out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture by the Buffalo Sabres, the Washington Capitals responded with one of their best performances of the year to leap back into the playoff picture.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby made __ saves, as the Capitals shut out the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Sunday night.
But the captain's best play of the night was a defensive one, when he nullified a short-handed chance for the Wild with a sliding breakup of a Mikko Koivu pass on a two-on-one for the Wild.
After a scoreless first period in which the Caps squandered two powerplay chances, the offense awoke in the s...
Beep… Beep… Beep. The Flames playoff heart is still beating but with their current three game losing streak, the blood flow is slowing down.
The Flames head into Minnesota tonight to face the struggling Wild in a game where a W is a must. This will be the 6th and final meeting between the clubs this season and facing the Wild could be exactly what the Flames need to get back on the playoff track. After losing their first meeting of the season, the Flames have won the last four meetings against the Wild, outscoring them 14-7 in that process.