When the Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, January 19, it will be the most important regular season game in franchise history. The Wild faithful have been eagerly awaiting the end of the lockout perhaps more than any other fan base. Finally, they'll see Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in live action.
The opening night not only births a new era of Wild hockey, but also culminates “Hockey Day Minnesota,” an annual celebration of the game in the State of Hockey. Excitement is at an all time high. Thousands have already packed The Xcel Energy Center... for th...
Let’s clear something up before considering the above question. TCL does not condone the NHL lockout, nor do the great fans of the Minnesota Wild. But in times like these we must find the glimmers of light in the dark corners of the hockey abyss; we must find the few positives that may yet come from Bettman’s systematic destruction of the 2012-13 season.
On the surface, the Wild and their fans appear to lose more than most teams with the absent season. The summer of Parise and Suter brought interest in the franchise to an all-time high. Minnesotans who have only lifted the silver of a Lake Trout dreamt of holding the glistening Stanley Cup on a sun-drenched lake in ...
As the summer draws to a close so too does the Minnesota Wild’s most exciting offseason in history. In addition to the well publicized Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Fourth of July signings, the Wild added needed depth in forwards Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell. They also re-signed steady backup net minder Josh Harding to below market value.
The result has been a boost of optimism for a club that so desperately needed it.
All parties involved-ownership, management, players, and fans- watched as the team slowly came down from the high of a promising start for their franchise. In the Wild’s first ten seasons, they qualified for the postseason three times, won a divi...
Cal Clutterbuck burst onto the scene and arrived in ill-humor, determined to singlehandedly bring back the raucous NHL of the 1970’s. In his rookie year of 2008-09, the mustachioed winger shattered the record for hits in a season with 356.
Just last season he slugged a linesman in the face, albeit accidently.
The NHL’s hit king, though, isn’t held in the same esteem as say baseball’s version might be. Clutterbuck to opponents is a pest, an agitator, a head hunter; a young, reckless punk who will likely injure himself if not an opponent before too long.
Minnesota Wild fans love him.
His relentless play is obvious to even the most...
Now that Zach Parise is off the market and planning how to spend the next 13 years in Minnesota (there’s a broken mirror joke there somewhere), free agent Alex Semin is probably getting a few more phone calls than he was a week ago.
He’s going to be a second prize to a team that was hoping to land Parise. As far as career stats go, he’s about as close a second prize as they come and some team is going to end up with a guy who is not that far removed from a 40-goal season.
But they’re also going to get a guy less further removed from a 21-goal season with 56 penalty minutes, a four-year low for him.
Minnesota Wild fans will have to wait until at least September to watch their prized additions like Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell hit the ice. It is likely that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise will suit up then too.
All jokes aside, this is an exciting time for the Wild and their fans. Suter and Parise will lead the team into contention for years to come. Fans can get a glimpse of some of their future teammates at this week's Prospect Development Camp.
The Green/White scrimmages will be open to the public Thursday and Sunday. If you cant make it to St. Paul you could always check out a local squirt tournament where you might find Suter's future "D" partn...
With Zach Parise locked up in Minnesota for the next 10 years, the list of remaining free agent power forwards has trickled down to only a handful, and the Red Wings are looking for someone to fill in a gap without having to sacrifice their own players in a trade for a forward still locked in a contract.
The top Hurricane free agent targets seemed to have slipped away from the grasps of management as the fourth of July rolled by. The Canes were hoping that the recently added Jordan Staal brother star-power would lead more free agents to Raleigh for the possibility of winning a Stanley Cup.
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were high targets of the Canes and each found themselves finding work in another place. Who knew that Minnesota would become the home of both of the guys that Carolina was targeting?
Both guys are from the Midwest, and having a chance to spend more time with family was a vital part of the decisions of both men. Parise is from Minnesota and Suter is from bordering s...
After all the hype and nigh-certainty that the two biggest names on the UFA market were coming to Hockeytown for a run at the Cup, Detroit fans were shocked to hear that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have both signed with the Minnesota Wild,
The two highly-touted free agents both landed matching 13-year, $98 Million contracts.
One can name the Wild’s greatest moments on a single hand: the unveiling of the nickname in 1998, the first home game in 2000, and a Western Conference finals birth in 2003 that came on the back of two separate 3-1 series comebacks.
Since then, the mood has dampened where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers converge. Former fan favorite Sergei Zholtok, a key contributor on the famed 2003 team, passed away during the lockout in 2004. Star forward Marian Gaborik, the team’s first draft pick, departed for New York in 2009 after showing only flashes of his talent through an injury plagued stint with the Wild.