Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:

Luke Kunin (knee) hopes to resume skating this week.

Kunin sustained an ACL tear in his left knee on March 4, which ended his season. He underwent surgery and was originally projected to miss seven months. That puts his availability for the start of the season in question, though his rehab has been going well so far. "I’m not going to put a timeline on it or anything like that," Kunin said. "Obviously, I would love to be ready by training camp. That’s my goal. I want to play. That said, at the end of the day, it’s up to the doctors and what they say as far as how it’s going. It’s one of those things that I know I can’t rush. Just trying to stick with it and trust the process."
Jul 17 - 3:55 AM

Zach Parise has recovered from the fractured sternum that he suffered in Game 3 of the Wild's series against Winnipeg.

"I don’t anticipate that being a problem," Parise said. "It feels good." He had 15 goals and 24 points in 42 contests last season. While that's not impressive, he did finish the season on a high note with 12 goals and 17 points in his last 21 games. He's a great bounce back candidate provided he can stay healthy.
Jul 15 - 3:45 AM

Kaapo Kahkonen will be making the transition to North American hockey in 2018-19.

Kahkonen had a 2.20 GAA and .920 save percentage in 56 Finnish league games last season. After inking an entry-level contract with Minnesota back in May, he's projected to play for AHL Iowa this season. "It’s a step forward, for sure," Kahkonen said. "Pretty much no one goes straight from Europe to the NHL. There’s a couple of them, obviously. But the reality is you go to the [American Hockey League] to the NHL, and the reality is that there’s 62 goalie spots in the NHL for every goalie in the world. So that’s a pretty small percentage that actually makes it. But you just gotta do your thing every day and just do your best and do the things that you can affect on and not think about the other stuff that you can’t do anything about." It's definitely an uphill battle, but after his success in Finland, it will be interesting to see how he does next season.
Jul 14 - 3:52 AM

Jason Zucker is aware that there are trade rumors involving him, but he hopes to stay in Minnesota.

Zucker is a restricted free agent and has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 28. He figured to get a big raise from his $2 million cap hit in 2017-18 after he scored 33 goals and 64 points in 82 contests. The Wild and Zucker can also avoid that hearing entirely if they agree to terms ahead of it. "I think [King’s] in a lot of dialogue with the team, but I don’t know how that’s going necessarily," Zucker said, referring to his agent, Eustace King. "Obviously, we filed for arbitration, and we’re hoping we don’t have to get there. For me, we’re excited that we’re still a part of this organization right now, and we’re looking forward to getting a contract done and put that in the past."
Jul 11 - 4:54 AM

Jason Zucker's arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 28.

The Wild and Zucker have until then to agree to a new contract if they want to avoid the hearing. Zucker scored 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games in 2017-18.
Jul 9 - 4:42 PM

Matt Dumba has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 23.

Dumba had 14 goals and 50 points in 82 games. That should help earn him a raise after completing his two-year, $5.1 million contract. Minnesota and Dumba still have time to agree to terms before an arbitrator has to rule on the matter.
Jul 9 - 4:41 PM

Jason Zucker is one of the 44 players that made a salary arbitration request.

Zucker completed a two-year, $4 million contract. He had 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games last season. Needless to say, he's due for a big raise and the Wild should make a strong attempt to sign him before this matter has to be settled by an arbitrator.
Jul 5 - 6:23 PM

Matt Dumba has asked for salary arbitration.

Dumba scored 14 goals and 50 points in 82 contests last season. He's one of the biggest names on this year's arbitration list. He's coming off a two-year, $5.1 million contract and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Wild sign him to a long-term deal before his hearing.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:21 PM

Matt Hendricks is thrilled to have signed with the Minnesota Wild.

Hendricks was born in Blaine, Minnesota and grew up as a fan of the Minnesota North Stars before they moved to Dallas. At the age of 37, this is an opportunity for him to play for his hometown team for the first time. "It’s a dream come true," Hendricks said. "I’ve got a big smile ear to ear." He had five goals and 13 points in 60 contests with Winnipeg last season.
Jul 3 - 5:31 AM

J.T. Brown has signed a two-year, $1.375 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Brown split time with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks last season. He only posted seven points between the two clubs.
Jul 1 - 3:31 PM

Andrew Hammond has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Hammond is best known for his amazing run with the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 campaign, but he's declined since then and spent most of 2017-18 in the minors. He's expected to start next season in the AHL as well, but he will likely be the first goalie summoned in the event of an injury. He can earn $650,000 in the NHL or $300,000 at the AHL level next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 1:14 PM

Mike Liambas has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Liambas can make $650,000 in 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20 if he plays at the NHL level. If he plays in the minors then his salary will be $125,000 next season and $150,000 in the second campaign of the contract. He had seven points and 104 penalty minutes in 40 AHL games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 12:56 PM

Matt Bartkowski has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Bartkowski can make $650,000 at the NHL level or $350,000 in the minors. He had three assists in 18 games with the Calgary Flames. He might not make the Wild's opening game roster, but even if he doesn't, there's a good chance he would be one of the first defenseman called up in the event of an injury.
Jul 1 - 12:40 PM

Eric Fehr has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Fehr will get $1 million and center the fourth line with Minnesota. He had three goals and four points in only 14 games with Toronto and San Jose last season and while he will get more points this season, he still is not fantasy-worthy.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM

The Minnesota Wild signed forward Matt Hendricks to a one-year/$700,000 contract.

The Wild get a real character player in Hendricks who will be great in the dressing room and on the ice, but not on a fantasy team. He had five goals and 13 points in 60 games with Winnipeg last season but has been known in the past to pick up good penalty minutes, despite getting only 39 in 2017-18.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM


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