Player News - Wild

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Minnesota has announced the hiring of Paul Fenton as the team's new General Manager.

Fenton will also serve as the Wild's Alternate Governor and he will oversea the hockey operations department. "Paul is uniquely suited for this job having played 10 years of professional hockey and holding 25 years of management experience in the NHL," said team owner Craig Leipold. "His gift of evaluating talent is obvious in Nashville's roster and recent success. My relationship with Paul goes back to my early days in Nashville and I know that Wild hockey fans are going to love Paul's infectious passion for the game and unsurpassed work ethic. He's the right person to deliver a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey." Fenton has spent the last 12 years as assistant GM of the Nashville Predators.
Source: Wild.com
May 21 - 5:23 PM

Paul Fenton will reportedly be the next GM of the Minnesota Wild.

Sources told the Athletic that Fenton has been offered the job and he has accepted. Fenton has been working as an assistant general manager with the Nashville Predators and he serves as the General Manager of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. Nothing has been confirmed by the Wild yet.
May 21 - 5:09 PM

Minnesota has signed Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Kahkonen registered a mark of 20-23-12 with a 2.20 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and six shutouts in 56 games for Lukko of Finland's Liiga in 2017-18. He was chosen in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
May 16 - 2:14 PM

Jason Zucker has been selected as a finalist for the King Clancy Trophy.

This award is given "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Zucker has been a big part of the community in Minnesota, notably with fundraising campaigns. Nashville's P.K. Subban as well as Vancouver's Henrik and Daniel Sedin have also been selected as finalists for the award.
May 2 - 7:35 PM

Eric Martinsson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Martinsson collected 17 points, 34 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 46 games for Swedish Hockey League's Vaxjo Lakers HC. The 25-year-old defender also had 11 points in 13 playoff outings.
May 2 - 7:20 PM

Dmitry Sokolov has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild took Sokolov with the 196th pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 50 goals and 96 points in 64 OHL contests this season.
Source: NHL.com
May 2 - 4:48 PM
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Sam Anas has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Anas had a strong season in the AHL during the 2017-18 campaign with 26 goals and 35 assists in 70 games. He also tied franchise records for longest point streak (10 games, Dec. 5-28) and tied for longest goal streak (six games, Dec. 13-22).
Source: Wild.com
Apr 30 - 2:57 PM

Mason Shaw has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild announced the contract on Friday. Shaw missed the entire WHL season after he suffered a torn ACL at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament in September. He joined the AHL's Iowa Wild on an amateur tryout agreement earlier this month and played in one game.
Source: Wild.com
Apr 28 - 6:03 PM

Zach Parise (fractured sternum) will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Parise was told that his fractured sternum would heal on its own. He was injured in Game 3 against Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 9:44 AM

Charlie Coyle was not playing at 100 percent in the postseason.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that Coyle was dealing with "a couple injuries that we don't know the severity of them yet" following Minnesota's elimination from the playoffs. However, the Wild bench boss doesn't expect off-season surgery to be required and added "it's nothing more than guys being beat up from a long season."
Apr 25 - 9:40 AM

Ryan Suter was spotted on crutches Monday with his right ankle in a cast.

Suter is expected to be in the cast for another week and then will have to keep pressure off his ankle for a couple of months. "I can't walk on it, so it's going to be a long process," he said.
Apr 24 - 6:04 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek played hurt in the postseason.

Eriksson Ek didn't take many faceoffs in Minnesota's five-game series. Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't certain if Eriksson Ek was hurt when he was leveled by Jets defender Dustin Byfuglien in Game 1, but said "there's a good chance" that was the cause. The Minnesota bench boss said that no injured player will require off-season surgery.
Apr 24 - 5:56 PM

Jason Zucker will need a new contract this summer.

Zucker will become a restricted free agent with arbitration eligibility this off-season. He is coming off a two-year, $4 million contract. Zucker posted career highs with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games in 2017-18.
Apr 24 - 5:49 PM

Matt Dumba is a restricted free agent this off-season.

Dumba is a core player who should be back with the Wild. "I love it here in Minnesota," he said. "The people are great. My teammates are awesome. I built a lot of good friendships here. I see that happening." Dumba had a career year in 2017-18 with 14 goals and 50 points in 82 games. He also has arbitration rights.
Apr 24 - 5:46 PM

Wild owner, Craig Leipold, announced Monday that the team will not renew the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years," said Leipold. "Through his strong work ethic, integrity and vision, Chuck and his staff built a winning culture and a perennial playoff team. For all of that I am grateful. I feel it is time for a new approach aimed at delivering a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey. I wish Chuck and his family the very best going forward." Brent Flahr, who had been working as the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for Minnesota, will serve as acting GM until a replacement is found.
Apr 23 - 12:33 PM


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