Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Wild are looking to get ahead of next year’s large restricted free agent crop. Sunday, the team signed mobile defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year, $25 million extension. “We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old.
Training camp is still seven weeks away, but Darcy Kuemper and Nino Niederreiter remain unsigned by the Minnesota Wild as the NHL enters the dog days of the offseason. The league typically goes on an unofficial hiatus in August, but the Wild still have two restricted free agents left to re-sign after Tuesday’s two-year, $2 million contract signed by winger Justin Fontaine. General manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday he has discussed a number of scenarios on two- to four-year deals with Niederreiter’s agent, and the process is ongoing.
#VanekWatch and #NiskanenWatch, kinda, sorta, began Wednesday. The free-agent interview period in advance of the July 1 opening bell of NHL free agency officially has started, meaning teams can contact pending free agents.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher began his NHL draft preview by saying, “We’ll take the best available player, regardless of position.” Hey, of all drafts, this one especially, that actually might be true.
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head coach Mike Yeo, the team announced Saturday. Terms of the contract were not immediately released. "I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” Yeo said in a news release. “Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season.
The Minnesota Wild have been branded a trapping team since the days of Jacques Lemaire, so any time a game borders on boring, critics usually assign fault to the Wild. The neutral zone was so congested in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against Chicago, Wild and Blackhawks players looked as if they were skating through a labyrinth. In the days since, many members of the national media and hockey fans across the globe have analyzed the game and dubbed the performance as the “same old Wild.” That has rubbed some inside the Wild the wrong way, especially because early in Tuesday’s
CHICAGO — The Wild returned to Minnesota early Sunday evening in a familiar spot — down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. In the last round against Colorado, the Wild won four of the next five games to advance to its first conference semifinal in 11 years. If the Wild don’t repeat that same feat against the more experienced defending Stanley Cup champions, its season will end in a jiffy. For the second consecutive game at the Madhouse on Madison, the Wild were maddeningly inefficient around the net.
CHICAGO — The Minnesota Wild outshot, outchanced and outhit the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 on Friday night, but, after a 5-2 Blackhawks win, Wild coach Mike Yeo proceeded to scold his players without naming names, saying too many were “below-average” and not at the level needed when facing the defending Stanley Cup champions. One day later, after the Wild practiced Saturday at the United Center, the coach was a lot calmer and even admitted he was mostly doing a little manufactured postgame coaching, so to speak. Yeo has a great memory.
CHICAGO — Officially, Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury. Also officially, the rookie wasn’t in Chicago for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night because he was getting “checked out.” Ilya Bryzgalov started in the 5-2 opening-game loss to the Blackhawks. John Curry backed up. Josh Harding took part in the morning skate.
DENVER — Hockey players are superstitious fellows, so after three previous road losses in the Western Conference quarterfinals, the Minnesota Wild made what coach Mike Yeo called some “subtle changes” before Wednesday’s Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche. “OK, pretty much everything,” Yeo said, laughing. Everything from flight times to meal times to locker room stall locations for every player was changed.