Captain Mikko Koivu will miss remainer of season.


    SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced that captain Mikko Koivu will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Tuesday's game at Buffalo. Koivu is expected to have surgery to repair his knee on Friday.

    Koivu, 35 (3/12/83), has recorded 29 points (8-21=29) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with Minnesota this season. He leads the team and is 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (488), ranks T-2nd on the team in power-play points (12) and fifth in assists. Koivu tallied his 200th career NHL goal on Jan. 21 at Vegas to become the second player in team history to reach the milestone. He owns 688 points (201-487=688), 564 PIM and a plus-68 rating in 973 career NHL games with the Wild. Koivu ranks first in franchise history in games played, points, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, shorthanded points and multi-point games, T-1st in power-play goals and second in goals, game-winning goals, shorthanded goals, plus/minus rating and PIM. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

    Minnesota hosts the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 FM. 

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Wild beat the Blues twice in 7 days.

The Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in a rare Saturday afternoon game at the Xcel Energy Center. Former UMD Bulldog Justin Fontaine led the Wild with a goal and two assist. the victory gives the Wild their 40th win with a 40-25-7 record and 87 points and the number 1 wild card team in the Western Conference with Winnipeg in second  3 points behind and LA Kings third with 82 points. It is very possible the Minnesota Wild would play the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs if everything holds the last 10 games of the regular season.

Michael Russo beat writer for the Star Tribune says Zucker out 3 months and Carter 1 month for the Wild

Jason Zucker out three months with broken clavicle; Ryan Carter out a month with shoulder injury

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild newsWild pregame skate Updated: February 10, 2015 - 5:46 PM

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When Mikael Granlund came back from wrist surgery in the first game after the All-Star break in Edmonton, coach Mike Yeo was asked how excited he was to have essentially his full team back together for the first time since training camp (excluding Josh Harding and Keith Ballard).

That lasted one game.

Justin Fontaine strained his groin the next game in Calgary, Matt Cooke played his final game the game after that in Vancouver before sports hernia surgery and now the Wild has a couple big injuries to overcome.

In devastating news for breakout left-wing Jason Zucker, the lightning-fast 23-year-old will undergo potentially season-ending surgery for a second consecutive year. Almost exactly a year after the first of two knee operations that ended his 2013-14 season, Zucker will need surgery on a broken collarbone. He got jolted while racing for a puck by Vancouver's Luca Sbisa.

The timetable for recovery is three months, coach Mike Yeo said tonight before the Wild’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Also, gritty left wing Ryan Carter will miss more than a month with an upper-body injury that I believe is a shoulder injury. He crashed loudly into the end boards a few minutes before Zucker's injury when checked by Vancouver's Yannick Weber.

“This is where guys are going to have to step up,” Yeo said. “Nino [Niederreiter] got his season off to a great start and I feel like his last couple games have really been coming along. I feel like Charlie [Coyle’s] game has been really coming along. We’re going to need a guy like Fonzie (Fontaine), who’s been in and out of the lineup a lot this year, we’re going to need someone like him to step up now and deliver some important minutes and play some important games for us. I’m hoping the new guys that come into the lineup are able to bring some energy and play an important role to our team. But it’s got to be by committee. We’re missing Carts and Zuck and … Matt Cooke, it’s three real important penalty killers, it’s three guys that have real important roles on our team and those things are not easily replaced.”

Zucker, who is second on the Wild with 18 goals (tied for 10th in the NHL with 17 even-strength goals) and fourth on the team with 116 shots, had accepted the organization’s tough love the past few years admirably. Up and down I-35Z or the Zucker Expressway like a yo-yo, Zucker worked exhaustedly this past offseason to ensure he made the team out of camp and recovered from what he initially thought would be a minor knee procedure last season.

He made the Wild as a fourth-liner, never griped and slowly bit more and more ice time off until the point he played most recently on a dynamite line with Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville.

“We push our young players hard,” Yeo said. “The reason for that is you only get one chance to do things right with these young players. And [Zucker’s] a guy that I think is a perfect example of it, the way he’s worked for his opportunities, the way that he’s learned how to compete night in and night out, the way that he’s learned how to play without the puck and to see the consistency that he brings now, it’s a huge loss for us.

“I’m disappointed for our team because he developed so much chemistry with Mikko. I thought that line with Pommer and Mikko, they haven’t been getting a ton of goals, but their chances, their play has been outstanding coming out of the break. I just feel like [Zucker’s] progress was so high this year in all areas of the game.”

Niederreiter, who scored on his first shift on Koivu’s line last night against Vancouver, will be on that line tonight against the Jets.

Jordan Schroeder will move to his off wing and play on the left of Coyle and Kyle Brodziak. Callup Brett Sutter, who had two assists in a Dec. 29 Wild win at Winnipeg, will play the left side of Erik Haula and Fontaine, who returns tonight from a groin injury.

Stu Bickel and Christian Folin will be scratched. Devan Dubnyk, who has won a career-best six in a row, will make his 11th consecutive start with Darcy Kuemper backing him up. Niklas Backstrom will be scratched for the second time in eight games.

The Wild is vying for a seventh consecutive win tonight and looks to move within a point of a playoff spot and four points of the Jets with three games in hand.

Minnesota Wild sign Vanek to 3 year contract




    SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with left wing Thomas Vanek on a three-year contract.


    “Thomas is an elite offensive talent who showed a strong desire to play in Minnesota,” said Fletcher. “We are excited to welcome him to our organization.”


    Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Vanek, 30 (1/19/84), ranks eighth amongst all NHL players in goals scored (277) and third in power-play goals (113). The 6-foot-2, 217-pound native of Vienna, Austria, has totaled 556 points (277-279=556) and a plus-41 rating in 663 regular-season games during nine NHL seasons, including 68 points (27-41=68) in 78 games with Buffalo, the New York Islanders and Montreal in 2013-14. He’s added 30 points (20-10=30) in 53 NHL playoff games.


    Vanek totaled 113 points (57-56=113) in 83 games during two seasons with the University of Minnesota (2002-04), helping the Golden Gophers claim the 2003 NCAA title while being named NCAA Championship Tournament MVP. He was selected fifth overall by Buffalo in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the highest Austrian-born player ever drafted in the NHL, before garnering NHL Second All-Star Team honors in 2006-07 and being named an NHL All-Star in 2009. He spent the majority of his career with Buffalo (2005-14), ranking fourth in Sabres history in power-play goals scored (106) and game-winning goals (41), fifth in goals (254), 10th in points (497) and 15th in games played (598). He was acquired by the New York Islanders on Oct 27, 2013 before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2014.


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Matt Cooke plays in his 1,000 game tonight vs. Edmonton at 7PM

Matt Cooke will play in his 1,000 NHL game tonight when the Wild play the Edmonton Oilers at 7PM at the Xcel Energy Center. The game will be on FSN-plus.

Josh Harding took the ice for practice for the first time since early January. His last game was December 31, 2013. It will take a some time to get back to the norm but it is nice he is practicing again.

Mikko Koivu with 435 points is only 3 points away from being the Minnesota Wild all-time scorer. Marian Gaborik was the current leader at 437.

Zach Parise Returns for the Wild tonight against the Blackhawks

The Wild play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the Xcel Energy Center against the number one team in the Central Division, then they go on the road to play the San Jose Sharks Saturday night at 9:30PM  and the Anaheim Ducks at 9PM Tuesday night. These two teams are number 2 and 1 in the Pacific Division Standings. The Wild end there road trip with a game against the number 3 team in the Central Division the Colorado Avalanche next Thursday night at 8PM and Calgary on Saturday at 9PM. All the games will be on FS-N central time. This might be the toughest 5 games the Wild will play all season. 

Wild win with backup Goalie again.

Goalies are the hot news at every level this week in Minnesota.

Adam Wilcox will be in the nets against Ohio State tonight in the Hockey City Classic at TCF Stadium after getting the third star of the week in the Big Ten Conference with two victories over Penn State for the Gophers. The outside game has sold 44,000 tickets for the game.

Aaron Crandall goalie for UMD was the Goalie of the Week in the NCHC with two victories over Omaha Nebraska with 90 saves on 93 SOG in a 3-2 and 3-1 wins.

The Wild Josh Harding was back at practice after being on the injured reserved. Rookie backup goalie Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves on 21 shots in giving the Wild a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night at the Xcel Center.

Kasimir Kaskisuo of the Minnesota Wilderness Junior team in the NAHL who play there home games in Cloquet, MN Northwood Arena has comitted to UMD.

The Minnesota Wild: The Good, Bad and Ugly.

The Minnespta Wild are tied for 8th place in the Western Conference with the Phoenix Coyotes as they go on a two game road trip against the LA Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Good: The Wild are on a two game win streak after a six game losing streak.

The Bad: The Wild have the second worst record on the road in the NHL with a 6-12-3 record.

The Ugly: The key players on Injured Reserve, Mikko Koivu, Zack Parise, Josh Harding and Jared Spurgeon.

The Minnesota Wild are playing the LA Kings tonight at 9:30PM on FS-N. I know that GM Chuck Fletcher is looking for a key trade to help the team now. The team needs a top level offensive Defenseman but no trade will take place even though the Wild are willing to give up a top young prospect unless it can help the team right now.

Wild play St. Louis Blues at 5PM New Year Eve at the Xcel

The Wild will try to break its 5 game losing streak today at the Xcel against one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. The St. Louis Blues are in 3rd place in the Western Conference but could be at the top since they have played 4 and 3 games less then the top two teams. the St. Louis Blues are second in scoring and second in goals allowed in the NHL. Three key players from Minnesota are on this team. T J Oshie from Warroad, David Backes from Spring Lake Park and Jordon Leopold Hobie Baker award winner who played for the Gophers. The game will be broadcast on FSN at 5PM today.

Wild play the New York Islanders tonight at Home at 7PM

Josh Harding is expected to be in the nets tonight when the Wild play the Islanders at 7PM at the Xcel Center. The Wild will be without Zach Parise and Clayton Stoner who have been placed on the Injured Reserve. The Wild are coming off an 0-4 road trip and have dropped to 9th place in the Western Division with the first 8 making the playoffs. The Wild have the best home record in the NHL with a 14-3-2 record. The 10 million fan will come to the Xcel Center tonight for the Wild game.