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Team W-L-OTL Pts
52-21-9 113
52-24-6 110
50-25-7 107
47-30-5 99
43-33-6 92
39-34-9 87
36-41-5 77
23-53-6 52

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  • Wild's Samuel Walker: Signs one-year deal

    Walker agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Thursday.

    Walker has just 13 games of NHL experience under his belt over the last two seasons, including four games during the 2023-24 campaign in which he recorded zero points, three shots and two hits. While the 25-year-old winger could get the occasional call-up this upcoming season, he will likely spend the bulk of the year in the minors with AHL Iowa.

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  • Wild's Adam Raska: Lands two-way deal

    Raska signed a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota on Monday, per PuckPedia.

    Raska has been held without a point in 13 career NHL appearances, including five last year with the Wild. The 22-year-old winger scored three goals and seven points in 49 games with AHL Iowa in 2023-24. He'll likely spend most of the 2024-25 season at the AHL level.

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  • Wild's Rasmus Kumpulainen: Loaned to overseas club

    Kumpulainen will spend the next two seasons on loan with the Lahden Pelicans in Finland.

    Kumpulainen spent last year playing for OHL Oshawa, racking up 28 goals and 28 assists in 58 contests. Selected by the Wild with the 53rd overall pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, the 18-year-old center shouldn't be expected to make his NHL debut until the 2026-27 season, though he could certainly be recalled from his loan stay prior to its two-year expiration.

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  • Wild's Declan Chisholm: Pens one-year pact

    Chisholm signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Minnesota on Saturday, according to PuckPedia.

    Chisholm contributed three goals, six assists, 29 shots on net and 38 blocked shots across 31 regular-season appearances between the Wild and Jets in 2023-24. The 24-year-old defender should be able to claim a bottom-pairing role with Minnesota going into the 2024-25 campaign.

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  • Wild's Brendan Gaunce: Makes two-year commitment

    Gaunce signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Monday.

    Gaunce had two goals and four points in 24 outings with Columbus in 2023-24. He also recorded 19 goals and 39 points in 46 regular-season appearances with AHL Cleveland. The 30-year-old will probably start the 2024-25 campaign in the minors, but Gaunce is likely to spend portions of the season with Minnesota as an injury replacement.

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  • Wild's Joseph Cecconi: Grabs one-year deal

    Cecconi signed a one-year, two-way contract from the Wild on Monday.

    Cecconi has played exclusively in the minors since graduating from the University of Michigan back in 2019. Selected by the Stars in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the 27-year-old blueliner was never able to convince the organization to give him a shot. Given his lack of NHL experience, another year in the AHL is the most likely result for Cecconi in 2024-25.

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  • Wild's Reese Johnson: Signs one-year agreement

    Johnson (concussion) signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Monday.

    Johnson had two goals, five points, 40 PIM and 109 hits in 42 contests with Chicago in 2023-24. Provided he's healthy, the 25-year-old should be in the mix for a bottom-six spot with Minnesota out of training camp.

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  • Wild's Devin Shore: Agrees to two-way deal

    Shore signed a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Monday.

    Shore has played in 443 NHL games over the course of his nine-year NHL career, so he should at least get a look during training camp. Still, the fact that the Wild weren't willing to offer the 29-year-old center a one-way contract should be telling regarding their plans for him. Even when he has played in the NHL, Shore's usage has been minimal -- he's logged less than 10 minutes per game in each of the last three seasons.

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  • Wild's Ben Jones: Inks two-year contract

    Jones signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Monday.

    Jones had 21 goals, 43 points and 59 PIM in 72 regular-season contests with AHL Calgary in 2023-24. The 25-year-old has appeared in two career NHL games, recording no points, two PIM and four hits over those outings.

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  • Wild's Troy Grosenick: Picks up one-year deal

    Grosenick signed a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Monday.

    Grosenick is a career minor leaguer, having played in just four NHL games since leaving Union College as an undrafted free agent back in 2013. The veteran backstop provides the Wild with cover at the AHL level if the team decides to move on from Filip Gustavsson, thereby promoting Jesper Wallstedt to the backup role in Minnesota.

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  • Wild's Jacob Middleton: Agrees to four-year extension

    Middleton signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with Minnesota on Monday, per Darren Dreger of TSN.

    Middleton has one more season left on his three-year, $7.35 million deal. He accounted for seven goals, 25 points, 85 shots on net, 77 PIM, 161 blocked shots and 147 hits over 80 regular-season contests in 2023-24. Middleton will likely continue to see top-pairing minutes for the Wild in the upcoming campaign.

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  • Wild's Cameron Crotty: Signs two-way contract

    Crotty signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild on Monday.

    Crotty made his NHL debut for the Coyotes last season, logging 10:03 of ice time in a 4-2 win over Dallas on March 24. The 25-year-old blueliner didn't record a point but dished out four hits to go with two blocked shots. Crotty doesn't have much offense, so fantasy managers probably shouldn't bother tracking whether he is playing in the AHL or NHL next season.

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  • Wild's Travis Boyd: Signs two-way deal

    Boyd (pectoral) penned a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.

    Boyd played in just 16 games for the Coyotes last season in which he tallied two goals, six assists and 12 shots on net while averaging a mere 9:37 of ice time. Based on his two-way deal, it seems the Wild may view Boyd as more of a veteran presence for their minor-league club -- though he does have a pair of 30-point seasons under his belt. How healthy Boyd is come training camp will likely determine whether he makes the Opening Night roster, and he's unlikely to see more than a bottom-six role.

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  • Wild's Yakov Trenin: Inks four-year deal

    Trenin (upper body) signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Wild on Monday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Trenin had 12 goals, 17 points, 40 PIM and 207 hits in 76 regular-season contests between Nashville and Colorado in 2023-24. He missed the Avalanche's final playoff contest due to an upper-body injury, but the 27-year-old might be fine for the start of the 2024-25 campaign. Trenin will likely serve in a bottom-six capacity with Minnesota.

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  • Wild's Aron Kiviharju: Slide finally ends in Round 4

    Kiviharju was the 122nd overall pick by the Wild in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

    Once viewed as one of the top players in the entire draft class, Kiviharju was limited to just seven games by a knee injury this past season. The lone bit of good news is that he had been talked about as a potential future top prospect for so long that scouts got plenty of looks at him in the past. Kiviharju thinks the game extremely well. He's shifty and creative with the puck and an excellent outlet passer. Prospects with this type of hockey IQ typically "make it" in some form or fashion, but on top of the injury concerns, Kiviharju is both slight (5-foot-9) and undersized (175 pounds). It's an intriguing skill set, and Kiviharju has legitimate upside, but it's difficult to say with any certainty at this point what can be expected from him moving forward.

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  • Wild's Jakub Lauko: Becomes Wild man in Draft Day trade

    Lauko has been traded to Minnesota from Boston in exchange for Vinni Lettieri, reports TSN.ca. The teams also exchanged 2024 fourth round picks.

    The 24-year-old Lauko spent 60 regular-season games with Boston in 2023-24, delivering two goals and eight assists along with 32 PIM. He got into two fights last season, both against the Wild. Lauko will vie for a bottom-six role in the land of lakes.

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  • Wild's Ryder Ritchie: Uber-talented forward joins Wild

    Ritchie was the 45th overall pick by the Wild in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

    NHL clubs should be prioritizing skill at this stage of the draft, and Ritchie brings plenty of that to the table. His draft stock suffered because he missed a good chunk of the year due to injury and played for a mediocre Prince Albert (WHL) team. Ultimately, Ritchie needs to learn to trust his teammates a bit more and give his best on a more consistent basis. Still, it's rare to find a prospect with this type of individual skill at this point of the draft, so it's a worthwhile gamble for the Wild.

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  • Wild's Zeev Buium: Minny moves up to get possible star

    Buium was the 12th overall pick by the Wild in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

    Buium (pronounced Boo-y-YUM) was the NCHC's top rookie after a 50-point season with Denver -- it was the first 50-pointer by a rookie NCAA defender since at least 2002-03. He earned Frozen Four all-tourney honors after helping lead Denver to the national title. At 18 years old, Buium has game-breaking skills thanks to his elusive skating, elite skills and high-end hockey smarts. He uses those skills in the D-zone to angle guys out and strip pucks, a bit like Morgan Rielly does in Toronto. Buium isn't big, but that won't hold him back. He'll be a dynamic All-Star who will run the power play and wear an A while giving you loads of points. Buium and Brock Faber are going to be a formidable duo for 12-15 years.

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  • Wild's Graeme Clarke: Traded to Minnesota

    Clarke was dealt to Minnesota from New Jersey in exchange for Adam Beckman on Friday.

    Clarke made his NHL debut with the Devils on Jan. 6 and managed to play in three top-level games before he was returned to AHL Utica. Clarke finished with 25 goals and 49 points in 67 regular-season games with Utica last season. He'll likely once again spend most of his time in the minors in 2024-25.

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  • Wild's Dmitry Ovchinnikov: Inks KHL deal

    Ovchinnikov agreed to terms on a one-year contract with KHL club Sibir Novosibirsk on Monday, Kyle Cushman of The Score reports.

    Ovchinnikov was traded to the Wild from the Maple Leafs at the deadline but stayed with AHL Toronto, which was a fairly good indication Minnesota wasn't interested in adding the 21-year-old center to the NHL roster any time soon. With the Marlies this year, Ovchinnikov notched seven goals and three assists in 21 contests.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.99 3.13 22.7

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Spurgeon D Jared Spurgeon D Hip
M. Foligno LW Marcus Foligno LW Abdomen
R. Johnson RW Reese Johnson RW Concussion

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