When winger Mikael Granlund was traded to the Nashville Predators from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Kevin Fiala at the 2018-19 trade deadline, there was a clear winner in the trade: the Predators. They secured a 27-year-old, top-line winger in Granlund, who still had another season remaining under contract at $5.75 million. In return,
The ninth installment in this series has arrived after previously looking at how the Minnesota Wild did in their first eight drafts. If you missed any of them or want a refresher, you can find those recaps below: The Wild finished the 2007-08 NHL season with a 44-28-10 record, which was good enough to win the Northwest
The sixth installment in this series has arrived after previously looking at how the Minnesota Wild did in their first five drafts. If you missed any of them or want a refresher, you can find those recaps below: The 2005 NHL Entry Draft was an interesting one because it was coming off the heels of the 2004-05
The 2000 NHL Draft was a big one for the Minnesota Wild. After all, it was the first in the franchise’s history and its effects were felt within the organization for years to come. With the expansion draft behind them, the Wild entered the 2000 NHL Draft with nine total draft picks across the first
The State of Hockey… What does it mean? Where does it come from? It’s hardly a secret that Minnesota has long been a hockey Mecca. The first hockey teams in Minnesota were formed a couple of decades before Henry Ford’s Model-T changed the world. The University of Minnesota first organized a hockey team in 1895 and
Alexandre Daigle gets an unfair bad rap. “All-time greatest draft bust”, “primadonna”, “completely lacked effort and motivation”. Strong words for any athlete, though maybe at the time that he broke into the NHL they were partially – maybe even mostly – true. But let us give Daigle his due. While he never became the next
Jan. 22 is a very eventful date in the history of the National Hockey League. It has given us everything from big personal milestones, great goaltending and even a pair of games played under very odd circumstances. Let’s buckle for our daily trip through time and look back at the best this date has had
Oct. 18 has seen some memorable victories in National Hockey League history, including the first for two expansion teams. There were also plenty of personal milestones reached including first goals, first shutouts and even a very important first professional contract. A Foursome of Historic Wins The third time was the charm for the Philadelphia Flyers.
This date has provided us with two big international games during the 1970s, with mixed results for Team Canada. Also, another talented class of National Hockey League greats was inducted into the Hall of Fame and a new franchise hired its first general manager. Soviet Union Strikes First The infamous Summit Series between the Soviet
June 25 has been an important date for the National Hockey League and its growth from six to the soon-to-be 32 teams. Also, this date brought us some important rule changes, a new postseason award and a whole slew of new stars. Expansion is the Word of the Day The NHL laid down the foundation
The 4th of July is usually reserved for fireworks in the sky in the United States. However, there have been plenty of fireworks in the form of big trades and free-agent signings on this date throughout National Hockey League history. A Swap of Hall of Famers On July 4, 1994, the Calgary Flames and St.
As I write this, I’m trying to decide which is worse, sheltering in place with no NHL playoff hockey or watching the Boston Bruins crash last year’s Stanley Cup Final? The truth is, I have suffered less this year than last. Charlie Coyle, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) I have nothing against the Bruins.