Nazem Kadri scores winner, Maple Leafs beat Wild, 5-3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs keep winning, and they're adding another offensive player to the lineup.
Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hyman scored twice in Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Hyman added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Toronto's fourth straight victory and Minnesota's third loss in a row. The Maple Leafs improved to 19-8-0, a point behind Tampa Bay for the NHL lead.
Staal scores 400th, Wild beat Blues 5-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After getting his 400th career goal, Eric Staal wants to keep on going.
Staal got his milestone goal less than five minutes in to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Wild send d-man Olofsson to Canadiens for prospect Bitten
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Gustav Olofsson to the Montreal Canadiens for minor league forward Will Bitten.
When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed general managers this spring, he was adamant about the strength of a roster he believed only needed some tweaking and not a total overhaul.
New GM Paul Fenton took the Wild into the first day of free agency by making several of those minor adjustments, highlighted by an enhanced third pairing of defensemen and more lower-line depth for a team that has made the playoffs six straight times but has not advanced past the second round in 15 years.
Wild re-sign Rau to 2-year, 2-way contract
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Kyle Rau to a two-year, two-way contract for more depth up front.
The deal was done Wednesday, with $700,000 for Rau in the NHL and $275,000 in the AHL. Rau had 23 goals and 27 assists in 69 games last season in the AHL, and he skated in three NHL games for the Wild plus one in the playoffs.
Isolate the season from those that came before it, and the Wilds performance the past six months is encouraging if not admirable.
It chipped away at an early hole to climb into one of the Central Divisions top three spots and ended up as one of the most productive teams in the Western Conference. Only one other club had a better home record in the entire league, and more than a few individuals shined.
Playoff action gives Wild rookies Nick Seeler, Jordan Greenway valuable experience
WINNIPEG Despite joining the Wild late in the season as rookies, the team didnt shy away from relying on defenseman Nick Seeler and winger Jordan Greenway in the playoffs.
Both impressed amid the responsibility, emerging as two of the bright spots in the Wilds first-round loss to the Jets. But that decision to dole out steady ice time to them this postseason might have repercussions in the future.
Devan Dubnyk described rookie defenseman Nick Seeler as “mean.” The Wild goalie meant it as a compliment, a form of flattery that underscores Seeler’s impact only 25 games into his NHL career.
Seeler blocks shots without hesitation. He battles hard for pucks. He sticks up for teammates with hits or fists, if necessary. He gives the Wild something it desperately needs in the lineup, a tough customer at 6-2, 200 pounds who plays the game with a hard edge.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand and Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Cousins for embellishment.
Each player was docked $2,000 under the league's program designed to discourage diving and embellishment. A player is first warned and then is fined $2,000 for a second violation in a season.
Aside from the excitement and gratefulness defenseman Nick Seeler felt when he learned hed be joining the Wild from the minors, he also sensed an objective.
To make the assignment last for the rest of the season.
Thats been my mind-set since I came up and just need to continue to work on my game to allow that to happen, he said.
Boston — So, Luke Witkowski, is your right hand a little sore today?
"As expected, yeah," the big forward, with the big beard and the big punches said Monday, sitting in one of the visiting team rooms under the stands at TD Garden after finishing the Red Wings' optional practice.
When the Wild's pugilistic forward Nick Seeler skated up behind Witkowski Sunday in Minnesota and spoke a few words in his ear, Seeler's intentions were less than convivial.
Wild snap skid with 4-1 win over Red Wings
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rookie defenseman Nick Seeler picked up Minnesota's offense with a timely fight.
Eric Staal and Zach Parise scored in the second period after Seeler fought Luke Witkowski, and Jason Zucker added two late goals in the Wild's 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves to help Minnesota rebound from losses at Arizona and Colorado.
Maybe it was the fight by rookie Nick Seeler, a heavyweight-style slugfest that was a throwback to when tussles like this crowded highlight reels as much as goals.
Or perhaps the finish by center Eric Staal did the trick, since the teams best delivery man picked an opportune time to capitalize.
The Wild didn’t stay idle before the NHL trade deadline expired Monday, sending defenseman Mike Reilly to the Canadiens in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.
Wild trade defenseman Reilly to Canadiens for 5th-round pick
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft.
Reilly had two goals, eight assists, 18 penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating in a career-high 38 games this season for the Wild. The 24-year-old made his NHL debut on Jan. 9, 2016, going back and forth to the AHL several times over the past three seasons.
They represented both teams, played different positions and boasted experience levels that varied from established veteran to first-game rookie.
But what eight players who suited up for the Tuesday meeting between the Wild and Rangers at Xcel Energy Center had in common was their upbringing, as they all grew up in Minnesota just the second time in the Wilds history it's been part of a game that featured that record number of natives.
Nick Seeler called up from Iowa, will make Wild debut
Defenseman Nick Seeler had just grabbed breakfast with his parents at PerKup Caf in Des Moines when he received a call from Wild assistant general manager Brent Flahr.
He felt shock initially, the news delivered from the other end of the conversation surprising him.
But then he realized what it meant, and excitement washed over him.
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