Minnesota Wild News

The Wild have acquired Marcus Johansson from the Sabres for Eric Staal.

The Wild likely acquired Johansson with the idea of him playing centre but he hasn't been very good in the middle throughout his career, including last year in Buffalo. Johansson had just nine goals and 30 points in 60 games with the Sabres in 2019-20 and now joins a Minnesota team devoid of a No.1 centre.

Source: PuckPedia 09/16/20, 6:21 pm EST

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The Wild have signed Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42M extension ($6.0M AAV).

Brodin is entering the final year of a six-year deal that he signed in 2014. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Brodin's AAV will go up from $4.167M to $6.0M, tying him for the 26th highest-paid blueliner in the NHL. Brodin is a terrific defensive-defenseman but is also coming off of a career-high 28 points (2G / 26A) in 69 games.

Source: Michael Russo 09/15/20, 2:14 pm EST

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The Wild have acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Penguins for a conditional 2021 draft pick.

Bjugstad missed 46 games after undergoing core muscle surgery in 2020 and then was hurt again three games after returning to the lineup and then the season was paused. Bjugstad has missed a total of 92 games (39.5%) over the last three seasons but will look for a fresh start in his hometown. Bjusgstad was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to the University of Minnesota, so this should be a welcomed move for the 28-year-old centre. Both Mikko Koivu and Alex Galchenyuk are UFAs at season's end, so there could be a very clear path to a bottom-6 role for Bjugstad.

Source: @penguins 09/14/20, 10:16 am EST

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The Wild have signed Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Kaprizov was drafted in the fifth-round back in 2015 but has been regarded as one the best NHL affiliated prospects in the world over the last few years. The 23-year-old Russian took his game to new heights in 2020, setting KHL career-bests in goals (33) and points (62) in 57 games. With the KHL playoffs cancelled due to Covid-19, Kaprizov became eligible to sign with the Wild and come to the NHL.

Source: Minnesota Wild 07/13/20, 1:36 pm EST

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The Wild signed Hunter Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Minnesota selected Jones with the No.59 overall pick (second round) in 2019 and the 19-year-old netminder went 31-14-3 with a 2.75 GAA and .913 SV% in 49 games with the Peterborough Petes (OHL). He was fourth in wins and GAA and fifth in SV% in 2019-20.

Source: Minnesota Wild 04/11/20, 11:41 am EST

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Stalock led the Wild onto the ice for warmups.

Stalock allowed two goals on 42 shots in the Wild's win in San Jose on Thursday. Stalock will tie a career-high making his seventh-consecutive start today in Los Angeles. He's gone 6-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA, .930 SV% and one shutout in his last seven starts. Stalock stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 5-1 win in his first start vs. the Kings, back in late-October.

Source: Dennis Bernstein 03/7/20, 3:37 pm EST

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