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Factor Facts: Eric Staal

Forward proved critics wrong as an integral part of Minnesota's lineup in 2016-17

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

Factor Facts is an inside-the-numbers look at the Minnesota Wild's season that was. Today, Wild.com examines forward Eric Staal and the impact he had on Minnesota's historic 2016-17 campaign.

 

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Flahr Helps Wild Chart Course Forward

Assistant GM, staff go to work finding next generation of Wild players

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- In the weeks since a disappointing end to the 2016-17 season, the power brokers within the Wild have been gathering at team headquarters to get a jump on the 2017-18 season.

While the NHL will conclude the Conference Finals this week and begin the Stanley Cup Finals in the days after Memorial Day, the countdown is on until next season in Minnesota, with puck drop on opening night somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 days away.

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Wild Announces Leadership Summit

High school hockey players, coaches encouraged to attend July 11

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the organization will host the first-ever Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit presented by Xcel Energy on Tuesday, July 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul.

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Brodin, Eriksson Ek Win Gold at IIHF World Championship

First-place finish is first for Sweden since 2013, 10th all-time

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- For the first time since 1994, the gold medal game at the IIHF World Championships was decided in a shootout. Once there, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made sure Sweden was golden.

The New York Rangers goaltender stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout and saved 42 through regulation and a 20-minute overtime as Sweden won 2-1 over Canada on Sunday at LANXESS Arena.

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Eriksson Ek Finishes Whirlwind Season at World Championships

Four international tournaments plus seasons in Sweden and Minnesota highlight busy campaign for Wild prospect

by Brian Hedger / Special to Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- It's easy to get caught up in Joel Eriksson Ek's physical talents.

The Wild rookie forward is a smooth skater, and he's got a shot that makes people take notice whenever he unfurls it. He's got size (6-foot-2, 197-pounds), scans the ice with a keen eye for creating plays and is quick on the draw in the faceoff circle.

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Sweden to Face Canada for Gold Medal Sunday

Brodin, Eriksson Ek help countrymen to semifinal victory over rival Finland

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- Facing its long-time rival with a chance to play for a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championships, Sweden left no doubt with a dominating 4-1 win over Finland on Saturday at LANXESS Arena.

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Friday Five: Top Performances of 2016-17

A look at five of the best individual performances by Wild players this past season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

In today's Friday Five, Wild.com takes a look back at the top five individual performances from this past season:

 

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Americans Out, Sweden Advances at World Championships

Brodin, Eriksson Ek continue quest for gold on Saturday against upstart Finns

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- Entering the medal round of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on a record winning streak, the United States bowed out quickly in a 2-0 loss to Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

After being upset by host Germany in the opening game of the World Championships more than a week ago, the Americans rolled to six consecutive victories to close out the preliminary round, tying a U.S. record.

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Factor Facts: Nino Niederreiter

Forward was one of Minnesota's catalysts this season, tallying career bests in nearly every offensive category

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Factor Facts is an inside-the-numbers look at the Minnesota Wild's season that was. Today, Wild.com examines forward Nino Niederreiter and the impact he had on Minnesota's historic 2016-17 campaign:

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Leipold: 'I'm Not Over It'

Wild owner reflects on historic season, disappointing playoff exit and a busy summer ahead

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- It's been nearly a month since the Minnesota Wild's Game 5 loss to the St. Louis Blues ended its record-setting 2016-17 season. And as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, with the Eastern and Western Conference Finals now in full swing, it's hard for Wild owner Craig Leipold to watch and not think about what might have been.

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