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Roster Battles Heat Up as Wild Travels to Winnipeg

Haula, Schroeder, Kuemper to make preseason debuts

by Phil Ervin /

Less than a week into training camp, the battle for precious few roster spots is starting to crystallize.

The Wild continues its preseason tour at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Winnipeg on NHL Network, giving a new coaching staff another in-game look at who might round out the lineup for the Oct. 13 season opener.

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On the Brink: Pat Cannone Hopes to Impress

Coming off career year with AHL's Chicago Wolves, Cannone attempts to build on success

by Devin Lowe /

The stark reality of training camp is this: it begins every year with 60 players and ends with 25.

For a team like the Wild with few spots to spare after it kept its roster mostly intact through the summer, that can be tough to swallow.

Pat Cannone is no stranger to camp cutdowns. This year's camp is the sixth of his career and first with the Wild organization, which signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on July 1. Though he's familiar with the process, he approaches it with confidence rather than resignation.

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Wild, Boudreau Getting Acclimated as Camp Continues

Intense workouts, hands-on instruction accelerate learning curve

by Phil Ervin /

MINNEAPOLIS -- The left face-off circle at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena was considerably carved up Wednesday after the Wild's training camp practice here.

For nearly 20 minutes, players scrapped in no-holds-barred, one-on-one and two-on-two scenarios inside the circle. A goal and goalie were placed at each end. Ryan Suter battled against Erik Haula. Zach Parise took on Chris Stewart. Later, pairs of players worked their way into the mix.

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Wild Assigns Eight Players

Training camp roster reduced to 49 players

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Minnesota Wild has reduced its training camp roster to 49 players. 

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Minnesota Wild to Host Kids Day on Oct. 2

Roughly 3,000 Tickets Donated to Kids to Experience Professional Hockey Game

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Minnesota Wild announced that Sunday, Oct. 2, will be designated "Wild Kids Day" when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at 5 p.m. in a preseason contest at Xcel Energy Center. Thousands of youth from across the State of Hockey will have the opportunity to experience an NHL game thanks to tickets donated by the Wild and hundreds of season ticket holders. Kids will also take center stage in each of the regular Wild in-game elements.

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A Look at Camp Through the Eyes of Alex Tuch

Rookie hopes to soak up as much as he can from vets before the season

by Alex Tuch @AlexTuch17 / Wild forward

Different players have different views of training camp based on a number of factors. Among them: NHL experience and contract status. has caught up with several Wild players, all with varying approaches to camp. Over the course of the preseason, you'll read about these views in a series entitled "Camp Through Their Eyes," a glimpse into the mind of a professional tryout, a rookie, a veteran, a superstar and a goaltender.

Today, you'll hear from Alex Tuch, a first-year pro who starred for Boston College last season. The Wild's first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Tuch is battling for a spot with the big club this fall:

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Postgame Hat Trick: Avalanche 4, Wild 1

Bartley's goal, several chances not enough in preseason home opener

by Phil Ervin /

Three takeaways from the Wild's 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday in Minnesota's first home preseason game of 2016-17.

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Team Canada Takes Game 1 of World Cup Final

Marchand, Stamkos, Bergeron power Canada to 3-1 win over Europe

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Team Canada continued its World Cup of Hockey 2016 dominance Tuesday night with a convincing 3-1 win over Nino Niederreiter and the rest of Team Europe in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tomas Tatar scored Europe's only goal of the night seven minutes into the second period.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Colorado

The Wild will play in its first home preseason game against the Avalanche tonight at Xcel Energy Center

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Check back throughout the day as the Wild preps for its first home game of the 2016-17 preseason.

The Minnesota Wild will face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 7 p.m. CT, marking the first time the two rivals will play each other in a preseason contest.

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Vets, Youngsters Seek to Make Impression vs. Colorado

Preseason games serve as Boudreau's best litmus test

by Phil Ervin /

Bruce Boudreau didn't hesitate before calling timeout during the waning moments of Monday night's preseason opener against Buffalo at Penn State University's Pegula Ice Arena.

This was a preseason game, yes, but also an opportunity to work on a 4-on-3 power play - something the Wild hadn't touched since opening training camp Friday. Assistant coach John Anderson drew up a simple set play, and some crisscross passing led to a Jason Zucker goal from the doorstep at 19:55 of the third period for a 2-1 victory.

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