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Koivu still a sounding board for teammates, coaches

Boudreau: 'I'm definitely going to lean on him'

by Phil Ervin / Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wild captain Mikko Koivu is in the midst of his 13th NHL training camp, has played in 808 games and has seen three coaching changes.

And even before coach Bruce Boudreau took over, Koivu was considered somewhat of a sage in the dressing room. The mild-mannered, regal 33-year-old has two main pieces of advice for his younger teammates halfway through Minnesota's training camp.

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Boudreau on Wild's Fourth Line: 'Wide Open Spaces'

Halfway through camp, battle remains fluid

by Phil Ervin /

Wild on lineup spots for grabs

Wild on lineup spots for grabs

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau, Ryan Carter and Tyler Graovac talk about the lineup spots that are up for grabs

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Country artists the Dixie Chicks released the album "Wide Open Spaces" in 1998. It featured hits such as "There's Your Trouble" and "You Were Mine" and reached diamond status after selling nearly 14 million units. 

It also teed up a perfect analogy for Bruce Boudreau to use in characterizing his fourth line a week into the Wild's training camp.

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Niederreiter Reflects on World Cup Experience

After finals run, Swiss forward bursts with European pride

by Evan Sporer / Special to

TORONTO -- Growing up, Nino Niederreiter's hockey goal was to play for EHC Chur, his hometown team in his native Switzerland.

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A Look at Camp Through the Eyes of Chris Stewart

Veteran forward enters ninth NHL season, second stint with Wild

by Chris Stewart @CStew_80 / 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 Chris Stewart , a veteran forward entering his ninth NHL season. Traded to the Wild at the trade deadline two years ago, Stewart played in 20 games with Minnesota before signing with Anaheim prior to last season, where he played for one year under current Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. Stewart signed a two-year contract with Minnesota on July 1:

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Niederreiter, Team Europe Fall in World Cup Final

Swiss forward to return to Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

After a largely successful World Cup of Hockey 2016 run, Nino Niederreiter is headed back to the Twin Cities.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Jets 4, Wild 1

Minnesota falls to 1-2 in preseason play

by Phil Ervin /

Three takeaways from the Wild's 4-1 preseason loss Thursday at Winnipeg.

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Minnesota Wild Assigns Six Players

Wild reduces training camp roster to 42

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reduced its training camp roster to 42 players.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg

Wild head north for third preseason game in four days

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Check back throughout the day as the Wild preps for tonight's preseason game at Winnipeg.

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Roster Battles Heat Up as Wild Travels to Winnipeg

Haula, 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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