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Wild recalls Louie Belpedio from Iowa

Defenseman has tallied 10 points in 40 AHL games this season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Louie Belpedio (pronounced LOO-ee Bel-PEE-dee-oh) from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Belpedio, 22 (5/4/96), has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) in 40 games with Iowa this season. He ranks first amongst team defensemen in shots (80), second in penalty minutes (PIM) and T-2nd in goals. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Skokie, Ill., also ranks first amongst AHL rookie defensemen in PIM (42), third in shots and is one of 11 League rookie defensemen with at least one game-winning goal. The right-shot defenseman owns 12 points (3-9=12) in 50 AHL games in two seasons with Iowa (2017-19). He recorded two assists in his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with Minnesota at San Jose on April 7, 2018 to become the first rookie in franchise history to record two points in his debut.

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Wild get 'caught sleep-walking' in loss to Ducks

Minnesota unable to dig out from early three-goal deficit in disappointing loss Thursday at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Nino Niederreiter has been an essential piece of the Wild's run to six consecutive playoff berths. He scored arguably the second biggest goal in the franchise's history. He's been one of the most popular guys in the locker room for a long time.

So it wasn't a surprise that when the left winger was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, it sent a shockwave through the Wild's dressing room, a ripple that may or may not have had an effect on Minnesota in a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said it's tough to put a finger on exactly what the reason was for the Wild's showing on Thursday, one that allowed the Ducks to snap a 12-game winless streak. It was just another in a run of disappointing efforts for the Wild, who in the past week have played three of the four bottom teams in the NHL and another against a team with a lengthy losing streak and come away with just two points.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Ducks 3, Wild 0

Anaheim snaps winless skid Thursday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-0 loss against the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday night:

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Fenton on trades: 'We've found two guys that will help us'

Wild makes second trade in as many days, acquires Rask from Carolina

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- After spending the first seven months of his tenure as general manager largely on the sidelines, the Wild's Paul Fenton has dove head-first into the trade market.

One day after executing his first trade involving an NHL regular, Fenton made his biggest splash yet, acquiring centerman Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Nino Niederreiter.

"He's a kid that I've watched since his draft year," Fenton said of Rask. "He could be a [No.] 2 or a 3 centerman, he has the capability of playing the wing as well. My experience tells me, you can't have enough centers. It's something that we're finding out in the League more and more."

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Wild acquires Rask from Hurricanes

Minnesota sends forward Nino Niederreiter to Carolina in exchange for centerman

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Nino Niederreiter.

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From the Rink: Aberg set to make Wild debut against his former team

Swedish forward was acquired from Ducks in a Wednesday trade

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Pontus Aberg was laying in his bed, getting ready to FaceTime his daughter from his room at the St. Paul Hotel on Wednesday when his phone buzzed with a call from Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray. 

The speedy winger had been traded. 

The good news was, Aberg wouldn't have to gather his belongings, rush to the airport and catch a flight to some far flung-city. He'd simply be moving across the hall.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Anaheim

Wild hosts reeling Ducks on Old Time Hockey Night at Xcel Energy Center

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (22-20-3) vs. Los Angeles Kings (18-25-3)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports App

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Wild acquires Aberg from Ducks

Forward has 11 goals and 19 points in 37 games with Anaheim this season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Pontus Aberg (pronounced PAWN-tuhs A-buhrg) from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Justin Kloos.

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Sanderson recounts story with Wild fans, members of recovery community

Former NHLer's addiction cost him everything, but today he helps others avoid similar pitfalls

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- For a man who spent the better part of his professional hockey career drunk, high or both, Derek Sanderson can recall scenes from throughout his harrowing tale of addiction and recovery in vivid, spirited detail.

Sitting at the wooden desk in his hotel room on the fifth floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown St. Paul, the 72-year-old they nicknamed "The Turk" during his playing days waves his hands as he describes his 13th and final trip to detox: "Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?" asked a counselor at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharine's, Ontario. "If you don't stop it'll kill you." Or the day Philadelphia Blazers president James Cooper sat him down and offered him a $2.3 million contract, making him the richest man in professional sports history; Sanderson was so taken aback at the Blazers' original offer he gaped in silence until Cooper finally said, "fine, we'll make it $2.6 million." Or the first time he ever took a drink, when his uncle offered him several swigs of beer at a family Christmas party. Sanderson's father became so indignant when he saw his son "dancing around, acting like the village idiot" he threw Derek's uncle out of the house.

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2019: Read shares memories of his time as a Beaver

Iowa Wild forward played four seasons at Bemidji State, leading the team to its only NCAA Frozen Four of its Division I era

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Matt Read has played on some of the biggest and brightest stages the globe has to offer.

Madison Square Garden in New York, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the United Center in Chicago ... name a world-famous venue in the United States or in Canada, and he's probably played there on multiple occasions.

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