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Suter, Parise face offseason recoveries following late-season injuries

Rehab for defenseman's fractured fibula could span most of the summer

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- It was a nightmarish end to the 2017-18 season for the Wild's Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, in more ways than one.

Of course, the team lost to the Winnipeg Jets in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a defeat that was punctuated with a change in the general manager's chair on Monday. 

For Suter and Parise, however, the season ended with each facing injury rehabilitations heading into the offseason.

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'Good isn't good enough' for Wild moving forward

Making playoffs is an accomplishment, but Minnesota craves more success

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild made it to the playoffs for the sixth straight season, breaking myriad team and personal records in the process and finishing eighth overall in the NHL. But despite that, there's a message heard loud and clear around the Wild locker room: good isn't good enough. 

It's painted on the walls of the team's new TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center practice facility, and it's on the tongues of every player. Following Monday's announcement that Wild owner Craig Leipold would not renew Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher's contract, there's a stark realization of just what it takes, and what sacrifices it requires, to become 'good enough.'

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Boudreau on next season: 'I think the potential is there'

Wild coach hopeful fresh set of eyes can help boost team to another level in 2018-19

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- There isn't much Wild coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't experienced in the hockey world. So when even he speaks of uncharted territory, you know it's rare.

For the first time in his career, Boudreau will be working without a full-time general manager -- at least temporarily -- as the Wild announced on Monday that Chuck Fletcher's contract won't be renewed.

Boudreau has been on the other end of that equation many times in his career, including in two previous NHL stops with both Washington and Anaheim. He knows it's never an easy day when such decisions are made.

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Leipold on Fletcher decision: 'This is not a rebuild'

Wild GM helped shape perennial playoff participant; now, franchise looks to take next step with new leadership

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Every general manager has hits and misses during his tenure. For Chuck Fletcher, one thing is for certain: He has shaped the entirety of the Minnesota Wild's roster.

For better or for worse, there isn't one player who played for the Wild this past season that Fletcher himself didn't draft, sign, trade for or extend at one point during his nine-year tenure as the team's general manager.

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Wild will not renew EVP, GM Chuck Fletcher's contract

Search for new general manager to begin immediately

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, today announced the organization will not renew the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

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Tough start dooms Wild in season-ending loss in Winnipeg

Jets score four times in the first 12 minutes to end series in five games

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Following 82 regular season games and four more in the playoffs, the Wild's season came crashing down in a span of just 12 minutes. 

Moments after a questionable icing call just moments into the game, Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba scored the first of four first-period goals for the Jets in a 5-0 win, wrapping up its First Round series with the Wild.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Jets 5, Wild 0

Three takeaways from the Wild's loss in Game 5 on Friday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-0 loss against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 of a First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday night:

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From the Rink: Eden Prairie duo back together in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Teammates since squirts, Rau and Seeler join forces again with Wild's season on the line in Game 5

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

WINNIPEG -- The eyes of Eden Prairie will gaze north tonight as the Wild and Winnipeg Jets drop the puck in Game 5 of their First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Bell MTS Place.

Joining former Eden Prairie star Nick Seeler will be another former Eagle, Kyle Rau, in the lineup for Minnesota tonight. 

It's rare for former high school teammates to join forces in the NHL, but Rau and Seeler go back even further than that, playing squirt hockey together for the Eden Prairie Hockey Association more than a decade ago.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg, Game 5

Minnesota aims to keep its playoff series alive in a must-win game at Bell MTS Place on Friday

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets (Jets lead series 3-1)

Puck drop: 6:40 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North; FOX Sports Go; USA Network

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Wild taking things one game at a time

Minnesota focusing on next game rather than sizable hill of must-win contests

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- For the Wild to make it out of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs intact, it needs to win all three of its next games against the Winnipeg Jets. That's no short order. But it helps to break things down, to take it one game, one period, or one shift at a time. 

That's how Minnesota is approaching Game 5 on Friday night in Winnipeg. It's just the next game on the schedule -- potentially the last game on the schedule, too, but only one game nonetheless. 

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