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Sweet emotion: Seeler on his way to becoming staple in Wild's lineup

Rookie defenseman brings physicality and attitude in first full season with Minnesota

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- It's a Wednesday afternoon at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center, the Wild's shiny new practice facility in downtown St. Paul. 

In a couple of hours, the Wild will hop on a plane and travel to Denver, Colorado to open its regular season.

As players shuffle back to the dressing room, defenseman Nick Seeler and forward Matt Hendricks are two of the final people on the ice. Hendricks has Seeler tied up, ready to throw a punch.

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Boudreau's sole focus: Bringing the Stanley Cup to Minnesota

Veteran coach, hockey lifer has accomplished almost everything there is in the game, except win the ultimate prize

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

This story, part of Wild.com's 2018-19 season preview, also appears in the October 2018 issue of Wild Magazine.

Generally speaking, Bruce Boudreau has it pretty good. 

He's got four children whom he adores and who adore him. 

He's got a loving, supportive wife. 

He's paid millions of dollars to coach the sport he's loved his entire life. 

He owns a beautiful home and a junior hockey team, runs a successful hockey camp and is widely considered one of the very best at what he does on a daily basis.

Bruce Boudreau has it pretty good. But he doesn't have everything.

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Kunin aims for training camp return

After sustaining torn ACL last March, forward hopes to earn a roster spot this fall in Minnesota

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

MADISON, Wisconsin -- It's not quite Herb Brooks and Mike Eruzione and the famous scene in movie "Miracle," where Brooks, portrayed by Kurt Russell, tells his players to get on the goal line and skate.

Blue line, back. Red line, back. Far blue line, back. Far red line, back. 

Again.

It's not on that level, but for early August, it might as well be. Wild forward Luke Kunin is one of nine former or current players with Madison ties on the ice getting ready for the upcoming hockey season.

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Suter: 'I feel like I'm back'

Amid offseason that's been anything but routine, star defenseman finds sense of renewal

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

MIDDLETON, Wisconsin -- Ryan Suter's labor of love reeks of melted steel and hot electric.

It's what happens when your rink is filled with a haze of pungent smoke from the dust and the fusing together of steel beams. The number of workers in yellow construction hats is twice as many as skaters on the ice. 

And if the old man was around, you can bet he'd be over in the corner with the welders, rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. 

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After father's passing, Hendrickson presses on

Wild assistant opens up about father's death earlier this month

by Phil Ervin / @mnwild

BLAINE -- There are few situations that call for a memorial service to be described as "fun."

But when asked about the ceremony honoring his deceased father, Larry Hendrickson, that took place Thursday, that's the first word out of Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson's mouth. That's how family, friends and the Minnesota hockey community say it should've been. That's how Larry would've wanted it.

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Zucker comes full circle in latest return to Vegas

Nevada native's journey includes stop at Wednesday's NHL Awards ceremony in his hometown

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

LAS VEGAS -- Jason Zucker wouldn't be here this week if not for a snap decision he made one night three years ago.

That night, he and teammate Jared Spurgeon made a visit to Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. It was no different than the countless other visits the two have made over the years. 

Asked whether they wanted to go to floor five or six, Zucker blurted out the first number that came to him.

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Cullen contemplates future in beloved hometown

Moorhead native leaving legacy well beyond his NHL career

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

MOORHEAD -- Matt Cullen isn't sure if he's coming back for a 21st season in the NHL. It's a decision he expects to make in the next few weeks, but one the 41-year-old former St. Cloud State Husky never takes lightly.

This time around, Cullen has the luxury of time. Sure, he'd take the hurried nature of a decision in exchange for a Stanley Cup, a trade-off he's made each of the past two offseasons. 

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Evason well familiar with leadership group he now joins

Former Milwaukee Admirals head coach served five seasons under Boudreau with Capitals

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- An offseason of tweaking has officially begun for the Wild under new general manager Paul Fenton, and no area of the organization is off limits to change. That includes the coaching staff, which will have a new face on the bench next season as the club announced Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason as the team's newest assistant coach.

The Wild also announced that former assistant coach John Anderson will not return to the team.

Evason is no stranger to Fenton or Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. In fact, Evason credited his relationships with both men as the reason why he thought the opportunity to come to Minnesota came at the perfect time.

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Niederreiter helping change expectations of Swiss hockey

Silver medal at recent World Championships indicative of rising

by Aaron Vickers / Special to Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Nino Niederreiter is helping shape the expectation of success in Switzerland. And he's seen, the Minnesota Wild forward suggests, his home country setting satisfaction at a higher level.

"Absolutely," said Niederreiter, who helped push his country into an improbable gold-medal meeting with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, but fell by the slimmest of margins in a shootout to claim silver.

"At the end of the day, our main goal is always to be in the top eight, for sure, and then move on from there. Reaching the quarterfinal has to be a goal, year-in and year-out. The last two years, we've done that. It's a stepping stone. We're trying to improve year-in, year-out. Once you get to that quarterfinal, anything is possible.

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Leipold: 'We're super-charged right now'

Wild owner talks about his excitement for new general manager Paul Fenton, renewed energy in organization

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers sat down with Wild owner Craig Leipold for a discussion on new general manager Paul Fenton, as well as the new energy surrounding the organization:

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