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Cullen Chooses Family in Wild Homecoming

Veteran centerman built something special in Pittsburgh, but chance to finish career in Minnesota too much to pass up

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

The decision to return home and continue his NHL career wasn't an easy one for Matt Cullen. But ultimately, it ended up being the right one.

Cullen, a Virginia, Minn. native and Moorhead resident, signed a one-year deal with the Wild on Wednesday worth $1 million with another $700,000 worth of incentives possible. The 40-year old Cullen has been a revelation for the Pittsburgh Penguins, helping them to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. With that in mind, it would have been understandable if Cullen decided to ride off into the sunset, his day with the Cup approaching later this month.

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Early Struggles Didn't Deter Boudreau's Dream for Hockey School

After inauspicious start, camp has become highlight of many summers

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau played professional hockey for two decades. He spent much of that time in the minor leagues; Boudreau played in 141 NHL games.

Without the "big" paychecks of the NHL -- which, by today's standards, weren't very big -- players like Boudreau needed to find a second job during the offseason to make ends meet.

Not wanting to work "a real job" outside of hockey, Boudreau hatched an idea with Maple Leafs teammate Rocky Saganiuk: They'd start their own hockey camp.

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Wild Coach's Camp Is a Family's Labor of Love

Golden Horseshoe Hockey School offers Boudreaus rare chance to reunite

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- It's a warm summer day 45 minutes south of Toronto. It's mid-August, but as is always the case in Canada, hockey is in the air. 

Inside the Seymour-Hannah Sportsplex, the game's sounds are overwhelming. Operating for the 35th time, this is the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School, started in 1982 by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.

More than three decades later, Boudreau is still around. You can catch him mixing Gatorade for the kids or mopping the floor after a spill. He works the arena lobby like a politician, shaking hands and telling stories.

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After 'Major Letdown' of a Season, Parise Looks Ahead

Forward hopes to bounce back after injury, illness marred 2016-17 campaign

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Last summer was a tough one for Wild forward Zach Parise.

After a back injury sustained late in the 2015-16 regular season forced him to miss Minnesota's playoff series against the Dallas Stars -- one the Wild lost in six games -- he was forced to spend the ensuing months rehabbing the injury as opposed to preparing for a new season.

While the World Cup of Hockey gave Parise something to shoot for in terms of being back on the ice, it meant missing out on many of the normal things that make a Minnesota summer so special to him.

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Granlund Hungry to Push Wild Deeper into Postseason

After earning new three-year contract, forward hopes to be key player in long playoff run

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Needless to say, the next time Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu get together for a meal, it's Granlund who will be picking up the check. 

So said Granlund on Wednesday during a conference call with local media after he signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Wild, keeping the Finnish winger in Minnesota for the foreseeable future. 

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Niederreiter Flying High After Signing New Deal

Wild forward working toward first career 30-goal season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Nino Niederreiter gained fame two summers ago by strapping himself to the outside of an airplane for a quick flight over the Alps. 

With his future up in the air, the Wild winger has decided to keep it a little more low-key this summer. A fishing trip to Alaska with his dad and some friends was the major highlight until Sunday, when Niederreiter signed a five-year contract extension with Minnesota worth $26.25 million, a deal that will keep him in a Wild uniform through the 2021-22 season.

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Boudreau Tries Hand at Hockey Ownership

Wild coach is one of handful of partners for new Tier 3 Junior A team in Coon Rapids

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Bruce Boudreau has done it all in the game of hockey.

He spent two decades as a player, skating for teams all over North America and around the globe.

Over the past decade, he's become one of the best coaches in the world and owns the NHL's best winning percentage among bench bosses who have coached in at least 250 games.

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Foligno Looks to Continue Upward Trend in New Home

New Wild forward adds bulk, two-way grit to lineup

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Wild fans hoping to see the "Foligno Leap" at Xcel Energy Center might be disappointed.

The goal celebration, first made famous by Mike Foligno, has since been resurrected by his sons Nick, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Marcus, acquired by Minnesota from the Buffalo Sabres last month. Mike used the celebration for years, after scoring goals as a member of the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers during the 1980s and early 90s.

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Staal Foundation Open Catching on in Canada

Family hosts fourth annual PGA Tour Canada event to raise funds for charity in hometown of Thunder Bay

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

When you grow up in a household with four brothers and a dad obsessed with sports, at some point, you just follow the crowd.

For Wild forward Eric Staal, the sports of choice were often hockey and golf. It makes for a symbiotic relationship for one week each year in the Staals' hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Spurgeon, Ennis Living Childhood Dream as Teammates

June 30 trade reunited longtime neighbors, best friends in Minnesota

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- It's often been said that a person has a better chance of winning the lottery than making it to the highest level of professional sports.

Imagine not only beating those odds, but having your best friend also do it.

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