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Parise, Mauer Share Friendship of Parallels

Twins, hometowns draw Twin Cities sports stars together

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Wild forward Zach Parise's friendship with Twins first baseman Joe Mauer wasn't born out of a shared kinship over their Minnesota roots.

It didn't spring from the coincidence that they grew up playing on fields and in rinks that were a quick drive up I-494 from each other, all those days spent honing their crafts before they began playing on the most significant field and ice sheet in the state.

What drew Parise and Mauer together initially was -- what else? -- a conversation about strollers.

 

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Brunette Enjoying Climb Up Organizational Ladder

Former Wild player, coach was promoted to assistant GM earlier this month

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- With his nearly two-decade playing career nearing an end, Andrew Brunette had no idea how his post-career days would be spent.

Brunette, who debuted in the NHL with the Washington Capitals during the 1995-96 season, played in the nation's capital for three seasons, before going to Nashville, playing for the inaugural Predators team. After that, he spent two seasons in Atlanta, playing for the first-ever Thrashers club, as well.

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For Stevens, Home Is Where the Heart Is

The move to Minnesota proved more difficult than Wild assistant coach ever imagined

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- In the end, a long-distance relationship with his home became too much for Wild assistant coach Scott Stevens.

Away from his wife, Donna, and two of his kids, who also live in New York, for most of the last year, Stevens resigned from the team on Tuesday in order to return to his life in New Jersey.

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Without Looking Back, Spurgeon Prepares for New Season

Wild defenseman hopes career ascent continues in 2017-18

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- In the five weeks since the Wild was eliminated from the postseason, a whole bunch of playoff hockey has been played. 

Almost none of it was witnessed by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who has been busy with, among other things, adjusting to life as a father of three.

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Flahr Helps Wild Chart Course Forward

Assistant GM, staff go to work finding next generation of Wild players

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- In the weeks since a disappointing end to the 2016-17 season, the power brokers within the Wild have been gathering at team headquarters to get a jump on the 2017-18 season.

While the NHL will conclude the Conference Finals this week and begin the Stanley Cup Finals in the days after Memorial Day, the countdown is on until next season in Minnesota, with puck drop on opening night somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 days away.

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Eriksson Ek Finishes Whirlwind Season at World Championships

Four international tournaments plus seasons in Sweden and Minnesota highlight busy campaign for Wild prospect

by Brian Hedger / Special to Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- It's easy to get caught up in Joel Eriksson Ek's physical talents.

The Wild rookie forward is a smooth skater, and he's got a shot that makes people take notice whenever he unfurls it. He's got size (6-foot-2, 197-pounds), scans the ice with a keen eye for creating plays and is quick on the draw in the faceoff circle.

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Greenway Relishes Chance to Soak Up Experience at World Championships

Wild prospect is one of just three players on the U.S. roster not currently in the NHL

by Brian Hedger / Special to Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- It was the end of an optional morning skate, and Jordan Greenway took full advantage.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward, a 20-year old prospect of the Wild from Boston University, was the last skater off the ice. Before exiting, Greenway had a little fun testing shootout moves against Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

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Brodin Aims for Personal Growth, Team Glory at World Championships

Wild defenseman is one of six NHL regulars forming strong blue line for Team Sweden

by Brian Hedger / Special to Wild.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- Jonas Brodin would rather be wearing a Minnesota Wild jersey right now, playing for the Stanley Cup.

Since that's not possible, he's doing the next best thing. Brodin is playing for Sweden in the 2017 IIHF Men's World Championship.

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After Career Seasons, What's Next for Granlund and Niederreiter?

Forwards will command new contracts this offseason after their best offensive campaigns yet

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- For the past few seasons, the Minnesota Wild was waiting for its crop of young talent to grow into a core the team can build on for years to come. Looking back, the Wild might pinpoint 2016-17 as the year the future became the present.

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Dubnyk Hopes to Build on Career Year

Wild goaltender was among best in the League in most major categories this season

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will tell you that the offseason is different for a netminder than for the skaters around him.

He calls it "the curse of the goalie."

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