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'Minnesota guys' hope Iowa run helps make transition permanent

As AHL affiliate's playoff run ends, Greenway, Kunin and Donato soak up as much postseason experience as possible

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- He won't tell you, but Jordan Greenway is exhausted. 

After playing in 81 games with Minnesota during the regular season, Greenway played in three regular season games with Iowa then jumped into an 11-game playoff run that concluded Monday night with a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena.

In all, Greenway played in 97 hockey games since the beginning of October. If you count the preseason and two games at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on the eve training camp, Greenway has more than doubled his previous career high in games played during the season.

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After emotional reunion, Prosser family will welcome a new addition

Defenseman has been away from his family for nearly two months, but the group will welcome another girl Saturday

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

DES MOINES -- Nate Prosser's career in pro hockey has been anything but easy. The definition of perseverance and sheer effort, Prosser has carved out an impressive -- and perhaps a bit unexpected -- life in the sport.

He's never been the fastest player, the most-skilled player or even the most talented player on any of his pro teams. But you won't find a better teammate or human being. It's what has made him invaluable to the Wild, both at the NHL and AHL levels, during his career.

In the decade since turning pro following a standout run at Colorado College, the Elk River native has been in and out of the lineup and has been signed by a different team twice only to be claimed back by the Wild both times shortly thereafter. This season, he was sent down to the American Hockey League for the first time in eight years. 


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Mayhew's well-earned NHL contract came the hard way

Iowa forward scored a franchise record 27 goals during the regular season and has gotten better during the playoffs

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

DES MOINES -- #GerryTime could soon be headed to a NHL rink near you.  

The Wild signed Iowa forward Gerry Mayhew to a two-year, two-way contract, a deal that will allow the one-time Ferris State Bulldog to compete for a job in the NHL next season.

"I'm very excited," Mayhew said on Friday. "I may not show it right now, but I'm very excited. I can't wait to see what's in store for the future, I'm gonna work my hardest to get there and hopefully stick."

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Wild signs Mayhew to a two-year, two-way contract

Forward registered career high 60 points in 71 games with the Iowa this season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Gerald Mayhew to a two-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$150,000 in 2019-20 and $700,000/$200,000 in 2020-21).

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Iowa's Liambas is an anti-bullying advocate, both on and off the ice

One of the AHL's toughest players has launched a campaign to help Des Moines-area kids learn the pitfalls of bullying

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

DES MOINES -- Iowa Wild forward Mike Liambas takes seriously his role as an on-ice protector. 

Signed by the Wild last summer to a two-year, two-way contract, Liambas has never been much of an offensive contributor. But he's always earned the admiration of his teammates at various stops because he demands the respect and attention of opponents. 

A Toronto-area native, Liambas has been a nomad of sorts, beginning his pro career with the East Coast Hockey League's Cincinnati Cyclones in 2011. In the nine years since, he's played in Orlando of the ECHL, Milwaukee, Rockford and San Diego in the American Hockey League, and in eight NHL games with Nashville and Anaheim.

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Mayhew stays hot, helps Iowa even series with Chicago

Wild forward buries two goals as Central Division Finals head to Game 5 on Friday tied 2-2

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

DES MOINES -- With a suite full of scouts, Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton and owner Craig Leipold all in attendance, Gerry Mayhew had quite an audience on hand for yet another clutch performance in a big spot.

Mayhew, arguably the Wild's MVP during the regular season -- and no doubt so far in the Calder Cup Playoffs -- made another big impression by scoring both of Iowa's goals in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves in Game 4 of the Central Division Finals Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

The best-of-7 series is now tied at two games apiece with a crucial Game 5 set for Friday night in Des Moines.

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This Mother's Day promises to be a special one for Iowa's Anas

Wild prospect witnessed his mom beat cancer for a third time earlier this season

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

DES MOINES -- Whether it's a rough performance or a heartbreaking loss, it's never hard for Iowa Wild forward Sam Anas to put things in perspective. 

Anas has had to work for everything he's had on the ice. While not blessed with prototypical size or having the benefit of growing up in a traditional hockey-frenzied market, Anas has overcome the odds to reach pro hockey.

But even when that climb has seemed to steep, or the challenges too difficult to overcome, Anas need not look far for inspiration.

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Iowa's playoff run has been years in the making for Cunniff

Associate coach has served under three different head coaches and even a stint as interim head man in four years with organization

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

DES MOINES -- David Cunniff is the first person to acknowledge that he's probably not his own best advocate.

The Iowa Wild's associate head coach doesn't have an agent, and because he hails from South Boston -- a neighborhood that treasures loyalty higher than just about anything else -- self-promotion just isn't his style.

But it is safe to say that most coaches in his position would have been gone years ago, on to some other team or out of the business entirely.

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Hammond stands tall in another must-win as Iowa scores Game 3 victory

Goaltender stopped 26 shots on Sunday for his second shutout of the postseason

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

DES MOINES -- When the going has been tough for the Iowa Wild late in the regular season and during the Calder Cup Playoffs, Andrew Hammond has been the one to get the Wild going.

Or, as was again the case on Sunday afternoon, keep going.

Game 3 Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena wasn't an elimination game for Iowa, but for all intents and purposes, it was as much a must-win contest as one can be without actually being so.

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Iowa drops Game 2 as series shifts to Des Moines this weekend

Wild now trails best-of-7 series 2-0 after Chicago wins second one-goal game of division final

by Iowa Wild @iawild /

The Iowa Wild fell into an 0-2 hole in the Central Division Final, dropping Thursday night's Game 2 against the Chicago Wolves 4-3 at Allstate Arena.

The game marked the end of what turned into a five-game, nine-day road trip for the Wild, which began in Milwaukee more than a week ago.
An eventful first period saw Chicago and Iowa score a combined five goals. Chicago opened scoring as forward Brooks Macek got the game's first tally for the second consecutive contest. He knocked in a rebound after goaltender Andrew Hammond (26 saves) bobbled a shot from defenseman Griffin Reinhart just 89 seconds into the game.

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