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Competition Heats Up for Playing Time on the Blue Line

Handful of players aiming for spots on Minnesota's final defensive pairing as regular season approaches

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- With a roster loaded full of veterans, one of the few areas of intrigue surrounding battles at training camp for the Wild will come on its blue line, where a number of candidates are fighting for the final two spots in the lineup.

Through the first handful of days, Ryan Suter has skated with Matt Dumba while Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon have been paired together. None of that is a surprise, and chances are, if everyone's healthy, those four will remain together -- in some combination -- all season long.

Where there could be some jockeying, and a season-long competition, is with Minnesota's final pairing, where incumbents Mike Reilly and Gustav Olofsson are battling newcomers Kyle Quincey, Carson Soucy and Ryan Murphy for playing time.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Jets 2 (SO)

Minnesota opens preseason with extended win against division rival

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 shootout victory Monday at Winnipeg's Bell MTS Place:

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Photo Blog: First Game Day Skate

The Minnesota Wild heads north to take on the Winnipeg Jets Monday

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- For the first time this season, Minnesota Wild players took part in a morning skate at Xcel Energy Center before making a trip north of the border for the club's preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Scroll onward for a look at morning skate photos. 

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg

Wild opens 2017-18 preseason schedule Monday with date against division rival

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

Puck drop: 7:10 p.m. CT

Watch: NHL Network (joined in progress after NYI-NYR game); replayed on NHLN at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio Network

Follow: @mnwild; Game Center

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Winnik Aims to Prove Worth at Camp Tryout

Veteran NHL forward hopes to earn roster spot, contract

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- A veteran of 10 seasons and more than 700 games, Daniel Winnik knows little is guaranteed in the NHL.

Despite a quality season in which he scored a career-high 12 goals in 72 games for the Washington Capitals in 2016-17, Winnik was unable to nab a contract as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. As training camp approached, Winnik was forced to the route of a professional tryout in an effort to earn an 11th season in the League.

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Wild Assigns Four Players

Training camp roster reduced to 54

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reduced its training camp roster to 54 players.

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Foligno Excited for Fresh Start, Winning Mindset in Minnesota

After inking four-year contract, power forward says he's ready to make impact with Wild

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after signing a four-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, Marcus Foligno wore grooves into the Xcel Energy Center ice as he took part in head coach Bruce Boudreau's notoriously strenuous skating test. 

The test, which requires a minimum three rounds of end-to-end, back-and-forth skating in about forty seconds per lap, was made even more difficult this year. Foligno, who passed with flying colors, seemed unfazed.

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Conditioning Drill Provides Players With Stiff Early Test

First-day test has been a staple of Boudreau's since his days as a minor-league coach

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- With players on the ice, officially, for the first time on Friday, the gleam and excitement of the first day quickly turned to anxiousness and unease.

Players have known since July what Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's well-known conditioning test would entail, but that doesn't make it any easier. 

Boudreau said on Thursday that he tweaked the test slightly, apparently lowering the times needed to pass the skating assessment, which tests players' conditioning as they enter camp.

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Malone Anxious to Give NHL One Final Shot

Veteran forward will compete for roster spot as a tryout during training camp

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Ryan Malone couldn't have imagined two months ago -- heck, even six weeks ago -- being at Xcel Energy Center for media day festivities. 

Out of professional hockey for more than two years, there was something about coaching at Da Beauty League over the summer that seemed to stir something up inside of him, however.

The fire that was extinguished when he played for the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack during the 2014-15 season was coming back.

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Training Camp: Three Things to Watch

Battles on the blue line, in crease among competitions expected to heat up before season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- With Bruce Boudreau's second training camp as coach of the Minnesota Wild set to begin on Friday at Xcel Energy Center, here are three things to keep an eye on as the regular season approaches:

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