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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 / Wild.com

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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Friday is Minnesota Wild Night at Blue Ox Home Opener

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau purchased stake in new team this past offseason

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's newly-minted junior hockey team will host Minnesota Wild Night this Friday, Sept. 22, at Coon Rapids Ice Center.

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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 / Wild.com

Wild.com'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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Captain Come Back: Koivu Thrilled to Remain in Minnesota

Team, player accomplish goal of getting deal done before start of regular season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- He may have been able to squeeze out a little more money. He may have gotten a little more term. In the end, Mikko Koivu just wanted to stay home in Minnesota.

The only permanent captain in franchise history, Koivu will call the State of Hockey home for at least the next three seasons after agreeing to a two-year contract extension with the club, one that will tie him to the Wild through the end of the 2019-20 season.

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Koivu, Wild Agree on Two-Year Contract Extension

Franchise's first permanent captain was set to be unrestricted free agent after this season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL --Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with captain Mikko Koivu on a two-year, $11 million contract extension ($6 million in 2018-19 and $5 million in 2019-20 for a $5.5 million average annual value).

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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 / Wild.com

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 Signs Baribeau to Entry-Level Deal

Goaltender played in 35 games in QMJHL last season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Dereck Baribeau to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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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 / Wild.com
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 / Wild.com

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 / Wild.com

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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