Havlat signs with Wild

Martin Havlat’s agent is reporting on Twitter that his client has signed a 6 year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.  Obviously, that results in a team cap hit of $5 million per season over the course of the contract. Once again, I am rather blown away by the term here.  Six years for […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Minnesota Wild on July 2, 2009

Todd Richards will be the next head coach of the Minnesota Wild

From the Star Tribune (Hat Tip: IC reader Dan S.) Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune. Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Minnesota Wild on June 15, 2009

On the Beat: Wings more injured than past teams and Carolina brings back same coaching staff

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Compared to their other championship teams, this Wings squad has faced the most significant injuries.  Good point by Wilkinson.  This is obviously a testament to the Wings’ depth.  Consider that they can insert Ville Leino or Justin Abdelkader into the lineup and get solid production, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat on June 8, 2009

Conte rumor not true

Just wanted to let our readers know that the David Conte to the Wild rumor we reported earlier on the site did not come true.  We generally shy away from reporting any rumors and instead stick to the news, but we thought we had credible report and went with it.  We apologize for the mistake.

Posted by Richard Pollock in Minnesota Wild on May 21, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Blackhawks need Kane and Toews to step up, Fleury outduels Ward and the Coyotes situation reaches decision day

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Shelly Anderson with a quick recap of Game 1.  Many of the Penguins were giving credit to Marc-Andre Fleury for keeping the team in last night’s contest.  Apparently Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey felt the same way.  Fleury was good, but two unlikely contributors […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 19, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Reaction out of Calgary and San Jose, Langenbrunner apparently had knee surgery after Game 2 and Tortorella continues to stir the pot with the NY media

Remaining First Round Matchups Washington Capitals (2) versus New York Rangers (7) Could Chris Clark return to the Capitals lineup tonight to replace the suspended Donald Brashear?  The Capitals have a chance to redeem last season’s Game 7 heartbreak versus Philadelphia tonight at the Verizon Center, writes Mike Wise.  Nothing like ESPN reporting that Mike Green […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 28, 2009

On the Beat: Pyatt returns to Canucks, Habs and Lecavalier and Pierre McGuire mentioned as a possibility in Minnesota

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: As much as San Jose didn’t bring their “A” game last night, the Ducks most certainly did.  Just a great performance by the veteran group. Sergei Samsonov’s status for Game 6 has not yet been decided.  They could use him in Game 6, but I don’t see […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2009

Non-Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Risebrough says goodbye

Jochen Hecht was very unsatisfied with his performance for the Sabres this season. While Doug Risebrough admitted to being surprised by his firing, he exited the franchise gracefully, writes Michael Russo.  (Writer’s note: Russo will be on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show tonight to provide more insight on the Wild.) Damien Cox has some more information about top […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Buffalo Sabres,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers on April 22, 2009