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Wild sign Charlie Coyle to a 5-year Extension

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension. “We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”

Coyle, 22 (3/2/92), has collected two points (1-1=2), a plus-3 rating and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in four games this season with Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound forward owns 46 points (21-25=46), 71 PIM and 164 hits in 111 career NHL games with the Wild while averaging 16:19 in TOI/game. The native of East Weymouth, Mass., recorded 30 points (12-18=30) in 70 games last season and ranked third on the team in hits with 108. He established career highs in hits, faceoffs won, shots and TOI in a game last season. Coyle registered two goals in 40 seconds in the second period vs. COL (1/11/14) for his first multi-goal game and fastest two goals scored by a Wild player at home. He ranked tied for third on the team in playoff scoring with seven points (3-4=7) in 13 contests.

Coyle was acquired from the San Jose Sharks with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first-round selection (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns and a 2012 second-round selection (Pontus Aberg) on June 24, 2011. He was selected by San Jose in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Wild’s Kuemper named NHL 2nd Star of the Week

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Darcy Kuemper stopped all 46 shots he faced in helping the Wild become the fifth team since 1943-44 to begin a season with consecutive shutouts (a feat also accomplished last week by the San Jose Sharks). He recorded 16 saves in a 5-0 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Oct. 9 and then completed the home-and-home sweep with 30 stops in a 3-0 win Oct. 11. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 24-year-old Saskatoon, Sask., native is the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season. A sixth-round pick (161st overall) by the Wild in the 2009 NHL Draft, Kuemper has a 15-10-4 record with a 2.22 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and four shutouts in 34 career regular-season appearances.

Wild sign Jonas Brodin to 6-year extension

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (JOE-nuhs broh-DEEN) to a six-year contract extension.

“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”

Brodin, 21 (7/12/93), has recorded an assist and a plus-5 rating in two games this season while averaging 22:25 in TOI/game. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, owns 31 points (10-21=31) and a plus-8 rating in 126 career regular season NHL contests with Minnesota. He owns two assists and an even rating in 18 playoff games. Brodin set career highs in games played (79), goals (8), assists (11), points (19), penalty minutes (22), power-play goals (3), shots (74), blocked shots (117), hits (33) and TOI/game (23:54) last season. He ranked second on the team in blocked shots and T-27th in NHL in TOI/game skating more than 25 minutes 34 times.

As the youngest defenseman in the NHL in 2012-13, Brodin led all rookies in TOI/game (23:12), 1:38 more than any other rookie and was named to the 2013 NHL All-Rookie Team. He finished fourth in the Calder Memorial Trophy voting, first amongst rookie defensemen. Brodin ranked fourth amongst rookies in blocked shots (60), led rookie blueliners in takeaways (18) and ranked 37th in the NHL in TOI/game. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The Wild are off on Sunday and will practice Monday at 10:30 am at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild trim roster; Goaltender Bryzgalov released

Monday, October 6th, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reduced its roster to 24 players after the following transactions: forward Justin Fontaine has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, retroactive to Sept. 27. Forwards Cody Almond and Stephane Veilleux have been placed on waivers. Forwards Kurtis Gabriel and Joel Rechlicz have been reassigned to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been released from his professional tryout with Minnesota.

Wild, Kuemper agree on two-year deal

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with goaltender Darcy Kuemper on a two-year contract.

Kuemper, 24 (5/4/90), went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in 26 regular season games with Minnesota in 2013-14. He set franchise records for a rookie goaltender in wins, shutouts and consecutive starts with 16 (1/12/14-3/8/14). The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native Saskatoon, Sask., ranked second in starts, tied for third in shutouts, fourth in SV% and tied for fourth in wins and GAA amongst rookie goalies that appeared in at least 10 games last season. Kuemper was named the NHL Third Star of the Week on March 3 after going 3-0-0 with a .970 GAA, .960 SV% and a shutout in three starts. He went 3-1-1 with a 2.03 GAA, a .913 SV% and one shutout in six playoff contests for Minnesota. Kuemper stopped all 22 shots faced in a 1-0 overtime win in Game 3 against Colorado on April 21, 2014, the first playoff shutout in franchise history.

He posted a record of 7-10-0 with a 2.47 GAA, a .929 SV% and one shutout in 17 games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14. Kuemper is 13-10-4 with a 2.37 GAA, a .915 SV% and two shutouts in 32 NHL matches with Minnesota. He was the Wild’s sixth-round selection (No. 161 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.