There’s no shortage of competition at Sammy Walker and Brock Faber’s residence. There is a shortage of cooking. Walker said the Wild teammates and roommates are essentially running on Chipotle, eating there “pretty much every day.” “We’re working on becoming pros in the kitchen,” Faber said.
After many years of rumors about Matt Dumba being traded, the Minnesota Wild have finally let him walk to unrestricted free agent (UFA) status and do not appear to have any way to bring him back with multiple teams reportedly interested in the 28-year-old, right-shot defenseman.
The Iowa Wild had a fairly strong 2022-23 season, finishing fourth in the Central with 79 points and a 34-27-6-5 record. Their consistency and work ethic helped Iowa secure a spot in the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Any time the members of the Minnesota Wild players, coaches, team staff, etc. get on a plane, or check into a hotel room on the road, or take a bus to a visiting arena, or sit down for a team meal, you can bet that Andrew Heydt played a role in making it happen.
Despite a late start to his career, Pat Maroon has been able to hang around the NHL late into 30s and his next opportunity to win over a fan base comes in Minnesota after he was traded by Tampa Bay to the Wild on Sunday for a seventh-round pick.
It was no secret that Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin wanted to keep Ryan Reaves around for another season or two, mostly for his locker room presence, but the unrestricted free agent (UFA) decided to hit the open market and see what else was out there.
With the last week being taken up by the 2023 NHL Entry Draft and the start of free agency, the Minnesota Wild report cards were pushed to the side. The Wild weren’t expected to be extremely active during free agency due to limited cap space and needing to re-sign players like Filip Gustavsson, Brandon Duhaime, and possibly Calen Addison.
So the 2023 Entry Draft is in the books, free agency has opened and the Minnesota Wild have done basically nothing. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as they have basically no cap space to spare with restricted free agents (RFAs) Filip Gustavsson, Brandon Duhaime, and Calen Addison still looking for new contracts.
Despite a relatively quiet Day 1 of NHL Free Agency — the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Ryan Reaves to a three-year deal and John Klingberg to a one-year contract –, there is a buzz around the Toronto Maple Leafs who made more of a statement in free agency than they did a splash.
In adding four centers and two defensemen in the NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild focused heavily on adding depth and size to the organization. The 'one of us' crowd will like that three Minnesotans were taken by the hometown squad.
For Matt Dumba, being a defenseman on the Minnesota Wild has become a part of his identity. Drafted by Minnesota in 2012, Dumba has spent his entire National Hockey League career in the Wild’s red and green colours.