Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said a lot can change week-to-week, but claiming forward Chris Porter off waivers only increases Minnesota's talent pool and adds depth to an already deep team.
"Our cap situation was tight this summer," Fletcher said. "We were trying to keep our powder dry, and leave as much cap space as possible until we could see what happened in training camp."
Porter, who has played 173 career NHL games, all with the St. Louis Blues, said he feels his style of play would mesh well with what the Wild do having seen them so often in the Central Division.
With one preseason game separating the Wild from the start of the regular season, when Minnesota plays tonight, it will be something of a final tune-up before the regular season kicks off.
Because of the schedule though, the Wild will have a week off between its preseason finale on Thursday against the Bufalo Sabres and Oct. 8 opener against the Colorado Avalanche. It doesn't change the focus for tonight's game, but does change the plan following it.
"I'm anxious to see what we put into these; sometimes these last exhibition games are almost treated as a bit of a formality," Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "I would like to see us treat it a little bit more seriously than that given that we've got a little bit of time between now and our next game. We'd like to use it the best we could."
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced Brent Flahr (above in red tie) as the new general manager of the Iowa Wild on Wednesday.
Flahr has served as the assistant general manager of the Wild since 2009, and will remain in that role.
During his tenure as assistant general manager, Flahr has been heavily involved in player development and player evaluation. During this time the Wild has drafted Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Joel Eriksson Ek, Mikael Granlund, Gustav Olofsson, Alex Tuch, and Jason Zucker.
In his new role for Iowa, Flahr will oversee all components of hockey operations.
A full release on the announcement can be found here.
After playing five preseason games in seven days last week, the Wild is in the middle of stretch of three games—one preseason and two regular season—in 17 days.
So it's a different stretch of the schedule for the Wild with a lot less hockey, and one that's being managed accordingly.
"We have a game tomorrow, and we have to prepare like that's our first game, and then build off that," Ryan Suter said. "Our focus now is on tomorrow, and just making sure we're ready to go. After that, we'll have to manage the long stretch we have."
The Wild has its second of back-to-back practices today at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth as it makes final preparations for the 2015-16 NHL season.
Duluth’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is also in ramp-up mode as they prepare to host the 10th Annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota on February 6, 2016.
During the morning practice today the LOC will have representatives available to support the opening of Hockey Day event ticket sales, with tickets also available online at www.hockeydayduluth.com. Tickets cover admission to Bayfront Festival Park for the full schedule of hockey games and events in Duluth on Hockey Day Minnesota.
Hockey Day Minnesota Heads North
Wild In Duluth To Bond, Continue Season Prep
With 26 players in tow, the Wild left Xcel Energy Center after Sunday's 8-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets for a team-bonding trip in Duluth.
The Wild is practicing at AMSOIL Arena, home of the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the alma mater of both Justin Fontaine and goaltending coach Bob Mason.
"I love this place, I have a lot of great memories here, and it's such a good hockey place," Fontaine said. "My memories from college to coming up here with these guys—we always have fun up here—it's definitely a great place to get away."
Monday marked one year out from the 2016 Ryder Cup, which will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, but was celebrated with a breakfast ceremony at Windows on Minnesota in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Wild COO Matt Majka joined Governor Mark Dayton and executives from the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Lynx to welcome the Ryder Cup Captains, Davis Love III (USA) and Darren Clarke (Europe), the PGA and the Ryder Cup trophy on behalf of the state and the Twin Cities.
The private event lasted an hour and included a gift exchange, with the golfers receiving personalized jerseys from each team and each local club being given a 2016 Ryder Cup golf bag autographed by both Love III and Clarke.
Tom Leyman, from Alexandria, Minn. and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, will serve as a Vice Captain to Love III for Team USA.
The Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine from Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016 and will shine the spotlight on Minnesota to a half-billion viewers from 160 countries.
The talk after the Wild's Thursday victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets was Minnesota's success on the power play.
The Wild converted on three of its five power-play opportunities, and generated 12 shots on its man-advantage chances.
On each scoring play, the Wild crowded the area around the crease, something that's been stressed during training camp, and something they want to get better at in man-up situations.
It was a common sight on Wednesday night: Someone would walk up to Ryan Suter, look him in the eyes, and thank him for organizing the event.
Ryan and wife Becky in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House hosted a "Skate With the Stars" event Wednesday at the Xcel Energy, a fundraiser for the charity.
All the proceeds, of which $50,000 was raised between ticket sales and silent auction, went to the Ronald McDonald House.
The Minnesota Wild will play a preseason game on Saturday in Saskatoon against the Edmonton Oilers.