Despite missing a number of key players, the Minnesota Wild continues to chug along in the New Year, winning five of six contests in 2014. While there is no timetable on return of four of its key veterans (Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Josh Harding and Jared Spurgeon), the team had some good news on the injury front as one skated on his own this morning before practice and another joined the club for today’s morning skate before taking on the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center tonight.
The Minnesota Wild has loaned defenseman Matt Dumba to Portland of the Western Hockey League. Fresh from representing Canada at the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden, Dumba returns to the WHL after his rights were traded from Red Deer to Portland. At the WJC, the blueliner had an assist and was plus-4 in seven games.
The 19-year-old skated in 13 games in Minnesota this season, tallying a goal and an assist. He was the team's first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Greetings from Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif., just across the road from LAX. The Wild skated here today (at the Kings official practice facility) and will head downtown shortly. The Kings skate in El Segundo on gamedays as well, but the Wild will hold its morning skate at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time tomorrow. You’ll want to check out this link as we give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes glance at the Wild on the road. We’ll torture you fans back home with some “how warm is it” shots too.
The captain was placed on Injured Reserve this morning. He currently leads the team in points with 35 (8-27=35) through 44 games this season.
The Minnesota Wild has reassigned forward Brett Bulmer to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bulmer was recalled by Minnesota yesterday and skated 6:18 in the Wild’s 5-3 win over Washington. The 21-year-old has recorded seven shots in five games with Minnesota this season and owns three assists and eight PIM in 14 career NHL contests with the Wild. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound native of Prince George, B.C., has recorded 14 points (9-5=14), 24 penalty minutes (PIM) and three power-play goals in 24 games with Iowa this season.
The 21-year-old has skate in four games with Minnesota this season. In 24 games with Iowa, Bulmer has nine goals and five assists. He also has racked up 24 penally minutes.
Spurgeon has 12 points (1-11=12) in 43 games this season. He suffered a lower-body injury after blocking a shot on Jan. 2 against the Buffalo Sabres. There is no timetable, but is expected to be out for a few weeks.
Wayne Gretzky is famously quoted for saying, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
It’s not only a lesson in hockey, but in life. But then again, he might want to amend his statement in the case of Kyle Brodziak. Last night the centerman snapped a 30-game goalless skid, yet he didn’t even put the puck in the net.
Ryan Suter found out he was on the Olympic roster the same way millions of fans did: watching a young kid skate towards the TV camera, turn around and almost lose his balance, revealing Suter’s name and number on his sweater after yesterday’s Winter Classic in Ann Arbor.
As Charlie Coyle entered the post-game press conference room after practice today, he spied Henry, sitting at the front of the room, sporting an oversized Wild jersey. He smiled and introduced himself, to which the five-year-old quickly responded, “I already know you,” with a big grin spreading across his face.