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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2016 / 6:45 PM CT
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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2016 / 11:22 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With the salary cap now set for the 2016-17 season at $73 million, and rules officially in place for an expansion draft in 2017, the gears could begin turning on the Minnesota Wild's offseason.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher said on Monday getting those two pieces of information would be two of the final hurdles as the Wild begins putting together its offseason puzzle.

With new voices and different hands helping to craft that puzzle, Fletcher said there will be a balance to be had, accounting for a new head coach and two new assistants.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2016 / 10:56 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With the 2016 Wells Fargo Road Tour underway, Wild.com will check in with each leg, and pick the brains of the Minnesota Wild players on the road.

The Northern Tour is on the road, so today we check in with Mike Reilly and Jordan Schroeder.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.22.2016 / 3:00 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

While the Minnesota Wild has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past four seasons, and General Manager Chuck Fletcher has juggled assets to maximize the on-ice product, he said that juggling act has come at a price.

"I guess you could say the bill has come due, and certainly we'll pay that bill this year," Fletcher said. "We've been very aggressive at trade deadlines, and this year, some of the picks we've traded this year have gone to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 trade deadlines for assets that we've acquired during those deadlines."

The Wild is slated to pick four times in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, which begins Friday in Buffalo (6 p.m. CT; NBCSN). The Wild owns the 15th pick of the first round, and then one pick in the fourth round, and two in the seventh.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.22.2016 / 12:00 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

When Auston Matthews hears his name called at the 2016 NHL Draft, likely by the Toronto Maple Leafs' brass and the number one pick, a kid from Scottsdale, Arizona will have taken an unfamiliar path in his development, at least when it comes to his home zip code.

But such is life in 2016 and hockey development, as "non-traditional" markets are slowly climbing the ranks and producing prospects in greater volume as hockey's reach stretches across the United States.

"Look at Matthews," said Brent Flahr, the assistant general manager of the Minnesota Wild. "He’s a product of Phoenix, Arizona. So hockey is growing in this country. That’s a great thing for the NHL and hockey abroad because there are more and more players coming out of nowhere."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.22.2016 / 9:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With the 2016 Wells Fargo Road Tour underway, Wild.com will check in with each leg, and pick the brains of the Minnesota Wild players on the road.

The Central Tour in full swing, today we check in with Kurtis Gabriel and Mario Lucia.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.21.2016 / 3:00 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Though General Manager Chuck Fletcher said it's too early for the Minnesota Wild to be focused on NHL expansion, the questions were still posed to him on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected to come this week from the league on whether it will add a 31st franchise, which would likely begin play in the 2017-18 season.

"Certainly if expansion comes into play, which I assume it will this week — I assume we'll get an official announcement this week — and if it is, once we get the official expansion draft rules, we'll deal with it," Fletcher said. "Our focus is first and foremost on icing the best team we can this year."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.21.2016 / 12:00 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild will begin its 16th season in Saint Paul starting in October to kick off the 2016-17 NHL season. With the Wild and NHL officially announcing its calendar, here are some key dates of the Minnesota Wild's 2016-17 regular season schedule.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.21.2016 / 11:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Having made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season by qualifying for the 2016 postseason, the Wild own a pick that falls in the bottom-half of the first round.

But the 15th pick hasn’t come without value over the years, with All-Stars and Hall of Famers being selected from that spot.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.20.2016 / 4:10 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Derek Lalonde helped lead the largest single-season point turnaround in the history of the East Coast Hockey League in 2014-15.

His next project will be helping to continue to right the ship of the Iowa Wild.

On Monday, the Wild announced that Lalonde will take over as the new head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa.

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