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July 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents available this offseason in the NHL, have answered a call to the Wild. Minnesota landed the former New Jersey Devils captain and center as well as one of the NHL's top defenseman. The Wild, which finished 12th in the Western Conference last season with 81 points, announced on Twitter: “WE GOT 'EM!” “This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Minnesota Gneral Manager Chuck Fletcher said. Parise, who helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final against the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings, and Suter, an anchor for the Nashville Predators defense, each agreed to 13-year contracts believed to be worth up to $100 million.
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January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Team USA General Manager David Poile said the coaching staff had identified Parise as its choice for the captaincy through conversations during and after the brief orientation camp last summer.
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July 4, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The Minnesota Wild's high point was reaching the Western Conference final in 2003 and after that … almost nothing. Minnesota has not won a single playoff round since being swept by the Ducks in that 2003 series, and has missed making the playoffs the last four seasons. So, what in the name of Sidney Crosby were the likes of forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter thinking when they each signed a reported $13-year, $98-million contract Wednesday with the Wild? Location, location, location.
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January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Parise, Brown, Suter, New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan and St. Louis Blues forward David Backes had been designated the team's leadership group last July, before Team USA's orientation camp.
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January 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
As a child, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter didn't hear many stories about his father, Bob, winning a gold medal as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. "Every teacher that I had, they were telling me all about it and wanted me to bring the medal in to school as often as I could," Ryan said. "I didn't know that much about it when I was younger, so they were more excited about it than I was. And that's where I learned how special it was. " No U.S. men's team has won gold since Coach Herb Brooks' underdog team upset the mighty Soviets and beat Finland in the Miracle on Ice, though Ryan's team lost to Canada in the 2010 finale at Vancouver.
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March 3, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The small-market Minnesota Wild made the biggest splash in last summer's free-agency market by signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts. They immediately became symbols of the long, salary-cap-minimizing deals NHL owners freely handed out and then insisted be banished. The new collective bargaining agreement limits contracts to seven years, except for eight years when a team re-signs its free agent. Were Parise and Suter the last passengers on the free-agency gravy train?
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January 19, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Long before they had heard of Sochi, well before they made it to the NHL, the five men who comprise the leadership group of the U.S. Olympic hockey team crossed paths many times on many rinks. Fearless winger Dustin Brown grew up playing on B-level teams in small-town Ithaca, N.Y. He often competed against winger Ryan Callahan of Rochester, N.Y., a city big enough to have triple-A teams. One season, Callahan's coach borrowed Brown to play in the famed Quebec peewee tournament. Brown and Callahan teamed up again on state teams and in juniors in Guelph, Canada.
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March 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal suffered a gruesome injury Tuesday night, when the puck hit his right eye after a hard slapshot by Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen. Timonen's shot from the blue line clipped the stick of Flyers forward Jake Voracek and caromed up into Staal's eye, causing a cut with some blood visible on the ice. The sixth-year player squirmed on the ice and held his face but was able to skate off on his own. There were no details on Staal's injury after the game, a 4-2 Rangers victory.
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February 26, 2011
Loui Eriksson scored a go-ahead, power-play goal with 3:42 left to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory Saturday and send the Nashville Predators to their fourth loss in a row. While Shea Weber served a boarding penalty, Eriksson set up in front of the net and redirected newly acquired defenseman Alex Goligoski's shot past Pekka Rinne for his 21st goal. Earlier in the third period, Goligoski scored his first goal since he was acquired by the Stars from Pittsburgh on Monday. Tom Wandell added a goal, and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, who snapped their season-worst five-game losing streak Thursday at Detroit.
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January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Team USA General Manager David Poile said the coaching staff had identified Parise as its choice for the captaincy through conversations during and after the brief orientation camp last summer.
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January 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
As a child, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter didn't hear many stories about his father, Bob, winning a gold medal as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. "Every teacher that I had, they were telling me all about it and wanted me to bring the medal in to school as often as I could," Ryan said. "I didn't know that much about it when I was younger, so they were more excited about it than I was. And that's where I learned how special it was. " No U.S. men's team has won gold since Coach Herb Brooks' underdog team upset the mighty Soviets and beat Finland in the Miracle on Ice, though Ryan's team lost to Canada in the 2010 finale at Vancouver.
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January 19, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Long before they had heard of Sochi, well before they made it to the NHL, the five men who comprise the leadership group of the U.S. Olympic hockey team crossed paths many times on many rinks. Fearless winger Dustin Brown grew up playing on B-level teams in small-town Ithaca, N.Y. He often competed against winger Ryan Callahan of Rochester, N.Y., a city big enough to have triple-A teams. One season, Callahan's coach borrowed Brown to play in the famed Quebec peewee tournament. Brown and Callahan teamed up again on state teams and in juniors in Guelph, Canada.
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October 17, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
NASHVILLE -- After he was drafted, defenseman Shea Weber spent two more seasons in junior hockey and played 48 games in Milwaukee, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Nashville Predators. Similarly, Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter, a former Predator, didn't get to Nashville straightaway after he was drafted in 2003. Suter played a season at Wisconsin and then played 63 games the following season in Milwaukee. “The road to Nashville is through Milwaukee -- so we've used that, it's worked really good, players understand that,” David Poile, general manager for the Predators and the U.S. Olympic team, said  Thursday.
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April 29, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The Stanley Cup playoffs will have a different look this season and not only because the Kings, for the first time in franchise history, are the defending champions. This condensed season produced a lot of injuries and a lot of dramatic playoff races. There was also a shift in power in both conferences, highlighted by the Detroit Red Wings' struggle to squeeze into the top eight in the West. Hampered by injuries and the retirements of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and feisty forward Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings didn't clinch their 22nd straight postseason berth until their season finale.
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April 22, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The season will end Sunday and so will the voting period for the NHL's major trophies. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn. vote for most trophies; the Jack Adams (Coach of the Year) is selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Assn., and the Vezina (best goaltender) is chosen by NHL general managers. The Times doesn't allow its writers to vote. The envelopes, please… Hart (MVP) Winner: Jonathan Toews, Chicago. Runners-up: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; John Tavares, New York Islanders.
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March 25, 2013 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
The Detroit Red Wings expected life would be complicated after the retirement of incomparable defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and pesky forward Tomas Holmstrom. But they didn't expect a steady stream of injuries would constantly test them and force them to rely heavily on rookies this season. "We're probably right about where we thought we'd be, but we thought we'd have a way different team," Coach Mike Babcock said. "We knew it was going to be scratch and claw for us this year, just with our back end. " But scratch and claw they have, sweeping two statement games from the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday and Sunday.
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April 10, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
No. 4 DUCKS VS. NO. 5 NASHVILLE The Ducks faced the Nashville Predators four times this season. The Ducks won only the second game, 5-4, Nov. 7 at Anaheim. The Predators won, 4-1, at home Oct. 9, and by the same score at Anaheim on Jan. 5. The Predators won the teams' final meeting, 5-4, at Nashville on March 24. Goaltender Jonas Hiller started for the Ducks but couldn't finish and hasn't played since then. REGULAR-SEASON RECORDS DUCKS: 47-30-5 PREDATORS: 44-27-11 TOP SCORERS DUCKS: Corey Perry 50 goals (1st in NHL)
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November 27, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
As the labor dispute between the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. lurches toward federal mediation that might produce a season-saving compromise, word comes from Minnesota that emphasizes how costly this lockout has become for so many people who are associated with the game at different levels. The Star Tribune reported Tuesday 200 employees of the Wild will be put on four-day, 32-hour work weeks, which will bring a 20% cut in pay. To lessen the blow, the cuts won't be felt in employees' paychecks until after Christmas.
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March 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal suffered a gruesome injury Tuesday night, when the puck hit his right eye after a hard slapshot by Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen. Timonen's shot from the blue line clipped the stick of Flyers forward Jake Voracek and caromed up into Staal's eye, causing a cut with some blood visible on the ice. The sixth-year player squirmed on the ice and held his face but was able to skate off on his own. There were no details on Staal's injury after the game, a 4-2 Rangers victory.
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March 3, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The small-market Minnesota Wild made the biggest splash in last summer's free-agency market by signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts. They immediately became symbols of the long, salary-cap-minimizing deals NHL owners freely handed out and then insisted be banished. The new collective bargaining agreement limits contracts to seven years, except for eight years when a team re-signs its free agent. Were Parise and Suter the last passengers on the free-agency gravy train?
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