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Wild goes for as much skill as possible on Day 2 of the NHL draft

The Wild has gotten to work on Day 2 after not having a first-round pick Friday.

Bruce Boudreau on new Wild assistant Bob Woods: 'He gets me'

The Wild coach is excited to work with his old player and fellow coach again.

Wild trades Jordan Schroeder to Columbus for minor leaguer

Schroeder scored 11 goals and 25 points in 88 games over parts of three seasons for the Wild, and was told a few days ago that he isn't part of the team's future.

Here is the Wild's 2017-18 schedule

The season starts on Oct. 5 in Detroit and ends April 7 in San Jose, and includes five games against both the Blackhawks and Predators.

Wild's Erik Haula, Alex Tuch bound for Vegas by day's end

Sources say the Golden Knights have signed Haula and will send them Tuch in return for the expansion team not taking anyone else from the Wild's list of unprotected players.

Wild opens new Detroit rink, hosts Columbus in first game at the X

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Minnesota Wild shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Detroit.

The Wild opens on the road against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 5 and opens at home against the Blue Jackets Oct. 14.

Wild in deal-making mood with Vegas

The Wild is looking to make a deal with the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Wild protects Zucker, Brodin, exposes Staal, Dumba, Scandella

Vegas has until Wednesday to choose which Wild player it takes.

Wild assistant coaching update

The Wild's looking for a replacement for Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.

Wild trades Tyler Graovac for a draft pick

The 2011 seventh-round pick is being given a fresh start in Washington.

Wild's Niederreiter ignoring trade rumors, hoping for long-term deal

The Wild, has not yet begun contract negotiations with Nino Niederreiter's agent. The player is coming off the best season of his NHL career.

Wild sets seven-game preseason schedule, including three at the X

The regular season schedule -- and the unveiling of the team's Adidas jerseys (home will be green) -- will be announced June 20.

Wild names Matt Majka president; assistant GM Brent Flahr also promoted

Andrew Brunette, Shep Harder named assistant general managers.

Wild GM Fletcher addresses Kirill Kaprizov, Tim Murray rumors

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher provided the Star Tribune with several updates Friday.

Fletcher's focus on expansion, trades, contracts talks for Granlund, Niederreiter

GM Chuck Fletcher said the finish to the season after being the second-best team in the West during the regular season is "still incredibly disappointing. It still stings, let's put it that way."

Update: Wild winger Jason Zucker has sports hernia surgery

The young forward, coming off a career year, missed three games at the end of the season with a lower body injury.

Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has hip surgery

The 27-year-old defenseman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.

Wild's Folin undergoes shoulder surgery; Kaprizov update

Wild defenseman Christian Folin, injured in March, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder Monday. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ - January 19, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild

The defenseman is expected to be recovered by training camp in September.

Season wrap-up: Wild's players, coaches, executives look back and ahead

The Wild held its end-of-the-year availability on Tuesday, and here's a synopsis of the morning sessions from the press conference room and the locker room.

Lucky Eric Staal's head injury 'could have been a lot worse'

The Wild center sustained a concussion in Game 5 of the team's playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, but he knows he avoided a catastrophic injury after he uncontrollably crashed head-first into the boards.