Cody Almond returns to Wild on 1-year contract
Posted by The Associated Press | 41 days ago
The 24-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, was originally selected by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He played 25 games with Minnesota in parts of three seasons and scored two goals.
Report: Cody Almond nearing return to Wild
Posted by Nate Sandell | 44 days ago
Cody Almond, who was selected by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL draft, is expected to sign a one-year, one-way contract with Minnesota at some point this week, according to a report by Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève.
Sports Over Beers, episode 22. Chris Long on Thomas Vanek and World Cup
Posted by 1500ESPN | 48 days ago
Chris Long from KSTP-TV Sports joins to talk about the World Cup and the Wild signing Thomas Vanek. The podcast is divided roughly in half, so if you’re into the Wild, check out about halfway through. But soccer fans and non-soccer fans alike can appreciate the soccer portion, too.
Long talks soccer’s place in the United States. People have said for years that soccer will boom in popularity in the U.S., is this the World Cup that finally makes that come true? Why is his English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur? Will others pick an EPL team and follow Team USA in non-Cup years, or will soccer be ignored? How does Minnesota United FC compare? What do you think of the party atmosphere of their games? Will the United States ever churn out a top-5 talent in the world? The MLS is outdrawing the NBA and the NHL, what’s the next step?
Wild conversation starts at 27:30…There’s some debate about the top-2 lines now that the Wild have signed Thomas Vanek. There’s disagreement over Mikko Koivu and whether he should be the second-line or third-line center. Is it possible to trade Koivu, and would you want to if you could? Who should the Wild have in goal next season? Do the Wild need to add any extra pieces to be a Stanley Cup contender? What is Darcy Kuemper’s ceiling and can he be the guy for the Wild? What about Josh Harding?
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Thomas Vanek says Wild should have expectations of winning the Stanley Cup
Posted by 1500ESPN | 49 days ago
New Wild forward Thomas Vanek joins Phil Mackey and Chris Long. Vanek talks about returning to Minnesota to play with the Wild, his memories of playing with the Gophers, and his drive to win a Stanley Cup with the Wild.
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10 players to watch as NHL free agency begins
Posted by The Associated Press | 50 days ago
Thomas Vanek, Matt Niskanen, Matt Moulson and Jussi Jokinen are among the younger unrestricted free agents. At least some of them are expected to get long-term deals because they're potentially entering the prime of their careers.