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Price for Hanzal is high, but Wild should be going all-in

As soon as the terms of the Minnesota Wild’s deal for Arizona center Martin Hanzal were reported, Twitter flooded with, “They overpaid” takes. But “overpaid” is relative. We have to consider the circumstances, present and…


Feb 13, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) skates during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Wild trade haul of draft picks for center Martin Hanzal, Ryan White

The Minnesota Wild are serious Stanley Cup contenders, and in an effort to become more serious about that pursuit, they are pushing an awful lot of poker chips to the middle of the table. The…


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Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Seems there’s a clear leader in clubhouse to be Twins DH

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Twins made it pretty clear this winter who they think will open the season as their everyday DH. They DFA’d Byungho Park one year after the previous front office regime…


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5 takeaways from the Gophers’ split with the Wisconsin Badgers

The No. 4 Gopher men’s hockey team took a split with the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers at Mariucci Arena this weekend. These Badgers are a pesky bunch and this weekend’s series showed that they’re light…


NHL: Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins - Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:39:37 EST
Wingers rarely land the Selke, but numbers say Niederreiter deserves consideration

Pinning down individual defense in a team sport can be pretty darn difficult. Not only are there five players on the ice at once who all have specific jobs, but there are so many different…


MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians - Fri, 13 May 2016 19:58:56 EDT
Zulgad: Twins hoping improved mindset can make Park a hit this time around

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Byungho Park’s first season in the big leagues was so uninspiring that not only were the Twins in no hurry to bring him back but no other major-league club had an…


Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario (20), Byron Buxton (25) and Max Kepler (26) celebrate in the outfield after their 10-1 win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Wetmore: Like it or not, 5 questions the Twins need to answer in spring training

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins’ key decision makers have given hints that they don’t want to have to trust spring training performances to make important decisions. Spring training is a short stretch of games, even…


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Countdown to free agency: Should Martellus Bennett intrigue the Vikings?

2The next big NFL date is March 9, when the new league year begins and free agency opens. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to be active in free agency, so as we make our way…


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) is greeted at home plate by teammate Miguel Sano after batting him in on a home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Minnesota won 7-4. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Can Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano hold down the left side of the infield?

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Given the level of offensive production in the minor leagues and in their early run in the Majors, it seems probable that Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each have a bat…


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Timberwolves may have shown their plan at the deadline

Most people thought Tom Thibodeau was going to be aggressive when he was first hired by the Timberwolves. After years of coaching experienced, winning teams, there was little precedent for Thibodeau handling a young team.…


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What will the top free agent linemen cost? ESPN’s Clayton gives his estimates

Cash rules everything around NFL free agency and the Minnesota Vikings may have cream to spend when the signing period opens on March 9. However, at the moment, just how much it will cost the…


NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 01 Jan 2017 13:12:41 EST
Zulgad: If Bradford isn’t the answer, Vikings’ future doesn’t look all that bright

Sam Bradford established an NFL single-season record in 2016 by completing 71.6 passes in his first year with the Vikings. But Bradford’s ability to find open receivers hasn’t left many clamoring for the Vikings to…


MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers - Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:00:48 EDT
Report: Twins made a ‘brief play’ for Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias this winter

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Twins appeared in baseball’s rumor mill this winter most often for their part in trade discussions surrounding Brian Dozier. One thing that didn’t come to light until recently: their reported…


Players take the ice before the first period of the Midwest Regional final of the men's NCAA college hockey tournament between North Dakota and Michigan, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Cincinnati. North Dakota won 5-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Hockey Half Hour Notebook: NCHC not growing, or shrinking, right now

MINNEAPOLIS – If the Timberwolves go cold when shooting anytime in the next month, you can blame the temperature of the floor. They put in the ice for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff…


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Gopher men’s hockey: 3 keys against the Wisconsin Badgers

The No. 4 Gopher men’s hockey team hosts the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers for a border battle at Mariucci Arena this weekend. Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Gophers return to home ice this…


Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (73) pass protects in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Another starting tackle hits the market, but that could be bad news for Vikings

When the Denver Broncos signed left tackle Russell Okung to a five-year, $56 million contract with zero guaranteed dollars, it was assumed that if he didn’t perform at a high level in 2016, he would…


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Awkward dance? With no trade, Rubio now will help Wolves try to make playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio is a veteran of the NBA trade deadline, having seen his name surface in rumors several times over the last few years. As experienced as he has been with handling…


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Owning the room: Byron Buxton making strong impressions in Twins camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Byron Buxton is walking around differently this year. His teammates have noticed. Buxton, who has been somewhat reserved and quiet since he was drafted second overall in 2012, gives off a…


MLB: Atlanta Braves at Minnesota Twins - Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:32:59 EDT
Zulgad: Vargas hoping to put advice from former big-league stars to good use

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Kennys Vargas entered the offseason knowing that his best chance of making the Twins out of spring training would be if he showed improvement as a left-handed hitter. So the switch-hitter…


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco hits a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Reading way too much into Twins first lineup, probably

FORT MYERS, Fla.  – Paul Molitor let us in on a little secret Thursday: His first tentative spring training lineup for Friday’s game. Here it goes. Byron Buxton, CF Jorge Polanco, SS Miguel Sano, 3B Kennys…


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