The Minnesota Wild have acquired center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes for left wing Nino Niederreiter, in a swap of underperforming but still young players on long-term contracts.
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The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with restricted free-agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the team announced Saturday.
The deal will pay Dumba $5.2 million next season and includes two seasons (2019-20, 2021-22) when he will make $7.4 million.
Free-agent forward Tyler Ennis has signed a one-year, $650,000 deal with the Maple Leafs a week after having the final year of his contract bought out by the Wild.
Ennis signed on Friday and returns to the Atlantic Division, where he spent his first eight seasons playing for the Sabres.
Since the Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant GM. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number of teams for GM vacancies while taking his name out of consideration for dozens more.
The right fit never arrived until an old friend came calling.
On Monday, Fenton, 58, was named the GM of the Wild, who are owned by Craig Leipold, the Predators' founding owner. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, whose contract wasn't renewed after close to nine years as GM.
Chuck Fletcher will not return as general manager of the Minnesota Wild, owner Craig Leipold announced Monday. Fletcher's contract was up after this season, and the team decided not to offer a new one.
Brent Flahr, senior vice president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager.
If the Wild make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they'll do so without their top defenseman.
Ryan Suter, a durable 33-year-old blueliner, is done for the season after fracturing his right ankle Saturday night in a 4-1 loss to the Stars. The team announced that Suter will require surgery to repair the ankle after an MRI on Monday.
Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to make his season debut after missing the first 39 games because of back trouble.
Parise told reporters after practice on Monday afternoon that he "got the green light" to play for the Wild on Tuesday night against Florida. Parise skated on a line with Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart. He played in one game on a conditioning assignment last week for the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa.
Wild forward Zach Parise underwent back surgery Tuesday and will be out eight to 10 weeks, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced.
The 33-year-old has practiced some but hasn't played in a game this season because of back issues. Parise had a microdiscectomy procedure, which is a minimally invasive surgery to relieve pressure on a lumbar herniated disk.
The Wild will start the regular season without veteran left wing Zach Parise, who has been slowed by a back injury.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said after practice Monday that Parise would not travel to games at Detroit on Thursday and at Carolina on Saturday. Fletcher said Parise was "having a hard time getting over the hump." The 33-year-old played in no preseason games. The goal is for Parise to practice with the team next week.
Matt Cullen signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild that will likely be his final season in the NHL.
"Probably," Cullen said when asked if he will retire after the 17-18 season.
The contract is worth $1 million, and Cullen can earn up to $700,000 in bonuses.
"I think I've probably said the same thing the last two years and I would probably say the same thing now, that I'm going into it expecting it will be my last [season]," Cullen said. "I'll try to figure out what's right at the end of the season, but until then I guess I don't know. But I fully expect this will be the last one."