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Hockey Wilderness Jul 2, 2016

Staal and Stewart make for fitting Wild pieces together a little more intriguing

Day one of free agency for the Wild was an active one. With two new players added to the roster, the 2016-17 roster is coming into focus. Eric Staal, a player whose offensive numbers declined last season, but still controls the puck effectively, and Chris Stewart, a player that isn’t unfamiliar to Minnesota and head coach Bruce Boudreau. Stewart has been able to score goals while having less than stellar possession metrics. Not to mention, he is a type of player the Wild can add to the lower lines and have a physical presence that the Wild lacks. Staal no doubt fills a void down the...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 1, 2016

Fletcher Strikes Again, Brings Back RW Stewart

Chris Stewart returns to Minnesota after spending a year in Anaheim. Chuck Fletcher has decided to return a bit of grit to the lineup by signing Chris Stewart to the deal he could not get done last summer.  Stewart returns to the Wild for 2 years at $2.3M AAV.  Stewart departed a cap-strapped Wild team last summer for a season in Anaheim under then coach Bruce Boudreau, and now returns to both his former team and coach in Minnesota.  Stewart had a rough go in Anaheim as injuries held him to just 20 points in 56 games.  Prior to that, Stewart put up 36 points in 81 games between Buffalo...
Hockey Wilderness Jul 1, 2016

Wild Active in Free Agency

The Wild have addressed their biggest need by adding a center, added a depth goalie, and forward depth Chuck Fletcher has opened free agency by addressing the teams biggest need, and added big-bodied center Eric Staal.  The 6'4" former captain comes to Minnesota after spending his career with the Carolina organization which ended in a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers after the trade deadline last season.  Perhaps the most surprising part of the deal is that Fletcher was able to negotiate what seems to be a fair deal, with Staal receiving appropriate term at 3 years and appropriate...

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