Blue Jackets: Columbus “Not Far Off” From Lasting Success

Three times in four seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions in the playoffs. They hit the post-season for the fourth straight season in 2019-2020 and lost in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two of those losses needed overtime, including one game that took five extra frames.Continue reading “Blue Jackets: Columbus “Not Far Off” From Lasting Success”

Wild Sign Koivu to Two-Year Extension

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Mikko Koivu, the club announced Monday. The deal is worth a reported $11 million. Koivu is going into the final season of his current seven-year deal worth $47.24 million, so this extension wires the captain in through 2019-2020. The Finnish centreContinue reading “Wild Sign Koivu to Two-Year Extension”

2017-2018 Season Preview: Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild have been happy to find themselves in the post-season for each of the past five seasons, but they haven’t made it past the second round and that’s not sitting well. The club did pick up a franchise-best 49 wins last season and they reached 106 points, but they were eliminated in theContinue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: Minnesota Wild”

Bergeron, Kesler, Koivu in Line for Selke Trophy

The NHL has announced Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Kesler and Mikko Koivu as the Selke Trophy nominees for the 2016-2017 season. The league will award the best defensive forward as part of the 2017 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 21. Boston Bruins forward Bergeron is a three-time Selke winner and a six-time Selke finalist.Continue reading “Bergeron, Kesler, Koivu in Line for Selke Trophy”

2016-2017 Season Preview: Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild finished the 2015-2016 season with a 38-33-11 record, good for fifth in the tough Central Division and nine points behind the Nashville Predators. They scored 216 goals and allowed a miserly 206 goals against, which immediately sheds light on the sort of hockey the Wild have been playing. For better or worse,Continue reading “2016-2017 Season Preview: Minnesota Wild”