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Three years ago in the summer of 2012 the Wild made the biggest free agent signings of its young franchise. Many--myself included--viewed these signings as the cornerstone of the new Minnesota Wild. Instead of playing Warren Peters on the first line this new Minnesota Wild franchise was not only going to make the playoffs three years in a row but would also win a couple of series as well.

The signings I'm talking about --the ones that ever Wild fan would point to as our new foundation--are Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell. Both of these free agent signings were signed July 1, 2012. Happy 3 Year anniversary to the stars that made the Minnesota Wild what they are today!

Wild News

The Niklas Backstrom Conundrum - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
He will be on the roster come next year. It's time for us to just get over it already.

Kyle Brodziak signs with Blues; bargain options for the Wild - StarTribune.com
At 1 year/$900k, why didn't the Wild want Brodziak again?

Extensions For Everybody!

Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal | ProHockeyTalk
How excited do you think Columbus is? Is it enough to get back into the playoffs?

Ryan O'Reilly signs contract extension with Buffalo Sabres - NHL.com - News
Yikes. My gut says this may not be a good contract for the Sabres. But then again--the NHL is pretty damn stupid in handing out contracts for the most part.

Off the Trail

Kings should never let Slava Voynov play for them again - LA Times
It's been said before: Richards sucks so they terminated his contract. Voynov has value--this was not. Yet.