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IIHF World Championship features a Wild prospect, the conference finals continue, and a goal-scoring goalie is signed.

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Kaapo Kahkonen has been signed to a two-year entry level deal. The Finnish goaltending prospect is best known for scoring a couple of goals while playing in Finland. Maybe he can bring that nose for the net to the AHL, but frankly I’d settle for just solid play between the pipes. The Wild’s goaltending pipeline is not one chock full of guaranteed NHL talent, so the organization needs Kahkonen to deliver on his early promise.

Wild News

Wild sign Finnish goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to entry-level deal
Kaapo Kahkonen of Finland signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the MN Wild on Wednesday afternoon. He was the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2014.

Maple Leafs' Recent Dealings With the Wild
While the Minnesota Wild have only been around since 2000, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Wild have engaged in two trades over that 18-year span.

Tending the Fields

IIHF world championship round-robin takeaways: Kaprizov turning heads - Sportsnet.ca
The 2018 IIHF world championship, as it does every year, has given hockey fans something to talk about besides the ongoing Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Elite Eight: Quarterfinals set at 2018 World Championship, but who are the favorites? | The Hockey News
The seven-game group stage has been completed at the World Championship, which means the field is set for the knockout rounds. Which of the eight nations left standing will win the crown?

On Frozen Pond

Minnesota Duluth women's coach Crowell named head coach of U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team | College Hockey | USCHO.com
USA Hockey announced Wednesday that Minnesota Duluth women's coach Maura Crowell has been named head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team for the 2018-19 season (photo: Melissa Wade).

Off the Trail

Golden Knights hold off Jets to take 2-1 series lead - Sportsnet.ca
The Vegas Golden Knights held on for a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in their Western Conference final series on Wednesday night.

Washington Capitals Ready for Game 4 Bounce Back
Despite a Game 3 loss that overpowered the Washington Capitals, they aren't shaken too much by Tuesday's game and will look to rebound and take the series back in Game 4.

Vegas Golden Knights Bandwagon Is Easy to Hop On
If you're a casual fan, or your team is out of the playoffs, you may have been bitten by the Vegas Golden Knights bug.

Tampa Bay's development model is paying off | The Hockey News
The Lightning have drafted pretty well in recent years, but honing that talent into NHL assets has really been a strength that is apparent in the post-season

Cheveldayoff, McPhee, Yzerman named finalists for GM of Year - Sportsnet.ca
The finalists for the NHL's GM of the Year Award were announced Wednesday evening, and the results aren't too surprising.

Top 10 NHL Legends Who Never Hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup
These 10 stars won a plethora of hardware in their lives, but the Stanley Cup managed to avoid them for their entire playing career.