Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Minnesota Wild in the Offseason

Below is a look at the offseason so far for the Minnesota Wild:

April 13: Jacques Lemaire steps down as head coach
April 16: Wild owner Craig Leipold announces that the organization will not renew the contract of President and General Manager Doug Risebrough
April 20: Defenseman John Scott re-signed to one-year contract
April 24-May 8: Josh Harding, Morten Madsen, Antti Miettinen, Peter Olvecky and Marek Zidlicky participate in the 2009 World Hockey Championships in Switzerland
April 24: Right wing Carson McMillan signed to entry-level contract
April 27: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy
May 22: Chuck Fletcher hired as new general manager
June 15: Fletcher announces that Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn will not be retained
June 16: Todd Richards hired as new head coach
June 26: Wild acquire 16th, 77th and 182nd overall picks in the NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the 12th overall pick
June 26: Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Leddy selected with 16th overall pick of the NHL Draft
June 27: Center Kyle Brodziak and the 161st overall pick acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for picks No. 99 and 133
June 27: Wild drafts goalie Matthew Hackett, left wing Kristopher Foucault, right wing Alexander Fallstrom, goalie Darcy Kuemper, forward Jere Sallinen, left wing Erik Haula and center Anthony Hamburg on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft
June 29: Wild makes qualifying offers to restricted free agents Kyle Brodziak, Robbie Earl, Josh Harding, Danny Irmen, Benoit Pouliot and Clayton Stoner
June 30: Jim Mill named new assistant to the general manager
July 1: Free agent defenseman Greg Zanon signed to three-year contract
July 1: Free agent right wing Martin Havlat signed to six-year contract
July 1: All-star free agent forward Marian Gaborik signs contract with the New York Rangers
July 2: Mike Ramsey and Dave Barr named assistant coaches
July 3: Free agent defenseman Shane Hnidy signed to one-year contract
July 7: Long-time left wing Stephane Veilleux signs as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning
July 7-12: Wild holds development camp for team prospects
July 8: Free agent defensemen Jamie Fraser and Jaime Sifers signed to one-year contracts
July 8: Long-time defenseman Kurtis Foster signs as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning
July 9: Defenseman Tyler Cuma signed to an entry-level contract.
July 15: Restricted free agents Robbie Earl, Danny Irmen, Benoit Pouliot and Clayton Stoner accept qualifying offers
July 17: Right wings Duncan Milroy and Jon DiSalvatore, and goaltender Wade Dubielewicz signed to one-year contracts
July 23: Restricted free agent center Kyle Brodziak signed to three-year contract
July 23: Free agents Nathan Smith and Ryan Lannon signed to one-year contracts
July 28: Brent Flahr named new assistant general manager
July 29: Restricted free agent goaltender Josh Harding signed to one-year contract