The Wild’s Erik Haula: Speedy and Needed

By Kent Youngblood , Star Tribune April 13, 2016 – 6:44 AM Wes Walz calls it the “goofy gear.” Walz, the former Wild center whose job included playing against the other team’s most explosive lines, had that high-end, top-speed ability. “I don’t mention the goofy gear very often,” Walz said while watching a Wild practice.

Erik Haula Named NHL’s 2nd Star of the Week

Jagr, Haula and Anderson named ‘Stars’ of week Panthers forward takes top honor for week ending Feb. 21 by NHL Public Relations @nhl /  1:02 PM  SHARE NEW YORK – Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 21. FIRST STAR

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom caught in tenuous situation

  By Michael Russo , Star Tribune September 10, 2015 – 7:07 AM Niklas Backstrom says he didn’t hide an elbow injury that prevented the Wild from buying him out. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom said that he didn’t keep an elbow injury, which ultimately required surgery, a secret in order to prevent being bought out

Wild goalie’s 33 saves lift team to road victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johan Gustafsson made 33 saves for the Iowa Wild on Saturday night as they beat the Charlotte Checkers 3-1 in the their first road game of the season. Rookie forward Taylor Matson’s goal 5:20 into the third period proved to be the game-winner, giving Iowa a 2-0 lead. Charlotte’s Chris Terry scored