Mikael Granlund

Mikael Granlund is officially a member of the Wild, signs three-year entry-level deal


After all the anxiousness and fretting about the future of the Wild, a key player is finally in the fold.

According to Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune, Mikael Granlund, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, has signed a three-year entry-level deal with Minnesota for $2.7 million.

Granlund’s offensive prowess and highlight reel goals while playing the last two years in Finland have made Wild fans pine for him like the fjords. With Granlund now in the fold, the Wild can hope for a jump in offensive production, and with other hopeful youngsters on the way (Jason Zucker, Zack Phillips, Charlie Coyle), the future is getting brighter.

If you’re curious about the kind of skill Granlund brings to the table, check out the goal he scored in last year’s World Championships against Russia.

Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.