Like the rest of the league, the Wild will have new jerseys (sweaters) next year courtesy of Adidas, and they look pretty slick. A close cousin to the jerseys the Wild wore for their first outdoor game, the new uniform is all green and cream-colored, with red accents and a large Wild crest front and center. Sold.
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Chuck Fletcher (↓ DOWN)
The Wild have a wealth of young players heading into Wednesday’s expansion draft. By the time it ends, they might not. GM Chuck Fletcher exposed young blue liners Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella to the Vegas Golden Knights, as well as veteran forward Eric Staal and speedster Erik Haula. The Wild could throw a pick, a prospect or both at Vegas to steer them towards a less-important player -- and Golden Knights GM George McPhee has expressed plenty of enthusiasm at the idea -- but Minnesota stands to lose a quality player or major pieces regardless.
Kennys Vargas (↑ UP)
Vargas hit the third-longest home run in Target Field history Tuesday night, smacking a 483-foot dinger (per MLB’s Statcast) that landed somewhere in the vicinity of club level. Or the moon.
Ervin Santana (↓ DOWN)
The Twins’ ace has been off his game over the last week. He allowed nine hits and five runs, all earned, in an 8-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners last week, and posted a similar stat line in a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Miguel Sano (↑ UP)
The league passed along another update on the All-Star Game fan vote Tuesday, and Sano is running away with the American League’s third base spot. He now leads Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians by more than 400,000 votes, and is thus far the only AL third baseman with more than 1 million votes. He celebrated by smacking his 17th home run of the season in a win over the Chicago White Sox.
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Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund (↑ UP)
The Minnesota Wild’s Finnish forwards caught a flight back to the U.S. this week for the NHL Awards, where both are first-time finalists. Koivu is up for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defensive forward, while Granlund is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the league’s most gentlemanly (their word, not mine) player.