Schedule brings back original Wild members

Goalie Gaborik, ex coach Lemaire will be with new teams

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild will open the preseason at St. Louis on Sept. 15.

The Wild announced their preseason schedule on Friday. The first game at Xcel Energy Center will come on Sept. 18 against Columbus.

Minnesota will also host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 20 and the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 24. The Wild will hit the road for games at Columbus on Sept. 21, Chicago on Sept. 25 and Philadelphia on Sept. 29.


Single-game tickets for the preseason will go on sale Aug. 22. Regular season tickets will go on sale Sept. 12.

The Wild will open the regular season on the road with a game at Columbus on Oct. 3. Their first game at Xcel Energy Center will be Oct. 6 against Anaheim.

The schedule highlights include the return of two original members of the Wild after leaving the team this offseason.

Career scoring leader Marian Gaborik will make his return to Minnesota with the New York Rangers on Oct. 30. Coach Jacques Lemaire will bring his New Jersey Devils to town on Jan. 2.

Other intriguing home dates include the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 11 and the Dallas Stars on Nov. 7 and April 10.

GOALIE SIGNED: The Wild have signed veteran goaltender Wade Dubielewicz (DOO’-blih-wihts) to add depth behind All-Star Niklas Backstrom.

The move gives the Wild a third goaltender on the roster and more stability should they decide to trade backup Josh Harding, who had a 2.21 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage last season. The Wild signed Backstrom to an extension that will make him the No. 1 goaltender for the next four years.

The 30-year-old Dubielewicz has a career record of 17-15-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 40 career appearances with the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.


The Wild also signed right wingers Duncan Milroy and Jon DiSalvatore to contracts.

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