Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 3 Months

The representatives for Nino Niederreiter and the Minnesota Wild have started to talk about a contract extension.

Niederreiter is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season so the Wild want to lock him up. Niederreiter is only 21 and was selected with the fifth pick of the 2010 draft by the New York Islanders who got rid of him too quickly as he was traded to the Wild during the 2013 off-season in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick (Eamon McAdam). Niederreiter scored 14 goals and 36 points this past season and added three goals and six points in the playoffs. Stay tuned.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 3 Months

Although the Minnesota Wild have been great at home in the playoffs, the flip side is that they've struggled on the road.

With Game 5 in Chicago, the Wild will need to find a way to reverse that trend. "We just have to make sure we go out with the same attitude and don't be afraid to make plays," Niederreiter said. "Usually on the road, we play a little hesitant, almost like we're waiting until something happens. We have to make sure we go out there and make it happen." Niederreiter pointed in Game 5 against Colorado as an example of a game where they went in with the wrong attitude. Niederreiter felt they were overconfident after taking Games 3 and 4. They ended up losing Game 5 in overtime.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 4 Months

Nino Niederreiter will play on the Wild's top line on Tuesday.

Niederreiter has been held off the scoresheet for two straight games after stepping up in Game 7 of the first round with two goals and an assist. Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle will play alongside Niederreiter.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 4 Months

Nino Niederreiter scored two goals and registered an assist in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime win over Colorado in Game 7 of the western conference first round series at Pepsi Center.

Niederreiter scored his first NHL playoff goals and they were more than important. He now has four points in seven postseason games. Dany Heatley also had a strong game with a goal and two assists, while Kyle Brodziak added three helpers in the victory. Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 4 Months

Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.

Cooke is expected to be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit to Tyson Barrie. Niederreiter has an assist in three playoff games.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 4 Months

Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

He had a goal and an assist in his previous 13 contests. Niederreiter has 14 goals, 36 points and 172 hits in 80 games this season.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 5 Months

Nino Niederreiter (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.

Niederreiter suffered the upper body injury on Monday against the Kings and missed only one game before his return Saturday. He had a couple of hits but otherwise was held off the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. He has had a good first season with the Wild as he has 13 goals and 34 points in 77 games with a plus-10 rating. Look for more of the same next season for the native of Switzerland.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 5 Months

Nino Niederreiter (upper body) skated Thursday morning, but he won't play in Chicago.

"It'd be silly on our part to rush him back. This time of year, let's make sure we give him a chance to fully heal and get ready for the next one," coach Mike Yeo said. "We don't want him to come back for one period and then lose him for three weeks here. Let's just make sure we approach this with a bit of caution toward making sure we have him back and healthy for good." Niederreiter got his bell rung on a hit against Los Angeles on Monday, but he hasn't experienced any ill effects since then. Still, the Wild are being cautious with his recovery.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 5 Months

Nino Niederreiter left Monday's 3-2 victory over Los Angeles with an upper-body injury.

He lasted just three shifts for 2:17 of ice time after he was hit hard by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.

Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 5 Months

Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild in their 5-2 loss to the Canucks on Wednesday night.

Niederreiter's goal, his 13th of the season, snapped a six-game drought. Only 21, Niederreiter, who has 34 points, has predictably been inconsistent this season, but he does offer a lot of promise. Charlie Coyle potted the other goal for Minnesota. Mikko Koivu, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula and Ryan Suter had the assists.