Nystrom Placed On Waivers

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Minnesota Wild has placed center Eric Nystrom on waivers. Nystrom has until Friday at 11:00 a.m. to clear, and if he does, he’ll be assigned to the Houston Aeros of the AHL.

Nystrom, who is in the second year of a three-year contract with Minnesota, was slated to center the Wild’s fourth line with Brad Staubitz and Colton Gillies on the wings. But a strong camp performance by rookie Brett Bulmer coupled with the waiver pickup of Nick Johnson last week gave the Wild a pair of young and gritty wingers. The Wild was also faced with having to make a decision on Matt Kassian, who is close to coming off injured reserve. Had he been sent to Houston, Kassian also would have to clear waivers, and the Wild probably wasn’t willing to lose his toughness and size. Kassian could very well be in the season opening lineup due to the suspension of Staubitz.

In his first season with Minnesota, Nystrom picked up four goals and eight assists with a -16 rating while playing in all 82 games for the second straight year.

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4 responses to “Nystrom Placed On Waivers

  1. Like the guy. Always plays hard. But like the aggressive moves & attempts to get better by #fletch. He is not letting young guys walk with nothing in return. Adding grit and goal scoring ability. Getting younger, tougher, faster and guys than skate/stick handle!

  2. Sad news he was a good player. Let’s hope this is not the beginning of a string of bad coaching decisions. We had enough of those in the past few years, from the guy whose name shall not be mentioned again in Wild history. Hopefully, we plan on bringing him back up, sooner than later.

  3. Nystrom has great speed and that should land him on an NHL squad.
    I am excited to see some young/new faces in the lineup. Hopefully we’ll keep everyone healthly this year for most of the schedule.

    P.S. Whoever wrote the article needs to have an editor do a grammar check.

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