News On O’Sullivan, Latendresse and Wellman

I need to have a little sit down with Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher about “spreading the news.” As I said in a previous post, there are times when I, along with many others, attend practice anticipating or hoping there will be some big news. More often than not, that doesn’t happen.

Today, there was oodles of news from practice, so let’s take it from the top. First, Patrick O’Sullivan was claimed off waivers by the Wild today, and it is fully expected that he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night against Philadelphia.

O’Sullivan’s biggest attribute is his offense, and that’s certainly why the Wild targeted him when the Carolina Hurricanes made him available. He scored 22 goals with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007-08, and he totaled 11 goals and 34 points last year playing for a depleted Edmonton Oiler team.

Todd Richards said he hadn’t thought about where he’ll put O’Sullivan, but it’s a safe bet that he’ll land on one of the top two lines, which Richards admitted. That becomes increasingly apparent after it was announced that Casey Wellman has been reassigned to the Houston Aeros. Wellman was notified after today’s practice when the Wild found out it had won the rights to O’Sullivan.

And then there’s Guillaume Latendresse, who has missed the last 11 games with a “lower body” injury. Fletcher said he will undergo two surgeries tomorrow – one to repair his hip flexor, and the other to corrrect a hernia. This is obviously a blow to the hopes that Latendresse would be able to return soon. It appears likely that he’ll miss the majority of the season with the hope that he might be able to return late in the year.

Fletcher said if that happened, it would be the equivalent of a significant trade deadline acquisition.

My head is spinning due to all of this news, so I’m off to get some other stuff done. More later.

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