Wild.com has learned that former Chicago Blackhawk and Stanley Cup champion Jordan Hendry has been invited to attend the Wild’s training camp as a tryout defenseman.
Hendry has played parts of the last four seasons with the Blackhawks, including 80 games over the last two years. In 129 NHL games, Hendry has posted four goals and nine assists for 13 points. On February 27 of this past season, Hendry was checked into the boards awkwardly by Shane Doan and suffered a season-ending ACL tear to his left knee.
The former Alaska Fairbanks Nanook was originally an undrafted free agent, signing with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals in 2006 after a four-year college career. The native of Lanigan Saskatchewan played in 15 playoff games during the Hawks’ playoff run two years ago.
The Wild is under no obligation to sign Hendry, but he should get a good look at training camp. After the top four defensemen on the Wild – Mike Lundin, Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky – the club is relatively inexperienced on the blueline. Hendry could challenge Clayton Stoner, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon and others for a spot on the blue line if he can prove there are no lingering effects from the injury.