The Minnesota Wild has placed forward Eric Nystrom on re-entry waivers today, meaning that he will rejoin the club tomorrow if he clears. Other teams have the option to pick him up, but if they don’t, Nystrom would join the Wild and another roster move would have to be made.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher said on Tuesday that the move was made with the purpose of bringing Nystrom back to Minnesota.
“He’s an NHL player,” said Fletcher. “He’s versatile. He can play center or wing.”
Whatever happens, Nystrom will not be with the club when it closes out a quick trip out East tonight against the Ottawa Senators. The Wild will go with the same lineup tonight that it used in New York yesterday.
The media mob was out in full force today, as it was two years ago when the Wild was in town. Canadian hockey towns bring out the news contingent anyway, but the equipment truck fire in 2009 brought more than usual, and Dany Heatley’s return has the same effect.
I didn’t get the chance to see Heatley’s media availability, but Head Coach Mike Yeo sang his praises and how great he’s been for the team on and off the ice. He also had some fun with the media throng when asked about the much-anticipated return.
“Coming back to an old building…you know the fans are going to be booing. But Cully’s an experienced guy and I think he’ll bounce back from it.”
Matt Cullen spent a brief stint with the Senators in their 2010 playoff run. He played 21 regular season games, and six playoff contests with the Sens before signing with the Wild in the offseason.