The Wild has the day off from practice, but that doesn’t mean the Minnesota to Houston shuttle has stopped running. Minnesota has reassigned forward Jeff Taffe to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The Hastings native played in his fifth game of the season yesterday, a 2-0 shutout of the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins, on Hockey Day in America. In five appearances with the Wild, the 31-year-old has two assists.
Taffe ranks third on Houston in scoring with 32 points (10-22=32) in 47 games and owns four power-play goals. He has collected 46 points (21-25=46) and 40 PIM in 180 career NHL games with Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Florida, Chicago and Minnesota.
The Wild is back on the ice tomorrow at Xcel Energy Center. The team will have two days of practice before it plays back-to-back road games against the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars on Thursday and Friday, respectively.