Cuma Reassigned; Optional Day

After making his NHL debut last night, Tyler Cuma was reassigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. Cuma was sent to Houston and will join the team today, as the Aeros host the Chicago Wolves.

“We want to let him go play tonight,” Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “I’m happy with his game, as it went on he got stronger.

“We’ll re-evaluate what we need for tomorrow.”

The Wild will have to re-evaluate which defenseman will be recalled tomorrow because Clayton Stoner has been ruled out due to an upper body injury; Minnesota skates in the final game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.

Tomorrow’s game may still have playoff implications in the Western Conference. Phoenix is in the eight spot in the West, one point behind both the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. However, Phoenix has  a game in hand. The Coyotes play against the St. Louis Blues tonight. Two wins for Phoenix and they would leapfrog into the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the West.

It was an optional practice today for the Wild as about 10 players took to the ice at Xcel Energy Center. Yeo addressed the media and talked about the Wild’s play of late, the return of Mikko Koivu and players playing for jobs. See the Wild TV video, here.

In other Aeros news, captain Jon DiSalvatore was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team. The 31-year-old leads the Aeros with 57 points (26-31=57) and 12 power play goals in 70 games this season. AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities, vote on the AHL All-Star Team. DiSalvatore skated in one game with the Wild this season.

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