Notes from Wild Radio Host Kevin Falness
Today, most of the action at Minnesota Wild Training Camp centered on activity off the ice.
With the team still buzzing from last night’s scrimmage in front of 13,000-plus fans, it was a short 45-minute practice today at Xcel Energy Center, and there was a whole lot more ice than has been the case lately. That’s because the Houston Aeros shipped out this morning, plus the Wild trimmed their roster by another handful of players.
First, Steven Kampfer was reassigned to Houston while the Wild put Jake Dowell, Stephane Veilleux and Nick Palmieri on waivers. If they clear, they too will be on their way to join the Aeros.
The bigger news was who stayed. Tough guy Matt Kassian is still on the active roster, as Head Coach Mike Yeo told the media that he wanted the forward’s element of toughness on the roster, so guys like Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and the rest of the squad could feel comfortable on the ice. Also, rookie Matt Dumba, the Wild’s first-round selection in June’s NHL Entry Draft, cleared another hurdle and is here at least for the time being because, as Yeo said, “He’s earned it.”
Tom Gilbert, who left yesterday’s scrimmage with a groin tweak, was kept out of today’s skate. Yeo said that it was for precautionary measures and expects the blueliner to be on the ice tomorrow. He also noted that Marco Scandella, who’s been out of the lineup for Houston, is getting close to returning and expects the young defenseman to join the Wild as soon as he is ready.
The other big news from this morning – and nobody should be surprised if you’ve listened to Yeo in training camp or watched 96 in the scrimmage last night – but Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been removed from the injury list. He’s on the roster and said that he’s ready to go when the Wild opens the season on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center.
Finally, Wild Radio Host Kevin Falness also chatted with forward Darroll Powe after the skate.