It will be officially announced today that the Wild has placed defenseman Cam Barker on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. If Barker clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday when the free agency signing period begins at 11:00 a.m.
Barker came to the Wild in February of 2010 in a trade with Chicago that sent Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy to the Blackhawks. Barker, the third overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, scored a goal in his first game in a Wild uniform, but only scored one more in his following 70 games (an overtime winner against Phoenix on January 2).
Barker was limited to 52 games in 2010-2011, including 21 games over the final two months of the season due to an upper body injury.
As the tragic news spread of Derek Boogaard’s passing on Friday night and into the weekend, there was not surprisingly an outpouring of sadness all over North America, and especially in Minnesota.
Boogey’s fans or friends or both, let their sadness be known all over the internet on social media, message boards and websites. Tonight, many fans will get to come together thanks to an online effort from Wild fans to establish a Derek Boogaard Memorial tonight outside Xcel Energy Center. The event will take place outside Gate 1 with a short program beginning at 6PM and lasting for about thirty minutes.
Boogaard’s family will be in attendance, although they are understandably asking for privacy.
Ah, Aaron Voros…we hardly knew ye! The outspoken former Wild and Alaska Fairbanks Nanook has been a part of some interesting summer antics this year. Just a few weeks after being involved in an altercation with thespian Lindsay Lohan, Voros had some interesting tweets over the Memorial Day weekend, which included some pictures of teammate Henrik Lundqvist.
Now, the Voros Twitter account is no more, as you can read the story here.
Twitter is a hot topic in the professional sports world, and often debated. Martin Havlat was an avid Tweeter last summer, but his updates have tailed off since then.