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Bulmer Assigned To Kelowna

The Wild has decided to assign Brett Bulmer to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets, prior to him reaching 10 games in the NHL. A player under contract and still eligible to return to his Canadian Junior team can be reassigned without his NHL service counting against his contract.

Bulmer is under contract for three years, so he will have three years remaining on the deal beginning next year.

Bulmer skated in the first nine Wild games this season before being scratched from the lineup on Saturday. He registered three assists, was a +1 and totaled six penatly minutes. He also got under the skin of plenty of opponents and was able to draw retaliatory penalties in many cases.

The Rockets are 5-9-1 thus far this season and are in fourth place in the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division.

Quick Skate And Off To Canada

The Wild were on the ice today for a short, yet, strategic practice before heading North of the Border to face the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night.

Working mostly on systems, breakouts and the transition game, the Wild seemed to be dialed-in and focused after last night’s 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he wanted the team to be intense and on-point today, and the team responded with an up-tempo, concise practice. He describe the effort as practicing with “snarl.” Although Yeo was disappointed with his team’s performance last night, especially in the first period, today was not the time nor the place for conditioning drills with a quick two-game road swing, capping with a Saturday afternoon game in Vancouver, on the docket.

Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi were reunited on the top line after spending some time apart against the Pens. Yeo said that sometimes a team needs to mix up the lines in an attempt to create a spark. Of note, the wings were playing their strong sides (LW for the left-handed Heatley and RW for Setoguchi), possibly, to help with D-Zone and transition play. Yeo didn’t show his hand in regards to how long any line combination will last or how quickly it will be split.

Defenseman Greg Zanon sat out practice, but not because of the second period blocked shot to the midsection against the Penguins, but to rest a tweaked groin.  He is expected to be ready tomorrow night.

Finally, if you think the team would be down in the dumps, they didn’t show it, at least not the young’un, Brett Bulmer.  At the end of practice, Bulmer and Yeo dropped their gloves and engaged in a mock-fisticuffs standoff and good-natured phantom punching.

After practice, while talking to the media, Yeo joked that Bulmer made some mistakes in the D-Zone and had to be taught a lesson.

Lesson number one Rookie: Don’t mess with the coach; he determines your ice time.

Bulmer To Wear #19

The Wild’s opening night roster will be announced today, but there was another sign last night that Brett Bulmer would be on it when he was given sweater #19.

Bulmer will become the sixth player to wear number 19, joining the likes of Patrick O’Sullivan, Andy Hilbert, Stephane Veilleux, David Cullen and Jeff Nielsen. Twitter followers of the @mnwild account may want to remember those last names, because there may or may not be a question regarding those names in the near future.

The Wild is set to take the ice at Xcel Energy Center today, and we should learn the opening night roster shortly thereafter. It appears as though Mike Lundin may be the only regular skater who won’t be ready for Saturday’s opener.

Wellman With Latendresse And Cullen

Casey Wellman will get his first taste of a Wild preseason game tonight, and he’ll have some talented players on his line. Wellman will be on the wing with Matt Cullen as the center, and Guillaume Latendresse on the other side. They’ll make up the “second” line.

Eric Nystrom and Kyle Brodziak will also get their first preseason action of the year. They’ll be on the “top” line with Antti Miettinen. The third line will have Warren Peters centering Colton Gillies and Carson McMillan. Cody Almond will center Brett Bulmer and Matt Kassian. That could be an interesting line to watch, because you know Kassian will want to show off his willingness to brawl at some point. And Bulmer already has a reputation as a sandpaper player, and he’ll want to mix it up a bit as well.

On defense, Cam Barker and Clayton Stoner will be back on the ice. Barker is paired with Nate Prosser, while Stoner will play with Tyler Cuma. Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky will be the top defensive pairing.

Jon DiSalvatore and Maxim Noreau will be with the team, but they are not expected to play.

Head Coach Todd Richards said the Wild will play these three games in three nights before making another round of cuts on Monday. He says that will be a pretty large number of players that get sent away because he wants to be close to a final roster for those last two preseason games in North America.