The end of the lockout has created a lot of buzz in the hockey community. Lots of teams are scrambling to get their guys from overseas and AHL teams back in town, and the Minnesota Wild are no different. Last night started a flurry of activity for the Houston Aeros, including speculation from the hockey world that rookie Mikael Granlund was a last minute scratch after warm ups because the lockout may end. Fast forward a few hours, and indeed a deal was struck. Chaos ensued.
As soon as respected journalists started reporting that the NHL and NHLPA had reached an agreement with the CBA, Minnesota Wild fans started trying to envision line combinations, and who was going to be called up from Houston to take part in training camp. As of 8:30 tonight Coach Torchetti and multiple players have confirmed that other than Granlund, no one from the Aeros organization has been told they are participating in camp yet. From my understanding, the Aeros will hear from the Wild within the next day or so which players will be heading up to Minnesota for training camp.
In post game interviews, both Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker addressed rumors that they could potential be players that receive that call. Coyle restated that it is his ultimate goal to be playing in Minnesota for the Wild, and "It would be an honor to try and make the team" this year. If he isn’t called up to camp or doesn’t make the spot during camp, he will continue to work at making the team from Houston. Zucker stated that he was very excited to be one of the players that people are speculating could be called up to camp. He also stated that his"job right now is the Houston Aeros and winning hockey games" and will focus on that until he is told otherwise.
Other speculated players to be called up to training camp are Johan Larsson, Steven Kampfer, Tyler Cuma, and Chay Genoway. With Marco Scandella out with a back issue, the Wilds defense is pretty sparse. My understanding is that Jared Spurgeon is recovered from the groin injury that he suffered in Switzerland, and should be ready to play top line minutes with Ryan Suter. That leaves Tom Gilbert, Justin Falk, and Clayton Stoner as the only other defensemen on Minnesota’s roster. With Jonas Brodin still out with a broken collarbone, the Wild are going to need to call up a few guys from Houston. Especially since they have no more contracts available to give out after they sign Nick Palmieri to his contract sometime in the near future.
What is your opinion on what the Wild should do at this point Wilderness?