Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned right wing Brett Bulmer to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Bulmer, 19 (4/26/92), notched three assists, six penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-1 rating in nine games with Minnesota this season. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound native of Prince George, British Columbia, made his NHL debut in the Wild season opener on Oct. 8 against Columbus and registered his first NHL point on Oct. 10 at the New York Islanders. He recorded 49 points (18-31=49) and 109 PIM in 57 games with Kelowna last season. Bulmer also skated in eight playoff games with the Houston Aeros. He was selected by Minnesota in the second round (No. 39) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Gotta say, this one shocks me, especially since it happened after game 10. Yeah, I know all it does is start the clock on his contract, not his free agency, but still. I thought Bulmer was playing well and was learning more here than he would back in Kelowna. Guess Fletcher disagreed.
EDIT: Wild.com is saying that the contract doesn't start because Bulmer didn't play in the tenth game. I always read the rule as the team's tenth game, not the players' tenth game. We'll have to check on that.
What do you think of the decision?