The Minnesota Wild have acquired forward Curt Gogol from the San Jose Sharks for forward Chad Rau in a trade of minor leaguers. San Jose general manager Doug Wilson announced the move Wednesday, ahead of the team’s home game against the Dallas Stars. The Sharks had lost four of their last five. Rau has one goal and six assists in 33 games this season for the AHL’s Iowa Wild. He has two goals in nine career NHL games for Minnesota. He will report to the Worcester affiliate.
Tyler Matson spent some golden years as a Golden Gopher. “Unbelievable experience,” Matson said. “Playing for Don Lucia, the Gophers and being in Minnesota and being a Minnesota kid … you want to play there.” His current residence is just over three hours south in Des Moines, where he plays for the Wild’s AHL team – the Iowa Wild. Interstate 35W and a whole bunch of players are between him and the big club.
The Minnesota Wild have recalled goalie Johan Gustafsson from the AHL, after a lower-body injury that forced Josh Harding out of the last game after two periods. Gustafsson was 2-0 with a 1.99 goals against average in three games this season for the Iowa Wild. The sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft played in his native Sweden last season and has not appeared in an NHL game. He’ll be the backup to Niklas Backstrom when the Wild play at Chicago Saturday. Coach Mike Yeo said after practice Friday that Harding was feeling better but won’t travel to the game.
The Minnesota Wild trimmed their roster over the weekend, sending promising young forward Jason Zucker and two other players to Iowa of the AHL. Forwards Brett Bulmer and Jake Dowell also were assigned to Iowa. But Zucker was the only mild surprise in the group. The speedster Zucker had four goals and one assist in 20 games for the Wild last season. But he was unlikely to play on opening night against the Los Angeles Kings, so the Wild sent him down to get some work in with the Iowa Wild, the team’s new AHL affiliate.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan to one-year, two-way contracts. The deals were announced by the team on Thursday. The 25-year-old Fontaine led Houston in the AHL last season with 56 points in 64 games, including 23 goals.
The Minnesota Wild re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a two-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The 31-year-old Veilleux played most of last season with Houston in the AHL. As a late call-up for more energy for the fourth line, he appeared in two of Minnesota’s playoff games against Chicago. The two-way contract means he’ll have a lesser salary if he’s in the minors. The Wild have moved their AHL affiliate to Iowa for the 2013-14 season.
The Minnesota Wild have sent goalie Josh Harding on a conditioning assignment to the AHL.
The Minnesota Wild have recalled rookie left wing Jason Zucker from the AHL to help their struggling offense.
The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Matt Kassian from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Minnesota goalie Josh Harding has told the Wild he’s feeling a little “off” from medication he takes to fight multiple sclerosis.
The Minnesota Wild have recalled defenseman Jonas Brodin (YOH’-nuhs BROH’-deen) from their AHL affiliate.
The injury-ravaged Minnesota Wild have recalled two more reinforcements from their AHL affiliate, forwards Jed Ortmeyer and Chad Rau.