Tonight, the Minnesota Wild have a huge game against the top team in the Pacific Division — Los Angeles — and, with a win, could move into the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
You can catch the game on TV (NBCSN, 8:30 p.m. ET), or watch online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:
NHL on NBCSN: Wild continue their playoff chase against Kings
Kings label Kris Versteeg day-to-day
Torchetti to (again) scratch Vanek, who’s not ‘at the level I think he can play at’
Teddy Blueger, the forward taken 52nd overall by Pittsburgh in 2012, has agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with the club — just months before he was eligible to hit unrestricted free agency.
More, from the club:
Blueger, 21, completed his senior season at Minnesota State-Mankato, leading the Mavericks in points (35) and assists (24) while scoring 11 goals in 41 games as one of the team’s alternate captains.
Seven of Blueger’s 11 tallies this year were game-winning markers. Those numbers earned him a spot on the WCHA First All-Star Team.
A product of Shattuck St. Mary’s (the same prep school Pens captain Sidney Crosby attended), Blueger played his full four years at Minnesota State, which led some to believe he could go the way of Justin Schultz, Kevin Hayes and, most recently, Mike Reilly — skaters that played out their full college careers, passed the deadline to sign with the teams that drafted them, then inked with organizations of their choosing.
Like today’s other signing — Nebraska-Omaha forward Jake Guentzel — Blueger will report to Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he’ll play on an amateur tryout contract.
Yesterday, we passed along a report that Vancouver was “close” to agreeing to terms with SHL standout Anton Rodin.
Turns out it was really, really close.
On Tuesday, the Canucks announced they signed Rodin — the winner of this year’s Swedish League MVP — to a one-year, one-way contract.
Per Sportsnet, the deal is worth $950,000 and kicks in next season, meaning he won’t be joining the Canucks this year.
Rodin, 25, was Vancouver’s second-round pick at the 2009 draft. After spending two years with the club’s AHL affiliate (then in Chicago), he opted to return to Sweden and re-join the club of his youth, Brynas.
This year, the 5-foot-11, 181-pound forward had 16 goals and 37 points in 33 games for Brynas and finished tied for 15th in the league in scoring. His season ended about one week ago, and the Canucks have retained Rodin’s rights since his departure in ’13.
Earlier this season, Canucks GM Jim Benning acknowledged his club was scouting Rodin, noting the key to bringing him over to North America was the lure of playing in the NHL.
The one-way deal ensures that Rodin will earn his full NHL salary next year.
Buffalo has landed one of the biggest undrafted college free agents on the market — on Tuesday, the club inked Minnesota State blueliner Casey Nelson to an entry-level contract.
“We’ve been consistently impressed with Casey’s play for the last two years,” Sabres GM Tim Murray said in a statement. “We identified him as one of the top college free agents available and we’re excited to have him join the organization.”
Nelson, a 23-year-old junior, was believed to have garnered interest from a number of NHL clubs — to the point where, after initially leaning towards returning for his senior season, he switched gears and focused on turning pro.
Nelson led all Minnesota State d-men in scoring this season, capturing both WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-WCHA First Team.
It’s been an exciting last 24 hours for Buffalo on the collegiate signing front.
Last night, the club announced talented University of Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching — acquired from L.A. in the Nicolas Deslauriers–Brayden McNabb trade — had also decided to forego his senior year, and sign a pro contract.
Garrett Ross, a forward taken by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, is facing charges for revenge porn stemming from an August 2015 incident, per CSN Chicago.
The 23-year-old has been charged with one count of nonconsensual dissemination of a sexual image, also referred to as revenge porn, according to DeKalb County records.
The charge is a Class 4 felony, which could be punishable by one-to-three years in prison. Revenge porn became illegal in Illinois last year; the new law took effect on June 1, 2015.
Ross, 23, has spent the last three seasons with Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford. On Tuesday, IceHogs head coach Ted Dent told WREX13 Ross had been excused from practice due to “personal reasons,” though WREX noted Ross had been removed from the team’s lineup over the weekend.
A Rockford spokesman told the station the club had “no comment on the situation.”
CSN Chicago requested comment from the Blackhawks regarding Ross, and has yet to hear back.