Tag: Jarod Palmer

Mike Yeo, Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, Marek Zidlicky, Cal Clutterbuck, Devin Setoguchi

Minnesota on verge of breaking dubious franchise record


Found this little nugget in the game recap from Tuesday’s Ducks-Wild game, which Anaheim won 2-1:

Minnesota has used an NHL-high 39 players this season, one away from the team record of 40 set last season.

Look, we’ve piled on the Wild quite a bit here at PHT, mostly for good reason. They were first overall in the league as recently as Dec. 15, but now find themselves 21st overall (12th in the Western Conference, five points out of a playoff spot.)

But 39 players? By Feb. 15? That’s pretty harsh.

Even harsher is the quality of players Minnesota’s gone through. They include:

Jon DiSalvatore: A 30-year-old winger that last played in the NHL in 2006.

Jeff Taffe: Best known for marrying Wayne Gretzky’s niece, Taffe, 30, has played for six different organizations since the lockout.

Jed Ortmeyer: 33 years old, nearly had his career ended in 2006 after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

There’s also a laundry list of younger players you’ve never heard of, like Chad Rau, Jarod Palmer, Kris Fredheim and David McIntyre.

In closing, I vow to take it easy on the Wild from here on in and actually starting cheering for them to set a franchise record. Why stop at 40? We can do 50, Minnesota. Yes we can.

Who’s Warren Peters? Minnesota’s new No. 1 center, apparently

warren peters

From Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune:


For those unfamiliar with Peters (read: Everybody not in his extended family), here’s the skinny:

— 29 years old.

— Undrafted.

— 62 games of NHL experience.

— 90 games of ECHL experience.

— 472 games of AHL experience.

— Has played for the Portland Pirates, Utah Grizzles, Idaho Steelheads, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Quad City Flames, Texas Stars and Houston Aeros.

— Now centering Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi on the Wild’s top line.

Peters is one of four current Wild forwards that began the year in AHL Houston (the others are Casey Wellman, David McIntyre and Carson McMillan), which tells you how badly injuries have ravaged the team. Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Guillaume Latendresse and Jarod Palmer are all on injured reserve.

Peters and Co. aren’t the only temporary, minor-league stopgaps the Wild have used this year. Unforgettable names like Jeff Taffe, Cody Almond, Jed Ortmeyer, Kris Fredheim and Jon DiSalvatore have all played with the big club this season, though none of them ever got to play first-line center.