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Wild put d-men Falk, Blum on waivers

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The Minnesota Wild waived veteran blueliners Justin Falk and Jonathon Blum on Monday for the purpose of sending them to AHL Iowa.

Falk, 25, has appeared in in 129 NHL contests, the majority of them with the Wild. He spent last season with the New York Rangers — where he played 21 games, but spent most of his time in Alain Vigneault’s doghouse — before re-joining Minnesota this summer on a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level.

Blum, also 25, is a former Nashville first-round pick that spent last season with the Wild. A veteran of over 100 NHL contests, Blum appeared in 15 games for the Wild last year and was a good offensive blueliner in Iowa, racking up 29 points in 54 games.

This summer, Blum re-upped with the Wild on a one-year deal worth $675,000.

Looking to make the leap: Mathew Dumba

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If you’ve paid attention to the Minnesota Wild at all the past couple of seasons, chances are you’ve already heard about defenseman Mathew Dumba.

Dumba was the Wild’s first-round pick in 2012, seventh overall, out of Red Deer and was selected in hopes of becoming an eventual stud on a Minnesota blue line that desperately needed one. Now two years later, the Wild have Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin leading the way, and Dumba has gotten a taste of what the NHL is like after playing 13 games last season before being sent back to juniors.

Now that he’s grown up, his time in junior hockey is at an end. In 26 games with the Portland Winterhawks last season, he had 24 points. He added another 18 points in 21 playoff games and showed that not only was his defensive game strong, but his ability to generate offense was as well.

That kind of development is what the Wild are hoping will turn him into a regular on the Minnesota blue line right away. Outside of Suter and Brodin, the rest of the defense leaves the door open for Dumba to jump in.

Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella, and Keith Ballard make up what will likely be part of the next three spots. That leaves Dumba, Jonathon Blum, Stu Bickel and rookie Christian Folin to compete for the other starting spot, as well as the reserves.

As it is, Ballard and Blum bounced in and out of the lineup last season with Blum going between the AHL and NHL regularly. Bickel spent all of last season in the AHL and Folin is fresh out of UMass-Lowell in Hockey East.

If nothing else, the opportunity is there for Dumba to seize the day and make the team right out of training camp. At 20 years old, it may be daunting for the Wild to add another young guy to the blue line, but if his skills are up to it and his development won’t suffer – it may be his time to shine.

Wild ink Schroeder, Blum to two-way pacts

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The Minnesota Wild signed two former first-round draft picks on Friday, each to two-way contracts. Defenseman Jonathon Blum’s two-way deal is for one year while forward Jordan Schroeder’s goes for two seasons, according to the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff.

Schroeder (pictured) was selected 22nd overall in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Schroeder, 23, has appeared in 56 NHL games, including scoring six points in 25 games last season (all with the Canucks).

Blum, 25, was the 23rd pick of the 2007 draft by the Nashville Predators. He has been cycling between the AHL and NHL the past two seasons, including this past campaign in the Minnesota Wild organization. He scored one assist in 15 games with Minnesota and managed 29 points in 54 games with the Iowa Wild.

Neither player has panned out at the NHL level just yet, but both are still young. Some Wild fans might be at least a little bit excited about Schroeder coming to town, too:

‘I’ve been through this before’: Ballard reacts to fourth straight healthy scratch

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New team, same result.

That’s the story for Keith Ballard following his fourth consecutive healthy scratch on Tuesday, as he watched from the press box while Minnesota lost 3-0 to Ottawa.

“I’ve been through this before,” Ballard said, per the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “It’s up to me to be a good teammate, to be positive, to work and to make sure that I’ve done everything I can on the ice and in the gym — I’ve watched a ton of video — and to make sure that when I do play, I’m ready to go.”

Ballard experienced something similar during his three seasons in Vancouver, when he routinely ran afoul of head coach Alain Vigneault and often found himself in the press box. The low point might’ve come during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, when Ballard was parked in favor of then-22-year-old Chris Tanev, an undrafted rookie that had 29 games of NHL experience.

Vancouver bought out Ballard during this summer’s compliance window and he immediately signed with Minnesota, which looked as though it’d be a quality arrangement. Despite a series of injuries, Ballard played well when called upon — but a brutal stretch in December (one point in 14 games, minus-10 rating) cemented his fate. He hasn’t played since Jan. 7 and appears to have been passed on the blueline depth chart by Jonathon Blum.

Roundup: Oilers waive Omark, Wild waive Blum

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A couple of interesting developments from the waiver wire on Tuesday…

Oilers waive Omark

Edmonton has placed Linus Omark on waivers for the purpose of sending him to AHL Oklahoma City, the club announced.

Omark, 26, has a colorful history with the Oilers. After appearing in 65 games with the club from 2010-12, he left the team after being dispatched to the AHL (and not receiving a RFA offer), signing in the Swiss League with EV Zug.

It was in Switzerland where Omark revitalized his career, leading the National League A with 69 points in 48 games.

In August, the Oilers — who’d retained Omark’s NHL rights — inked him to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 in the AHL.

Gifted offensively, Omark could draw interest from a team looking to add punch up front without spending a lot of money.

Wild waive Blum

The Minnesota Wild have placed defenseman Jonathon Blum on waivers for the purpose of sending him to AHL Iowa.

Blum, 24, has fallen on tough times since being taken 23rd overall by Nashville at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Though he did have a decent 2013 campaign with the Preds — 35 games played, seven points, minus-1 rating — the team opted not to re-sign him this summer.

He proceeded to ink a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota in July, partly because of the potential to crack Minnesota’s seemingly crackable defense.

That plan didn’t come to fruition. Blum was sent packing with Minnesota still carrying nine defensemen in camp.