Wild send Granlund back to AHL

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Mikael Granlund is on his way back to Houston.

Again.

That was the word out of Minnesota on Tuesday as the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo reported Granlund had been returned to the AHL for the second time this season.

The first demotion occurred in mid-March when, after a nice start to the year, Granlund was made a healthy scratch in back-to-back games, only to get back in the lineup — and go minus-3 in a 5-3 loss to Chicago on Mar. 5.

The first demotion was temporary, though.

Minnesota recalled Granlund in early April, and he proceeded to appear in five games before being a healthy scratch last night against Calgary (thanks to the return of veteran forward Matt Cullen).

Over that five-game stretch, the Finnish rookie notched one assist and finished minus-1.