Chris Porter‘s stay in the Flyers organization was a short one.
The Minnesota Wild have claimed Porter off waivers, per Sportsnet. The move comes just one day after Philly waived Porter and fellow veteran forward Colin McDonald; Porter had signed with the Flyers this summer after spending the last eight years with the Blues organization.
A University of North Dakota product — where he played for four years under new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol — Porter is close friends with Wild captain Zach Parise. The two were collegiate teammates; Parise was the best man at Porter’s wedding, and Porter was a groomsman at Parise’s.
“He’s a really, really hardworking guy on and off the ice,” Parise told the Star-Tribune in April, prior to facing Porter and the Blues in the playoffs. “He’s a guy that understands what he’s supposed to do. He knows that he’s supposed to go out there and be tough to play against.
“Just watch, he’s physical on our D all the time, he can skate, he’s fast. To me, he’s a really effective player.”
Porter, 31, has 173 games of NHL experience, all with the Blues. He’s spent most of his career shuttling between the bigs and the American League; his best NHL campaign came in 2011-12, when he appeared in a career-high 47 games, scoring four goals and seven points.
Porter is on a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level.