Starting goalie: Kari Lehtonen
Starting goalie: Devan Dubnyk
Starting goalie: Kari Lehtonen
Starting goalie: Devan Dubnyk
The Minnesota Wild open the season against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, and are expected to do so without Zach Parise in the lineup.
Parise was held out at the beginning of training camp due to a back injury, and he’s still recovering from that as Minnesota opens its season on the road. If all goes well, said general manager Chuck Fletcher, Parise could re-join the team for practice on Monday.
Following Saturday’s contest, the Wild will have four days until their next game, which goes Oct. 12 versus Chicago.
“He’s having a hard time getting over the hump, having a hard time getting to 100 percent,’’ Fletcher said, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “So after speaking with the doctors on the weekend, we’re just going to slow him down a little bit, pull it back a bit.
“He’s in great shape. He’s been skating. He feels great. But we’ve just got to make sure we do the right thing here. It’s a long season, and I think after speaking with Zach and the doctors, we all agreed there’s no rush just to play Thursday. So let’s be smart.”
Parise played 69 games for Minnesota last season, scoring 19 goals and 42 points. He also had to contend with injuries, including a foot injury.
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Come embrace the madness with us. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be keeping tabs on all the UFA signings across the NHL, so check back regularly for all the biggest signings, trades and other acquisitions.
— Steve Oleksy signs in Anaheim: two years (link)
— Tom Sestito, Frank Corrado, Casey DeSmith, Chris Summers, Jarred Tinordi, Zach Trotman, and Greg McKegg also signed with Pittsburgh.
— Brian Strait signed a one-year, two-way deal with New Jersey. Brian Gibbons and Bracken Kearns also signed two-way contracts.
— Zac Rinaldo signs a one-year, two-way deal with Arizona. Also signing with Coyotes: Andrew Campbell, Joel Hanley, and Michael Sislo.
— Ryan Stanton signs in Edmonton: two years, $1.4 million
— Mike McKenna signs in Dallas: one year, $650,000
— Paul Carey signs with New York Rangers: one year, $650,000
— Buddy Robinson signs in Winnipeg: one year, $650,000
— Dominic Moore signs in Toronto: one year, $1 million
— Patrik Nemeth re-signs in Dallas: one year, $945,000
— Kyle Quincey signs in Minnesota: one year, $1.25 million
— Nick Cousins re-signs in Arizona: two years, $2 million
— Cal Petersen signs in Los Angeles: two year, $1.85 million (link)
— Kyle Rau signs in Minnesota: one year, $700,000
— Tyler Randell signs in Ottawa: one year, $700,000
— Niklas Svedberg signs in Minnesota: one year, $700,000
— Kenny Agostino signs in Boston: one year, $875,000
— Anthony Peluso signs in Washington: one year, $650,000
— Ty Rattie signs in Edmonton: one year, $700,000
— Anders Lindback signs in Nashville: one year, $650,000
— Matt O’Connor signs in Nashville: one year, $650,000
— Dennis Robertson re-signs in Carolina: one year, $650,000
— Luke Witkowski signs in Detroit: one year, $750,000
— Jean-Francois Berube signs in Chicago: two years, $1.5 million
— Jordan Osterle signs in Chicago: two years, $1.3 million
— Derek Grant signs in Anaheim: one year, $650,000
— Michael Sgarbossa signs in Winnipeg: one year, $650,000
— Anton Rodin re-signs in Vancouver: one year, $700,000
— Jeremy Smith signs in Carolina: one year, $750,000
— Seth Griffith signs in Buffalo: one year, $650,000
— Evgeny Dadonov signs in Florida: three years, $12 million (link)
— Dan Girardi signs in Tampa Bay: two years, $6 million (link)
— Cal O’Reilly signs in Minnesota: two years, $1.4 million
— Landon Ferraro signs in Minnesota: two years, $1.4 million
— Christian Folin signs in Los Angeles: one year, $850,000
— Patrick Wiercioch signs in Vancouver: one year, $650,000
— Adam Clendening signs in Arizona: one year, $775,000
— Ryan Murphy signs in Minnesota: one year, $700,000
— Chris Thorburn signs in St. Louis: two years, $1.8 million
— Oskar Sundqvist re-signs in St. Louis: one year, $675,000
— Beau Bennett signs in St. Louis: one year, $650,000
— Antti Niemi signs in Pittsburgh: one year, $700,000
— Paul Postma signs in Boston: one year, $725,000
— Josh Jooris signs in Carolina: one year, $775,000
— Tyler Pitlick signs in Dallas: three years, $3 million
— Brian Elliott signs in Philly: two years, $5.5 million (link)
— Alexander Burmistrov signs in Vancouver: one year, $900,000 (link)
— Benoit Pouliot signs in Buffalo: one year, $1.15 million
— Garrett Wilson re-signs in Pittsburgh: two years, $1.3 million
— Garret Sparks re-signs in Toronto: two years, $1.35 million (link)
Previous deals of note
— Dylan McIlrath re-signs in Detroit: two years, $1.3 million (link)
— Brian Lashoff re-signs in Detroit: two years, $1.3 million (link)
— Cory Conacher re-signs in Tampa Bay: two years, $1.3 million (link)
— Jacob De La Rose re-signs in Montreal: one year, $725,000 (link)
— Pheonix Copley re-signs in Washington: two years, $1.3 million (link)
— Max McCormick re-signs in Ottawa: two years, $1.3 million (link)
A number of NHL players are on waivers today for the purposes of being bought out.
Let’s start with New Jersey winger Mike Cammalleri, who has two years left on his deal with a cap hit of $5 million. Buying him out will mean a cap hit of $1.67 million over the next four years. The 35-year-old had just 10 goals in 61 games last season, and the Devils are expected to be active tomorrow in free agency.
New Jersey will also buy out the final year of winger Devante Smith-Pelly’s contract.
Moving on to the Calgary Flames, who will buy out forward Lance Bouma and defenseman Ryan Murphy, the latter of whom was just acquired in a trade with Carolina. Bouma and Murphy each have just one year left on their contracts.
— The Bruins will buy out winger Jimmy Hayes, who has one year left on his contract.
— The Panthers will buy out forward Jussi Jokinen, who has one year left on his contract.
— The Jets will buy out defenseman Mark Stuart, who has one year left on his contract.
To see the cap hits for each buyout, CapFriendly’s Twitter account has it all.
Rather than seeking out goalie fixes through free agency, the remarkably busy Calgary Flames instead opt for trades.
Here’s the breakdown of the parameters, via TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Cap Friendly, and other sources:
Lack at half of his salary
So Calgary clears up its goaltending situation …
Murphy, 24, was the 12th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. He’s played 151 regular-season games for Carolina, collecting 37 points. Murphy has bounced between the NHL and AHL for quite some time, so you certainly get the impression that the Hurricanes lost patience with him.
It’s ultimately about savings for the Hurricanes.
No, Kanzig isn’t the former lead singer of The Misfits.
The 22-year-old defenseman was the 67th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent most of last season in the ECHL, playing six games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat.
Ultimately, the Hurricanes save money while sanding down their goalie duo to Scott Darling and Cam Ward. The Flames clarify their pairing as Smith and Lack, too. So it’s a pretty straightforward and beneficial deal for both sides.