Wild head coach Mike Yeo simply laughed as some of the local media mentioned how it’s a stressful time of year.
The Minnesota Wild has reassigned forward Stephane Veilleux to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The 32-year-old has collected two goals and 19 penalty minutes (PIM) in 27 games with Minnesota this season and 11 points (4-7=11) and 19 PIM in 27 games with Iowa. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of St. Georges de Beauce, Que., has recorded 103 points (48-55=103) and 336 PIM in 487 career NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey.
The Minnesota Wild skates in game action at Xcel Energy Center for the first time nearly a month and the club will welcome back a pair of players returning from injury.
Curry, 30, was recalled by Minnesota on Feb. 26 and did not appear in a game with the Wild. He is 7-5-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average (GAA) and a .935 save percentage (SV%) in 15 games with Iowa this season. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound netminder has also posted a 10-2-0 record, 2.66 GAA and .917 SV% in 13 games with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL this season.
Kampfer, 25, was recalled by Minnesota on Feb. 24 and did not appear in a game with the Wild. He has collected 19 points (5-14=19) and 35 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games with Iowa this season.
The Minnesota Wild doesn’t get a chance to dip its toe in the water and slink back into the regular season. No the Wild cannonballs back into action, finishing off the second of a back-to-back road trip in Vancouver. It is the only time Minnesota visits Rogers Arena this season.
Hold on State of Hockey fans, things are about to get very interesting.
The Wild flew in to a balmy Edmonton for an afternoon practice at Rexall Place before re-starting the season after the Olympic break (yes, this might be the first time Edmonton has been described as balmy in a sentence, but compared to the State of Hockey this morning, it is downright tropical here).
The Minnesota Wild has recalled goaltender John Curry and forward Stephane Veilleux from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced today it has placed defenseman Marco Scandella (sprained knee) and forward Jason Zucker (lower-body) on Injured Reserve.
As you can imagine, when Marco Scandella was asked about his initial reaction to his injury on Feb. 4 he put it simply: “It didn’t feel good.”
With the Olympics officially over, the focus in the Minnesota locker room is squarely back on Wild hockey.