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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wild assigns Granlund to Aeros

The kid was probably told to go down, work on his game and he'll be back in the NHL soon enough. Let's hope Mikael Granlund does just that.

On Tuesday, the Wild assigned Granlund to the Aeros, who will play two games this week; Thursday against the Abbotsford Heat and then again on Saturday at San Antonio.

Fans in St. Paul have been debating what the Wild should do with the kid, who has struggled in his first season in the NHL. Some want him down in Houston to get top-line minutes, while others wanted to see him playing those same minutes with the big club.

Right now, the Wild are just doing too well without Granlund, so it looks like Plan "A" is in order.

It'll be nice to see where the kid's head's at down here against the Heat on Thursday.

Here is the full release from the Wild:


    SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned forward Mikael Granlund to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).

    Granlund, 21 (2/26/92), collected six points (1-5=6) in 19 games with Minnesota this season and registered a goal in his NHL debut vs. Colorado on Jan. 19. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound native of Oulu, Finland recorded 21 points (8-13=21) in 21 games with the Aeros this season. He was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for October scoring 10 points (3-7=10) and a +5 rating in seven games. Granlund was Minnesota’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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MK. VIII said...

If he picks up where he left off when we last saw him, he can really help us out at a critical part of the season. No way of knowing how long he'll be here. Probably not long.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Granlund will do fine.

Just saw Matt Kassian traded to the Islanders for a draft pick.
Best of luck to Matt

Anonymous said...

oops - try Senators instead sorry

Oldfan said...

Hopefully he will be able to help us and by doing so, help himself. I hope that's the attitude he will bring.

Happy for Matt Kassian being traded to the Senators. Hope he settles in to the NHL to stay. He deserves the chance.

Anonymous said...

Good news bad news, in more ways than one.

Bad for MiG, good for our offense.

Sorry to see Kass go. Great guy.

MK. VIII said...

Looks like the Wild are down a man again with the injury to Jason Zucker. We all know what will happen next.


B2 said...

Don't think Kassian was a good fit with the style of play the team is trying to gear itself toward. Best wishes to Matt. He's got a great attitude.

Forecheck said...

Shamelessly copied from "Russo's Rants"

The Wild held an extremely optional practice today at Xcel Energy Center this afternoon (more on this decision below) led by assistant coach Darby Hendrickson and goalie coach Bob Mason.

After practice, in a track suit, rookie Jason Zucker hit the ice for a twirl. Coach Mike Yeo said that’s a “really good sign.” Afterward, Zucker said, “I feel alright,” but wouldn’t provide the extent of his “upper body injury.”

“Overall, I’m happy that I’m standing here right now,” Zucker said.

Asked if Zucker had a concussion after getting clobbered by Corey Perry last night, Yeo said: “I don’t think he’d be allowed to be on the ice if that was the case.”

Zucker has had concussions before and symptoms often arise a few days after an incident. Zucker said he would see how he feels in the morning, then talk to Yeo and the medical staff before determining if he can play.

Perry had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL at 11 a.m. CT. He has been suspended four games. Here is the league video explaining its decision.

If Zucker can’t play, Yeo said Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who has been scratched in three straight games, will get in.


BTW, Perry was "Shanabanned" for four games"

Forecheck said...

We will have one goalie back for Thursday:

Houston Releases Forward Kirk MacDonald

Brian said...

As someone who has only watched on game this year (online, during the lockout), I am wondering who seems faster -Larsson or Fontaine? Zucker, Cullen and Setoguchi has a ton of speed and Larsson didn't seem that fast up here in MN for his one game...