Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Minnesota Wild Call Up Reilly, Central Division News

The Minnesota Wild have called up defenseman Mike Reilly reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.  Reilly was needed for defensive depth, with Jared Spurgeon injured.  Reilly has 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists) in 40 games at the AHL level this season.  He's previously been with Minnesota for just a few games previously this season.  The good news for Spurgeon is that the injury doens't appear to be major, with no injured reserve in the near future.  That said, in order to make room on the roster for Reilly, forward Tyler Graovac was assigned to the Iowa Wild.  In additional Central Division news and notes:

  • This story has already become wildly popular as it should have, but in case you haven't heard it, read in the Chicago Daily Herald how Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made a huge positive gesture and helped one man get back on his feet.  
  • The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year deal worth $38 million, making him the third highest paid defenseman in the league (when his new contract kicks in, based on the current salary situation).  The top defenseman available in the UFA market is now off the shelf.  
  • The St. Louis Blues are marking fifty years as an NHL organization writes Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Former Boston Bruins GM Lynn Patrick was hired to start the talent search for the "expansion" franchise.  Two of his first hires were future Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman and Cliff Fletcher.  
  • The Colorado Avalanche will be playing at home and are determined to avoid a winless homestand writes Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.  The Avs are still in the hunt for a wildcard playoff spot with 58 points, tied with the Nashville Predators.  

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