Wild place Nystrom on waivers
So, this is a little bit of a surprise.
The Minnesota Wild have placed center Eric Nystrom on waivers, according to Wild.com and Mike Russo.
Nystrom is in his second year of a three-year deal with the Wild and was slated in as centering the team’s fourth line between Colton Gillies and Brad Staubitz. He has until 11:00 a.m. on Friday to clear waivers, at which point he will be assigned to the Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros.
As I mentioned, Nystrom was slated as the team’s fourth line center, but this move tells you how much the team thinks of Brett Bulmer and Nick Johnson, the former of whom had a stellar camp and the latter a waiver pick up late in the preseason.
I’ll be honest, this isn’t a Sean Avery-type move that everyone saw coming. Nystrom skated with his to-be linemates all preseason long. There were really no indications that he was going to get waived.
Nystrom tallied four goals and eight assists, with a minus-16 rating in his first season with Minnesota.