On Tuesday afternoon, the Wild announced that they have cut their training camp roster to just 25 players. Jujhar Khaira, Nic Petan, Vinni Lettieri, and Dakota Mermis are all on waivers, and Sammy Walker and Jesper Wallstedt were reassigned to Iowa. Now, heading into the season, the Wild are carrying exactly 12 forwards, seven defensemen, and the two regular netminders. The roster is pretty much final.
- The Wild's retool was never what we thought it was. [Hockey Wilderness]
- There is a new fourth line in town and we will be seeing it Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks during the Wild's final preseason game. It's Connor Dewar, Brandon Duhaime, and newcomer Patrick Maroon. [Pioneer Press]
Off the trail...
- The team over there at ESPN is predicting the Edmonton Oilers to be lifting the Stanley Cup next spring, and other predictions. [ESPN]
- Despite missing a significant amount of time to start the season, NHL skaters around the league are still calling for Andrei Vasilevskiy to win the Vezina Trophy this season. [NBC Sports]
- We are seeing prospects make their teams for the first time around the NHL, but one that no one predicted is Fraser Minten potentially making the high-end Toronto Maple Leafs roster. [Bay Street Blues]
- The WHL has suspended head coach Kevin Constantine indefinitely, until at least 2025, for discriminatory comments. [Yahoo Sports]
- Gary Bettman talked with the media after the Board of Governors meeting and one significant thing he mentioned is that the salary cap could go up by $4.5 million next summer. [NHL dot com]
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