The Minnesota Wild have made a transaction over the weekend! While we all thought the roster was pretty much set in stone, GM Bill Guerin decided to add some competition at the training camp this week.
Announced by the team on Sunday, the Wild signed depth forward Jujhar Khaira to a one-year, two-way deal. The 29-year-old has most recently been with the Blackhawks organization, playing two years on the one of the NHL's worst teams. Before that, Khaira was with the Edmonton Oilers ever since being drafted by them in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
What does this signing mean? Well, it's simply just more competition for the fourth line at camp. We assumed that it was cemented that Connor Dewar and Patrick Maroon were locked-in, and then someone like Brandon Duhaime would be the finishing touch, but I guess we might end up being wrong.
Khaira is here to either make the team as a depth forward, or can be just sent down to Iowa through waivers before the season gets going.
- Can you smell that? Minnesota Wild Hockey is just around the corner and we were able to catch the first glimpse of it over the weekend. It might not be significant to any NHL standing -- or any league -- but the 2023 Tom Kurvers Prospect Tournament began a couple days ago. On Sunday, Sammy Walker led the Wild rookies to a 7-4 victory over the Blackhawks with a hat trick. He was above the rest.
- Speaking of the prospect tournament, just one weekend of Connor Bedard doing insane things shouldn't make all of us too scared. We should maybe at least wait a couple months. [Hockey Wilderness]
- What does the base-case scenario look like for the 2023-24 Minnesota Wild? Is winning the Central Division a possibility? Maybe a scoring title? Something else? [Hockey Wilderness]
Off the trail...
- What does the incoming PWHL mean for hockey? An overview for what to expect. [CBC]
- We should be thanking the heavens every single day that Connor Bedard did not get drafted in the Eastern Conference, and especially the Atlantic Division. He has shown already in some rookie camp games that he means business, scoring a hat trick in the first appearance of him in a Blackhawks sweater. [Yahoo Sports]
- An extremely early ranking of the 2024 NHL Draft class. Macklin Celebrini leads the way with Cole Eiserman and Ivan Demidov rounding out the top three. [TSN]
- And finally, light your candles, pray to your gods, cross all appendages: the NHL might be considering making changes to the digital board ads after what they describe as “a vocal minority” of its fans told them how much they suck. Please, fix these stupid things. [ESPN]