By Michael Russo
Just got off the phone with Tom Lynn. The team has not heard from Walz today and he said he has not been suspended. He said the team is not upset and will patiently wait to hear from Walz.
Howdy, Just figured I’d check in. Wild is taking today completely off and is having “optional” practices the next two days, although specific players have been instructed to be on the ice or the gym on certain days.
Benoit Pouliot was returned to AHL Houston this morning, signalling that Dominic Moore should be ready to play by Sunday’s game at Colorado.
Of course, the Wild hopes to have Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra back by then, too.
So far, no news on Wes Walz.
Because Walz is sitting dormant on the roster, the team got into a pickle last night. When Gaborik and Demitra couldn’t play, and Moore said he wasn’t ready, other than Matt Foy, the Wild had no extra forwards. That’s why Petteri Nummelin had to play forward, although it worked out quite well.
I’ve got some questions about All-Star balloting. Wild players that will be on the All-Star ballot are Niklas Backstrom, Marian Gaborik and Brian Rolston.
The ballot box opens Nov. 13 (next Tuesday). The process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 13-Jan. 2, fans can “Vote Now, Vote Often” on NHL.com to select the starting lineups for the Game in Atlanta on Jan. 27. Fans can also cast votes on Verizon cell phones.
By the way, Wild’s power play jumped from 25th in the NHL to 15th with the 4-for-10 performance yesterday.