By Michael Russo
That’ll be fun to write on deadline.
Wild said a couple hours ago that there would be a smaller signing this afternoon. It has indeed now confirmed this is it.
Antti Miettinen, 27, is a two-way forward who scored 15 goals and 34 points in 69 games last season for Dallas.
He had one goal, one assist in 15 playoff games.
Don’t know much about him, other than he competes and was a Finnish Elite League star in the early 2000s. The scoring hasn’t seemed to translate over here. Got a great scouting report on him from somebody I respect that I’ll post later.
He signed on for $2 million, $2.5 million, $2.5 million on a tres-year deal. Call it a 28th birthday present for the Wild.
Is this their lone winger acquisition now? I’ll ask when I speak to Mr. Risebrough or Mr. Lynn later today.
By the way, biggest loss of the offseason? You decide.
Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra, Todd Fedoruk or Mike Vogt, the assistant athletic trainer who keeps Marian Gaborik’s groin healthy with a deep tissue massage?
Vogt became the head athletic trainer of Columbus today. Lots of luck to Mr. Vogt in the Buckeye State. Good guy.