By Michael Russo
Goalie Josh Harding has a “lower body” strain.
Third goalie Nolan Schaefer has been recalled from AHL Houston on an emergency basis. To make room, the Wild placed defenseman Tomas Mojzis on waivers, sources say.
I’d expect Mojzis will clear waivers. If he does, the Wild can either send him to the minors or maybe just put Harding on injured reserve tomorrow, but then he’d have to miss a week retroactive to yesterday.
I don’t think this is a major injury. After all, Harding lasted all practice yesterday, so the Wild might not want to put him on IR. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Also, if somebody gets hurt tonight, Mojzis I’d think would definitely stay.
I hear Detroit’s Darren McCarty is on waivers, too, per sources
GM Doug Risebrough was vague, but that’s also because I caught Risebrough by surprise by knowing about Moe. He had not yet told Mojzis.
Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday.
Ottawa and the Rangers are two teams that could make sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough.
Jacques Lemaire wants skaters tonight, so it looked like Colton Gillies will be back in. Derek Boogaard, Craig Weller and Mojzis looked to be scratched. Don’t know if fighter Eric Godard is playing tonight, but Matt Cooke, detested by the Wild, will be in.
Schaefer wasn’t yet here this morning, so Wild was shooting on one empty net at the skate
Penguins goalie Dany Sabourin, who beat the Wild last year, will start for an injured Marc-Andre Fleury. Pascal Dupuis will play the Wild for the first time since it traded him two seasons ago to the Rangers.
Lots of stuff going down at the Igloo this morning.
Penguins GM Ray Shero was sitting in the stands with agent Paul Krepelka, Jordan Staal’s agent. Of the Penguins’ core, Staal is the only player not signed long-term.
I also heard from a source that Brendan Shanahan is very close to signing with an NHL team.
Cal Clutterbuck is 21. He can finally drink in the U.S.
That be it from here.