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Alex Galchenyuk brutally finds out he’s out of Minnesota!

This had to be painful…

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He finally thought this was it. Forward Alex Galchenyuk ended up with the Minnesota Wild after getting traded (once more) from the Pittsburgh Penguins. When he landed in Minny, Galchenyuk admitted he felt in his place, ready to fight for this team that did not manage to clinch a spot into the postseason, losing in the qualifiers at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. While it was a sad ending for the team, Galchenyuk didn’t assume another one would be coming his way… 

Last week, Wild general manager Bill Guerin made a trade with his former team, the Penguins, acquiring Nick Bjugstad for a conditional pick. It quickly started smelling like the newly acquired forward was coming to push Galchenyuk out of the lineup, and finally on Tuesday, Galchenyuk was handed a tough blow, an almost confirmation that he had lost his spot on the Wild’s roster. 

Bjugstad isn’t coming in just to steal Galchenyuk’s spot on the third line, he is also stealing his number. It was announced that Bjugstad would be wearing number 27, which is usually worn by Galchenyuk. 

This is quite a brutal way for the team to let him know he is out of their lineup. Galchenyuk is an unrestricted free agent who will clearly have to sell himself elsewhere. We now wonder where he will play next season. The 26-year-old has posted eight goals and 24 points in a total of 59 games last season. He is a former first rounder (from the Montreal Canadiens) from 2012, but his best season with the Habs came with a record of 56 points. Everyone expected him to do much better as time went on, but we’ve been disappointed there…

We wonder how disappointed he now is to be without a number or contract in Minnesota…