So many changes have taken place in Minnesota over the summer, and it ain’t over.
The team and its new general manager Bill Guerin have invited a total of eight veteran players on professional tryout agreements.
Earlier this month, it was announced that winger Drew Stafford had been invited to the team’s training camp on a PTO. The 33-year-old veteran is hoping to keep his career going, after appearing in contest with the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. In 841 career games, he has accumulated 196 goals and 428 points. Prior to starting his NHL career, he played three years at North Dakota in the WCHA and Shattuck-Saint Mary’s down in Faribault, Minnesota.
A return to Minnesota seems to make sense.
On top of Stafford, the Wild has also invited forwards Olivier Archambault, Gabe Gagne, Shawn O’Donnell and Brett Pollock, as well as blue liners Josh Atkinson, Matt Register and Keaton Thompson.
It remains to be seen which of them will be able to crack the roster for opening night. Head coach Bruce Boudreau will surely have some difficulty piecing all of this together, but this is the start of a new chapter for the Western team… and these veteran players!