As first reported on Wild.com, the team signs Marek Zidlicky to a three-year contract extension just after 1 p.m. today. Kevin Falness is off to the airport to track down Zids before he gets on the plane. Good news for Wild fans and management heading into the trade deadline which is now 24 hours and 30 minutes away.
I actually got news of the Zidlicky extension while walking across our MSE campus. What a beautiful day in the Twin Cities with temps in lower 40’s. I may wear shorts to take the dog out later.12:30 p.m.
Wow, it's good to be back on Wild.com. And at the busiest time of the year, nonetheless. Don't worry, fans, Glen Andresen will be with us this week as well, but he's celebrating a new addition to his family, I'll have some news this week as well.
Chuck Kobasew is set to play for the first time in 2010 tomorrow. Kobasew, remember, hurt his knee Dec. 26, and some were worried his season was done. He's ready for the stretch run. Today, he skated with Eric Belanger and Owen Nolan.
The entire team was back today, except for Mikko Koivu
, who will meet the Wild in Calgary later today. Niklas Backstrom
and Antti Miettinen were back on the ice.
Because the Wild is at full strength again, the team returned Anton Khudobin and Carson McMillan
to AHL Houston. They got a nice set of "stick taps" from the rest of their teammates when Todd Richards thanked them for their help over the Olympic break.
Also, news that will be announced within the hour, the Wild has signed Clayton Stoner
to a two-year contract extension. Stoner was due to be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Stoner had a minor setback earlier this week in his return from hernia surgery, and will stay back in the Twin Cities this week to work with strength and conditioning coach Chris P-W.
Some of the Wild players caught up with Erik Rasmussen at practice. The Minneapolis native, former Gopher and NHL vet is now working at St. Thomas Arena.
Aaron Sickman is on the trip to Canada this week - plane is due to be wheels up at 2 p.m. So I'll be around our offices in St. Paul to bring you all the breaking news over the next day-plus. Wild.com also caught up with Chuck Fletcher to preview the trade deadline, so watch for that video later today.