Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday that Niklas Svedberg will likely get the start at goaltender Monday, when the team opens its seven-game preseason schedule at Winnipeg, with Steve Michalek given one period between the pipes.
Alex Stalock is expected to be the Wild’s backup goalie this season, behind Devan Dubnyk, but the backup competition remains open with Svedberg in the mix.
“I think it's a battle,” Boudreau said. “I mean nobody has been given the job. Svedberg is going to get a chance. Stalock is going to get a chance.”
It sounds like Stalock will get an upcoming start, perhaps Thursday at home against Winnipeg. Boudreau said Svedberg or Stalock will then play a full game.
Still no Parise
Zach Parise skated at Xcel Energy Center but did not practice with the team for the third consecutive day. Parise reportedly tweaked his back before training camp started, and Boudreau has said the veteran is day-to-day.
Four players cut
The Wild assigned four players to the minors -- D Braydyn Chizen (to Kelowna, WHL), D Jacob Golden (London, OHL), RW Ivan Lodnia (Erie, OHL) and RW Dmitry Sokolov (Sudbury, OHL) -- trimming the training camp roster to 54 players.