Morning from icy Winnipeg, my first-ever trip into Manitoba.
update to update: In a surprise, Guillaume Latendresse will return from a concussion and play tonight -- after only one practice -- because Matt Cullen is sick.
and in an earlier update from the Wild skate ... with Cullen out, Cody Almond is centering Casey Wellman and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. With Jeff Taffe reassigned with Cal Clutterbuck back, the Wild has no extra forwards, so therefore the surprise insertion of Latendresse.
I will update blog after skate.
Zack Phillips was among seven roster cuts by Team Canada this morning at the world junior championships selection camp in Calgary. Brett Bulmer sticks for now, but by my count, there should be at least seven more forward cuts. It's ultra-competitive. Remember, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't make last year's team, and Phillips, lighting up the Q, was considered very much a long shot.
So, the Wild went from having a potential of up to eight prospects in the tournament to seven.
Antti Miettinen was claimed off waivers by Winnipeg. He signed a two-year, $3 million deal yesterday with Tampa Bay. Because he was joining the NHL in the middle of the year from the KHL, he had to pass through waivers.