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Palmieri, Veilleux, Dowell clear waivers; Becoming Wild information

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild player moves, Wild training camp Updated: January 18, 2013 - 11:06 AM

The Wild is currently on the ice for practice -- its last before Saturday's 8 p.m. opener against Colorado. Defenseman Tom Gilbert (groin) is practicing, so if he gets the clearance, he should be in Saturday's lineup.

If that's the case, Matt Dumba likely wouldn't play in the opener over the other six healthy defensemen.

Forwards Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux and Jake Dowell have all cleared waivers and will be assigned to AHL Houston, says a source.

Official rosters must be submitted to the league Friday at 4 p.m. -- changed from 2 -- but as you know, the roster on yesterday's blog is the anticipated official roster.



SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced that Emmy Award-winning “Becoming Wild” presented by Toyota returns to FOX Sports North on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m. after the Wild game’s versus Nashville, with an episode featuring Tom Gilbert shot in Madison, Wis.

“Becoming Wild” will also take fans exclusively to the hometowns of players Niklas Backstrom (Helsinki, Finland), Dany Heatley (Kelowna, B.C.) and Mikko Koivu (Turku, Finland).

“Becoming Wild” Premiere Dates:

Episode 3 Tuesday, Jan. 22 10:00 p.m. Tom Gilbert in Madison, Wisconsin
Episode 4 Tuesday, Jan. 29 10:00 p.m. Niklas Backstrom in Helsinki, Finland
Episode 5 Monday, Feb. 4 7:00 p.m. Dany Heatley in Kelowna, British Columbia
Episode 6 Tuesday, Feb. 12 8:00 p.m. Mikko Koivu in Turku, Finland


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