Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Wild to recall Steve Kampfer, Chad Rau

Posted by: Michael Russo under Roster moves, Wild news, Wild player moves Updated: March 3, 2012 - 12:48 PM

After a 6-0 loss last night in Detroit, I am hearing the Wild will make two roster additions for Sunday's game against Colorado.

Forwards Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Palmieri sustained upper-body injuries last night. There's no word today on if either will be able to play the Avs, but the Wild will recall forward Chad Rau, meaning both could be out because the Wild also has Erik Christensen waiting in the wings. Rau, an Eden Prairie native, has two goals in seven games for the Wild -- winning goals on Hockey Day Minnesota against Dallas and Hockey Day in America against Boston.

We also may get to see the Wild debut of Steven Kampfer, the 23-year-old puck-moving defenseman acquired in the Greg Zanon deal last week. I hear he's on his way, too. Kampfer is a former Michigan Wolverine and Ann Arbor native. He has 12 points (five goals) in 48 NHL games.

That means one of the defenseman will likely be scratched because as far as I know, everybody survived last night's game healthy.

Kurtis Foster played two shifts in the third period. Justin Falk and Foster were minus-3. So those are the likely two candidates. It may be Foster, because Kampfer could just take his slot on the right side and his power-play slot.

 

 

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