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Erik Haula, Steve Kampfer recalled; Nino Niederreiter rejoins Wild

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild practice Updated: February 24, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Good morning from the X, where Mike Yeo's putting the Wild through a practice.

Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund have the day off, and my guess as of now is they'll have Tuesday off, too. If that's the case, they'll be on Wednesday's charter to Edmonton, where the Wild will practice in preparation for Thursday's game there. By the way, Parise emailed me that his hand is OK and that it just started hurting out of the blue the final game against Finland. He doesn't know what happened, but he says he's fine.

Nino Niederreiter, who returned last week from Sochi, has rejoined the Wild for today's practice. Mikko Koivu is practicing again and is taking part in game-like situation drills, which could be a good sign for a return Thursday.

Erik Haula, as expected, has been recalled again from AHL Iowa with Jason Zucker sidelined at least through the Wild's two-game road trip. Haula scored five goals and five assists in seven games with Iowa during the Olympic break.

Steve Kampfer has also been recalled with the Wild short defensemen. Suter isn't here and Marco Scandella isn't practicing today, so Kampfer, I assume, is here for a few days just to practice.

More after practice.


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