Barring something unforeseen, the Wild's opening night roster for Thursday in Denver may be set.
The Wild assigned defenseman Mike Reilly to AHL Iowa on Tuesday, placed right wing Jordan Schroeder on waivers and placed right wing Justin Fontaine (oblique) on injured reserve.
Reilly was initially going to be outside the Wild's top-6, so the Wild decided to send the first-year pro to the minors to play games. Schroeder technically doesn't have to be assigned to Iowa if he clears waivers tomorrow, but the move gives the Wild flexibility if there's potential roster moves like waivers or trades on the horizon or when Fontaine is ready to play.
In other words, if Schroeder were to stay on the roster after clearing waivers, he could immediately be sent to Iowa without waivers once Fontaine is ready to return. Fontaine can come off IR at any time and be eligible to play because he got hurt Sept. 24.
Last year, Fontaine missed the first two games with a glute injury and was ready to return in Game 3.
The biggest news of the day: Tyler Graovac made the team out of camp and even subtracted nine digits off his sweater number. He now will wear No. 44, which is apropos because I told somebody the other day he reminds me of Rob Niedermayer. The hope is he'll score more though.
Fontaine and Erik Haula (groin) are practicing today. Follow Rachel Blount on Twitter at @blountstrib because she is there as I attend the Star Tribune Wild event today at 11:45 a.m. at newspaper headquarters inside Capella Tower. You're all invited. Mark Parrish, Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand will be there, too.
Reminder also, I'll be hosting a live chat at www.startribune.com/wild at 3 p.m. Thursday -- four hours before the puck drop's on the season. I'll also be on KFAN that day at 9:35 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
If you didn't see my profile today on Nino Niederreiter, it's a pretty fun read. Here's the link.
The Wild roster as of now:
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Nino Niederreiter
Zach Parise-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville
Thomas Vanek-Tyler Graovac-Charlie Coyle
Chris Porter-Erik Haula-Ryan Carter
Jordan Schroeder (I'll keep him on the roster unless he's officially sent down tomorrow)
Injured reserve: Justin Fontaine
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella-Christian Folin