The Wild trimmed its roster by four more this morning. It now stands at 38, but that includes injured players Gustav Olofsson, Sam Anas, Max Fortunus, Dylan Labbe and Chase Lang.
The Wild has to be down to 23 by Oct. 11.
Marco Lucia was assigned to AHL Iowa, Zach Palmquist and Marc Hagel will be assigned to Iowa on Saturday provided they clear waivers at 11 a.m. Saturday and Colton Beck was released from his tryout and is heading to Iowa, which opens training camp Friday.
Speaking of which, I wrote a feature on new coach Derek Lalonde and his desire to turn the Iowa Wild around. That feature can be read here.
The Wild, which got off to a strong start last night in Winnipeg, ended up losing 4-1 and fell to 1-2 this preseason.
Only two roster locks played -- Matt Dumba, who scored a goal, and Erik Haula.
Defenseman Marco Scandella ended up not playing. He was down at the rink yesterday morning getting treatment, so he's clearly battling a tweak of some kind. During the skate test last week, Scandella finished, but he looked to pull something on the final lap. So maybe it's related.
The Wild hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at 5 p.m. Coach Bruce Boudreau has indicated the lineup will much closer resemble the opening night lineup, so we'll probably see the preseason debuts of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund.
Nino Niederreiter is also on his way back from Toronto after Team Europe lost to Canada in the World Cup Final last night. He'll be given a few days off before he has to report.
Practice is at 12:30. I'll update the blog afterward.