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Wild ready to sign Nick Palmieri; Matt Dumba, Steve Kampfer arrive; Aeros on way?

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild training camp Updated: January 12, 2013 - 4:25 PM

Once this painstakingly slow memorandum of understanding is completed by the NHL and NHLPA and signed, restricted free agent Nick Palmieri will re-sign with the Wild. Acquired in last year's Marek Zidlicky deal from New Jersey, Palmieri will accept his one-year, two-way qualifying offer.

Palmieri is here today.

Also, with Marco Scandella sidelined with a groin injury and not ready to return, Matt Dumba arrived today from WHL Red Deer and Steve Kampfer is up from Houston.

This puts the training camp roster at 26. Again, no training camp details can be released until the MOU is signed. No transactions can be made, no schedules released (although I have it ready to go, so come back here once the MOU is signed and the lockout officially ends).

I am hearing Wednesday night's scrimmage will be televised on Fox Sports North. If the CBA allows it, the Houston Aeros will charter here to play in the game, I am told by sources. That game will be free, open to the public and full of cool perks and incentives.

The Aeros will also play the Wild in a Monday night scrimmage. That is not open.

Wild training camp roster

FORWARDS

No. Name Ht. Wt. Age. Hometown

7 Matt Cullen 6-1 200 36 Virginia, Minn.

9 Mikko Koivu 6-2 200 29 Turku, Finland

10 Devin Setoguchi 6-0 200 26 Taber, Alberta
 

11 Zach Parise 5-11 195 28 Minneapolis

14 Darroll Powe 5-11 212 27 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


15 Dany Heatley 6-4 220 31 Freiburg, Germany

17 Torrey Mitchell 5-11 190 27 Greenfield Park, Quebec


18 Jake Dowell 6-0 198 27 Eau Claire, Wis.

19 Stephane Veilleux 6-1 200 31 Beauceville, Quebec
 

21 Kyle Brodziak 6-2 209 28 St. Paul, Alberta

22 Cal Clutterbuck 5-11 213 25 Welland, Ontario
 

27 Nick Palmieri 6-3 220 23 Utica, NY

28 Zenon Konopka 6-0 209 32 Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

42 Matt Kassian 6-4 232 26 Edmonton, Alberta

64 Mikael Granlund 5-10, 180 20 Oulu, Finland

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard 5-11 173 28 Sherbrooke, Quebec

DEFENSEMEN

No. Name Ht. Wt. Age. Hometown

4 Clayton Stoner 6-3 225 27 Port McNeill, British Columbia

20 Ryan Suter 6-1 198 27 Madison, Wis.
 

23 Steven Kampfer 5-11 194  24 Ann Arbor, MI


39 Nate Prosser 6-2 195 26 Elk River

44 Justin Falk 6-5 215 24 Snowflake, Manitoba
 

46 Jared Spurgeon 5-9 185 23 Edmonton, Alberta

55 Matt Dumba 6-0 184 18 Regina, Saskatchewan
 

77 Tom Gilbert 6-2 206 30 Bloomington

GOALIES

No. Name Ht. Wt. Age. Hometown

32 Niklas Backstrom 5-11 189 34 Helsinki, Finland


37 Josh Harding 6-1 197 28 Regina, Saskatchewan

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