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Continued: Yeo gets to experiment, and Wild gets a victory

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 26, 2013 - 5:47 AM

With spots at a premium and two cuts to come (one likely to be David Steckel), Yeo was asked if he would consider dressing a youngster such as Granlund in a fourth-line role to open the season. After all, Zucker and Niederreiter saw shifts there Wednesday.

“If it was, then probably the makeup of that fourth line would be a little different,” he said. “Maybe the makeup of our fourth line is a little different than the conventional fourth line, that maybe we put some younger, more skilled players on there, and they have little bit of bigger role [such as power play in addition].”

For this to happen though, the Wild would have to put a player on a one-way contract through waivers (Zenon Konopka or Jake Dowell) and be willing to pay his NHL salary in the minors. This is barring a trade, and Konopka has been on the block for some time.

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