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Continued: Dowell, Steckel among Wild roster moves

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 28, 2013 - 7:43 AM

Harding gave up two goals in 145 minutes this preseason, posting a .962 save percentage.

Mitchell motivated

When Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the Wild on July 1, 2012, he never envisioned he’d mostly be the fourth-line right wing last season. But the Wild never could have guaranteed it would sign Zach Parise a few days later or have a healthy Pierre-Marc Bouchard. That caused Mitchell to fall on the depth chart.

This year, the former San Jose Sharks speedster is feeling more explosive than ever and is motivated to land the third-line right wing spot next to Matt Cooke and Kyle Brodziak.

“I know there are a lot of guys trying to get that spot, so I’m coming in day by day focused on getting it,” Mitchell said before Friday’s game. “I wanted to play more last year, but it was the role that I was given and I accepted it. But this year, it’s up for grabs.”

He was the consummate professional last season because, “You sulk in this business, people forget about you pretty quickly.”

Etc.

Defensemen Ryan Suter and Keith Ballard got the game off.

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