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Continued: Wild notes: Chicago area selection switches allegiances

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 28, 2014 - 9:53 PM

The Wild tries to take at least one goalie per draft, and with only three goalies in the organization besides NHLers Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper, the Wild tried to upgrade its depth by taking Finland’s Kaapo Kahkonen, 17. He played for Espoo’s junior team last year and could play pro there this year.

The big butterfly goalie with 9 percent body fat models his game after Kari Lehtonen. He’ll probably need a couple of years of development before he’s ready to come to North America.

On what he knows about Minnesota? “I heard that it’s like Finland,” he said. “There’s some trees and mosquitoes and lakes, too.”

Comings and goings

The Wild has decided not to tender a qualifying offer to defenseman Tyler Cuma, meaning the end of the line in Minnesota for the 2008 first-round pick. He played one game with the Wild in 2011-12. Kris Foucault also won’t receive a qualifying offer.

“It’s time for them to have an opportunity to try a new situation,” Fletcher said.

The Wild continues to have ongoing dialogue with potential free agent Cody McCormick. “I think Cody liked his situation here, and we certainly liked him,” Fletcher said. “But you never know. It only takes one team to do something that we would consider out of the norm to swing it the wrong way.”


• Tyler Nanne, the grandson of former North Stars GM Lou Nanne, son of Wild scout Marty Nanne and brother of Wild prospect Louie Nanne, was taken 142nd overall by the Rangers.

• Frederik Olofsson, the brother of Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson, was taken 98th overall by the Blackhawks. Chicago also drafted former Wild assistant coach Mike Ramsey’s son, Jack, 208th overall.

• Former Wild forward Richard Park was in Pittsburgh meeting with teams about jobs and has talked to Fletcher about a potential player development role with the Wild.

• Moments after the Wild drafted Tuch on Friday, Zach Parise texted a USA Hockey official asking for Tuch’s number so he could welcome him to the Wild.

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