Together in three previous stops, Tomas Fleischmann has a long history with Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. Time will tell if they will continue in Minnesota.
With the Wild’s training camp set to open Thursday, the unsigned free agent has accepted an invitation to attend on a pro tryout. The move, not unlike fellow tryout Ryan Carter, is designed to provide insurance for injury or if roster hopefuls aren’t ready.
“But he can play,” Boudreau said. “I have a lot of faith in him. I haven’t seen him in a couple years, but this is a very good player. We’ll give him a chance and hopefully he can earn a spot.”
If Fleischmann can land a contract, the Wild will be his fifth club since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Fleischmann, 32, played for Boudreau for parts of four seasons with the Washington Capitals (second-line left wing) and Anaheim Ducks (fourth-line center), but their history dates back to AHL Hershey, where they teamed for a Calder Cup in 2006. Fleischmann scored a team-record 32 points during the playoff run.
“He’s very skilled. He can play center or left wing. He can play first line or fourth line,” Boudreau said. “He can kill penalties, too, and he’s good on the power play, in my mind anyway. He’s very versatile.
“It’s a free look. A lot of people invited him to camp. I’m glad he chose us.”
In 2011-12, Fleischmann scored a career-high 27 goals and 61 points with the Florida Panthers. The year before, he was traded from Washington to Colorado and recorded eight goals and 21 points in 22 games before having his season ended by a pulmonary embolism.
The Czech Republic native has scored 137 goals and 335 points in 657 games. He scored 14 goals last season with Montreal and Chicago.
Fleischmann was one of 38 players included on the Wild’s training camp roster Monday. That number will increase once several players are promoted from the NHL Prospect tournament in Traverse City, Mich., which concludes Tuesday.
Olofsson hurt again
Defenseman Gustav Olofsson continues to be prone to injury. Coming off season-ending shoulder surgery for a second consecutive season, Oloffson was injured in the first game of the prospect tournament last week in Traverse City, Mich.
He sustained what the team hopes is only a mild MCL sprain. Olofsson, 21, a second-round pick in 2013, has flown back to Minnesota for an MRI. Olofsson only played 52 games for AHL Iowa last season after being limited to one the year before.
Prospect Sam Anas also sustained a possible concussion. He had to return home for personal reasons, but he’ll be re-evaluated once he reports to Minnesota for camp.
The Wild fell to 0-3 in the tournament Monday, losing 2-1 to the Rangers. New York’s Jimmy Vesey scored twice, including the winner with 34.3 seconds left.
• The Wild is holding a free, open-to-the-public practice at Xcel Energy Center from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Gate 1 opens at 9 a.m. Single-game regular-season tickets go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and at noon through Ticketmaster. Four Star Tribune Fans Night Out dates go on sale Saturday at noon (Oct. 20 vs. Toronto, Jan. 12 vs. Montreal, Feb. 14 vs. Anaheim and March 5 vs. San Jose).
• The Wild promoted assistant athletic trainer John Worley to head athletic trainer. This is Worley’s eighth season with the Wild after working 16 for the Philadelphia Flyers.
• Chad Krawiec was named the team’s new assistant athletic trainer. He comes to the Wild from Harvard.