Daniel Winnik practiced on the Wild's fourth line Wednesday, on the eve of the team's season opener at Detroit, but it remained uncertain whether he'll sign a contract and join the roster.
The Wild is scheduled to fly to Detroit at 1 p.m. Asked if Winnik would be traveling with the team, coach Bruce Boudreau said, "I don’t even know. Haven’t talked to Chuck [Fletcher, the GM] and I havent’ talked to Dan. I’m afraid to talk to either. So whoever’s there tomorrow will play."
Winnik made $2.25 million last year with the Washington Capitals, but would likely have to take a significant pay cut to join the Wild, who are pressed up against the salary cap. For now, Winnik remains on a professional try out.
Winnik played left wing on the fourth line with center Matt Cullen and right wing Tyler Ennis again in Wednesday's practice. Winnik and Cullen were paired together on the penalty kill.