The Minnesota Wild are expected to make a number of moves in anticipation of the NHL lockout, according to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune. The lockout is expected to begin at 11:00 p.m. CT Saturday, barring a late agreement between the NHL and NHLPA on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Most of the moves are designed to get young players onto the roster of the Houston Aeros, a Minnesota minor-league affiliate. As Russo states, all players signed to introductory contracts but two are set for Houston, and a number of other players may be put on waivers so that they can be sent to the minor-league club. This would allow players to get valuable playing time while keeping them eligible to return to the NHL club when the sesaon is over.
Further, winger Nick Palmieri has not signed a contract with the club, and remains a free agent. The team still retains his rights.
Negotiations continue between the players' association and league this week, with Wednesday's negotiations breaking with the NHLPA reviewing a new offer from the commissioner.