Most NHL fans are preparing for a lockout scenario once the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NHLPA expires on Sept. 15, and the Minnesota Wild have made their preparations to fill out the minor league roster in case a lockout suspends all transactions in the near future. The Wild reportedly placed five players on waivers -- forwards Jarod Palmer and Carson McMillan and defensemen Brian Connolly, Drew Bagnall and Chay Genoway -- with the hopes that each one clears waivers and can then be assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in Houston.
The signs from all parties involved in the current CBA negotiations have been uninspiring, and the recent set of moves from the Wild certainly signals that preparations are being made for the worst-case scenario where the NHL is forced to suspend play for some amount of time during the upcoming season.
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