The Minnesota Wild are having a very, very tough time since their colossal start to this season. They're on a three-game losing streak and have just a 4-9-2 record over their last 15 games. Minnesota needs to make some serious changes, and they can start by trimming off some of the players who really are not performing up to standards. That's why the team has announced, via their official Twitter account, that Brad Staubitz has been placed on waivers.
Some will say that it's fair, others will say that it's unwarranted and a knee-jerk reaction. Staubitz didn't do much in the team's last outing, refusing to drop the gloves and fight when things got chippy, while Cal Clutterbuck was actually throwing down. It's odd to see the team's "enforcer" fail to enforce. Everybody was angry during that game against the Vancouver Canucks.
It also doesn't help Staubitz and his case that he commits bad penalties, has scored just nine points in 114 games for the Wild, no points this season and is minus-7 on the year. Even if it is a knee-jerk reaction, the move to jettison Staubitz could have been justified by any team in the league.
Staubitz has a solid chance to clear waivers, and if that happens, it's likely that he'll end up playing in Houston on his current contract, since he's not making much (just $575,000) this year.
For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.