As expected, the Minnesota Wild were very quiet last Tuesday, making only
one minor deal leading up to the much anticipated NHL trade deadline. Minnesota’s only move sent C Darryl Laplante to the Boston Bruins for LW Greg Crozier.
Crozier, a third round pick (73rd overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in
1994, has played only one NHL game in his career. The 25 year old has spent
all season with the Providence Bruins (AHL) this season, tallying 11 points
in 54 games. He was assigned to the Houston Aeros following the trade.
Laplante, meanwhile, has played in the minors with Houston all season, with
17 points in 31 games, and never played a game in a Wild uniform.
With Sergei Zholtok on the sidelines, C Richard Park has been given more
time on the power-play and more ice time, overall. Park took advantage of
the extra action to bang home two power-play goals in Monday’s 4-2 win,
including the game winner.
It was the first two-goal game of Park’s career, and extended the South
Korean’s season totals to eight goals and 12 assists in 51 games.
This is Park’s first season in the NHL since 1998-99 when he played seven
games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Minnesota was able to take two positives out of Saturday afternoon’s loss as
D Brad Bombardir and C Wes Walz returned to action. Bombardir missed four
games with a sore right ankle, while Walz had been on the shelf since the
Olympic break with injuries to his chest and left shoulder.
The Wild are hoping D Filip Kuba can return to action in two weeks. Kuba
practiced without a splint on his right hand, which was fractured Feb. 10 on
a slap shot by Islanders D Roman Hamrlik.
Wild Briefs: RW Tony Virta was recalled from Houston on March 20 and
played in the 3-1 loss to Columbus, the first NHL game of his