Farewell to Nystrom, hello to youngsters

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 6, 2011 - 11:18 PM

Veteran forward Eric Nystrom was put on waivers Thursday.

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jolsenOct. 7, 11 1:36 AM

I'm so happy that the Wild is starting to develop some of their young players. This is a positive move. Getting rid of Mitts, Bruno, Sheppard, Kobasew, Barker and Nystrom is great. All of these players had some serious deficits.

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tntbabs1Oct. 7, 11 8:13 AM

I hope Nystrom lands somewhere, I think he has something still left in the tank to give to a different system, just not this one.

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floridascottOct. 7, 11 8:22 AM

The facts are Nystrom led the team with a -16 last year. He did not score for his first 50 or so games and ended up with 12 total points. The only positive is that he did play all 82 games. So the fact that he did play all 82 games makes his total production numbers look even more anemic. Any team just can not pay 1.4M for that. You could have probably got that production from 5 different guys at Houston last year.

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GertronOct. 7, 1110:25 AM

floridascott - 100% accurate. He may be a great guy and I do wish him the best but his performance last season was way below mediocre, it was pretty bad. They could have replaced him with almost anybody and not been worse off. I never could understand how he remained in the lineup for all 82 games!

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northsportsOct. 7, 1110:40 AM

Jettisoning Nystrom may have been a little premature as he played injured last year and out of position. He played very well the year before in Calgary as a center and actually plays the dump and grind(Yeo's system) very well. He may end up in Houston and could be back ?? Management is also hedging on the Bulmer experiment already. He does have some high side potential and could be a great component down the road with say Phillips and Zucker but we are talking 2-4 years down the road. Hope he doesn't get hurt in this experiment !

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