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After ugly accident with Taylor Fedun, Minnesota waives Eric Nystrom

Oct 6, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

Eric Nystrom AP

Minnesota’s Eric Nystrom has had a difficult preseason. While he’s been fighting for a job to stick with the Wild, he had the unfortunate luck to be involved in an icing race with Edmonton’s Taylor Fedun that saw Fedun fall into the end boards breaking his leg. Nystrom dealt with the verbal slings and arrows stemming from that incident on his Twitter account and came through it all looking like a gentleman and as a guy very upset about seeing his fellow man get hurt so badly.

Things got a bit more trying for Nystrom today as the Wild have placed the 28 year-old forward on waivers. Nystrom comes with a cap hit of $1.4 million per year over the next two seasons. Should he clear waivers he’ll end up in Houston in the AHL. Nystrom has apparently been beaten out for a job by the likes of Colton Gillies and Nick Johnson.

We all feel for Nystrom because what happened to Fedun was more of a freak accident than anything else and a guy taking heat over that is just wrong. Getting essentially cut by your team on top of that seems unfair and most of us can identify with a guy who is being kicked when he’s down. Here’s to hoping Nystrom can land a NHL job elsewhere or find his way back up with the Wild.

  1. bcisleman - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I hope that Nystrom wasn’t cut because of the hit because Minnesota keeps Cal Clutterbuck on its roster. Cal makes questionable hits all the time and gets away with them MOST of the time. And he isn’t the player Eric is. Would love to see Eric in a NYI uni, but doubt it will happen.

    • Joe Yerdon - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      No he was not cut because of the play. He was cut because he was outplayed by others. It’s just a string bad fortune.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      Watch Clutterbuck on a nightly basis and then tell me he’s a borderline dirty player… He is in no way and for a player his size doing what he does, it is DAMN impressive. Nystrom has barely put up any points in his short period with the Wild, a team that is trying to get younger, so THAT’S WHY HE IS GETTING SENT DOWN / CUT. get a clue

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