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Minnesota waives Veilleux, Coyle expected to return Friday

Oct 30, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild have placed veteran forward Stephane Veilleux on waivers for the purpose of sending him back to AHL Iowa.

Veilleux, 31, has appeared in 10 games for Minnesota this season, scoring no points while recording a minus-4 rating in 7:10 TOI per night.

He played with Minnesota from 2002-09 before embarking on a journey to Tampa Bay, the SM-liiga, the Swiss league and the New Jersey Devils organization before being re-acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade of 2012.

He appeared in 21 games that season, then spent the entire 2013 campaign with AHL Houston before getting called up for Minnesota’s first-round playoff series against Chicago — and appearing in two games.

The Wild organization is obviously fond of Vellieux as a veteran presence, having brought him back on a couple of occasions and throwing him into the playoffs last year despite spending the entire season in the American League. That said, his chances to stick in the NHL might be coming to a close as Charlie Coyle appears ready to return from injury and Mike Rupp isn’t far behind.

  1. lofty35 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Here are lines in practice today from Russo
    Parise-Coyle-Heatley;
    Cooke-Granlund-Pominville;
    Niederreiter-Koivu-Brodziak;
    Mitchell-Konopka-Fontaine

    • purpleguy - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Huh? Did the janitor make out those combos. If those are the lines Friday, I’ll jump on the ice naked and do snow angels. On second thought, maybe I’ll just look at the ice with anger.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Its not that bad, but I really just don’t understand their insistence on Heatley. They keep saying he just needs to get going, but they’ve been saying that for two seasons now.

      • clarke16 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        It’s because they know if they can get Heatley going–that could be the difference for this team. Too much talent…too much ability there not to do everything you can to find a way to ramp that…

  2. alldayvikes - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Those lines are awful… I would keep all lines the same as last game. Only difference would be to replace Fontaine with Coyle as 1st line RW and move Fontaine down to the 4th line to replace Veilleux

    • mp1131211 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      You remember last game, right?

  3. tlow97 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    What the hell is Heater doing way up there? Hope those lines aren’t completely in order…

    • clarke16 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Very astute line shuffle by Yeo. Some underperforming players you motivate by moving down…and some by moving up. Heater has the makeup of one you move up…and he’s the type that goes on a tear once he finds the groove. They’ve GOT to get him going. Koivu needs a jump start as well and he really doesn’t add a whole lot to Parise’s game. He/Niederreiter seem to have developed some chemistry though and paired with Brodziak–I like that. There’s a lot of young, hungry talent at the winger there that could be just what the old man needs to start bringin’ some fog…

      • lordfletcher - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        Heatley has no chance of getting going unless he buys new legs.

        he may score a goal or two, but his legs are completely gone. He can’t skate and its hurting the Wild offensively and defensively…

        needs to be benched

      • tlow97 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Heatley is a professional. If he has no intensity/motivation, suck it up, play hard and figure it out. If his legs are gone, he has to change his game and play to his strengths.

        I just don’t think it’s a matter of coaches needing to “get Heatley going”… he needs to take it upon himself at some point.

  4. clarke16 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    You don’t just *lose* your skating ability. What Heater is lacking is intensity. He’s not engaged the way he needs to be and they’re trying to find ways to make that happen. That’s what coaches do. Benching someone like Heatley would be counterproductive. Doesn’t work on people with his makeup. They’re got a lot of $$$ tied up in that asset and they realize they need to find a way to have it start producing some dividends…

  5. mnwildnstar - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Heater is feeling that no one believes in him and his confidence dwindles. Call me what ya want,,, but if they can find the right line combination and his confidence gets restored. Watch out! He can contribute…

    • clarke16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Exactly. Well said…

  6. jpolk1933 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Why replace Fontaine? He has been one of the best producers for the past two weeks. Who knows what Coyle will be as he comes back from injury. I think Coyle is a great player and will be for many years to come, but I would ease him back into the game. By putting him up on the 1st line you are now putting a lot of pressure back on him going against the best.

    *I personally like change once Coyle is back to his old self.
    *I wish they would recall Zucker to replace Mitchell but for some reason Yeo doesn’t like him.
    *Let Heatley finish the year and then he is gone…..wild will sign Vanek in the FA period
    *Brodziak may be one of the most….if not the most underrated 3rd line Center in all of the NHL

    This WON”T be a year for a cup run, but if they keep this up they will be cup contenders within 3 years……

    We will see how it goes but I think this is the right direction

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