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SAINT PAUL, Minn. A day after the Wild placed 2007 first-round pick Colton Gillies on waivers, the Columbus Blue Jackets foiled Minnesota's plans to send the send the forward to Houston of the AHL by claiming him.
Gillies had two assists in 37 games this season, and coach Mike Yeo said Friday that the 22-year-old's confidence had been damaged to the point it could not be repaired at the NHL level.
The plan had been to send him to Houston, where he led Yeo's team there to the Calder Cup Finals last season with seven goals and five assists in 24 playoff games.
"Assuming he clears waivers tomorrow, I think it will be a great opportunity for him to go to Houston and get his game going," general manager Fletcher said Friday. "He's a young player, he's got a great future ahead of him, and I think this is the best for decision for his long-term development."
Unfortunately for the Wild, if he has a great future, it'll be with the Blue Jackets' organization. Gillies was the 16th overall pick in 2007 and made it to Minnesota quickly, playing 45 games for the Wild during the 2008-09 season. He had two goals and five assists in those games but played in only seven games for Minnesota last season. This year, he started out on the fourth line and never got going. He averaged only 9 minutes, 10 seconds of ice time per game.
"At first I accepted it (the fourth line role)," he told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Saturday.
"At the beginning of the year, I was playing really well. I always had almost like motivation. If I work hard and I show them, I can move up in lines when I get that chance, when theres injuries. Just like the last little bit, it seemed like they looked at guys and give them chances instead of moving me up. Obviously, it hurt. Its kind of unmotivating. It was hard. Youve got to play the best you can with what youre given. Its just hard sometimes. Thats all."
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed left wing Colton Gillies off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
The 22-year-old Gillies, a first-round draft pick in 2007, had two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 37 games with Minnesota this season. He has three goals, seven assists and 30 penalty minutes in 89 career games with the Wild.
Last season, he had 11 goals and 15 assists in 64...
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Yesterday morning the Wild put local kid, Colton Gillies on waivers so they could send him to the AHL to get some confidence back. I would grab Gillies in a second, and it's not just because he's a local kid. I was a fan of the kid in 07 at...
The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed left wing Colton Gillies off waivers from the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Gillies was a 2007 first-round draft pick. He has two assists in 37 games this season with the Wild.
The 22-year-old racked up 11 goals and 15 assists in 64 games with Houston of the American Hockey League last year.
Gillies was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning...
FOX Sports North will televise the Minnesota Wild game and the University of Minnesota mens hockey game on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
The Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues game will be televised live on FOX Sports North beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Wild Live presented by Century Link.
The University of Minnesota vs. North Dakota mens hockey game will be televised live on FOX...
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed left wing Colton Gillies off waivers from the Minnesota Wild, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations...
Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu left Saturday night's game against Saint Louis with a lower-body injury.
Koivu was hurt in the first period after taking a check from Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.
He entered Saturday's game with nine goals and 24 assists on the season.
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Since Dec. 13, 2011, the Minnesota Wild have two victories, nine losses and four overtime losses.
They were leading the Western Conference with 44 points on Dec. 14. Now, they're eighth in the West with 51 points; a Colorado Avalanche victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, and the Wild are on the outside of the playoff bubble.
That's bad. This is worse: The Star Tribune...
The Wild go ahead at 7:13. David McIntyre tips a shot in traffic
that changes direction and caroms past Jaroslav Halak. It is
McIntyre's first goal.
Jaroslav Halak stopped Minnesota's Matt Cullen, Dany Heatley and
Devon Setoguchi in the shootout and the Blues win 3-2, their first
shootout win of the season.