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FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: The Wild placed 22-year old forward Colton Gillies on waivers. He has until Saturday to clear, and if he does he will be sent to Houston. A 2007 first-round pick (16th overall), Gillies has zero goals and two assists in 37 games this season.
The 6-foot-4 forward seems to have lost all confidence of late. If he clears waivers, the Wild believe a stint in Houston will be a positive experience.
"It has reached the point where we don't feel his confidence is going to come the way things are going right now, coach Mike Yeo said.
Gillies has played limited minutes the past few months, even though Yeo says "there are not many bigger fans of Gillies than his coach.
Gillies was a huge part of Houston's Calder Cup run in 2011, racking up seven goals and five assists in 24 playoff games for Yeo.
Despite the tough decision, both Yeo and general manager Chuck Fletcher know it is the right one for Gillies and his future.
"Assuming he clears waivers tomorrow, I think it will be a great opportunity for him to go to Houston and get his game going, Fletcher said. "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.
HE SAID IT: "I have seen what that guy can do, and he has gone to war for me and for our organization. It is not an easy thing, but for the big picture and for his future he needs to play, Yeo on Gillies
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FOX Sports North will televise the Minnesota Wild game and the University of Minnesota mens hockey game on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
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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...
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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...
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Koivu has collected 33 points (9-24=33) and 14 penalty minutes (PIM) in 39 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound native of Turku, Finland leads the Wild in points, assists, plus-minus rating (9), multiple-points games (7) and time on ice per game...
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Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks
United Center, Chicago
Mikko Koivu might be the biggest casualty from a hard-fought shootout loss to St. Louis.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu, in his seventh season, was named to the All-Star Game for the first time Thursday
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.
Even after failing to hold a late lead on Tuesday, Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo was still happy with how his team played, saying the Wild resembled the club that was atop the NHL standings a month ago.