The Minnesota Wild have claimed Nate Prosser off waivers, essentially replacing Kyle Quincey on the roster after he cleared. Jordin Tootoo, the third player on waivers yesterday also cleared and has been assigned to Rockford. Today, Nathan Walker (WSH) who we addressed earlier, and Matt Tennyson (BUF) are on the wire.
Prosser returns to familiar stomping grounds, having played for Minnesota for the first eight years of his professional career. After playing 282 games for the Wild over that span, he signed a two-year contract with the Blues this offseason. Only suiting up for one game for the Blues this year, they were right in their assumption that he would be claimed if they exposed him to waivers.
The 31-year old gives the Wild another right-side option, something that Quincey wasn’t willing to do according to Michael Russo of The Athletic. With Jared Spurgeon injured and not travelling with the team, Prosser could potentially jump into the lineup right away. Quincey hasn’t technically been sent to the AHL, and Minnesota had been offering him to clubs before eventually waiving him. Clearing waivers could facilitate a move now that the acquiring team could send him to the minor leagues without issue.
For Tennyson, waivers indicates he’s healthy enough to return to action. He was placed on injured reserve on November 16th, and has played in just 14 games with the Sabres this season. With seven healthy defensemen already on the roster, Tennyson is likely headed for Rochester should he clear.