Despite heading out on the road for a game in Nashville tomorrow, the Minnesota Wild have sent Joseph Cramarossa to the minor leagues. That leaves the team with an open roster spot, potentially for Brandon Duhaime to be activated if he is ready to return from injury.
Cramarossa, 30, has played in four games for the Wild this season, scoring a goal and recording eight hits. The minor league veteran isn’t really known for his offense even at the AHL level but can come in and play a fourth-line role without risk. He’ll likely be back up at some point this season when the team is dealing with more injuries, but shouldn’t be considered a full-time option.
Duhaime has been out since the beginning of the month, after scoring two goals and three points in his first ten games of the season. The uber-physical forward had 122 penalty minutes and 201 hits last season (his first) for the Wild, while also chipping in six goals. If he’s not ready, Cramarossa’s assignment could mean that Tyson Jost is going to re-enter the lineup after being made a healthy scratch recently.
The 24-year-old Jost hasn’t scored yet this season and failed to even register a shot on goal in each of his last two appearances. His ice time in those games was reduced severely, and it appears as though the coaching staff has moved in a different direction. If he gets another chance, he’ll have to show enough to warrant the $2MM cap hit he carries, especially given he’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the year. Currently, Jost looks like a potential non-tender candidate, given the threat of salary arbitration.