March 15, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Jamie Langenbrunner (15) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Blues 2-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild Place Bjorn Krupp on Unconditional Waivers

Don’t know how I missed this earlier, but here you go. The Minnesota Wild have said goodbye to defensive prospect Bjorn Krupp.

What does this mean? Well, it sheds a little bit of salary, and also frees up a contract that would be put to better use elsewhere. Krupp, an undrafted free agent defenseman, played three unspectacular seasons with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls before heading overseas to turn pro with the DEL’s Cologne Sharks. He never stood a chance of making Minnesota’s lineup.

I smell a move by Wild GM Chuck Fletcher in the not too distant future. Does he take a flier on Minnesota native Jamie Langenbrunner, a known quantity that has made his desire to play in his home state quite plain? Who knows, but the termination of Krupp’s contract will almost certainly end in another signing, whether it be right away or later on.

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