Matt Dumba Recalled, Stu Bickel Waived

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On Thursday the Minnesota Wild will recall Matt Dumba and waive Stu Bickel with the intention of sending him to Iowa, according to The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

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Dumba has been doing a lot of traveling back and forth lately. As Russo notes in the linked piece, the team hasn’t yet officially announced the move and Dumba doesn’t appear to have landed in Calgary yet, but should he arrive and the move be made official, it’ll be his first NHL game in Alberta, not too far from where he played a lot of youth hockey.

We probably don’t need to rehash the situation too much, but Dumba played a couple of games and looked improved prior to the All-Star break. He was sent down to Iowa for the break where he got in a couple extra games and was able to participate in the AHL All-Star game on Monday. He had two assists in that game.

For a breakdown on my feelings about Bickel over Dumba read this piece on the team recalling Bickel after the break. Bickel didn’t play in Tuesday’s game. Nate Prosser was given the nod over Bickel. Prosser is the blueliner who is most likely to draw out of the roster if Dumba is in. Prosser caught his face on the glass pretty hard in Tuesday’s win over Edmonton. He practiced yesterday, so it would appear on the surface that he is clear of concussion symptoms.

In other Wild news, Ryan Suter should be good to go after taking a maintenance day yesterday. Matt Cooke also missed practice on Wednesday due to a death in the family. He’s back with the team in Calgary and expected to play tonight.

Look out for the Wild at Calgary Flame game preview which will be hitting the site a little later today.

Update:
The team has made it official.

Also, Bickel is not required to go through waivers, since he has recently cleared.

Mike Yeo also said during his press availability that it’ll likely be Christian Folin drawing out of the lineup, not Nate Prosser, if Dumba is going to be in the lineup.