Iowa Wild Release Danny Syvret


On Monday the Iowa Wild announced that they have released veteran defenseman Danny Syvret from his professional tryout (PTO), which has lasted most of the season.

Syvret played more games on the Iowa blue line than any other Wild defenseman this season, scoring four goals and 14 assists through 58 games. Syvret also had a team-worst minus-21 rating, with Zack Phillips coming in second at minus-19. Phillips was recently traded to Boston for struggling forward Jared Knight. That leaves Stephane Veilleux as the title-holder of a team-worst minus-16 rating with Syvret and Phillips gone.

Iowa is having another rough season, but there are signs that the team is pushing to get things turned around inside the organization. The addition of rookie Olivier Archambault has injected some offensive life into someone not named Michael Keranen or Tyler Graovac. It sounds like Gustav Olofsson may be able to return before the end of the season. And the team may be gearing up to bring in some prospects who are currently in juniors. The OHL, WHL, and QMJHL seasons are coming to a close with the playoffs starting very soon. It’s possible a few of the Wild’s prospects might get a cup of coffee in the AHL before the season is out.

It’s also possible that the Wild will make a move to bring in a college free agent or two. They did it last season when they went after Christian Folin, who is now playing with the NHL club.

There aren’t any rumors that these moves are brewing, but it wouldn’t be surprising with the Wild destined to miss the playoffs and the NHL squad not far from expanded lineups. The organization could move a couple players up to the NHL level for insurance in the near(ish) future — possible call-ups include Graovac, Keranen, Jonathon Blum, Veilleux, and Brett Sutter. Once that process gets under way, it’d make sense to move in some free agents or organizational prospects to give them a taste of pro hockey.

For his part, Syvret is sticking in the AHL despite being released. He has been signed to a PTO by the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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