Iowa Wild Release Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Joe Perry


On Thursday the Iowa Wild released defenseman Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, reassigned forward Joe Perry to the Quad City Mallards, and signed defenseman Nicholas Rioux to a professional tryout contract (PTO).

Both Perry and Dieude-Fauvel will join the Mallards immediately. That’s great news for Mallards fans, some of whom expressed some displeasure earlier in the week on Twitter when the Iowa Wild signed defenseman Nicholas Rioux to a PTO on Monday. (More on Rioux in a second.) That displeasure was largely because Iowa was (naturally) grabbing the best players from Quad City, while the Mallards are playoff-bound and Iowa is not.

Dieude-Fauvel signed his first AHL PTO back in December and performed pretty well defensively for Iowa before he got injured. All-in-all he only played in 15 games and collected a single point, an assist, along with a minus-3 rating, 10 penalty minutes, and 10 shots. He’s been injured and out of the lineup since January 22.

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Perry was originally up with Iowa on a PTO, but the team signed him to a standard player contract (SPC) on March 5. He’ll return to the Mallards after suiting up in six games with Iowa, collecting an assist, a plus-1 rating, 11 penalty minutes, and four shots.

When Perry left the Mallards he was eighth in goals scored in the ECHL and was tied for first among ECHL rookies.

Both Perry and Dieude-Fauvel will be a nice boon for the Mallards as they work their way toward the ECHL playoffs.

On to Rioux. It’s been an eventful week for defenseman Nicholas Rioux. As we talked about earlier in the week, the Wild released defenseman Danny Syvret from his PTO on Monday. Then the team signed Rioux to a PTO on Tuesday. On Wednesday the team released Rioux from his PTO back to the Mallards. Then on Thursday, the team signed him to PTO again. It looked something like this:

Rioux played five games for the Wild earlier in the season.

In other Mallards news, the team has signed defenseman Austin Coldwell out of the University of Alaska, as he’s just completed his senior season and will turn pro playing with the Mallards immediately.

Iowa is back in action on Sunday when they take on the Utica Comets in Des Moines.

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