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via Winnipeg Jets tweet,
#NHLJets agree to terms with Kyle Wellwood
With the regular season home opener a month away, the Winnipeg Jets continue to tweak their roster, albeit with modest changes. Yesterday the club announced they’ve signed former Leafs/Canucks/Sharks (and Blues, although he never played a game for them) centre Kyle Wellwood to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Seems like a relatively safe pick-up for the Jets – Wellwood can surprise with bursts of speed and some pretty slick stickwork.
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets have dipped into the remaining pool of NHL free agents to grab veteran centre Kyle Wellwood, signing him to a one-year $700,000 contract.
A 28-year-old former draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (134th overall in 2001), Wellwood has appeared in 373 NHL games with the Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. He split last season between the KHL and the Sharks, heading over to Russia after failing to land a roster spot in a tryout with the Phoenix Coyotes. He appeared in 35 games for the Sharks last year, scoring five goals and adding eight assists.
The Jets have not confirmed the signing, but his name did appear on the team’s roster on its website Thursday before being removed.
Wellwood on the receiving end of a hit from Marc Staal.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
San Jose claims Kyle Wellwood on waivers from STL.
added 12:19pm, via Darren Pang tweet,
Wellwood just said he’s been thru all the time zones the last few yrs. He wanted to be a Blue, felt the chance to play was best in St Louis
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has signed free agent forward Kyle Wellwood to a one-year contract.
Wellwood, 27, has made 25 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Mytishchi Atlant this season, recording eight points including five goals and three assists.
In 2009-10, the 5’10”, 181-pound forward tallied 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 75 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks as well as two goals and five assists in 12 playoff outings.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Kyle Wellwood, ex of KHL, is signing a one year contract with STL. Will have to clear waivers.
added 2:06pm, from Dan O’Neill of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“It’s someone in which we do have some interest, but we haven’t signed him or done anything like that yet,” Armstrong said. “I don’t know where that information came from, but we’re on our way to Anaheim now so we’re not going to be signing him today.”
via Dave Strader tweet,
Wellwood released by #Coyotes. He’ll get a job somewhere but congrats to Kyle Turris. He earned the spot!
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Tippett said players with NHL experience who are trying to get roster spots are judged on exhibition games, which start Tuesday for the Coyotes in Anaheim.
It all comes down to need.
“It’s just a matter of whether we have a need for that player with us right now,” Tippett said. “He’s been solid so far, but to judge those guys on a couple scrimmage games would be wrong. There’s young players you watch during a scrimmage game . . . We’ll have to evaluate him with how he fits with our group by the exhibition games.”
Tippett said when players such as Wellwood are battling for jobs it improves a team.
“During the summer you look at teams and Phoenix is a team that I thought maybe would be a good fit for me because of my skill-set. I’m a good centerman on face-offs and I can handle myself defensively and I’m pretty creative on the power play. Those are things I’m going to try to show them at camp and in exhibition games and make the team.”
Kyle Wellwood who accepted an invitation to Coyotes training camp. More from Dave Vest of Coyotes.com.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Wellwood isn’t exactly pacing the floor of his Windsor, Ont., home, but he does wish that when the phone rings it would be his agent calling, not a reporter.
“I’m just waiting for a call from my agent,” Wellwood said Wednesday. “Still waiting. It’s definitely always stressful, I guess, trying to stay in the NHL. It’s something I have grown accustomed to and this is just part of the job.”
Wellwood’s agent is former goalie Mike Liut, who also represents former Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell. And while Mitchell, now apparently fully recovered from the concussion he suffered way back in mid-January, is getting plenty of NHL auditions, Wellwood has received little interest.
“You never know how the off-season can shake out,” Wellwood said. “Certainly I was hopeful in July that somebody would show interest in me. But that didn’t really happen.”
via Jason Botchford of the White Towel,
The Canucks will have to start trying to avoid black cats and ladders because they can’t seem to catch a break.
Just as one player, Mathieu Schneider, is ready to come off the injury list today, Kyle Wellwood has to be put on. Wellwood suffered a broken toe after he blocked a Mike Komisarek slap shot with the big toe on his right foot.
Wellwood is expected to miss three weeks. To replace him, the Canucks have recalled Sergei Shirokov, who led the Moose in score with 10 points in 10 games, including four goals.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Six years ago, then Vancouver Canuck centre Brendan Morrison went to salary arbitration and had to listen while the team’s lawyer compared him to a mouse that was riding the back of an elephant (actually, two, named Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi).
Yes, things can get nasty in arbitration, so current Canuck centre Kyle Wellwood can expect to hear all about his conditioning struggles and the lengthy 21-game goal drought he endured last season when he sits down at his own arbitration hearing with the Canucks Tuesday in Toronto.
It’s the nature of the process. Wellwood’s camp, led by agent Mike Liut, will accentuate the positives of his inaugural season in Vancouver, while the Canucks, with assistant general manager Laurence Gilman in charge, will point out some of the flaws in Wellwood’s game.
Gilman acknowledged the process is not one that either side particularly relishes.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the season started he was known locally as “Kyle Well-fed.”
Nobody was projecting the former Toronto Maple Leaf to be a Stanley Cup hero in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal, much less acknowledged by coach Alain Vigneault as “our best player.”
from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,
Alain Vigneault told the rest of the world how he felt about Kyle Wellwood after Tuesday’s game.
So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he let Wellwood in on this Thursday morning at practice — he’s not happy.
“I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to get the most out of him,and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Vigneault said. “As a coach you have to push the right buttons. Some guys need to be pushed a little harder, some guys need to be handled differently. Kyle needs to be pushed and that’s what I’m doing.”
from Scott Cruickshank at Flames Insider,
After stunning saves on RW Steve Bernier (left pad) and C Mats Sundin (glove), Kiprusoff had needed to lunge to his right when puck squirted over to Wellwood. The shot, seemingly into an empty net, was batted away by the back of the Flames netminder’s paddle.
Great save, right?
“Kyle got what he deserves,” said Vigneault. “I mean, he is not bearing down and had an open net. He’s shooting the puck two miles an hour. You have to bear down, you have to put your full weight into it, you have to shoot it. He might have been standing there a little bit. Obviously, it looked like the goalie made a big save, but the player didn’t have a great attempt there.”
read on and watch the save below…
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.
In other transaction news [TSN]:
Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.
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from the Canucks Nation Blog at the Vancouver Province,
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn’t say Kyle Wellwood is a lost cause but he did leave some tread marks on the waiver-wire pickup after he drove the bus over him.
AV took direct aim at Wellwood’s fitness level after the two-day training camp in Whislter.
“His commitment to conditioning and being a professional athlete probably wasn’t where it needed to be for him to have success,” said Vigneault. “His test results showed from early July [to training camp] significant improvements. That being said, it’s still not NHL calibre.”
Ouch. And that wasn’t the only shot that Wellwood absorbed.
added 9:17pm, More on this from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun…
According to Fan590 in Toronto, Andrew Raycroft and Kyle Wellwood have been placed on waivers.
added 12:59pm, from TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs took another step toward rebuilding on Tuesday, placing forward Kyle Wellwood and goaltender Andrew Raycroft on waivers.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Wellwood, 25, will be a restricted free agent on July 1. He will then quickly become an unrestricted free agent, although Fletcher, the Leafs’ interim general manager, declined to confirm that yesterday. However, a source close to the team said there are no plans to offer Wellwood a contract.
It could be that Wellwood’s NHL career will end after just three seasons, which would be ironic.
more on the Leafs…
from the National Post via the Ottawa Citizen,
After Wellwood missed 33 games with a sports hernia last season, head coach Paul Maurice instructed the third-year forward to hit the weights and get stronger this summer.
According to Wellwood’s father, the 24-year-old took a different approach.
“He likes to take the time off to rest himself mentally,” Rick Wellwood said in a telephone interview yesterday. “In the past, that has worked for him. But maybe he’s now going to have to do more in the summer; he’ll decide to take care of himself better when he decides to do that.”