The Minnesota Wild claimed Nate Prosser off of waivers from St. Louis on Thursday. The Elk River native is no stranger to the MN franchise. Prosser has already played 282 of his 283 NHL games in a Wild Sweater. The scrappy defenseman will look to help out a Wild team that is currently allowing 3.00 goals per game.
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That tater-tot hotdish will keep a man coming back. This tenure will be the 31 year-old’s third stint with the organization. He was originally signed as a free agent in 2010 as a spry 23 year-old. The last two times around, MN grabbed him after the Blues put him on waivers. That’s right. Three years ago we claimed Nate Prosser in an oddly similar fashion to Thursday.
While growing up, Prosser’s now-sister-in-law, Courtni, used to mop me up on the basketball court. Talented Minnesota families coming together…. It’s a beautiful thing. I reached out to her in regards to the news of Nate’s return. Let’s just say, the excitement inside that family is palpable.
Q: What was your family’s reaction when you found out that Nate, your sister, and their children would be returning to Minnesota?
A: We were absolutely thrilled! It was the news we’d been praying for. Great opportunity for Nate and having the family together again is a huge blessing. Happy tears all around!
Q: Does your family now need to donate a bunch of St. Louis Blues apparel or how does that work?
A: I think we all had the Blues gear retired before their cars reached Iowa. It feels good to wear red and green again!
Q: Any plans to go down to the Xcel Energy Center soon?
A: No immediate plans, but hopefully soon! Can’t wait to see 39 out there again.
As you can tell, the fans aren’t the only ones excited about Prosser returning home. In October 2016, WCCO did a special on Nate and his family:
Prosser wasn’t in uniform to join his new (kind of new) teammates for Thursday’s victory. I’m sure he, like Wild Nation, was happy to see this team put that losing streak to bed.
#mnwild win 4-2 to snap a 2-game losing streak.
Eric Staal (10 goals, 23 points) notches his 56th career game-winning goal.
29 saves for Dubnyk after allowing 18 goals his previous 4 starts
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Minnesota has come out of the gates slower than anticipated. After victories both on and off the ice on Thursday, there is more of a positive vibe surrounding the club. Let’s hope that vibe continues with another win on Saturday. The Wild will take on Prosser’s now-former team, the St. Louis Blues.
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