Sammy Walker Called Up to Replace Alex Goligoski on Minnesota Wild Roster
The Minnesota Wild placed Alex Goligoski on long-term injured reserve, on Wednesday, after suffering a lower-body injury vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, over the weekend.
Minnesota Wild call up hometown forward, Sammy Walker
The move allowed the Wild to call up Edina native and former Gopher, (C) Sammy Walker, from Iowa, whose contract ($775K) was too large to fit underneath the team’s salary cap, prior to Goligoski’s LTIR designation.
#mnwild have recalled Sammy Walker and placed Alex Goligoski on LTIR. Gives Wild some roster flexibility— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) October 18, 2023
The 24-year-old Minnesotan was all but forced to stay in Iowa, even after leading the Minnesota Wild in preseason points. Bill Guerin had no other option and everyone knew it, including Walker.
Last season, Sammy Walker collected 48 points (27 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games with the Iowa Wild. He also tacked on one goal and one assist for the big league Wild, in 9 games worth of NHL experience. With Matt Boldy out weeks, due to his own upper body injury, this is a chance Walker has never really gotten.
Let’s see if he takes advantage. His first game as a 2023-24 Minnesota Wild forward will be Thursday night, at home, vs the LA Kings.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan