Wild resign Stalock, call up Tuch 03 Feb 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have called up forward Alex Tuch from the AHL, putting their 2014 first-round draft pick in position to make his NHL debut.

The Wild made the move on Thursday, their off day. They play at Vancouver on Saturday.

Tuch was the 18th overall selection in 2014 before he played two seasons at Boston College while tallying 32 goals and 30 assists in 77 games. In his first professional season for the Iowa Wild, the 20-year-old Tuch has 11 goals and 11 assists in 34 games. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound native of Syracuse, New York, who is one of several promising prospects in the Wild’s system, played in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday.

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed goalie Alex Stalock to a two-year contract extension, allowing the club to protect All-Star Devan Dubnyk in the upcoming expansion draft.

Stalock has spent the entire season in the AHL, posting a 14-10-4 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage for the Iowa Wild. The 29-year-old has played in 62 career NHL games, all with the San Jose Sharks.

Stalock will make $650,000 next season regardless of where he plays. He’ll have a two-way contract in 2018-19 and make $650,000 in the NHL or $300,000 in the AHL.

The extension announced Thursday makes Stalock eligible for exposure in the expansion draft this summer for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Backup Darcy Kuemper’s contract is expiring, making him ineligible.