WINNIPEG, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 30: Paul Postma #38 of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck around Kyle Wilson #28 of the Nashville Predators in preseason NHL action at the MTS Centre on September 30, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Renaud Lavoie of RDS, our daily provider of NHL waiver wire news, tweets that apparently Kyle Wilson has cleared waivers, which allows him to be assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL. The only claim put in today was for Dale Weise, who was let go by the New York Rangers, and claimed by the Vancouver Canucks.
Notably, Jack Hillen, Teemu Laakso and Zack Stortini were not on today's waiver list, increasing the likelihood that they'll be part of the Opening Night roster when the Predators take the ice in Columbus on Friday. There is still time for a trade to be made, obviously, but if the Preds want to send any of these three to Milwaukee, they'd have to put them through waivers tomorrow, then assign them to the Admirals on Thursday, which would be awfully close to that opening game. Typically, the team sets their opening night roster two or three days in advance.
For Laakso, this would be his second time breaking camp with the NHL squad, after having done so in 2009. For all three of those guys, who are on two-way contracts, this would mean a huge difference in salary, from roughly $100,000 at the AHL level to $550K-$675K each in the NHL. Whether or not they stick up here the entire season is uncertain, but this sure is a good way to start.