Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Prosser Goes Back to Wild from Blues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Prosser Goes Back to Wild from Blues

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In August, when it became apparent that he would not re-sign with the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Nate Prosser put his Minneapolis- area home on the market.

He can be thankful it didn't sell.

Prosser signed a two-way deal with the Blues, and on Wednesday, the team placed him on waivers, preparing the way for him to be sent down to the Blues' AHL team in Chicago. But, in a move that took Prosser by surprise, the Wild claimed him on Thursday. He got the news during the Blues' morning skate on Thursday.

"I'm like literally at a loss for words," Prosser said about a half hour after getting the news.

So Prosser gets to go back to a city where he already owns a house, and he also didn't have to wait long to meet his new teammates since the Blues played the Wild on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. For a brief time on Thursday morning, there was a member of the opposing team, walking around the Blues' changing room, wearing a Blues T-shirt. Prosser would then fly home with the team after the game, and there's a good chance that he will see his new old friends on Saturday night when the Blues play their final preseason game at Minnesota.

"What a day here," he said. "I was just on the ice, expecting to go through a morning skate. It's a pretty funny business. You don't know what's going on."

Contract talks between the Wild and Prosser weren't going anywhere in mid-July and not wanting to wait any longer, he signed with the Blues. The Blues had liked what they had seen of Prosser, who played parts of five seasons with the Wild but hadn't had a full season until last year. But with a glut of Blues defensemen and seven players penciled in to spots, plus the surprising play of Petteri Lindbohm, it was pretty clear that Prosser was going to start the season in Chicago.

The Blues now have 10 defensemen in camp: Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Barret Jackman, Ian Cole, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jordan Leopold, Carl Gunnarsson (who is injured), Ryan Whitney, Chris Butler and Lindbohm. …

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