ST. PAUL, Minn. – Dan Fritsche is joining his third NHL team.
The New York Rangers have dealt the 23-year-old forward to Minnesota in exchange for defenceman Eric Reitz.
Fritsche spent the first three years of his career with Columbus before getting traded to the Rangers over the summer. He managed just one goal and three assists in 16 games with New York this season.
He’ll get a fresh start in Minnesota.
“Dan is a versatile player who can play centre or wing, a determined player who makes the game harder on the opposition, and a winning player,” Wild GM Doug Risebrough said in a statement.
Fritsche was part of the London Knights team that won the Memorial Cup in 2005 and the U.S. world junior team that captured gold in 2004.
He was a second-round draft pick of the Blue Jackets and has 67 points (30-37) in 222 NHL games.
The 26-year-old Reitz has appeared in 37 games for Minnesota over the past three seasons, registering a goal and an assist.