ST. PAUL, Minn. – Patrick O’Sullivan is on the move again after being claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
It will be the fourth NHL team for the 25-year-old forward, who signed in Carolina over the summer after finishing last season in Edmonton.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford indicated that O’Sullivan was unable to secure a regular spot on one of the team’s top three scoring lines.
“We’re happy that Patrick is getting an opportunity, which didn’t arise here because of the play of Sergei (Samsonov), Jussi (Jokinen) and Jeff (Skinner),” Rutherford said in a statement. “For him to be successful, he has to play in the top nine, and that spot did not open up for him here.”
The Wild also announced left-wing Guillaume Latendresse needs two surgeries: for a torn labrum in his hip and for a bilateral sports hernia. He’ll have the procedures on Wednesday.
Latendresse has three goals and three assists in eight games. He’s coming off a breakout season, when he had 25 goals and 12 assists in 55 games for Minnesota after he was acquired in a trade with Montreal.
O’Sullivan had one goal in 10 games for Carolina this season.
His best NHL season was 2007-08, when he scored 22 goals and 53 points for the Los Angeles Kings.
The Wild originally drafted him 56th overall in 2003 but traded him to the Kings before he ever played for the team.