Wild coach Mike Yeo admitted that Brett Bulmer was scratched on Saturday so that the team could have more time to evaluate him.
Saturday would have been Bulmer's 10th NHL game, which would have resulted in 2011-12 counting as the first season of his NHL contract. However, the Wild weren't sure they wanted to keep him, so they sent him to the press box for that game and decided afterwards to return him to WHL Kelowna. However, rather than be honest with Bulmer or the media, the team initially led everyone to believe that he would be kept and Yeo tried to paint off Bulmer being scratched as coincidental. "We hadn't made up our mind yet, and we wanted to see how we did in the Detroit game (i.e. injuries, outcome). ... We're also not going to point him in the direction of you're probably going back just in case if he is going to get in the lineup next game, he has to have the right mind frame," Yeo said. You could make the argument that it would have been better to be honest with Bulmer rather than to lead him on only to demote him later. Either way, we wouldn't be surprised if Bulmer was back in Min
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 11:29:00 AM