Rangers center Jarret Stoll, who was signed as a free agent last summer and placed on waivers Monday, was claimed by the Minnesota Wild Tuesday afternoon.
Stoll, 33, had just one goal and two assists in 28 games and coach Alain Vigneault had said on Monday that he did not adapt well to playing on the wing. Vigneault said Stoll was waived to provide an opportunity for the veteran to catch on with another club.
The transaction also provided salary-cap space for the Rangers to recall defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford for Tuesday’s game against Edmonton. Skjei, 21, will make his NHL debut, stepping in for Dan Girardi, who has swelling in his right knee.
Stoll, who won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings, was acquired after he was arrested on drug possession charges in Las Vegas last summer. He pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges and performed community service, and the Rangers, seeking depth at center, offered him a one-year, $800,000 contract
But Dominic Moore proved to be a better center for the fourth line, and the emergence of rookie Oscar Lindberg made Stoll expendable. He also played poorly defensively at critical times in the team’s recent losses to Vancouver and Edmonton.
The Rangers will see Stoll fairly quickly; they visit the Wild on Thursday.