Report: Cody Almond nearing return to Wild
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Cody Almond appears to be closing in on a return to the Minnesota Wild.
Almond, who was selected by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL draft, is expected to sign a one-year, one-way contract with Minnesota at some point this week, according to a report by Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève.
The Star Tribune's Michael Russo later confirmed the report.
The soon-to-be 25-year-old center appeared in 25 games for the Wild across three seasons, fluctuating between the NHL and minor leagues. When his contract was up for negotiation in 2012, Almond chose to leave the NHL and sign with Swiss Hockey League squad Genève-Servette HC.
In two seasons with Genève-Servette, Almond posted 26 goals and 45 assists in 83 games. The Calgary native signed a five-year contract in mind-June to stay in Switzerland, but he now looks geared to once again pursue an NHL career.
Almond played in 65 games for Wild coach Mike Yeo in the 2010-11 season when Yeo was head coach of the AHL's Houston Aeros.