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Updated: October 31st, 2011 1:36pm
Rookie right winger Brett Bulmer returned to junior team

Rookie right winger Brett Bulmer returned to junior team

by Judd Zulgad
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Right winger Brett Bulmer played well enough in training camp that he was able to make the Minnesota Wild's opening night roster.

But the 2010 second-round pick had a short stay with the NHL team.

After being a healthy scratch for Saturday night's victory over Detroit, Bulmer was reassigned to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, on Monday morning.

Bulmer, 19, had three assists, six penalty minutes and was a plus-1 in nine games with the Wild.

The move is important because a player who is under contract and is eligible to go back to his Canadian junior club can be returned to that team without his NHL service counting against his contract, provided he hasn't reached 10 games played.

That means the clock isn't going to start on Bulmer's three-year deal.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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