Newly signed Chay Genoway says Wild 'moving in the right direction'
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A day after firing coach Todd Richards, the Minnesota Wild made another move that could prove significant in its future plans by signing defenseman Chay Genoway to an entry-level contract.
Genoway, 24, was a four-time all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association pick at North Dakota and led all Division I defensemen with 127 points in 168 games over five seasons. His career wrapped in last week's Frozen Four semifinals at Xcel Energy Center.
The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Manitoba native never was drafted but told the Wild's Web site that the team -- and specifically general manager Chuck Fletcher -- had shown interest "for a couple of years now."
"It just sounds like Chuck Fletcher's got things moving in the right direction," Genoway said. "I'm sure they weren't happy with the way the season ended up, but it looked like everything was going pretty well there for a while."
A graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Genoway missed most of the 2009-10 season becaues of a concussion. But he bounced back to tally 37 points (six goals, 31 assists) in 36 games this past season for the Fighting Sioux and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award.
Genoway said he hasn't had any discussions with the Wild about expectations or whether team officials expect him to begin the season with their top affiliate, the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros.
"I hope I can just find a place," Genoway said, "whether it be in Houston or in Minnesota, somewhere, and help contribute and just be a part of it, because I know how great of an organization they are and everyone seems to love the Minnesota Wild and what they offer."