The Minnesota Wild are doing some preparation in case of anything going down before the April 12 trade deadline, placing depth forward Kyle Rau on waivers.

Similarly to the Luke Johnson move a few days ago, this is all because Rau has hit the 10-game or 30-day threshold that requires the player to go through waivers once again to be demoted to the taxi squad or the AHL. This move frees up the possibility to add some pieces to the roster without second thought and demote either Johnson or Rau to the taxi squad in turn, almost immediately.