The Minnesota Wild have added Tomas Fleischmann to their roster via PTO as the NHL starts to transition from prospect camps to training camp.
Fleischmann, 32, has become a journeyman in the NHL.
Originally selected in the second round of the 2002 draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Fleischmann made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals during the 2005-06 season, where he played for now Minnesota Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau.
Since the 2010-11 season Fleischmann has spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and is now joining the Minnesota Wild.
Last year, he spent the bulk of his time with the spiraling Canadiens squad, before being traded at the deadline to a Blackhawks team desperate to try and be the first team to repeat a Stanley Cup victory in the salary cap era. Fleischmann was moved all over the Blackhawks line up, putting up four goals and one assist in 19 regular season games. During their first round series against the St. Louis Blues, Fleischmann only saw the ice four times, but didn’t record a single point. The ‘Hawks were summarily bounced in seven games.
The 6’1”, 192-pound forward has 657 NHL career games under his belt. Scoring 137 goals and notching 335 career points since the 2005-06 season. He enters the Wild training camp with 200 accumulated penalty minutes.
Native of Koprivnice, Czech Republic, split last season with the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. In 76 games played between the two clubs he had 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists).
A fresh start with a familiar coach in Minnesota may be what Fleishmann needs at this point in his career.