Scoops: May 24

Created: 05/23/2012 4:44 PM By: Darren Wolfson

Gophers forward Nick Bjugstad is regularly working out with his teammates, so undoubtedly is talking about next season. But he's no lock to return. The Panthers, who own his NHL rights, aren't applying much pressure, yet are hopeful he'll sign. A source close to Bjugstad maintains that a decision will be coming soon and it's one he's gone back-and-forth on numerous times. It's hard to say what the call will be. One source this week said he'll be back. Another said he's going pro.


New Gophers director of athletics Norwood Teague was in town for meetings Monday and Tuesday. His public stance has been that no staff changes are coming. But in a recent radio interview on my 1500-ESPN  show, "U" president Dr. Eric Kaler said to expect Teague to bring in at least one new co-worker.


Blue Jays first baseman/outfielder/DH Adam Lind is a capable and prodigious hitter. But there's a reason why he's currently available on the waiver wire: He hasn't done much for a two-year stretch. He has approximately $8M left on his contract. A Twins source said they don't have interest.


Twins interim general manager Terry Ryan watched Rochester Century high school pitcher Mitch Brown on Tuesday afternoon. Don't be shocked if the Twins take Brown with either pick No. 32 or pick No. 42. The draft begins on Monday, June 4.


In a 1-on-1 conversation on Wednesday, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, possibly in an attempt to temper the Zach Parise/Ryan Suter free agent expectations, said he's closely monitoring the trade market. Among players who could be available in July: Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal, and Columbus' Rick Nash, Anaheim's Bobby Ryan. The overwhelming choice for Fletcher is to just nab Parise and/or Suter vs. having to give up draft picks/prospects in a trade.

Fletcher confirmed that he gave the entire Wild staff a passionate speech shortly after the season ended. The word from someone in attendance was that Fletcher will be all-in on transactions this summer. He spoke eloquently about that. The Wild will have the cap space to sign both Parise and Suter.


Considering the Wolves came close to a deal for Lakers forward Pau Gasol last June, expect them to make another call this offseason. The Lakers, on the verge of being in luxury tax purgatory, are likely to move Gasol. Other teams that could be in the mix include the Rockets, Hawks, and Sixers.