A few weeks ago, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson mentioned that he was looking at one college free agent as a potential signee. I was hoping it was going to be Miami's Jarod Palmer who had 18-27-45 this year for the RedHawks. Aside from possessing blistering speed, Palmer has everything you'd want. Decent size, great hands, a penchant for penalty-killing. Sound like someone the Jackets could use? You betcha. Plus, he's 24 years old and would have the maturity the team sometimes lacks.
Alas, the Wild scooped up the Minnesota native and signed him to a 1-year, $700,000 deal.
Here's the Star Tribune's coverage.
And, perhaps the Wild were swayed by THIS from last year's developmental camp. Nasty.
Best of luck to Jarod in the future. He was a great player at Miami for four years.