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Wild waive Hendrickson to make room

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers traded right wing
Eric Chouinard to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday for a 2004
fifth-round draft pick.

The Wild, who were in Denver on Wednesday to play the Colorado
Avalanche, made room for Chouinard on their roster by waiving
veteran center Darby Hendrickson.

The deal came a day after the Flyers acquired the rights to
center Mike Comrie from the Edmonton Oilers.

Chouinard has three goals and zero assists in 17 games for the
Flyers (17-4-8-2), whose 44 points are tied with Toronto for the
most in the NHL.

If another team doesn't claim Hendrickson by 11 a.m. CT on
Friday, he'll be assigned to Houston of the AHL. Hendrickson, 31,
was an original member of the Wild but lost ice team this season to
younger players like Brent Burns and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Hendrickson, who was born in Richfield, Minn. and played for the
University of Minnesota from 1991-93, was the only Minnesota native
on the Wild roster. He was selected in the expansion draft in 2000.
He departure leaves only seven players from the team's inaugural
season.

He has 29 goals and 31 assists in 182 games for the Wild.