Wild waive Hendrickson to make room

Updated: December 18, 2003, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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