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Wild claim Parise’s buddy, Chris Porter, off waivers from Philly

Brayden Schenn, Christopher Gibson, Chris Porter

Brayden Schenn, Christopher Gibson, Chris Porter


Chris Porter’s stay in the Flyers organization was a short one.

The Minnesota Wild have claimed Porter off waivers, per Sportsnet. The move comes just one day after Philly waived Porter and fellow veteran forward Colin McDonald; Porter had signed with the Flyers this summer after spending the last eight years with the Blues organization.

A University of North Dakota product -- where he played for four years under new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol -- Porter is close friends with Wild captain Zach Parise. The two were collegiate teammates; Parise was the best man at Porter’s wedding, and Porter was a groomsman at Parise’s.
“He’s a really, really hardworking guy on and off the ice,” Parise told the Star-Tribune in April, prior to facing Porter and the Blues in the playoffs. “He’s a guy that understands what he’s supposed to do. He knows that he’s supposed to go out there and be tough to play against.

“Just watch, he’s physical on our D all the time, he can skate, he’s fast. To me, he’s a really effective player.”

Porter, 31, has 173 games of NHL experience, all with the Blues. He’s spent most of his career shuttling between the bigs and the American League; his best NHL campaign came in 2011-12, when he appeared in a career-high 47 games, scoring four goals and seven points.

The waiver claim isn’t just about reuniting Parise with his BFF, of course. The Wild are dealing with injuries up front, specifically those to Justin Fontaine, Erik Haula and Jordan Schroeder.

Porter is on a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level.