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Wild claim former Rangers, Kings forward Jarret Stoll off waivers

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 8:41:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Now former New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll is about to get a third chance to stay in the NHL after being waived Monday. The Minnesota Wild have claimed the veteran forward, who won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings.

Stoll had just three points in 29 games with the Rangers, who let him go to make room for rookie defenseman Brady Skjei as the club tries to shake things up amid a cold streak that predates Thanksgiving.

Stoll signed with New York in an offseason that started with Stoll getting arrested on drug charges at a Las Vegas pool in April. The 33-year-old forward pleaded to a lesser charge and was able to resume his NHL career. The Kings, with whom Stoll had played for seven seasons let him walk in what turned out to be a rather tumultuous summer for the franchise.

Now Stoll will get another opportunity to keep playing. The Wild are trying to keep pace with the tough Central Division and doing a decent job of it so far. Minnesota is currently in wild card position, but is just two points away from the second-place Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild get some veteran depth and Stanley Cup experience with Stoll. However, they probably shouldn't anticipate much production. At one point in his career, Stoll was good for around 40 points a year. He even has two 20-goal seasons under his belt. Those days appear well over, though. Over the last four seasons, Stoll's highest single-season point total is 27, set in 2013-14. Last year, he had just 17 points in 73 games with Los Angeles.

In 821 NHL games spread out with the Edmonton Oilers, Kings and Rangers, Stoll has 382 points. He also has 26 points in 93 career postseason games, including six points during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2014.

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