Porter scored a goal in Monday's 5-3 win over the Stars in Game 3. An unlikely source of offense, Porter injected life into the Wild (and the Xcel Energy Center) with the first of four unanswered goals after Patrick Sharp struck for a pair of tallies in the game's first five minutes. With just seven points in 61 games and an average ice time of 9:38 this season, it'd be a stretch to expect much more of this from the 31-year-old, but the postseason is a time of improbable heroes and Porter was just that Monday.
The Wild placed Porter on waivers Saturday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Teams across the league are examining their rosters from top to bottom with the trade deadline looming, and Porter could be taken into account as a versatile winger who's helpful in shorthanded situations. The 31-year-old had been used sparingly with the Wild, averaging 9:46 of ice time in 51 games this season.
Porter tallied a goal on two shots and two hits in just 8:16 of ice time during a 4-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. After being a healthy scratch in eight of the last nine games, Porter returned to the lineup to make the most of his minuscule amount of ice time on Tuesday. The goal was just the 31-year-old's fourth in 49 games played this season. While he doesn't add much in terms of offense, he does have 124 hits on the season, giving him some value in much deeper leagues.
Porter was a healthy scratch in Monday's win over Vancouver. He's been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games. After one game, the coaching switch to John Torchetti from Mike Yeo hasn't changed Porter's fortunes. However, the Wild's lines may be in flux while Torchetti learns more about his new players.
Porter was a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to Boston. He's been a healthy scratch in four of the last five games. Porter had fallen out of favor with head coach Mike Yeo, so perhaps he'll get another look with Yeo fired and new head coach John Torchetti taking over.
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