Porter was cut by the Blues on Monday, ending his tryout. Porter was hoping to complete a return to St. Louis after spending the 2015-16 campaign with the Wild, but was unable to secure a permanent deal. Given the depth along the left side, the 32-year-old was always a long shot for a spot on the roster. Given his minimal offensive production, fantasy owners are unlikely to be impacted by this move.
Porter inked a professional tryout agreement with St. Louis on Monday. Porter is likely a long shot to make the roster as he has never reached the 10-point mark in any season during his career and the Blues brought in five other player on PTOs. In terms of fantasy value, at best the winger could tally hits, as he notched 157 in 61 contests for the Wild last season, but otherwise is extremely limited in what he can offer.
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.
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