Wild place enforcer Staubitz on waivers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild put forward Brad Staubitz on waivers Friday, a day after suffering a third straight tough loss.

Staubitz, 27, was scoreless and was a minus-7 with a team-high 73 penalty minutes in 43 games this season. The enforcer was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in 2010 and had career-highs with four goals, five assists and 173 penalty minutes last season for Minnesota. He played 6 minutes in Thursday’s 5-2 home loss to Vancouver.

After leading the NHL as recently as Dec. 15, the Wild have slipped out of a playoff position. Coach Mike Yeo was visibly upset after Thursday night’s loss, which dropped Minnesota from a tie for eighth in the Western Conference to 10th place.

The Wild host Columbus on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

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