Wild and different kind of day for Canes' Niederreiter

The Charlotte Observer
Wild and different kind of day for Canes' Niederreiter
Wild and different kind of day for Canes' Niederreiter

Nino Niederreiter was being tailed Saturday at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes' morning skate having ended, Niederreiter headed into the Canes' locker room with someone just a few steps behind him. It was Matt Benz, assistant equipment manager for the Minnesota Wild, who exchanged a warm handshake, quick hug and some friendly small talk with the forward. Having the other team's equipment man in the middle of the locker room, skate in hand, was a bit unusual. But it was a different kind of day for Niederreiter as he prepared to face his former team, the Wild, on Saturday for the first time since the Jan. 17 trade that helped change the course of the Canes' season. “It's always emotional when

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