Injuries Bug Wild: Minnesota Thrives While Regulars are Sidelined

December 23rd, 2009 by Blake Benzel Leave a reply »
The Minnesota Wild have struggled through adversity all season long.

Injuries, learning a new system, injuries, their equipment fire, sickness, injuries...Did I mention injuries?

It seems like every single time the team gets a player back from injury another one takes their place on the injured reserve.  It started with Pierre-Marc Bouchard, just one game into the season.  That was the first big one.

Then Cal Clutterbuck, before his gutsy return from a high-ankle sprain…Five weeks early.

Then there were nagging injuries to Petr Sykora and Martin Havlat.  Then there was Derek Boogaard, then Kim Johnsson, then Josh Harding—all with minor injuries.

Then the next major one came as Petr Sykora was sidelined with a concussion from, pardon me while I editorialize, an extremely dirty hit by Steve Ott.

Then there was Chuck Kobasew and Benoit Pouliot.  Kobasew suffered a minor injury and Pouliot got an injured wrist that has kept him out of the lineup even since he was traded to Montreal.

Then, the next biggie, Brent Burns with another concussion. Then Martin Havlat with another nagging injury.
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