Wild captain Jared Spurgeon out week to week with lower-body damage

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, in his second yr as captain, is week to week with a lower-body damage, coach Dean Evason stated. He left Saturday evening’s sport at Florida after his fifth shift halfway by the primary interval. Lengthy thought-about one of many league’s most underrated defensemen, it is a large loss for a group that leads the Central Division. Spurgeon averages the third-most minutes of ice time on the group, and has pitched in three objectives and 5 assists by 17 video games.

“Are we fearful? Yeah, for certain,” Evason stated after Sunday’s shootout loss to Tampa Bay. “Are we fearful that Jared Spurgeon didn’t play on this sport and transferring ahead? Positive. He’s all the things to our hockey membership. It’s an enormous, large gap. He drives the offense on the again finish. He’s so good defensively, killing penalties, energy play. However what he does inside the room is fairly particular. So, are we fearful? Positive, however hopefully it shakes down (as) not as unhealthy. Hopefully it isn’t.”

The Wild have recalled rookie Calen Addison from AHL Iowa and on Sunday at Tampa Bay has veteran Jon Merrill skate alongside Spurgeon’s regular protection associate, Alex Goligoski, and performed veteran Jordie Benn for less than the second time this season.

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