Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu both took part in the Wild’s optional skate today, and both are now on a southbound plane headed to Nashville. Clutterbuck said he met with a doctor yesterday and said it went well.
“Everything’s forward progress as of right now,” he said, but he didn’t have an idea on whether or not he’d be in the lineup tomorrow, or any of the four games on the upcoming road trip.
“It’s up to me and how I’m feeling and we’ll go from there, I guess,” said Clutterbuck. He also said the biggest concern now is the upper body injury getting worse.
As for Koivu, he said he doesn’t think he’ll play in Nashville, and doesn’t know when he’ll return. The general thinking seems to be that he’ll return to the lineup either Monday in Vancouver or Thursday in San Jose.
For more from Clutter and Koivu, you can hear what they had to say on today’s PONDcast.
Cam Barker is one player who did not make the trip. He reaggravated his upper body injury last night, leaving the Wild with six defensemen (Clayton Stoner missed last night’s game with a lower body injury). The club will likely call up another defenseman tonight, most likely Marco Scandella.
Casey Wellman was technically reassigned to Houston last night to make room on the roster for Guillaume Latendresse, but he’s back with the club today and on the way to Nashville.
It’s tourney time in St. Paul with the Class A tournament kicking off today. Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, has already taken care of business by defeating Alexandria in the first game, 5-1. Wild Director of Finance, Mitch Helgerson, who is a graduate of Alexandria, was seen bawling over a stack of invoices today. Not sure if the poor guy will ever get over it.
Hermantown has developed into quite the power in Class A play. They won the whole shebang back in 2007, and I’ll never forget the quote by Head Coach Bruce Plante after that win over Duluth Marshall (a private school). In talking about how proud he was of his players, he said (I’m paraphrasing), “Our players are from Hermantown, and they grew up going to school in Hermantown.”
It was a somewhat politically incorrect shot at some of the private schools made up of players from all over, including Duluth Marshall. But it was also a rallying cry for many of those public school supporters, and there are plenty come tournament time.
Anyway, it’s public vs. private right now as Hibbing-Chisholm is battling Rochester Lourdes in the other day quarterfinal.