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ST. PAUL, Minn. Pierre-Marc Bouchard skated in on goaltender Niklas Backstrom to start off a shootout at the end of the Minnesota Wild's scrimmage on Monday night, showing off the nifty stick work and hands that have allowed him to be a shootout star in his career.
He deked Backstrom, switching from his backhand to his forehand, and slid the puck past Minnesota's starting goaltender into the net. He turned back to his bench, a combination of players from the Wild and their AHL minor-league team the Houston Aeros with a big smile on his face.
Bouchard and his team have been waiting for such a moment for over a year. Only Bouchard doesn't seem like he's missed over a year with concussion symptoms.
"Not at all," said forward Cal Clutterbuck, who's been skating on the third line with Bouchard and Kyle Brodziak. "He's probably the fastest guy out there. He's got the quickest hands. He's got great vision. He's really eager to get back...
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BOO-shard) is one NHL player who actually benefited from the lockout.
The Minnesota Wild forward missed the second half of last season because of post-concussion symptoms, which he still felt well into the summer and fall. Bouchard said Tuesday that he has been symptom-free...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Before Zach Parise and Ryan Suter pulled on Minnesota Wild sweaters last July, before Minnesota had done everything in its power to shock the NHL by signing the two biggest free agents last offseason, there was already a bit of excitement beginning to spread.
Before the Wild became the biggest newsmakers in the league, they had been planning a more subtle emergence...
from Michale Russo of the StarTribune,
Just mention Zenon Konopka's name to Stephane Veilleux, and the red-headed Wild forward chuckles and rolls his eyes.
"He's a very, very funny, very different character," said Veilleux, Konopka's roommate three seasons ago in Tampa Bay.
Konopka is the Wild's fascinating new enforcer and fourth-line center...
ST. PAUL, Minn. All of last week, Mike Yeo had to sit in the stands as a spectator as the Minnesota Wild players took part in unofficial team skates. Since the NHL lockout was not officially over, Minnesota's second-year coach still couldn't be on the ice with his team until everything was signed, sealed and delivered.
That moment finally came for Yeo on Sunday, the first...