MONDAY'S STORY LINE: Before heading to Colorado to take on the Avalanche, the Wild hit the ice at the Xcel Energy Center for practice.
Defenseman Clayton Stoner, who has missed 15 games with a lower body injury, joined the team for the first time in a month. The defenseman was happy to be back with his teammates after four weeks of working out on his own and with a trainer.
"It is fun to be back with the guys and feel like you are part of the team again and know you are on the path to recovery," said Stoner.
Stoner said he felt good out there; even so, there is no timetable for his return.
"It was good to be back on the ice with the team. I felt pretty good," said Stoner. "I don't think I am ready to be in a game yet. With a month off you have got to get your timing back and get up to speed," noted Stoner.
With the trades of Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky over the past 10 days, Stoner has become one of the senior members of the blue line on a team in need of leader...