Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/9/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. With 10 games remaining in the regular season and the Minnesota Wild fighting for playoff positioning, forward Dany Heatley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Tuesday.Heatley, who has 11 goals and 10 assists in 36 games this season, was hurt at the end of Wednesday's loss at San Jose in an altercation with Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic and has missed the past two games. Heatley, who has 360 career goals, and Vlasic were battling near the goal when Vlasic cross-checked Heatley to the ice. Heatley got up and swung his stick at Vlasic, missing him. But the swing caused Vlasic to retaliate. Vlasic slashed Heatley across the arm and he drove Heatley to the ice. Vlasic was given a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing and was fined 8,378.38 by the NHL for the incident. In announcing Vlasic's fine, the NHL said Heatley was injured on the fall to the ice. Wild coach Mike Yeo isn't sure of Heatley's timeline for a return. "Don't have much of an update right now," Yeo said. "He had surgery today. He was scoped. So, we'll wait to hear what comes out of that." The Wild, who will host Western Conference-leading Chicago on Tuesday night, are also without center Matt Cullen (lower body), who's missed the past three games. Goaltender Josh Harding is still on injured reserve as he attempts to return from an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis. Yeo said Cullen, who has seven goals and 18 assists this season, was meeting with a doctor Tuesday and that the team would have a better indication after the meeting on when he could return. Harding had returned to practice with the team a couple weeks ago but hasn't been participating in recent practices. "We're hoping to get him out with us very soon, Yeo said of Harding. "That's about all I can say." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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