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ST. PAUL, Minn. Three Minnesota Wild players have undergone minor surgeries since the end of the season.
Leading scorer Dany Heatley had minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday. As expected, goaltender Niklas Backstrom had ankle surgery last week. Devin Setoguchi also underwent a minor procedure on his ankle last week. None of the three are expected to miss any work later this offseason.
In his first season in Minnesota after being acquired last offseason from the San Jose Sharks in an offseason trade, Heatley played in all 82 games and scored a team-high 24 goals and added 29 assists. It was Heatley's second straight season with less than 30 goals after topping the mark in six of the prior seven seasons, including two 50-goal campaigns. In his season-ending press conference, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said it was fair to call Heatley the team's MVP and noted the drop in production partly had to do with center Mikko Koivu missing 27 games.
"As far as Heater goes, you hear a lot of things and you read a lot of things, but you don't know until you get a chance to work with a guy and develop that kind of relationship," Yeo said. "I can sit here and go on for an awful long time about the pleasure that I had working with Dany Heatley. The guy is just a hockey player. He just shows up and competes day after day. He pays a price. He plays physical. He plays hard. He goes to the hard areas.
"And his goal production is probably not where he wanted it to be at the end of the year, but he lost his centerman, he lost guys that he'd be out on the ice with in power-play situations. You know, guys like that need people to get them the puck and he never once complained. Every day he came to the rink and kept trying to push the group and lead the group."
Backstrom started 45 of the 46 games he played in, and finished with a 19-18-7 record, with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. It was the first time in Backstrom's career he finished with less than 20 wins, but he missed 12 games due to injury. His goals-against average and save percentage fell right in line with his career marks (2.42 and .918, respectively).
Setoguchi, also acquired last offseason from the Sharks, finished with 19 goals and 17 assists, while playing 69 games. It snapped a three-year streak of at least 20 goals for the former No. 8 overall pick in the 2005 draft.
The Wild had a bevy of players miss time equivalent of 393 games. Only Heatley, Darroll Powe and Kyle Brodziak played in every game this season for the Wild. Minnesota used 47 different players this season, which was a franchise record.
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Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley underwent minor knee surgery following the completion of the regular season.
Heatley collected 24 goals, 29 assists and 28 penalty minutes for the Wild, who spiraled out of control after an early fast start to miss the postseason.
Heatley was one of three players on the club to play in all 82 games this season.
He is expected to be fine and...
The Minnesota Wild said Wednesday goalie Niklas Backstrom (ankle), left wing Dany Heatley (knee) and right wing Devin Setoguchi (ankle) have all had procedures done since the season ended 10 days ago.
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A match penalty is an automatic suspension until ruled upon, which I am sure will be sometime tomorrow.
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