Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Taking inventory of lost Wild equipment; flu problems; Khudobin recalled

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild pregame skate Updated: December 19, 2009 - 10:47 AM

Equipment trainer Tony DaCosta basically spent the night at Scotiabank Place cleaning equipment and taking inventory of what assistants Brent Proulx and Matt Benz needed to bring up from Minnesota. The equipment arrived in Ottawa at 9 a.m., but it's a mess.

Nine players' equipment was completely fine, 12 lost just about everything in yesterday's truck fire. Here's some pictures from my Twitter accounthere and here of the truck.

The team lost some medical supplies, but the video equipment was saved. Anton Khudobin has been called up and could conceivably start, Chuck Fletcher said, if Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding don't feel comfortable. I'd tend to doubt this, but we'll see.

A lot of the coaches stuff was burned also, so Todd Richards is wearing extra skates from Marek Zidlicky today and Bob Mason is wearing Guillaume Latendresse's extra skates.

Here's an inventory, and some are a bit comical:

Zidlicky-Good

Johnsson-Good

Zanon-Lost a ton, but not his knee brace

Stoner-Skates and pants only saved

Koivu-Everything lost but skates

Kobasew-Good

Havlat--Everything lost, but they found a set of skates he used to wear in Chicago and put on a new blade

Brunette-Good

Ebbett-Everything gone

Miettinen-Everything gone

Clutterbuck-Everything gone

Brodziak-Good

Boogaard-Good

Belanger-Good

Hnidy--Everything gone, and two left skates burned

Scott-Everything gone

Earl-Everything gone

Backstrom-Everything gone

Harding-Everything gone

Sheppard--Everything gone, except, get this, his contacts and a mouthguard

Schultz-Everything gone, had skates picked up at his house that he wears in pond hockey and he went to Play It Again sports to buy shoulder pads he likes

Latendresse-Good

Also, the flu is circulating again, and I can attest because I had to stay in Montreal yesterday sick as a dog. Robbie Earl is out tonight. Eric Belanger is questionable. Andrew Ebbett will have to return, and if Belanger can't play, John Scott would have to play forward.

More later.

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