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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Kobasew has sprained MCL, sidelined four to six weeks

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: December 28, 2009 - 10:53 AM

According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There's also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew's scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston. While it hasn't always translated to goals, he's improved the team's speed and ability - or willingness - to go to the net. He was injured Saturday against St. Louis in a collision with teammate Marek Zidlicky. Wild skate at 1:30 pm CT in preparation for tonight's game at the Kings. With no Kobasew, the Wild will either get Derek Boogaard back, play John Scott at forward or perhaps get Petr Sykora back. We'll see. More after the skates.

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