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Wild's Devin Setoguchi says he is taking time off from ECHL team; Jared Spurgeon update

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: December 18, 2012 - 8:38 PM

Locked-out Wild winger Devin Setoguchi says he is taking a leave of absence from the ECHL Ontario Reign until it is determined whether the NHL lockout ends or results in the cancelation of the 2012-13 season.

I texted Setoguchi tonight because the Reign had announced that he had been suspended indefinitely without providing a reason. He called me right away to clarify the situation.

Setoguchi, who turns 26 New Year's Day, says it's as simple as he decided not to play during the holidays and there was no incident that caused a suspension. He says it was announced as a suspension so this way the Reign doesn't have to pay him but retains his rights in case he decides to come back if the NHL season is canceled.

"It's not like I got suspended for doing something," Setoguchi said. "[The coach] wants to keep me on the roster, but this way no one else can pick me up."

Setoguchi, acquired by the Wild from the San Jose Sharks in the Brent Burns trade in June 2011, said he is returning to San Jose, where he will skate with locked-out players there. If the lockout continues, he will then decide whether or not to return to the Reign, Setoguchi said.

Setoguchi scored 13 points in 10 games for the southern California team. Setoguchi scored 19 goals in his first year with the Wild in 2011-12.


I emailed back and forth today with agent Eustace King, and he says defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who returned from Switzerland with a groin injury, is getting better. He says if training camp started by Jan. 1, he'd be close to being ready. If the lockout continues, Spurgeon would then decide whether or not to return to the SCL Tigers. He is only under contract until late January, so he would need a new contract.


As of now, there has been no contact between the NHL and NHLPA since last Friday. The NHLPA is currently conducting a vote that will end Friday to determine whether or not the union will be authorized to file a disclaimer of interest (dissolve the union) if it so chooses by Jan. 2. The vote is expected to pass.

Then we will find out what happens next. My hope is that the NHL, which has preemptively filed a complaint in federal court against the NHLPA and an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, and NHLPA would take one more kick at the bargaining can before the union is dissolved. That's because once this gets into the court system, I think we're cooked.

You can read my story on this subject that was in Tuesday's paper here.

The NHL will likely cancel more games by the end of the week. In order to get in a 48-game season, one assumes a season would have to start around Jan. 15. For that to happen, a CBA would need to be reached around Jan. 3-5, in my opinion. Time is ticking away.


Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 Bottom 9th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 Top 9th Inning
Toronto 6
San Francisco 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Oakland 5
Cleveland 0 Top 4th Inning
Cincinnati 1
Boston College 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Boston 0
Arizona State 4:10 PM
Boston 6:00 PM
LA Lakers 6:00 PM
Sacramento 6:00 PM
New York
Houston 6:30 PM
Utah 7:00 PM
Washington 7:00 PM
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Nashville 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Calgary 6:00 PM
Washington 6:00 PM
Buffalo 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Toronto 6:30 PM
Ottawa 7:00 PM
NY Islanders 7:30 PM
Anaheim 8:00 PM
Los Angeles 8:30 PM
San Jose 9:00 PM
Ole Miss 6:00 PM
Eastern Mich 6:00 PM
Ball State
Kent State 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio 6:00 PM
Georgetown 6:00 PM
Toledo 6:00 PM
Central Mich
Rhode Island 6:00 PM
Youngstown St 6:00 PM
North Carolina 6:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Holy Cross
Iowa 6:00 PM
Akron 6:00 PM
Army 6:00 PM
Maryland 6:00 PM
Kennesaw St 6:00 PM
USC Upstate
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Lipscomb 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Stetson 6:30 PM
North Florida
Wright State 7:00 PM
Western Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Nebraska Omaha 7:00 PM
North Dakota
Houston Baptist 7:00 PM
Abilene Christian
NC State 8:00 PM
Texas A&M 8:00 PM
Kentucky 8:00 PM
West Virginia 8:00 PM
Auburn 8:00 PM
Michigan 8:00 PM
Villanova 8:15 PM
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 26 2nd Half 6:06
Presbyterian 40
Coastal Carolina 5:00 PM
NJIT 6:00 PM
UMass Lowell
West Virginia 7:00 PM
Kansas State
TCU 7:00 PM
Fresno State 8:00 PM
Air Force
San Jose St 8:00 PM
Boise State
Nevada 8:00 PM
Colorado State
UNLV 8:00 PM
San Diego State
Wyoming 8:00 PM
Utah State


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