Apologetic Setoguchi back on Wild's top line

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2012 - 11:31 AM

As Mike Yeo promised, Devin Setoguchi was given a clean slate Wednesday morning.

CHICAGO - As Mike Yeo promised, Devin Setoguchi was given a clean slate Wednesday morning. That was clear when the Wild winger returned to practice and was reinserted onto the first line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley.

Setoguchi was given his spot back one day after being scratched by Yeo for missing a Tuesday morning meeting.

"There's no excuse," Setoguchi said. "We have one job, and that's to come to the rink."

After missing the meeting, Setoguchi was called into the principal's office to meet with an angry Yeo and General Manager Chuck Fletcher. He was told before the game that he would not be playing his former team -- San Jose.

"You feel bad all day. You never want it to happen to you," Setoguchi said. "You've got to be accountable, especially when things aren't going right [for the team]. It's unacceptable and inexcusable and thankfully enough, I got bailed out by our team [with a win]. It was nice to watch. It was just too bad I couldn't be out there."

Setoguchi apologized to his teammates before Wednesday's practice.

"It's my fault. I paid for it," Setoguchi said. "Now I'll try to get back in the trust of the coach and the team. I've just got to earn it back with some hard work."

Harding ailing

Goalie Josh Harding, who made 34 saves against the Sharks and two more in the shootout for his first victory since Dec. 4, missed Wednesday's practice because he felt sick after Tuesday's game.

Harding didn't fly on the Wild's charter to Chicago on Wednesday, but he was scheduled to fly commercial later in the day. In case Harding doesn't feel good enough to dress against the Blackhawks, the Wild recalled Matt Hackett with the AHL's Houston Aeros in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich.

Prospects aiming high

Finnish star Mikael Granlund might be a lock to make the Wild next season if signed by June 1, but two other prospects plan to work hard for a spot as well.

Sweden's Johan Larsson and Jonas Brodin, who won gold at the world junior championships, will be looking to make the Wild.

"I'm looking forward to for a spot I hope," Larsson said. "It's everybody's dream to come to an NHL club. It's going to be a great experience. I know it's going to be tough. I have to work really hard this summer to get prepared for that, but that's my goal next year."

Said Brodin, "I'm looking forward to camp. With my skating ability, I'm ready for the [NHL]. But I need to bulk up and get bigger and stronger."


• Left winger Colton Gillies left Wednesday's practice early because of a lower-body injury. He missed part of Tuesday's game because of the same injury. He is questionable to play against the Blackhawks.

• The NHL will fill out the rest of the rosters for this month's All-Star Game in Ottawa on Thursday. Koivu, the Wild's captain and leading scorer, has the strongest chance to represent the Wild. If selected, it will be Koivu's first All-Star Game appearance.

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