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Brodin sidelined for several weeks, Granlund for a few weeks; Gophers pregame

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: November 3, 2012 - 5:27 PM


Bad night for the Wild and the Houston Aeros in Oklahoma City last night.

Jonas Brodin, a 2011 first-round pick and stud defenseman that would have a chance to make the Wild if the lockout ends, will miss several weeks with a broken clavicle.

Mikael Granlund, a 2010 first-round pick fresh off being named AHL Rookie of the Month, will likely miss a few weeks with a muscle strain in the lower part of his right leg. The Wild will know more possibly later today, but that's the thinking, hope and look of his situation right now.

To see video of the two incidents, see last night's blog.

Brodin was nailed in last night's game by 2011 first overall pick Taylor Hall. Hall received a match penalty for a hit to the head, but Hall contended it was a shoulder to shoulder and Brodin's injury would seem to verify that. He was supposed to be suspended for tonight's game, but Sportsnet's John Shannon reports that the AHL rescinded the match penalty and he is eligible to play tonight (although he may not).

At the very least it was a charge by Hall and at the very least Brodin will be sidelined for a long time pending an examination by Wild doctors.

The plan is for Brodin to come to Minnesota early next week for an MRI to see the extent of the injury. Typically, the standard for an injury like this is six to eight weeks to heal, but GM Chuck Fletcher said doctors need to take a look at pictures to see if it may be quicker or longer.

"He's stunned," Fletcher said. "He was kind of shielded on the play. I don't think he saw Hall coming and it came out of the blue. It's not good, but broken bones should heal and he'll get good care. It's a shame. He was playing so well and getting great experience."

As for Granlund, he landed awkwardly after taking a hit in the corner. He's getting more tests today and was feeling better this morning, but the early indication is he will miss the rest of the weekend and maybe next weekend and hopefully be back in two weeks.

"You see him go down and think the worst, but this may be relatively good news," Fletcher said.

The Aeros rallied from a 3-0 deficit last night to tie it at 3-3 before losing 4-3. They dominated the game by all accounts, too.

"Tough loss. But the loss is a lot less significant than the injuries," Fletcher said.

Jason Zucker is returning from an injury tonight in Oklahoma City, and he will be centered by Johan Larsson and red-hot Charlie Coyle.

The Aeros are severely banged up on the blue line. Marco Scandella has a wrist injury, although it's thought to be minor. Kris Fredheim is hurt and likely sidelined another few weeks. The Aeros wanted to recall Kyle Medvec to replace Brodin from ECHL Orlando, but he is hurt. So they turned to an Orlando player named Corbin Baldwin, who is a tough customer that can take care of himself, but he's not some goon called up in response to last night's injuries.

That's what some have painted the recall as, but the Wild has few other defensemen right now. If the Wild wanted to call up a fighter to make a statement, it would have brought in Josh Caron. Baldwin and Sean Lorenz are basically the only D left right now to call up with Medvec hurt, so Baldwin was chosen.

Plus, Granlund's injury didn't come from a dirty play, and whether you think Hall's infraction was dirty or not, he's suspended tonight AND Taylor Hall is not some goon.


Live from Mankato's Verizon Wireless Arena, the Gophers and Mavericks will play in 90 minutes.

Same lineups from last night for both teams (Mike Hastings has scrambled his lines for the Mavericks), and my assumption is Adam Wilcox will return to the nets for the Gophers.

Gophers (5-1, 2-1 in the WCHA)


Kyle Rau-Nick Bjugstad-Zach Budish

Nate Condon-Erik Haula-Christian Isackson

Ben Marshall-Travis Boyd-Seth Ambroz

Tom Serratore-A.J. Michaelson-Justin Holl


Jake Parenteau-Nate Schmidt

Mike Reilly-Mark Alt

Seth Helgeson-Brady Skjei


Adam Wilcox

Michael Shibrowski

Minnesota State Mankato (2-3-2, 0-3)


Brett Knowles-J-P LaFontaine-Eriah Hayes

Chase Grant-Matt Leitner-Zach Lehrke

Bryce Gervais-Teddy Blueger-Johnny McInnis

Dylan Margonari-Eli Zuck-Max Gaede


Tyler Elbrecht-Josh Nelson

Zach Palmquist-Nick Buchanan

Brett Stern-Jon Jutzi


Phil Cook

Stephon Williams


Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 6 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 7
Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: M. Melancon 0
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
NY Mets - WP: J. Niese 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 2
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 3
Cleveland - WP: T. House 7 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: T. May 3
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 10
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Motte 8
San Francisco - LP: Y. Petit 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 3
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 5 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 8
San Diego 12:00 PM
Dallas 12:00 PM
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Washington 12:00 PM
Houston 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 12:00 PM
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Green Bay 12:00 PM
Indianapolis 12:00 PM
Oakland 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 3:05 PM
Denver 3:25 PM
Kansas City 3:25 PM
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Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(21) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
(18) Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
Miss State 34 FINAL
(8) LSU 29
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Ball State 23 FINAL
Toledo 34
(14) So Carolina 48 FINAL
Vanderbilt 34
(4) Oklahoma 45 FINAL
West Virginia 33
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
Houston 47
Miami-Florida 31 FINAL
(24) Nebraska 41
New Mexico 38 FINAL
New Mexico St 35
(22) Clemson 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 23
California 45 FINAL
Arizona 49
San Diego St 7 FINAL
Oregon State 28
(2) Oregon 38 FINAL
Washington St 31
Louisiana 9 FINAL
Boise State 34
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Portland 3
Houston 0 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
New England 0 FINAL
Columbus 1
San Jose 0 FINAL
Montreal 2
Seattle 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 4
Chicago 3
FC Dallas 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 12:00 PM
Ottawa 3:00 PM
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