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Continued: Could Wild's foot injuries have been prevented?

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 9, 2014 - 11:47 AM

“I didn’t like it,” Parise said at the time, saying his boot felt too heavy.

“It’s weight,” Wild assistant equipment manager Rick Bronwell said. “All players hate weight. They put it on and are like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like how it feels.’ When I worked in San Jose, we made all defensemen get molded and then they had the option to wear them. Ninety-five percent didn’t.”

Skidding on ice

Right winger Jason Pominville, who leads the Wild with 18 goals, says his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, “encouraged” all penalty killers to wear them. Since he killed penalties there, he abided.

“They’re actually pretty light,” Pominville said. “But my problem was when I turned and did crossovers, a part of it would hit the ice and make you slip. That’s the major problem I hear from guys.

“But after what happened to Zach and Mikko and Spurg, management’s trying to get everyone to get them in here, and I’ll definitely try it.”

DaCosta says there’s “no guarantee that if a player chooses to wear these that they will not be injured, but I believe that it can help with the blow to the foot.”

Coach Mike Yeo hopes players like and wear the custom-made ones the Wild will provide.

“It’s not much different than the first time you put on a visor or go back a little further, the first time you put on a helmet,” Yeo said. “It feels a little bit uncomfortable, it takes a little bit of getting used to, but if it’s not going to affect your performance … we’d like our players to wear them.”

 

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