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Charlie Coyle was playing with two separated shoulders

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: May 14, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Mike Yeo alluded to it last night, but in the coming days when the Wild has its end-of-the-year access, we're going to find out the rigors that some players were playing under.

One I can tell you for sure after digging a little today:

Charlie Coyle was playing with both a separated left shoulder and right shoulder, sources say. It was very noticeable to me in Chicago that he was playing hurt in Game 5, and last night, it was very apparent he was having trouble catching passes and stick-handling.

A few times, he went to the bench and grimaced visibly, so much so that I mentioned it on Twitter. Says everything about the talented kid, don't you think?

Yeo said after the game, "The way that our young kids performed, I’m very proud of them. ... You’ve got guys that are getting needles to numb the pain. They’re battling through an incredible amount so what you see out there is only scratching the surface of the way they’re paying the price, physically, mentally emotionally, like I said it’s hard to win."

We'll find out many others I'm sure, but Nate Prosser was also playing with a broken finger since the first round. As I've mentioned, I'm pretty sure we'll find out Jason Pominville was hurt, too.

Erik Haula tweeted that he is heading to Minsk to represent Finland in the world championships. Haula is the only Wild player participating, I'm told.

As for Yeo, there have been no conversations yet about a new contract, sources say, but GM Chuck Fletcher is expected to talk to him soon. Unless something goofy happens, I'd think after some negotiations, Yeo signs a multi-year extension soon.

I'll will be in studio with Barreiro from 5:30-6:30 tonight on KFAN.

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