Updated by Russo on bottom with KFAN-Wild release
Youngblood here. The biggest topic today, of course, is the growing list of injured players. The Wild was without several players today. Most were no surprise: Guillaume Latendresse, Nick Schultz, Cam Barker, Marek Zidlicky, Marco Scandella and Martin Havlat, for example. Latendresse (lower body), Barker (back), Schultz (post-concussion syndrome) and Scandella (broken finger) have previously been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season. Havlat, who took a big hit from Tampa Bay's Mattias Ohlund Saturday, has an upper body injury that will likely keep him out for the rest of the season as well.
The rest of them? Zidlicky (hamstring) didn't practice and might not make the upcoming road trip. Also missing practice Tuesday were goaltender Jose Theodore (leg), center John Madden (lower body) and winger Cal Clutterbuck (upper body).
Wild coach Todd Richards said that, with both Madden and Clutterbuck, their status for Thursday's game in Vancouver would become clear Wednesday. "Madden didn't play in Detroit," Richards said. "Clutterbuck, it's a little upper-body (injury). We'll have to re-assess them (Wednesday), see where they're at. For John, it was another day off, and for Clutter, this is really his first day off from practice."
My feeling was that one of the two would likely be available for the road trip. But even so, the Wild would have to make yet another call to Houston for a forward. The team would need to call two up should neither Madden nor Clutterbuck be available.
Richards described Theodore's injury as not particularly serious. "His leg was bothering him a little bit," he said. "Again, we'll re-assess him (Wednesday)."
Josh Harding was the second goaltender in practice today. Richards said that the large number of injuries that has beset the Wild over the past two seasons have prompted him to reconsider how the team approaches the training of its players. While it's true that many of the injuries that have cost the Wild -- including those to Harding and James Sheppard, for example -- are out of the team's control. Still...
"You think one year it's a little abnormal," Richards said. "You think, 'OK, we got bitten by the injury bug.' ''
But two consecutive seasons? "For me, moving forward, you have to take a serious look at, is this something we're doing? For me as a coach, and as an organization, meaning are we doing enough in the summertime staying on top of these guys so that when they come into training camp they're ready? And are we doing enough throughout the season. Again, certain injuries I don't think you can do a lot about. But I will sit and go back over it and see if there is something I can do."
That's about it for now. Have a good afternoon.
Lastly, here's the KFAN-Wild release
The Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a new, three-year partnership with Clear Channel Communications to broadcast all preseason, regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games on KFAN-AM 1130, beginning with the 2011-12 NHL season.
The new Clear Channel partnership will feature several Wild-related shows on KFAN, plus exposure on “Beyond the Pond”, as well as full promotional and marketing support on all the other Twin Cities Clear Channel stations including: Cities 97.1, KDWB, K102, KOOL 108 and KTLK. There will also be a pre-game show and post-game show, as well as a Wild Fan Line program after select games. Any preempted games will be heard on KOOL 108.
“It is an exciting day as the Wild joins forces with the Clear Channel Communications team and we look forward to an expanded radio partnership with KFAN,” Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka said. “With Clear Channel’s many growing media platforms, this partnership will provide Wild fans dependable, up-to-date news on the team and the best play-by-play coverage of Minnesota Wild hockey. The Wild would also like to thank WCCO Radio for their support over the organization’s first 11 years and wish them well moving forward.”
“Adding a strong franchise like the Minnesota Wild is the perfect complement to our existing relationships with the Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota. We are so excited to add Wild games along with their broadcasters to The Fan,” said Michael Crusham, President/Market Manager Clear Channel Radio in Minneapolis.
The Wild radio team of Bob Kurtz, Tom Reid and Kevin Falness will remain the same.
Clear Channel Minneapolis reaches more than 2.2 million listeners every week over the air, via the internet and through iheartradio.com.