Wild right winger Mats Zuccarello won't be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing surgery on his right arm in Norway, the team confirmed Friday.
Zuccarello broke his right arm in 2019 during his debut with Dallas following a trade from the New York Rangers. The injury required surgery and sidelined the Norwegian forward for about five weeks.
Upon his return, Zuccarello was dynamic in the playoffs for the Stars — chipping in four goals and seven assists in 13 games. The Wild signed Zuccarello in the ensuing offseason to a five-year, $30 million deal.
The 33-year-old registered 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 65 regular-season games in the 2019-20 season.
Steveson gets huge wrestling win
In a preview of a potential showdown in the U.S. Olympic trials, Gophers junior Gable Steveson defeated Nick Gwiazdowski 4-1 at the RTC Cup in Cincinnati. A two-time world bronze medalist, Gwiazdowski clinched the No. 1 seed at the trials before this event.
The RTC Cup is a dual-team tournament featuring six of the nation's top regional training centers. Steveson, along with sophomore Brayton Lee and several Minnesota alums, is competing for the Gopher Wrestling Club, which is 1-1 in pool matches.
Steveson, 20, is nearly eight years younger than Gwiazdowski, a two-time NCAA champion from North Carolina State. In their previous meetings, Gwiazdowski narrowly defeated Steveson twice based on criteria at the Final X Rutgers to earn Team USA's 125kg spot at the 2019 World Championships.
The 2021 Olympic trials are scheduled for April 4-5 at Penn State.
U golfer could play in Walker Cup
Gophers senior Angus Flanagan was named one of 15 members of the Great Britain and Ireland squad for the 2021 Walker Cup, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced Friday.
It is scheduled for May 8-9 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. The competition takes place every two years and pits 10 amateurs from the United States against amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.
If he is selected, it is believed Flanagan, a native of Woking, England, would join John Harris (1993, '95, '97, 2001) as the only Gophers to compete in the event.
Minnesota's first All-America in six years, Flanagan posted a 69.3 stroke average through five tournaments last fall. He tallied three top-10 finishes including medalist honors at the Macdonald Cup while placing second at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
Three state-linked rinks going to worlds
USA Curling announced that three Minnesota-connected teams will represent the U.S. at the 2021 world championships.
The current U.S. champions — Team Shuster (men), Team Peterson (women) and Team Peterson/Polo (mixed doubles) — will compete at the 2021 worlds. The men's event will be April 3-11 in Calgary, Alberta; the women's March 20-28 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and the mixed April 24-May 1 at a site to be chosen.
Among Minnesota natives or residents on those teams are John Shuster (Chisholm), Chris Plys (Duluth), John Landsteiner (Duluth), Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul), Tara Peterson (Eagan), Aileen Geving (Duluth) and Joe Polo (Duluth).
• Frankie Capan (North Oaks) lost 1 up to Christopher Gotterup (Little Silver, N.J.) in the round of 16 in the Maridoe Amateur Championship in Carrollton, Texas. Gotterup had birdies on No. 17 and 18 to win both holes.
• The Gophers women's rowing team signed five: Hailey Campain (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Cecilie Christensen (Frederiksberg, Denmark), Brooke Ruszkiewicz (Middleton, Wis.), Ella Saunders (North Liberty, Iowa) and Wren Wodek (Traverse City, Mich.).