Wild being cautious with Latendresse

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2011 - 7:22 AM

The winger is having trouble with another groin injury.

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jwhansonOct. 25, 1111:42 PM

Does seeing the name of Nick Johnson in the lineup mean that Stupitz will be a healthy scratch?

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gobiggohomeOct. 26, 11 6:47 AM

Two words regarding G-Lat's groin: Marion Gaborik.

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kballrdOct. 26, 11 7:35 AM

Really Lats? This early into the season already? Thought you were going to be lighter and healthier this year, no?

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uffda57Oct. 26, 11 7:35 AM

Man, I am totally bummed about GLat. When he is healthy, he's a force on the ice, definitely one of the best players the Wild have. He looked good this season in the first games, and now we have lost a big offensive weapon. Add to that the fact that the guy has made some booming hits this year, and now we have lost part of the physical game. I am hoping that he will not be out for long.

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mn218puckfanOct. 26, 11 8:09 AM

I hate to tell the Wild this, but I told you GL wouldn't be healthy enough to play.

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uffda57Oct. 26, 11 8:41 AM

Then again, there are some good stories on the Wild so far, starting with Brett Bulmer. This kid has really come out of nowhere and shone. He's an example of the surprises that seem to pop up every year, just as Spurgeon was last year's surprise. I've also been impressed with Nick Johnson, who has sometimes been the best Wild player on the ice. I'm looking forward to Lundin healing up and shoring up the blue line. So, even though it's easy to be disappointed in some things, like GLat's injury, there are some good things happening, and more on the way. By the way, I see Coach Yeo as one of the good things too...the more I see of him, the more I think the Wild can make the playoffs this year. He is the complete opposite of Todd Richards.

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sdrickOct. 26, 11 8:59 AM

I like the line combos they are going to try. At least Yeo isn't afraid to change things when it seems the status quo isn't working, unlike Richards last season. It might take some time, but with the proper combo of shooters and passers the team will find something that pays dividends.

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washburnlkOct. 26, 11 9:31 AM

Nice to see the emphasis on going hard to the net and staying there. Ryan Smythe has really helped the teams he's been with doing this and he has limited talent beyond his net work, so the new mentality could really increase our scoring.

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mn218puckfanOct. 26, 1110:05 AM

41 games over/under on how many games GL plays. I say under!

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uffda57Oct. 26, 1110:10 AM

I'm not ready to write off this season for GLat yet. I have heard commentators who suffered the same injury as GLat say that you will feel pain for at least a year after the surgery, and that it is a long recovery process. That being the case, it may be that he and the team are being very cautious with him, and I prefer that rather than seeing him do permanent damage that could end his career. In the meantime, this team already has plenty of offensive weapons, like Setoguchi and Heatley, and they need to start producing. If they come through as promised, missing GLat won't be the big hit that it was last year, when no one could score. So guys, do what a team is supposed to do, step up to fill in for an injured teammate, just as he would do for you, and start putting pucks in the net.

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