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Updated: April 8th, 2013 3:56pm
Dany Heatley reportedly will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday

Dany Heatley reportedly will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Dany Heatley's absence from the Minnesota Wild lineup could be an extended one.

The veteran winger is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday in Cleveland, according to the Star Tribune.

Heatley reportedly dislocated the shoulder when Marc-Edouard Vlasic drove him to the ice last Wednesday after the two became involved in an altercation.

Wild coach Mike Yeo told the Star Tribune that Heatley isn't certain to miss the rest of the regular season and that the goal is to get him back quicker than would have been the case without the surgery.

Heatley is sixth on the Wild in scoring with 21 points and his 11 goals are third on the team.

Heatley had been playing on the third line with Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck after starting the season on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Charlie Coyle, who had been on the first line, has replaced Heatley with Brodziak and Clutterbuck.

Jason Pominville, acquired last week from Buffalo, is now playing on a wing with Parise and Koivu.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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