Jason Zucker feeling good, should travel with Wild to Colorado
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jason Zucker won't be playing Thursday night against Colorado. But Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo hopes he'll be good to go soon.
Zucker skated some on Thursday morning -- not with the team, but in sweats, two days after he suffered an undisclosed injury on a hit by Anaheim's Corey Perry.
Yeo said he reports so far have been positive. Asked if Zucker would make the trip to Colorado for Saturday's game, Yeo said, "Yeah, I'm anticipating that he will, but I haven't had a chance to talk to the trainers yet."
Perry has been suspended for four games without pay by the league.
The idea of a player being suspended for games only against the team he committed the offense against has been floated. Yeo says there's two sides to that.
"There is definitely some logic to that, but it's tricky," Yeo said. "Are we talking about a couple of years if you do it to someone in the other conference?"
"He hit one of our players and we don't ever want anyone to get away with that. But, having said that, they they're playing some teams that we would like to see them win against. ... I'll let people smarter than me figure that stuff out."
Realignment a good thing
The NHL's board of governors approved realignment on Thursday.
That moves the Wild into a division with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, and Winnipeg.
Yeo said he likes that because "(t)ravel-wise, what it's going to do for us is huge because of the time zones, and as much as anything else I love rivalry hockey and think that's going to bring that here."