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Updated: January 10th, 2012 11:04am
Pierre-Marc Bouchard out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms

Pierre-Marc Bouchard out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms

by Tom Pelissero
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The hits keep coming for the slumping Minnesota Wild -- and the latest may be a big one.

General manager Chuck Fletcher told reporters on Tuesday morning that Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be placed on injured reserve with concussion-like symptoms.

"Symptoms right now are nowhere near as severe as they were two seasons ago," Fletcher said, per 5 Eyewitness News. "Obviously it's a significant blow at a lot of different levels both for him and for our hockey team."

Bouchard, 27, missed all but one game in the 2009-10 season and also sat out the start of the 2010-11 season while dealing with post-concussion symptoms.

He returned to play 59 games last season and had appeared in 37 games this season, tallying nine goals and 13 assists. But he took a vicious hit from Winnipeg's Derek Bogosian on Dec. 13 and then took an elbow on Wednesday at Vancouver, worsening his condition.

"It's scary," Fletcher said, referring to the recent spate of concussion trouble around the NHL, sidelining the likes of Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby.

"Everybody's talking about it. Teams are talking about it, players, the media. It's a scary injury because there's not a doctor in the world that can look at a concussed player and give you any information when you're going to come back and how you're going to feel after the fact. There's no road map. It's just time and patience and the player knowing his body and when he's ready.

"There's been a lot of head injuries, whether we're diagnosing them better or it's the nature of our game now I can't say, but they're serious injuries and it's a difficult time for a lot of us."

The Wild have lost 11 of their past 12 games entering Tuesday's game against San Jose.

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