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Updated: September 24th, 2011 9:59am
Wild send first-round pick back to juniors; Staubitz suspended

Wild send first-round pick back to juniors; Staubitz suspended

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Wild reassigned center Zack Phillips to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Saturday.

The Wild's training camp roster now stands at 45 players.

Phillips, 18, the 28th pick in the June draft, had one assist in two preseason games with the Wild. That came on the Wild's first goal of the game Friday night in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center.

Phillips had 95 points, including 38 goals, in 67 games with the Sea Dogs in 2010-11 to rank second on the team in scoring.

Meanwhile, Wild right winger Brad Staubitz has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL, according to the league's website.

Staubitz's suspension is pending a hearing and the completion of a review by the NHL's department of player safety after Staubitz was given a five-minute major for checking from behind during the third period of Friday's game.

Staubitz also was given a game misconduct for the check on Blue Jackets center Cody Bass. Bass fell to the ice after the hit and was bleeding when he left the ice. He was able to return to the game.

Staubitz wasn't the only player on the ice Friday who is in trouble with the NHL.

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski also has been suspended pending a hearing after he was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head of Wild right winger Cal Clutterbuck at the end of the third period. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 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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In this story: Cal Clutterbuck, Brad Staubitz