Wild defensemen Ryan Suter will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right ankle in a game against the Dallas Stars this past weekend.
NEWS: #mnwild defenseman Ryan Suter will require surgery to repair a fracture in his right ankle suffered Saturday night at Dallas and will miss the remainder of the season. pic.twitter.com/MyAfgblOmU
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 3, 2018
Live look at me checking twitter and seeing that.
I know we bitch a ton about how we get the wrong breaks here in Minnesota, but I mean come on. Ryan Suter is literally the Iron Man of hockey. Dude has missed like a total of 4 games since he signed with the Wild. The guy plays like half the game most nights and then probably goes home and starts building a new shed or laying brick as a way to relax.
Couple this injury with the Jared Spurgeon groin tear and we all of a sudden the Wild are in a major pickle on the backend of the lineup. We are going to have to rely on guys like Carson Soucy and Nick Seeler, who have a combined games played in the NHL of under 20 right now. That’s going to be an issue come the playoffs when you got teams like the Winnipeg Jets and their never ending lines of forwards breathing down your back all game long.
The ever so dim silver lining? Spurgeon started skating today. That means that he could potentially be back for the start of the playoffs in a little under two weeks. The problem there is that there’s a high chance he’s no where near 100% when he comes back and last time I checked hockey players use their groins frequently (get your head out of the gutter).
The only other spin I can get into my head is that before the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup last season, their top defenseman Kris Letang was injured in early April and missed the remainder of the season. They went on to win it all, so why can’t the Wild?…….Oh yeah maybe we don’t have the best player in the world on our roster with a supporting cast that consists Phil the Thrill, the second best Russian hockey player on the planet and a goalie that literally has only won championships in the NHL.
But hey, might as well give it a shot.