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Wild’s Bouchard (concussion) is “pretty much symptom free”

Dec 18, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard hasn’t played since Jan. 4 due to a concussion, but has finally gotten to the point where he’s been “pretty much symptom free” for a few weeks, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Still, after being sidelined for nearly a year, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.

“That’s a good question,” Bouchard said when Russo asked if he’d be ready for training camp should the lockout end soon. “I rather speak to the doctor first, talk to him and see what he says. The last few weeks I’ve been pretty good, so I’m optimistic about it.”

Because he wasn’t fit to play by Oct. 11, Bouchard hasn’t been locked out like most NHL players. That means he’s had access to the Minnesota Wild’s facilities and was able to practice with their AHL-affiliate, the Houston Aeros.

That being said, an argument can be made for Bouchard needing this lockout to end even more than most players. He’s participated in just 97 games from 2009-10 to 2011-12 and his five-year, $20.4 million contract is set to expire this summer. He needs a chance to stage a comeback before that deal ends, but he might not get it.

  1. lordfletcher - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    if there is a lockout… I wonder how Fletcher will handle PMB. I am guessing he would like to keep him but the contract would have to be close to league minimum, say $1M. PMB out of the kindness of his heart should play next year for free (if he could) seeing as he has robbed the Wild blind… I would like to see PMB back because I think our prospects need another season in Houston and there should be no rush to get any of the in the NHL becides Granlund and Brodin. Coyle and Zucker can wait a little bit…. Glad to hear he is feeling better and am curious to see how his situation shakes down.

  2. williplett - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    I agree with pretty much all of what you say, but it’s a bit cruel to say he “robbed the Wild blind”. He had an above average-though not terribly impressive-career going until the concussion bug hit. I’m pretty sure he would have liked to play in those 150+ games that he missed over he last five years and I’m pretty sure he wishes he had been able to avoid that Bogosian hit. I am more than willing to blame it all on DR. Why not? Who will object?

    I just met PMB this week and he seems like a nice guy and his better half is carrying their child. Like you, I’m happy he feels better and I hope he has more to give to the team-at a discounted price.

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