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Wild activate Bouchard (concussion) from IR

Jan 17, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Ravaged by concussion issues over the last three seasons, Pierre-Marc Bouchard is ready to return to action.

The Minnesota Wild activated Bouchard from injured reserve on Thursday, suggesting he’ll be in the lineup and ready to play on Saturday when the Wild host Colorado.

Bouchard, 28, missed the final 41 games of last year due to a concussion suffered on this hit from Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian:

It was the latest in a long line of concussion issues for Bouchard, who missed 112 of 113 games over a span from March 2009 to December 2010.

Last month, Bouchard resumed practicing with AHL Houston and told Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune he’d been “pretty much symptom free” for a few weeks.

A gifted offensive player — despite all the injuries, he’s racked up 60 points in his last 96 games — Bouchard will add some punch to a Minnesota lineup that looks to have far more scoring depth than a year ago.

Russo reports Bouchard will skate on the third like with Kyle Brodziak (Wild’s second-leading goalscorer last year, with 22) and Cal Clutterbuck.

That unit will be behind the top line of Zach PariseMikko KoivuDany Heatley and the second line of Matt CullenMikael GranlundDevin Setoguchi.

  1. nvandy42 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I love the top 9 forwards for MN. Not to mention that we have Forward prospects galore if there are any injuries. This season is gonna be pretty exciting!

  2. mnwildfan15 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    If butch can get in a full season his numbers could be sky high

  3. gi0lui - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Pulling out all the stops in Minny, made my list of teams to watch w/Dumba, Parise, Suter & Bouchard, should be entertaining even assuming Dumba is only there for 5 gm.
    Hope he is over his concussion troubles, tough road to travel.

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