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Wild’s Coyle (knee) resumed skating Tuesday

Oct 22, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild haven’t been too bad at controlling the puck early this season, the problem is that they haven’t been able to put it in other teams’ nets very often. Getting Charlie Coyle back might help a bit, so here’s some good news: he resumed skating – albeit by himself – on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old is dealing with a knee strain suffered early this season. The prognosis was that he’d miss between three weeks and a month, so this development indicates he might be on schedule.

He hasn’t been an explosive player just yet (zero points in two games in 2013-14, 14 in 37 during his rookie season), yet the Wild seem excited about his potential.

The Wild hope to get their offense on track against the Nashville Predators on NBC SN tonight. They’ve lost three games in a row, scoring a single goal in each contest. So, again … Coyle can’t come back soon enough.

  1. lordfletcher - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    much needed power to the 2nd line. His ability to cycle along the boards and push defenders is greatly needed.

    Need him back asap

    • mp1131211 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      They’re all good at cycling along the boards. In fact, its basically all they do all game. All of them. We need someone who hangs in front of the net and screens, tips, creates traffic, and hammers away at rebounds. No more of this playing catch around the edges crap

      • valoisvipers - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        Like Cal Clutterbuck?

      • lordfletcher - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        The Wild weren’t cycling the boards since Coyle went out, they have been shooting from the point and watching all of their shots get blocked or gobbled up. They need to cycle and center to an open winger or pinching D man for a quick one-timer. I also can’t comprehend why they aren’t forcing the pass to the slot more than they are… outside of Koivu’s classic obvious pass that ends up failing when he clearly should have shot, well….. him and Granlund.

        I love the tempo the Wild have played with, they have dominated almost every game and have owned the majority of scoring chances, the issue is they still have too many playmakers and too few snipers. The only true sniper is a rapidly aging Heatley who shouldn’t be seeing any ice time. This club needs Vanek more than they know, and I don’t want to see them trade another 1st to Buffalo, or any more prospects..so free agency

        Looking at next years free agency market, obviously Vanek will be available and after that, the winger market slims down quickly. I like Vrbata but I doubt Phoenix lets him go and Gabby will more than likely be offered a deal from Columbus but I would welcome him back for the right price and length.

      • lordfletcher - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        and Clutterbuck is one of the most overrated skaters I have seen in a long time. Fan favorite and easily replaceable.

        He doesn’t crash the net, he skates around the boards and top slot waiting to take a shot that will end up hitting the glass high and right.

        Isles so far with Clutter are 1-5. 1 assist and only 6 shots on goal…. yawn! glad he is gone and its time for Nino to step up. He plays a good power forward game but struggles to net the goal. A couple of solid assists so far but needs to up his offensive game, especially with the line mates he has had. and thinking about it, everyone with the Wild needs to start scoring, the only one holding their own is Brodin and hopefully he isn’t out long

      • mp1131211 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Heatley has been god awful! Why is he still around? Yeo asked the question “replace with who?” I say with anyone who doesn’t fall down 10 times in a game or make passes to no one in particular.

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