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Wild’s Zucker (knee) likely done for season

Mar 19, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

Jason Zucker AP

The Minnesota Wild will likely be without forward Jason Zucker for the remainder of the season, GM Chuck Fletcher told the Star-Tribune.

Zucker, 22, underwent what was described as a “minor” knee procedure over the Olympic break but has failed to return, with Fletcher saying the situation had “gone from something minor to not.”

Here’s more, from the Pioneer Press:

Via text message, Zucker declined comment until a later date.

About 7 p.m. Tuesday, he tweeted, “I have no idea how to handle this…#rattled.”

Minnesota’s second-round pick (59th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Zucker had 50 points in 55 games for AHL Houston (now Iowa) last season, and played in all five games of Minnesota’s opening-round playoff loss to Chicago, scoring the OT winner in the Wild’s lone victory over the ‘Hawks.

This year, Zucker had four goals through 21 games while averaging close to 14 minutes a night.

  1. getadealdonealready - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Something weird is going on with him and either Yeo or the organization. I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of this situation.

  2. vstar1us - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Agree, Zucker is done the Wild don’t know a good thing when they got it !

  3. dankpuffalot - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Yeo’s love affair with Brodziak is out of control. Zucker better really be hurt and this better not be some ridiculous ploy to excuse the awful way they yank him up and down willy-nilly. The future looks bright, once they get rid of Brodziak and Heatley so the young talent like Haula and Zucker can get more playing time.

    • slickvb82 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Sorry but I have to comment on this. Yeo does have a love affair with Brodzy, but for good reason. You don’t win hockey without guys like him. That third line has been so big this year, playing against some of the leagues top lines. He’s also been instrumental in the PK. Brodziak is not a goal scorer, people need to get over that fact and move on, accept him for what he is. Zucker came into this years training camp with an injury and it lingered all year. That gave guys like Haula and Fontaine the opportunity to step up and stay in the line up. Both guys have played great!

      Say Zucker isn’t hurt right now, where does he come up and play?? Who do you sit?? Unfortunately until Heater is off the Wilds roster there just isn’t room right now. Sorry but people need to chill about Zucker, he’ll be with the Wild and will be in the line-up next season.

      • nolockoutpricks - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        totally agree, i think people get mad with all the scoring chances that he gets and misses. he gets those chances because he does the right things without the puck. like you said hes great on the pk and great at shutting down top lines and thats what you need him for the most. im sick of people crying about how bad he and koivu have been playing this year

  4. mp1131211 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Rattled? This kid has potential but is not mentally at an NHL level. It’s an injury, dude. You’re career isn’t over….

    • slickvb82 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I personally feel for him. I’m sure he came into this year expecting to be in the Wilds line-up all year, but unfortunate injuries has hindered that the entire season, starting in training camp. Its gotta be tough.

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