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Wild may be without d-man Stoner (knee) for rest of regular season

Mar 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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Minnesota may be without physical defenseman Clayton Stoner for the rest of the regular season, the Pioneer Press reports.

Stoner, 29, was thought to have suffered a knee injury last week against the Devils, and has been ruled as week-to-week. The club has already called up Jon Blum in Stoner’s absence and has reportedly made a call to WHL Red Deer about the possibility of a Mathew Dumba emergency recall — Dumba, the seventh overall pick at the ’12 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in 13 games for the Wild this year, scoring two points.

Losing Stoner will hurt the Wild, though, as he’s provided them with an aggressive presence on the back end throughout the year. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder sits third on the team in hits this year, with 95, and leads all Wild skaters with 82 PIM.

The Stoner absence is also exacerbated by the fact another of Minnesota’s depth defensemen, Keith Ballard, is out with a groin injury. That’s left the Wild with just six healthy defensemen and forced Blum to play nearly 15 minutes in Sunday’s OT win over Detroit.

 

  1. imgoingtowichita - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    So you’re saying he is taking a trip to the IR?

  2. mshantz22 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Sounds like Suter will get to play some more 35 minute games.

  3. Whooten Anit - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Get him some medical marijuana!

    • tved12 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Dude, he’s a Stoner, he’s got it covered ;)

  4. strictlythedanks - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I know some fans like to give my fellow Stoner a hard time, but his physicality on the back end has been an asset to the Wild all year and lets be honest hes been a lot better than Ballard.

  5. guitarhunterdude - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Blum looked pretty good last game, so I’m not too concerned. I’d much rather we were just missing Ballard, though. Stoner’s been somewhat decent at some points this year.

    • guitarhunterdude - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      P.S. Blum looked better than Ballard/Prosser/Stoner have looked pretty much all year (meaning he wasn’t a liability), and if that means Suter can play less, that’d be great. He’s had to play very conservatively with all these minutes, and he’s been pretty much invisible lately.

      Though I guess that means I’d be expecting Yeo to play him less. Not likely to happen.

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