ST. PAUL --
The most surprising news out of the Minnesota Wild
's morning skate came from general manager Chuck Fletcher, who announced forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard
has been placed on injured reserve because of lingering concussion-like symptoms.
Bouchard, who missed Minnesota's game in Calgary on Saturday and sat out practice Monday, was believed to have a groin injury. Fletcher said his groin was a problem, too, but since he took a check from behind from Zach Bogosian
in Winnipeg last month, Fletcher said Bouchard has "felt a little pressure from time to time."
Bouchard initially missed a couple of games right after the hit with a broken nose and some facial lacerations. The concussion diagnosis for him is more alarming because of his history with that injury -- Bouchard missed 81 games in 2009-10 with the same injury.
Along with fellow second-liner Guillaume Latendresse
, also out indefinitely with a concussion, the slumping Wild are now down two of their best scorers -- not the best news for a team ranked 29th in the NHL in goals scored.
"Our recipe can't change," Wild coach Mike Yeo
said. "More than anything else, this is our opportunity to get back to that fight. I don't think we've had that lately.
"Looking at the goals we scored [when the Wild were winning], we'd be spearing pucks into the net, guys crashing and falling into the crease. If that's what we need to do, then that's what we need to do. But let's not just say it stinks to have this guy out. Let's get that fight."