Brent Burns’ status has officially been diagnosed as a concussion. Burns missed Friday’s game, and it is unknown how much longer he’ll be out. Head Coach Todd Richards said it was likely a result from a collision Burns had with a teammate during a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
There is nothing known as to the severity of the concussion.
“It’s a setback now for him, and for us,” said Richards. “But it’s something that we’ve got to deal with.”
There was also a bit of a scare involving Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey, who was taken to the hospital last night.
“Everything’s good,” said Richards. “He wasn’t feeling great. I talked with him and they just kept him in the hospital overnight. Everything’s good.”
Recently acquired Andrew Ebbett made his Wild practice debut today, and Richards had him on a line with Chuck Kobasew and Derek Boogaard. Because he was alongside Boogey for most of the practice, Ebbett looked about the same speed and size of a Brown Hare. More realistically, his speed is along the lines of Dunder Mifflin’s Dwight Schrute: somewhere between a black pepper snake and a mongoose.
“It was his first practice and he’s going to have some energy in his first practice,” said Richards. “I thought he looked pretty good. He made some plays and scored a couple nice goals. Again, it’s practice. You can expect that to a certain extent, but we’ll have to figure out what we are going to do with our lines.”Cal Clutterbuck
was on a line with Robbie Earl and Kyle Brodziak
today. Clutterbuck and Nick Schultz exchanged a couple of big hits while working behind the boards. Clutter actually had to leave the ice for a spell, but came back to some cheers from his teammates. Following the practice, the two of them joked about the incident with each other, but didn’t say anything fit to print.
Although Kobasew was skating, Richards wouldn’t say for sure if he would play on Wednesday. Prior to running one drill, Richards pointed at Kobasew and then said to the defensemen, “Be gentle with him, okay!” He then smiled, which leads me to believe that Kobasew is fine, and will be in the lineup against the Boston Bruins, the team that traded him to the Wild earlier in the year.
Martin Havlat is day-to-day with his hamstring injury, but Richards had no idea if he would be in the lineup by Wednesday. Havlat did skated by himself earlier in the day.
Benoit Pouliot (upper body), Petr Sykora (concussion) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard
(concussion) all remain out. All of the players, including Sykora and Bouchard, were at the rink today because of a team signing, in which the players grabbed a Sharpie and signed hundreds of jerseys, sticks and pucks.