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The R.S.S. Feed: Dec. 9, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
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Dec. 9, 2008

4:15 p.m. CST

This just in: Gaborik will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, and will practice with the team as he continue to work his way back to game shape.

12:15 p.m. CST

A bit of an early practice today (10:30 a.m.) because the Wild wives held a luncheon. The big news out of the skate is that Marian Gaborik practiced with the team for the first time since suffering a lower body injury in mid-October. Gaborik wasn’t on a particular line, and was the only player with a light green sweater. The Wild leaves Wednesday morning and will skate in Phoenix upon arrival, and the club will make a decision later about whether Gaborik will travel.

Make sure to watch Twin Cities Live on Wednesday. The show airs from 3-4 p.m. on KSTP Channel 5, and the Wild segment is in the first 15 minutes. They’ll show Wild Bingo with Wild wives from last week, and then Alexandra Belanger will be in studio with some Wild holiday gift ideas, straight from the Hockey Lodge.

As I mentioned, I’m off to New York tomorrow for some pre-Christmas time with my family. I’ll be back to blog Monday, in advance of Wednesday’s division tilt against the Flames. It’s hard to believe, but almost 30 games into the year, the Wild will face the Flames for the first time.

Mailbag time:

Q: I know goalies get their own rooms, but how are roommates determined for the rest of the team?  Are Bouchard and Boogaard really roomies?  Keep up the good work!!  Sherry

A: Thanks for the note, Sherry. Good question. Bouchard and Boogaard are not roommates. Boogaard and Burns room together, and usually Bouchard and Belanger are together. The Wild hockey ops department does a rooming list at the beginning of the season. Sometimes we adjust throughout the season. Not only do goalies get their own rooms, so do players with at least 10 years of NHL experience and 600 games also get their own rooms. On the Wild, only Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan qualify. If there are an odd number of players, Kim Johnsson is next in line and gets his own room.
 
Have a good week. I’ve got to sign some Wild Christmas cards and get to work on game notes. Oh, and Kurtis Foster will be on XM Radio 204 today at 2:45 p.m.
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