The Wild just hit the ice at GM Place after yesterday's day off (with a workout at a local gym). The big news today in Vancouver is that Owen Nolan, who has been out with a broken toe, joined the team today. He's currently wearing a yellow sweater along with Pierre-Marc Bouchard
and Eric Belanger.
The players worked out yesterday, and later on had a team bowling tournament, arranged by captain Andrew Brunette. Speaking of the captaincy, the Wild won't name a March/April captain until sometime Tuesday. Brunette was not on the ice today. I'll have an update later this afternoon.
Derek Boogaard has remained with the team despite his five-game suspension. He'll be eligible to return March 10 at home against San Jose.
We're on day five of the 11-day trip, and can now officially say "in a week, we'll be home." Yesterday was a welcomed day off. This is a spectacular city, and it was sunny and in the upper 40's for much of the day. I dodged some raindrops for dinner last night, but it wasn't too bad. Abundant sunshine again this morning, and it's raining now. Hopefully it will clear up later once practice is over.
12:45 p.m. CST
Wild.com here from Saint Paul, where Marian Gaborik met with the media for about 10 minutes in the Wild dressing room. For an indication of the interest in this developing story, we can let you know that just about everywhere you look for your sports and Wild news, you'll see some reference to the proceedings.
For an 11 a.m. CST gathering, Gaborik hit the stage (his stall) at 11:15, by which point nearly 20 members of the media had formed an arc around his expected mark.
Gaborik talked of looking forward to continuing his rehab in the decidedly more athlete-friendly altitude of the Twin Cities after beginning the process at 8,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, but that the weather in Vail, Colo., was hard to beat.
On Thursday, Gaborik says he'll hit the ice in Saint Paul, and he hopes to make his comeback to game action later this month.
Wild TV has the full, Marian Gaborik, media session right here
The R.S.S. Feed's regular host , Ryan Stanzel, will file an update from Vancouver a little later.