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ST. PAUL—Charlie Coyle returned early last month from a broken leg and donned pads for his first game in five weeks without so much as a practice under his surgically repaired right fibula. That night two weeks ago, the Wild center admits, he wondered how his leg would hold up during loose-puck battles in the corner.
ST. PAUL — A couple of months before the NHL's 31st team put together its first roster via the expansion draft in June, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee summoned former Wild GM Doug Risebrough to the desert. Seventeen years earlier, Risebrough had guided the Wild through the league's last expansion draft when Minnesota and the Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league. McPhee wanted to pick Risebrough's brain. As Risebrough toured the operations of Las Vegas' first professional sports franchise, he quickly realized just how different McPhee's task was.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jason Pominville knew nothing of St. Paul or the Minnesota Wild when he arrived in a 2013 trade, yet he found himself sentimental when discussing both this week. "I really didn't know what I was getting into (in Minnesota), but from top to bottom, it was awesome," he said. "It's a great bunch of guys, the organization treats you really well, and the city was great. I really enjoyed it and have nothing bad to say about it. When you win, and have the group that we had, it was pretty cool."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Even after a four-touchdown game from Case Keenum helped lift the Vikings to a fifth straight victory on Sunday, Nov. 12, head coach Mike Zimmer played coy again on his quarterback situation. On Monday, Zimmer declined to name a starter for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams until Wednesday. The question now is whether, and perhaps when, Zimmer will turn to Teddy Bridgewater, who was active Sunday for the first time since suffering a gruesome knee injury that had him off the field for the previous 14 months.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced that center fielder Byron Buxton and second baseman Brian Dozier have been named Gold Glove winners. This marks the first time that either player has earned the award. Buxton, 23, played 137 games in centerfield this season, committing just five errors with six outfield assists in 400 total chances. Dozier, 30, played in 152 games this season, committing just five errors at second base in 674 total chances. Molitor finalist for managerial honor
MINNEAPOLIS — As the Vikings enter their bye week atop the NFC North standings, coach Mike Zimmer said he is "prepared" to activate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the physically unable to perform list, the first step in ushering back their 2014 first-round draft pick after a 14-month absence. Even with a 6-2 record and six surprisingly effective starts from Case Keenum, the Vikings could welcome Bridgewater to their starting lineup as soon as their next game, Nov. 12 against the Redskins in Washington, D.C.
ST. PAUL — The Wild on Friday, Oct. 13, placed forward Charlie Coyle on long-term injured reserve after he underwent surgery to repair a broken leg, the team announced. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks. In addition, Nino Niederreiter will miss at least three weeks due to a high ankle sprain, and Marcus Foligno has been scheduled for a medical procedure because of a left facial fracture suffered during a fight in Thursday night's 5-2 victory at Chicago. He is expected to miss at least a week, the team said in a release.
CHICAGO — After his final practice before his first game this season, Michael Floyd, the St. Paul native in his first season with the Vikings, said he doesn't anticipate any hiccups Monday night, Oct. 9, when he returns for his first game since being suspended following an extreme DUI conviction.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford remained only a limited participant at the team's final practice Saturday, Oct. 7, before their Monday night, Oct. 9, game, casting doubt over whether he can return to the lineup following a knee injury suffered Sept. 11 that has kept him out of the Vikings' past three games. Head coach Mike Zimmer remained coy when discussing his injured starting quarterback, only saying that Bradford looks, "good" and, "we'll see" whether he can play Monday against the Chicago Bears.
MINNEAPOLIS — With a half-empty bottle of celebratory champagne at her right, Cheryl Reeve, sat at her postgame news conference Wednesday, Oct. 4, and contemplated what her top five players have meant as the Minnesota Lynx won four WNBA championships in seven years. Reeve's trademark ferocity dissipated and she began to cry.