The wild view Matt Boldy staggered to the skates during a preseason game on October 7 at the Xcel Energy Center. He had just been entangled with Blackhawks defender Connor Murphy, and while he managed to get to the bench on his own, he needed help getting to the locker room.
Asked about the injury after the game, coach Dean Evason made no secret of the fact that Boldy should be out for a while. A few days later, The Wild confirmed that the 20-year-old winger had broken his left ankle and was expected to be out for about a month.
The good news? After retraining most of the last month, Boldy is officially back on the skates. He recently reported to the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League and could make his season debut already this weekend.
“I do not know the exact status of it,” Evason said. “Just talking to (Iowa Wilds general manager) Mike Murray, I think they’re excited to get him in there very soon.”
Although he may return to the ice in the near future, Boldy is nowhere near reaching the next level. Not yet at least. He probably would not knock the NHL list out of training camp with wingers Brandon Duhaime and Adam Beckman, both of whom surpassed him.
The Wild are not worried about it right now, they are simply happy that Boldy is close to playing in any capacity. Looking back on the replay from when he was injured, it could certainly have been a lot worse.
“Every time we have that type of injury, it can go on for a while,” Evason said. “It’s nice to see him back and getting ready to play hockey.”
GREENWAY IS IMPROVED
After returning to the ranks against the Arizona Coyotes last week, winger Jordan Greenway appears to be aligning with center Ryan Hartman and opposing winger Rem Pitlick.
“Very business-like,” Evason said of Greenway’s recent efforts. “The physical trait he had in his game was really good. We liked that he had a small cage. He has played with some bite in the matches he has come back with and we need, that he continues to be the great, physical presence. ”
There was a while through training camp where defenders Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill and Jordie Been competed for a spot on the final pairing. In the end, the coaching staff gave a nod to Merrill and Kulikov, and that duo has proven to be extremely effective.
“It’s been a really good couple for us,” Evason said. “You include Jordie Been in there; Unfortunately for him, he has not participated in so many hockey matches because (Merrill and Kulikov) have played really well. ”