After trying to work through a "fluky" knee injury for more than two months, the Minnesota Wild have shut down left winger Jason Zucker for the season.
Zucker took a puck just above the knee of
the stick of Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan on January 9th and bounced
between the press box and the ice until the Olympic break, when he went
in for what was termed a "minor procedure" on the knee, but it turned
out to be a quad injury instead.
“Honestly, it’s a fluky injury, one I’ve never heard of,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher
said. “When they initially went in, it was worse than they thought. They
fixed it, but he re-aggravated it while training.”
refer to a group of four muscles in the thigh that cover the femur from
the front and sides, each of the muscles attached in some manner to the
hip and ranging down to the knee cap. The injury is most likely related
to the tendon on the femoris muscle, which takes the brunt of work to
extend and straightening the knee. It attaches to the kneecap from the
top and works in conjunction to the Patella tendon attached to the
kneecap from the tibia.
Fletcher noted that Zucker will need additional surgery to repair the tendon.
a setback, but he should be fine for next season,” Fletcher told
reporters. “It’s frustrating it came to all this. I feel badly for the
The Wild are on course to make the playoffs despite
sporting just a 3-2-4 record in the month of March, their 83 points good
enough for the seventh seed in the Western Conference, four points
better than current eighth seed Phoenix and eight points better than
outside-looking-in Dallas Stars with 12 games to go.