The Minnesota Wild may be out of the postseason but just about anyone connected to hockey will tell you that they arrived with authority as a legitimate NHL franchise this season. What they also managed to display was incredible toughness against two of the best teams in hockey and that is something amplified by center Charlie Coyle shaking off two separated shoulders while playing in the postseason.
Coyle spoke about playing with the injuries and how they really weren’t that big of a deal to him.
“You forget about it once you’re out there, but everyone’s in the same situation,” Coyle said after his exit meeting with Wild brass Friday. “Everyone has one ache or another. … You’re always banged up. You just fight through it. … Everyone was doing that. Every guy was doing that.”
Most os us hate to breathe when we have a separated shoulder but Coyle played in more than a few playoffs hockey games with more than one separated joint. It just goes to show not only how tough hockey players are but how tough the Wild have become and the type of force they’ll be moving forward.