When it comes to playoff injuries, we usually don’t get the full story until after the fact. The latest example of that is the Minnesota Wild, which opened up about the status of their players now that they have been eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chris Stewart revealed today that his upper-body injury was actually a separated right shoulder. He was hurt during Game 2 of the second round and while he was able to play through it long enough to finish the contest, he missed the final two games of the series.
“I had nothing. It’s just frustrating,” Stewart told the Star Tribune. “Want to get out there, want to help your team. Toughest job in sport is watching. Wasn’t a story book ending, but I’m still happy with the opportunity I had here.”
Stewart had 14 goals and 36 points in 81 contests in 2014-15 between Buffalo and Minnesota. He was acquired by the Wild on March 2 for a 2017 second round pick and played out the remainder of his two-year, $8.3 million contract. Given Minnesota’s cap situation, Stewart will probably test the free agent market.
Jason Zucker also had a rough postseason run as he broke his thumb in Game 2 of Minnesota’s first round series against St. Louis. He remained in the lineup, but was limited to a single goal in the eight games that followed.
“Pain-wise it wasn’t bad until the numbing wore off, but overall, I think the toughest part is once your thumb is numb, you can’t feel your stick very well, so stickhandling was a little bit tough,” Zucker said.