Wild times: Fontaine (knee) out 4-6 weeks, Graovac undergoes surgery, Sydor returns after DUI


Busy day in Minnesota.

First, the club announced that forward Justin Fontaine would miss the next 4-6 weeks with a sprained left MCL.

Then, it announced center Tyler Graovac underwent successful bilateral core muscle surgery, a procedure that would sideline him for six weeks.


The club welcomed the return of assistant coach Darryl Sydor.

Sydor is back with the club after a two-month absence following a drunken driving charge. The former NHL defenseman had a mandatory 15-day jail sentence and, per the Star-Tribune, served two long weekends at a local area workhouse last month.

“We missed Darryl,” head coach Mike Yeo said. “He’s an important part of our coaching staff.”

On that note, the Wild will likely miss Fontaine over the next month (or, month and a half). The diminutive forward had been a good producer so far, with a goal and four points in eight games, and had averaged over 11 minutes per night.

Fontaine is also coming off a career-high 31 points in ’14-15.

As for Graovac, his season got derailed just as it was getting started. After making the team out of camp — something of a surprise — the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder appeared in just one game before getting hurt.

With these injuries, the Wild recalled Jordan Schroeder from AHL Iowa over the weekend.