Spurgeon dealt with a nagging upper-body injury for much of the 2015-16 season, per Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, but isn't expected to require surgery, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Nagging injuries are commonplace in the NHL, but it seems as though Spurgeon may have been bothered by more than bumps and bruises this past season, as Fletcher noted the blueliner "was probably 80 percent most of the year." Despite his nagging ailments, Spurgeon was one of the Wild's best defenseman in 2015-16, tallying 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) while averaging 22:41 of ice time with a solid plus-11 rating over 77 regular-season contests. While the 2008 sixth-round pick isn't expected to require surgery to repair his upper-body injury, it's too early to tell whether he'll be ready for the start of next season's training camp. Either way, fantasy owners can expect Spurgeon to return to his role skating on Minnesota's top pairing and top power-play unit in 2016-17.
Spurgeon collected two assists and was a plus-2 in Friday's Game 5 overtime win over the Stars. Spurgeon has had a decent postseason thus far, racking up three helpers in five games. The 26-year-old plays on the first power-play unit and logs heavy minutes for a Wild team that has forced a Game 6 with the Stars. Spurgeon recorded a career-high 29 points this season and Minnesota could use another strong outing from him if they hope to force a Game 7.
Spurgeon (lower body) will return to action Tuesday against the Sharks. Spurgeon's owners will be happy to have the 26-year-old blueliner back in their lineups Tuesday, as he's been a solid contributor in multiple categories this season, notching 29 points and 115 shots on goal while averaging 22:36 of ice time through 75 games. The 2008 sixth-round pick is expected to slot back into his role skating on the Wild's top-pairing and second power-play unit in Tuesday's matchup with San Jose.
Spurgeon (lower body) is a candidate to suit up Tuesday against the Sharks. Spurgeon, who skated Monday, suggested that he'll continue to test things out in advance of Tuesday's game before a call on that front is made, so it looks like his status could well turn into a game-time decision.
Spurgeon (lower body) will not dress for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Spurgeon didn't skate Sunday morning and was listed as day-to-day, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's been officially ruled out for the evening's tilt. The blueliner will now aim to rejoin the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks, but expect an update at some point prior to puck drop confirming his status for that tilt.
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