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On Tuesday night Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin was taken to the hospital for x-rays after taking a puck to the face in a game against the Nashville Predators.

They got the results on Tuesday and the news wasn't great.

Well, that sounds painful. But believe it or not, it's not all that bad of news. I'm sure Brodin would disagree this morning but with it being a broken cheekbone, he could return relatively soon. Emphasis on relatively.

That of course would be thanks in part to a full cage as Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes.

He is out indefinitely and a timetable will be announced once it's determined. As of now, the Wild says this is relatively good news because there was originally a concern he had a broken jaw. Typically, players can play through such an injury with a cage, but that can't be determined until once the swelling goes down.

What's interesting is that the Wild already have a cage ready for Brodin to go. I guess that tells you how much they can't afford him to be out of the lineup.

While we don't have a vusual yet on Brodin, apparently it's not very pretty. Think Sloth from The Goonies.

Brodin is a huge piece of the Wild's puzzle, a player who was good enough to earn a lot of buzz for the Calder Trophy last season while being paired with Ryan Suter. Brodin has three goals and three assists this season in the nine games he played (technically 10 if you count the couple of minutes against Nashville on Tuesday).