The Minnesota Wild finished last season bracing for the worst news about one of their best forwards. Pierre-Marc Bouchard was still bothered by post-concussion symptoms in the second extended absence of his now-threatened career. Bouchard needed more time to heal, making him one of the rare NHL players to actually benefit from the lockout. Symptom-free for more than a month, Bouchard was activated from injured reserve on Thursday and is on track to play for the Wild in Saturday's opener against Colorado.
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