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Guess Who's Back? Pierre Marc Bouchard To Rejoin Wild at Training Camp

ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Pierre-Marc Bouchard #96 of the Minnesota Wild secures the puck during the third period of a preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 18, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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Nick MaxsonCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2010

According to sources within the Wild organization, Pierre Marc-Bouchard will be attending this year's training camp to be held starting September 17th.

After suffering from symptoms due to a concussion that kept him out all last season, Bouchard has reportedly made "significant" progress this summer on his efforts to rejoin the team.

Spending his summer near Montreal, Bouchard was cleared for light workouts earlier this summer and according to sources, has been skating.

It would be a much needed boost to the Wild. Bouchard has been a solid 50 point contributor for the Wild, including a career high 63 points (13-50=60) in the 2007-08 season.

Bouchard would add some great scoring as well as a passing touch to a Wild offense on the verge of climbing.

With the offseason additions of Eric Nystrom (Calgary) and Minnesota native Matt Cullen (Carolina), Bouchard could be put anywhere on the top two lines as well as spend time on the power-play where he was most dangerous.

According to Micheal Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bouchard was participating in full gear workouts and scrimmages.

"I still have symptoms here and there, some pressure in the head, but it's not too bad. I'm trying to pace myself on the ice and in the gym, but my goal is to be ready for training camp [Sept. 17]." he told Russo.

According to Aaron Sickman, Communications Director for the Minnesota Wild, Bouchad will arive in Minnesota sometime during the week after Labor Day, and will sit down with the coaching staff and explain how he feels and if he's ready to go.

The Minnesota Wild will be holding a pre-draft luncheon on September 17th and it is expected that the Wild will make an announcment during that time on Bouchard's status.

Bouchard, along with every Wild player, will undergo a physical during training camp where it is hopefull he will be cleared to play at the start of this season.

 

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