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The captain -- who has scored 201 goals and assisted on 487 in 14 years with the Wild -- took the next step in his recovery from a February knee injury Monday.
Ryan Donato, acquired in a trade from Boston last season, will get a look in the middle as the Wild quickly gets ready for its first preseason game.
It wasn't until last month that Wild defenseman Matt Dumba finally felt back to normal after tearing his pectoral muscle in a fight last December. Friday, he finally got to show his stuff.
On the heels of a disappointing non-playoff finish, getting back to a familiar setting was a source of encouragement for the Wild, who have many questions to answer as training camp begins.
With 13 of the first 18 games of the regular season on the road, a potentially make-or-break slate, the Wild is planning to make cuts sooner so players tasked with tackling that stretch can prepare together.
Winger Jordan Greenway and the rest of the Wild open training camp Thursday at the TRIA rink in St. Paul.
Bruce Boudreau stopped by the Star Tribune Stage at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday and expressed optimism for the upcoming season despite the Wild coming off its first playoff miss in seven years.
Restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday.
Bill Guerin, 48, spent the past eight years with the Penguins — three as player development coach, beginning in 2011, and the past five as assistant to general manager Jim Rutherford.
In a twist, Ron Hextall was fired last season by the Flyers, who then hired former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.