Dustin Brown, captain of the Los Angeles Kings, has been suspended for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, that’s just two games, and doesn’t help out the team affected by the incident that caused his suspension. After playing 314 consecutive games, Brown will be well-rested for the Kings’ first playoff series next week. Minnesota is left to continue on without their trade deadline blockbuster acquisition.
“I had the puck on my stick, he’s coming to hit me and I’m just bracing myself,” said Brown when asked about his elbow to the face of Minnesota’s Jason Pominville in the Wild’s 2-1 win last night. Minnesota has today off as one of four mandatory off days per month. The official word in the Wild locker room is that Pominville is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. However, after the way he struggled to the bench last night after the hit, it very well could be a concussion.
According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher says it is still too early to know yet if the team will need to recall a forward. If they do, my gut says it’ll be one of Jason Zucker, Mikael Granlund or UM-D alum Justin Fontaine, who won the NCAA national championship in 2011 and leads the Aeros in scoring with 56 points in 64 games in his second pro season. Either way, nothing about the Brown suspension benefits Minnesota.