Zuccarello out for start of Wild training camp after arm surgery

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Mats Zuccarello will not be ready to start training camp with the Minnesota Wild after the forward had surgery on his right arm in Norway in November.

There is no timeline for his return.

An official start date to the season has not yet been announced.

Zuccarello broke the arm two seasons ago playing his first game for the Dallas Stars and had surgery then.

After agreeing to a five-year contract with the Wild as a free agent July 1, 2019, Zuccarello didn’t score his first goal for Minnesota until his ninth game and scored 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games for his worst points-per-game average (0.57) since 2012-13 (0.53).

“Every player reflects on their season and play and judges yourself,” Zuccarello said in July. “No one judges you as hard as yourself. There’s no question in my mind that I can be better. I’m not saying I’d have 50 goals or anything like that, but just creating for teammates and creating more chances and stuff like that. I think it came at the end, I got more and more comfortable. The start was rough, there’s no doubt about that, and I’m the first one to admit that.”

Zuccarello scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last 11 regular-season games, and had one assist in Minnesota’s four-game loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The season prior, he scored 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in 48 games with the New York Rangers and Stars.

He was traded to Dallas on Feb. 23, 2019 after playing his first nine NHL seasons for New York. A day later, he was injured in the second period after scoring a goal and an assist against the Chicago Blackhawks. He returned to play one regular-season game and scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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