He missed the playoffs in 2016 due to a back injury and had been having issues during the period before training camp and into the pre-season. the pain ad apparently subsided last week but flared up again and he was forced to leave practice. He has not yet played in any of the Wild's games this season.

Now it appears he is going to undergo surgery. That surgery was scheduled for today(Tuesday). Now details are available as to specifically what is being done to his back.

He is expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks.

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