One National Hockey League franchise's roster has just been completely devastated.
The Minnesota Wild have confirmed that forwards Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Macrus Foligno have all been injured, but even worse for the Wild is the fact that two of the three will require surgery.
From the Minnesota Wild's official website:
Forward Charlie Coyle suffered a right fibula fracture and underwent successful surgery today by Dr. Fernando Peña at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks and has been placed on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR). By placing Coyle on LTIR, the Wild can recall at least three players from Iowa for Saturday's home opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Forward Marcus Foligno suffered a left facial fracture and is expected to miss a minimum of one week. He is scheduled to undergo a procedure by Dr. David Hamlar on Sunday.
Forward Nino Niederreiter suffered a high left ankle sprain and has been placed on Injured Reserve. He is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks.
It's devastating news for the Wild who have already come out of the gate with a slow start winning just one of their three first games, and there's no doubt this will put the team's depth to the test and will put a great deal of strain on head coach Bruce Boudreau.