Wild expect Jordan Greenway, Jon Merrill back early regular season

All Wild players were present and accounted for on the first day of training camp Thursday, but two were limited and won’t be ready for the start of the regular season Oct. 13 against the New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center.

Forward Jordan Greenway and defenseman Jon Merrill are still recovering from injuries, general manager Bill Guerin said.

“But they’re progressing as they should,” he added.

Greenway, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract on Jan. 31, had surgery in July to repair an upper-body injury. Merrill, a defenseman who had four goals and 20 points in 69 games for the Wild last season, had arm surgery to repair an injury incurred in an IIHF World Championships game against Great Britain in May. Both were on the ice Thursday.

“We’re not babying them, either.” coach Dean Evason said. “We’re trusting their judgment on how much they’re going to do, but obviously we didn’t have a lot of contact, a lot of battle drills. Tomorrow will be more of a defensive day, so we might have to have them opt out of a few things as far as the pushing and shoving and what have you. But both looked real good.”

Asked when he expected them to be ready, Evason deferred to Guerin. The GM’s estimate: “Five, 10 games in(to the season), they should be ready.”

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