Wild winger Charlie Coyle was activated from long-term injured reserve shortly after Monday’s morning skate and a few hours later returned to the lineup for the first time in more than a month. He had missed the past 16 games after suffering a broken leg in an Oct. 12 matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. “I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent and ready to go,” Coyle said before Monday’s 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey Devils at the Xcel Energy Center. “I’m just taking it day by day, and when I feel ready I’ll hop right in.” That was sooner rather than later. Coyle started the game on the fourth line alongside Matt Cullen and opposite Tyler Ennis. He got a rousing cheer from the home crowd as he was shown on the big board after his opening shift. “I felt fine,” Coyle said. “Just got to give more when we lose. Everybody needs to step up.” His return came despite the fact that he still hasn’t participated in a full practice since sustaining the injury. Coyle was supposed to participate in Sunday’s practice before coach Bruce Boudreau decided to give the team a break. “I still came and skated,” Coyle said. “I had to get a good skate in no matter what. It would have been nice to practice with the guys.” Coyle is still looking forward to practicing because he knows it will help him get his timing back. Although he says his legs feel good, his hands admittedly are a different story.
Wild’s Charlie Coyle returns to lineup for first time in 16 games
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 21