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Another Wild on the mend: defenceman Burns has surgery on shoulder

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Defenceman Brent Burns is the latest Minnesota Wild player to have surgery since the season ended.

Burns had surgery on his right shoulder Thursday and the team said it went well. He'll stay in the hospital overnight and the shoulder will be immobilized up to a month, but Burns should be at full strength in time for next season.

The Wild also said Burns' post-concussion symptoms have "improved greatly."

Goalie Niklas Backstrom already had hip surgery since the season ended, and forward Derek Boogaard had shoulder surgery and forward Andrew Brunette knee surgery.

Defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron will have surgery next week to address a disc problem in his back that bothered him occasionally last season. He'll need at least six weeks to recover.

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