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Bouchard cleared of concussion symptoms to return to Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Centre Pierre-Marc Bouchard is set to suit up for the Minnesota Wild for the first time in more than a year.

The Wild announced on their website Tuesday that Bouchard has been cleared from his post-concussion symptoms to return to the team for Wednesday’s game against Phoenix.

Bouchard took a hit to the head during a game in March 2009. He never fully recovered and after playing in last season’s opener, Bouchard had to sit out again and has not been in the lineup since.

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His absence has spanned 112 of the last 113 games. He began practicing with the team in October, but the Wild has taken a cautious approach.

The Wild reassigned forward Matt Kassian to their AHL club in Houston, opening a spot on the active roster.