Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher says he expects to be back in Minnesota by next week

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Thursday that he expects his team to be on the ice next week for a training camp opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I expect to be in Minnesota next week,” Fletcher said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s been awhile since we played a game and I’ve been pretty good about doing that.

I’ve had the benefit of a lot of rest and a couple days off, but I’m good about going to the rink and playing.”

Fletcher said he’s still dealing with an injured knee.

“There’s a little bit of swelling that came off a little while ago,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s going to be the same, but that’s where I’m at right now.

We’re all working to get through this and get healthy.”

Fellow general manager Doug Armstrong said the Wild will continue to prepare for the Hurricanes.

The team also plans to add a couple more veteran players to help ease the workload.

“You always hope for the best,” Armstrong said.

“But you can’t be too optimistic.

You can’t predict the future.”

Forsen, who was hired as the Wild’s new GM in March, said the team will be ready for the game at 8 p.m. ET Friday.