Wild's Ryan Suter is latest NHLer diagnosed with mumps

Wild's Ryan Suter is latest NHLer diagnosed with mumps

The NHL’s “Year of the Mumps” continued on Thursday with the news that Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is the latest player to be affected by the disease.

Suter missed his first game as a member of the Wild on Wednesday night during their 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Head coach Mike Yeo said that the defenseman had not experienced the typical mumps-like symptons of swollen facial glands and they were hoping he was just sick.

But on Thursday Yeo revealed the diagnosis, yet still said he wasn’t ready to rule Suter out for Minnesota’s next game on Friday night, citing the lack of usual symptoms and how it's affected players differently. Marco Scandella, for instance, only missed two games.

According to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, all Wild players and staff were given mumps booster shots last month, as the effectiveness of them diminishes as one gets older.

Suter is now the fifth Wild defenseman to come down with the mumps. Scandella, Christian Folin, Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard were sidelined between two and eight games earlier this season.

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