Matt Cooke LW MIN 3 Days

Cooke (hip) could return Saturday against Nashville, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

While he returned to practice Monday, Cooke did not travel with his teammates for Tuesday's game against Chicago. Subsequently, he's been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Boston as well.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 4 Days

Cooke (hip) practiced with the team Monday.

The winger was off to a hot start with two goals and four assists in eight games before getting hurt on Oct. 28, and looks like he could be nearing a return. Keep an eye out for him to be activated off IR before suiting up again.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Days

Cooke (hip) is expected to resume practicing Monday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Cooke was able to skate on his own back in Minnesota on Saturday and will likely attempt to do so again on Sunday. He probably won't be cleared for full contact if he is indeed able to practice Monday, but if he continues to progress at a steady rate during the upcoming week, it wouldn't be unthinkable for him to be activated from IR at some point next weekend.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 14 Days

Coach Mike Yeo said Cooke (hip) is still a couple of weeks away from rejoining the Wild, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Cooke was expected to resume skating with his teammates this week and zero in on a return soon after that, but he apparently hasn't made as much progress to this point as anticipated. The Wild could sorely use Cooke's presence on their bottom-six and can only stay patient as they wait for his condition to improve.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 16 Days

Cooke hopes to skate with his teammates Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering his hip flexor injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Cooke might have joined the team sooner had he not come down with an illness recently, but he appears to be progressing well from the more notable hip ailment. The forward has missed the last 15 games with the injury and will give the Wild's penalty-kill unit a vital boost once he returns.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 23 Days

Cooke (hip flexor) has begun skating without full gear this week, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Cooke has missed the last 12 games with the ailment and appears set to sit out several more contests, since he'll some time to make up for the lost conditioning work. Nonetheless, the Wild seem to be encouraged that he's at least back on the ice after he had failed to make much progress with his recovery over the last couple weeks.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 28 Days

Cooke (hip flexor) hopes to begin skating next week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

He's missed ten games with the injury, but is traveling with the team on a current three-game road trip.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 1 Month

Coach Mike Yeo indicated after Tuesday's morning skate that Cooke (lower body) is not close to returning, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Tribune reports.

Cooke has yet to resume on-ice activity and relayed to Yeo on Monday that he wasn't progressing from the injury as quickly as anticipated. The Wild likely won't have a timetable for his return until he starts skating again.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 1 Month

Cooke (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

With Cooke set to miss six games in a row by the time the Wild's upcoming six-game road trip concludes, the Wild decided to move him to IR for more roster flexibility. Expect the team to recall a forward from AHL Iowa for depth purposes before the trip kicks off.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 1 Month

Cooke (lower body) will not join the Wild for their upcoming three-game road trip, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Cooke missed his third straight game Tuesday with the injury and doesn't appear to be progressing quickly enough in his recovery to be an option by the time the Wild conclude the trip in New Jersey on Nov. 11. Stephane Veilleux is expected to slot into a bottom-six role for the Wild in the interim, but Cooke's physical presence and surprising scoring chops (six points in eight games) will surely be missed.