- Associated Press - Monday, October 25, 2010

ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) - Minnesota Wild center Pierre-Marc Bouchard has begun to participate in contact drills in practice, the latest progress in his comeback from a concussion.

Coach Todd Richards said Monday the team will increase the intensity of Bouchard’s activities this week. Bouchard is not yet in good enough shape to play in a game, but he says he hopes to be ready soon.

Bouchard took a hit to the head in March 2009. He never fully recovered and after playing in the opener Bouchard sat out all of last season.