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Wild captain Mikko Koivu leaves with upper body injury

Jan 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

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Mikko Koivu was forced to leave the game earlier after he was rocked by a Vladimir Sobotka check less than eight minutes into the game against the St. Louis Blues. The Minnesota Wild announced in the first period that his return was questionable and that he’d suffered an “upper body injury.” It didn’t take long for the status update to be amended to “will not return” for tonight’s game.

For a little more detail on the injury, Wild beat writer Michael Russo described the aftermath of the hit. He said Koivu “immediately cradled his arm close to his body and skated to the bench like it was his shoulder.”

We’ll eagerly await an update that offers more than upper-body injury.

For the Wild, this is just the latest in injury in a season that has seen way too much action in the trainer’s room. Minnesota has already seen forwards Devin Setoguchi, Guillaume Latendresse, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard sidelined for extended periods this season—the latter two players still out indefinitely with concussions. The last thing they need is their best center and leader to miss any time as they frantically look to right the ship after a recent 2-7-1 stretch.

Good thing the Wild were able to get the season started on the right foot. Despite the recent struggles, the Wild are still right in the middle of the pack for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the beginning of the season proved anything, it was that this team has the potential to be dangerous when they have all of their guns healthy.

  1. Mark Boland Jr - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    S. Louis Blues news and notes

  2. blomfeld - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM


    hopefully Koivu isn’t hurt too badly, as the Wild are sure getting a raw deal this year, eh ? … they’re an excellent team with a great fan base and in my opinion they don’t deserve this … hang in there friends, as you guys will get going again shortly …

    on another note, this is complete “joy” for me tonight, watching my Kings really give it to the bloody Flames ! … I’ve predicted all along that “we’re” going to go on a “blitzkrieg” at some point and that all you car flippers and arsonists in Vancouver had better watch out ! … comparing big man Luongo to Jonathan Quick, is like comparing dirty brown dishwater to pure glacial runoff ! … comparing the Sisters to comrade Kopitar & company, is like comparing dolls to gladiators … and comparing coach Sutter to that fur trapper Vigneault, is like comparing some phone booth to a Beatles concert in 1964 ! … yes siree … the Kings rock ! :)

  3. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    here comes a top 5 pick for my Wild. would love to get one of the Russians but that won’t happen… maybe Forsberg or Galchenyuk, top dman… need a little bit of everything !

  4. treydogg97 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    They’re probably just gonna do their regular 38-win season again.

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