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Trouble ahead: Mikko Koivu shut down for two weeks with bum shoulder

Feb 29, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

Mikko Koivu AP

Mikko Koivu‘s absence from the Minnesota Wild lineup has been noticeable and it’s a sight Wild fans are going to have to get used to now.

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Koivu is being shut down without contact for the next two weeks to rest his injured left shoulder. Koivu re-aggravated the injury recently and now Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wants him to let it fully heal before getting back to action.

As Russo finds out from Fletcher, it’s an injury that Koivu tried to tough it out and play through just the same when he was re-injured in mid-February.

“His initial injury, he came back very quickly. It was a very aggressive return to play. He deserves a ton of credit. The team is obviously struggling, trying to survive, and he wanted to help.”

Yes, hockey players are tougher than you and I. With Koivu shut down now for the next two weeks and then having to rehab and get into game shape after that, the rest of Koivu’s season is in doubt. The Wild are still hanging on in the Western playoff race five points out of eighth, but without Koivu they’re in rough shape.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Trouble ? I think you mean a blessing :). This will make sure we get a top 5 pick and a one in a million chance of getting Nail with the lottery. I can dream can’t I

    The Wild need a Top pick, Either Forsberg or Trouba would be nice!

    • getadealdonealready - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      They are looking to see who they will keep, and can use for next year now. No need to play him at less then 100%, get healthy and ready for the future. The problem is if you finish at or near the bottom of the league it’s going to be hard to persuade top end FA talent you can win here in the near future.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        I don’t see our place in the standings as an issue to FA this summer, tho it is a great point. Money will be a huge factor in these FA mind, on their 2nd / last big contract of their career’s and will be no trade clauses so if they decide to move, they can choose their destination… Luckily the Wild will have plenty of it ($$$$) and can make two huge front loaded deals for either Parise or Suter or someone else. We have learned Money talks and Fletcher will be throwing it around… I think the Wild have a few good selling points in that when they were healthy, they were the best in the league (shockingly but can’t be ignored) and that they will have Granlund / Coyle / Zucker / Brodin if he grows, possibly playing this year, along with a top free agent… the future looks great if you add a healthy Wild team, a yound up and coming goalie in Hackett, expiring contracts in two years, plenty of cash this summer, prospects that have value are joing this team in the next 1-3 years…

        It will be a fun summer no matter the outcome but things could really change fast in Minny if they can get one or both of them!!!!

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Granlund / Coyle / Zucker / Brodin if he grows, possibly playing this year, along with a top free agent (I meant along with a top Draft pick this year 2012)

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