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Koivu (concussion) cleared for contact, could be in Ducks lineup Friday

Nov 28, 2013, 10:53 PM EST

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After missing the last 15 games with a concussion, Saku Koivu has been cleared for contact and could make his return to action on Friday, according to the LA Times.

Koivu, 38, suffered the concussion on a hit from Columbus’ Brandon Dubinsky on Oct. 27, but has spent the last few weeks symptom-free, skating with teammates.

One of the team’s two alternate captains — along with Teemu Selanne — Koivu had two goals and three points in 12 games prior to getting hurt and was coming off a pretty solid ’13 campaign in which he put up 27 points in 47 games played.

In anticipation of Koivu’s return, the Ducks sent 21-year-old forwards Devante Smith-Pelly and Emerson Etem to AHL Norfolk yesterday. Anaheim hosts Calgary on Friday.

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