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Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery, will miss a month

Jan 6, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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From the Minnesota Wild:

Mikko Koivu underwent successful surgery this morning to repair an ankle fracture suffered Saturday night vs. Washington. Koivu is expected to make a full recovery and return to play in approximately four weeks.

The captain was placed on Injured Reserve this morning. He currently leads the team in points with 35 (8-27=35) through 44 games this season.

As Halford wrote this morning:

Koivu, 30, was hurt during Saturday’s 5-3 win over Washington after blocking a Nicklas Backstrom dump-in during the second period. The gritty Finn left momentarily but did return to assist on a pair of Ryan Suter goals, only to leave once again — this time for good — sitting out the final eight minutes of the game.

Obviously a big loss for the Wild (and potentially Finland), who’ve managed to win two straight after dropping six in a row. Minnesota is in Los Angeles to play the Kings tomorrow and Phoenix to take on the Coyotes Thursday. Neither of those road games will be easy. Remember that goalie Josh Harding is also on injured reserve now, along with Zach Parise.

Related: Koivu sticks up for coach Yeo

  1. mp1131211 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Well that went from bad to worse

  2. lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Well that hurts.

  3. purpleguy - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    We’re now really screwed. Another fight for the 8th playoff spot awaits in 2014.

  4. drhockeysm7 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Okay Nino, Granny, Zucks, Haula, HEATLEY, Fontaine, Brodzy, Cooke, Pommer, COYLE… We NEED you to step up and prove it!!!

    A little help from the blue line is encouraged as well, even though they have been producing much more lately!

  5. greej1938l - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    This hurts

  6. pistolpete31 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Why does this happen every year with him

    • lordfletcher - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      doesn’t help when a Canuck breaks your leg with his stick

    • rebekah319 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Now every Wild fan should take back every mean comment ever said about him… because now you see how value able he truly is to this team! Also he has not been hurt since he broke his finger so back off! Now every single player on this team right now has to step up because I am not about to relive 2010 all over again…

  7. rebekah319 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Its not good for anyone!!! This situation makes everyone involved sad!!! I am going to just expect the worse from here on out with him being out 4 weeks considering that I find it impossible if he cant skate!!!!

  8. hardkor07mn - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Son of a B@$?#. Really?

  9. tomcreanshair - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Somebody’s been doing their homework. Heater and Coyle=two worst +/- on the team…..

  10. vstar1us - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Wild will make the best of it, I think they have a few folks that will step up! Koivu will be missed maybe this is time to bring up Jake Dowell.

  11. hardkor07mn - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Apparently his wife joined the thread. I’ll take back everything bad when they get past the first round of the playoffs. Something they haven’t done in way to long. I understand injuries happen, but other teams have guys hurt too. (ex. Pittsburgh)

    • cmmorgan32 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Pittsburgh also happens to be one of the more well rounded teams in the league. It certainly doesn’t hurt when you have guys like Crosby and a returning Malkin in the lineup. Compare Pittsburgh(#1 in man games lost) to say Edmonton or Columbus (#’s 4 and 5 in man games lost). Columbus and Edmonton are nowhere close to being as well rounded as Pittsburgh.

      This stretch until the Olympic break will be crucial for Minnesota. Hopefully, they can make the most of things and come out of it with a winning record (it’s certainly possible).

  12. mp1131211 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Don’t worry guys, all the Wild have to do shoot 50% again and I’m sure we’ll be fine

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