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Wounded Wild: Minnesota puts Koivu, Harding on IR

Jan 6, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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Minnesota is having itself a case of the Mondays.

The Wild have placed captain Mikko Koivu on injured reserve, along with goalie Josh Harding — meaning the club will now be without its leading scorer and Vezina-caliber netminder for the foreseeable future.

Prior to these injuries, the Wild were already without Zach Parise (foot) and Jared Spurgeon (lower-body).

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.

Koivu leads the Wild with 35 points this season and is 14th in the NHL in assists, with 27.

The Harding situation, meanwhile, continues to be murky. After being placed on IR in late December to undergo a change in his MS treatment protocol, the Wild goalie returned to play a pair of games — a 5-4 loss to the Isles on Dec. 29 and a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Dec. 31 — before being sidelined again. The Wild are saying that Harding is “not feeling well” but not offering up much more in the way of diagnosis.

With two roster spots available, Minnesota recalled defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Erik Haula from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

  1. emmpress - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Noooooo!!!!

  2. elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    And unfortunately for Harding, that’s why he won’t be considered for Team Canada most likely. Not his fault at all and he’s been playing quite well when he’s healthy, but there’s too much incertainty to put him in one of the limited roster spots and hope he’d be ready.

  3. elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    And unfortunately for Harding, that’s why he won’t be considered for Team Canada most likely. Not his fault at all and he’s been playing quite well when he’s healthy, but there’s too much uncertainty to put him in one of the limited roster spots and hope he’d be ready.

  4. lordfletcher - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    F!

  5. rebekah319 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Sad for Harding hope get starts to get better… and I have no words how much Mikko is going to be missed that shot inside his right foot did not look good at all! Just sad!

  6. purpleguy - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Man are we screwed. it’s going to be Suter, Pomenville and a team made up of 20, 21 and 23 year olds.

    • fisch904 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Lets see what these kids can do.

  7. mp1131211 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    No prob now that Suter scores hat tricks every game. He’ll just have to do that each game until everyone is healthy.

  8. clarke16 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Damn! Better fire the coach. That’ll take care of it all.. Duh?

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