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‘He’s not even cleared to practice’: Koivu’s Olympic aspirations remain up in the air

Feb 6, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

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The men’s Olympic hockey competition is vastly approaching, and still there has been no decision about whether Mikko Koivu will play for Finland in Sochi.

It’s about the same as it was three days ago, as Koivu looks to come back from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the Minnesota Wild lineup since Jan. 4.

That said, it doesn’t sound as if there is much optimism about the possibility of the 30-year-old Koivu going to Sochi.

“Mikko’s doing everything he can to come back,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“It’s a six-to-eight-week injury that we’re trying to accelerate and have him come back in five, but not only is he not cleared to play right now, he’s not even cleared to practice with the team.

“There’s a lot of healing and work that needs to be done to get him to that position. If we can get him there, great, but I think people need to understand how hard he’s working to get healthy and come back.

  1. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Don’t think ‘vastly approaching’ makes sense. Not what vast means. Unless there’s some other definition I’m unaware of

    • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Hey, I’m savagely awaiting the olympics. My level of excitement could be described as duck!

      Eh… weak attempt… I know…Its early. Anyone else have any better?

    • ignath - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Likely supposed to be “fastly approaching”…since the “V” is directly below the “F” in a QWERTY keyboard (though “fastly approaching” still wouldn’t sound quite right…”quickly approaching” I think would sound better).

      But, grammar nazi aside, Koivu and anyone saying he would make it back for the Olympics were just dreaming. I hope he’s held out so he can heal up over the Olympic break and get back on the ice for the Wild post-Olympics.

  2. withseidelinn - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:17 AM

    Absolutely no way you can have ankle surgery and play pro hockey a month later. Whoever said a return for the Olympics was possible is and was out of their mind.

  3. rebekah319 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I am the biggest Mikko Koivu fan ever and even I said he was not going to make it there from the day after he had his ankle surgery. Its heartbreaking and I am sad to have said that out loud and it hurts my heart to say that but I stand by what I said at the beginning of it all.

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