The Minnesota Wild will be without captain and number one centre Mikko Koivu for at least a month. The Finnish forward underwent successful ankle surgery to mend an injury sustained Saturday night against the Washington Capitals, courtesy of a hard shot.
#mnwild captain Mikko Koivu underwent ankle surgery, will miss at least a month, team announces.
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 6, 2014
The loss of Koivu will be difficult for the Wild to overcome. They currently occupy the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings, and without their top centre, their playoff hopes may suffer. Within the organization there is no one who can step up and replace the minutes Koivu plays, or the intangibles he provides.
As for his status on the Finnish Olympic team – which will be named tomorrow – two days after the country’s epic gold medal at the World Junior tournament – Koivu will be there if he’s healthy in five weeks when the hockey portion of the Sochi Games begins. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Star Tribune:
“If he’s healthy, he’s eligible to go. I anticipate he’ll be healthy before the Olympics, but we’ll see how the recovery and the rehab goes. Sometimes these things are unpredictable. The surgery speeds up the recovery by about four weeks. Everything went well this morning from what we’ve been told, so I anticipate by four weeks he should be playing… hopefully he’ll play a few games for us before he heads over to Sochi.”
Quote courtesy of the Star Tribune. Read full article here.