The Minnesota Wild will be without their captain Mikko Koivu for the next month. Koivu under went surgery on a broken ankle. The injury was suffered on Saturday when the Wild played the Washington Capitals. Koivu sustained the injury from blocking a Nicklas Backstrom dump-in during the second period. Mikko was able to finish the game.
This injury puts his ability to play for Finland in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in jeopardy. Koivu was a favorite to be named captain for his country. NHL.com
This injury is a big blow to the Wild who have 49 points and are fighting for a Wild Card spot. Minnesota is tied with the Phoenix Coyotes for the spot; however the Coyotes have three games in hand. Not only will this injury take Koivu out of the lineup it is taking the Wild’s leading scoring off the ice. Koivu has 35 points in 44 games played.
The 30-year-old Finland native was drafted 6th overall in 2001. Koivu has played in 580 regular season games and has 433 points.
*Minnesota is currently experiencing an injury outbreak. Let’s not forget that both goalie Josh Harding and Zack Parise are also on IR.