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from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,
It’s not Minnesota Nice to wish ill upon people, but this is the best possible scenario, given the way The Captain is playing....
The only way Koivu got his name in the boxscore was by taking ridiculous penalties. Three of them. He finished minus-3, and the details were as telling as the results....
As talented as the Blackhawks are, the Wild trailed 2-0 midway through Friday’s game, and trails 2-0 in the first-round playoff series, largely because Koivu isn’t earning his letter.
Whenever the playoffs are over, Koivu needs to cede the C to Parise, the team’s best player and leader. Or maybe that should happen on Saturday.
This hit on Niklas Kronwall by Mikko Koivu lead to the Wild overtime goal by Devin Setoguchi last night.
Some people were calling for an interference call, what do you think?
Kronwall left the ice dazed and the Wings will provide and update on him sometime today.
added 4:03am, The Wild TV broadcast can be viewed below…
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
Mikko Koivu stepped out of the Wild dressing room at the University of British Columbia on Friday with a slight smile on his face, a nasty scar on the underside of his chin and the realization he was fortunate to be standing there.
“It’s just stitches, and it will heal,” Koivu said, “so that’s a good thing.”
Koivu survived a frightening experience the night before when the skate blade of teammate Dany Heatley, who had been knocked off balance, carved a gash in Koivu’s skin during Minnesota’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Oilers in Edmonton.
Teammates were relieved Friday that their captain seemed in good spirits and was not hurt worse than he was.
“A couple inches the other way and it could have been really bad,” linemate Devin Setoguchi said. “Thankfully, he’s all right.”
The cut came within millimeters of one of the jugular veins in Koivu’s neck.
added 1:41pm, video of the incident below…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“I want to be part of a team that has success here. It’s a lot more fun to win than lose. I remember the feeling of winning [in 2007 and 2008]. You know when your team is good. I want to get back to that.”
That’s why Koivu was ecstatic when the Wild, the NHL’s fifth-lowest-scoring team last year, acquired snipers Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi over the summer.
Koivu hit the ice for the first time Saturday with Heatley and Setoguchi as linemates after three years of playing alongside Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen.
Koivu has never scored more than 22 goals and 71 points. Could playing alongside Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer, and Setoguchi, who scored 31 goals in 2008-09, trigger Koivu’s breakout?...
And Koivu says he will not alter his game. He hopes to score more, but he won’t cheat to do so.
“The points will be there if we play good hockey, but I take pride for my defense and I believe it’s a big part of winning hockey,” Koivu said.
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
The team expects to learn more Monday regarding the status of its captain, but according to multiple sources, Koivu has a broken left index finger that might require surgery.
Koivu will be seen Monday by a hand specialist in order to find out if there’s damage beyond what’s simply shown on X-ray and to determine the best course of treatment.
The early word, sources said, is that Koivu will miss at least three weeks. If he undergoes surgery, sources said he should still return before the regular season ends.
via Michael Russo tweets,
Koivu (upper body) will not return. He blocked a Todd Marchant shot with his left hand
I’ll get you Mikko Koivu update if they disclose, but already being told by somebody in the know it’s not good
Bobby Ryan scores with Koivu’s stick.
added 10:23pm, Watch the Ducks broadcast of the goal below, you will get a better explanation of how the sticks got reversed.
Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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If there was ever a National team program historically greater than the sum of its parts, it would be Team Finland. Despite not having the offensive depth of many of their Elite Seven rivals, the Finnish National Team has repeatedly fared well in recent international best-on-best competition. After enduring many decades of lopsided defeats internationally at the hands of Canada, the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and longtime nemesis Sweden, the Finnish hockey program made great strides in the 1990’s, culminating with a World Championship in 1995. In addition, Finland has won more Olympic Hockey medals (1 silver, 2 bronze), than any other nation, since the introduction of NHL players to the Games in 1998.
Finland’s success can be attributed to a strong emphasis on teamwork and the fact that unlike their European rivals, hockey is indisputably the number one sport in their homeland, which has led to the implementation of adequately funded development programs and a strong domestic league in SM-liiga. More than any other European team, Finland employs a fast skating, tight forechecking, North American style of play, augmented by strong defensive zone coverage and consistently elite goaltending. The rinks in Finland have been adjusted to enhance the tight forechecking style of play, by adopting a size that is halfway between the dimensions of NHL and IIHF standards. Furthermore, in an effort to aid the National Team’s development programs, numerous goaltending schools have been created, and often led, by the country’s top puck stoppers. This has led to the emergence of many elite young goalies in the NHL, such as Tuukka Rask, Pekke Rinne, Antti Niemi and perhaps Kari Lehtonen, if he can find health and consistency in a Dallas Stars uniform.
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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Other than the obvious talent, it’s this Koivu quality or intangible that makes GM Chuck Fletcher want to make Koivu the centerpiece to everything he builds in Minnesota.
Obviously, a seven-year, $47.25 million commitment is, in fact, quite the commitment. It’s a $6.75 million salary cap, which is a colossal price for somebody who’s not scored more than 22 goals. I figured Ryan Kesler’s $5 million-a-year contract would be a starting point and the Wild would have to come in higher, but I never thought for a second it’d come in over 6. And truthfully, neither did a couple agents or GM’s I texted with last night.
I asked Fletcher about Koivu’s cap hit on yesterday’s conference call, saying he’s giving this to somebody who doesn’t score 40 or 50 goals. Fletcher replied, “How do you know?”
Hey, very true. But what I meant is Koivu probably could pop in 35 or 40 if he really wanted to, but the reality is he really doesn’t want to.
from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,
On Thursday, the Wild inked the 2001 first round pick to a seven-year extension, meaning Koivu will be a member of the Wild through the 2017-2018 campaign when he’s 34 years old.
“It’s a milestone day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher minutes after seeing the signed deal on his desk. “When you have your franchise player commit to you, really for the next eight seasons. He’s our best hockey player. He’s our captain. And he’s still just 27 with his best hockey years ahead of him.”
added 5:56pm, via Michael Russo tweet,
Sources: Koivu’s deal is 7 years, $47.25 million. $6.75 AAV, no-trade, 5 signing bonuses throughout. Richest deal in #mnwild history
from Brian Stensaas of the Star Tribune,
The Wild likely took a direct hit on its hopes for postseason action when forward Mikko Koivu left the game because of a knee injury.
After exiting the penalty box midway through the first period following what replays showed to be a phantom interference call, Koivu’s next move was into the Edmonton zone, where he got tangled up with Ales Kotalik. Koivu fell backward as the two battled for position. Koivu twisted awkwardly and his right knee appeared to buckle.
Koivu, who leads the team with 62 points this season, will be re-evaluated today. But there wasn’t much optimism being thrown around by Wild personnel after the game.
“Mikko’s been our best player game in and game out,” coach Jacques Lemaire said. “He hasn’t had too many days off this year. Losing him, it’s a huge loss for our team. But, you know, as I always say, if you’re going to lose players—and sometimes you lose your top players—somebody’s gotta step up and do some of his work.”
more on the Wild…
added 1:53pm, from the CP via TSN,
Assistant general manager Tom Lynn says Koivu had an MRI and saw team doctors on Monday and will be out at least seven days. Lynn also said Koivu could miss all 10 games through Minnesota’s regular-season finale on April 11.
from Chris Snow at MinnesotaWild.com,
If you did not see them yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, perhaps you heard them, 30 Finns seated at bar rails on the Club level, in uniform (autographed red No. 9 Koivu jerseys) and in unison.
They chanted: “Mikko tekee kohta maalin, Mikko tekee kohta maalin. Eika kukaan sille mitaan voi! Ei voi!”
In English: “Mikko is going to score, Mikko is going to score. And no one can stop him! No one!”
Turns out they were right.
Sibling rivalry will be taken to a new level Thursday night when Saku and Mikko Koivu face off against each another in Minnesota.
The game will mark the first time in NHL history that two brothers will clash as captains — Saku is the long-time captain of the Canadiens, while Mikko was given the “C” by the Minnesota Wild before this season.
From the Minnesota Wild,
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has activated center Mikko Koivu from injured reserve and that center Dominic Moore has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
added 1:27pm, from TSN, the Leafs have recalled goaltender Justin Pogge.
via the Pioneer Press,
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu has a cracked left fibula, non-displaced, and will miss about a week of action, a team spokesperson said Saturday night.
Koivu was injured when he was slashed by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund late in the the third period of the Wild’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohlund was given a five-minute major. There was no word Saturday night on any possible discipline being handed out to Ohlund by the NHL.
added 10:16pm, You can watch the two-handed slash by Ohlund…