St. Paul, MN — Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss
the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in
his right knee.
Koivu tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, and is
expected to have surgery Friday, the Wild announced Wednesday. He
was hurt a day earlier while colliding with Sabres forward Tage
Thompson in the first period of Minnesota’s 5-4 shootout loss at
Koivu has spent his 14 NHL seasons with Minnesota, and is the
franchise leader in numerous categories.
The 35-year-old Finn had eight goals and 21 assists in 48 games
this season. He also leads the team with 488 faceoff wins and is
tied for second with 12 power-play points.
The injury comes with the Wild going 0-1-2 in their past three
games and preparing to host Edmonton on Thursday night. Minnesota
is seventh in the Western Conference with a 26-22-5 record and 57
points, three ahead of eighth-place Vancouver.
To make up for the roster space the Wild made a call to Des Moines
and called up Joel Eriksson Ek from the AHL’s Iowa Wild.