The importance of Mikko Koivu to the Minnesota Wild can’t be overstated. He’s the team captain, their leading scorer (35 points in 44 games) and their possession numbers suffer greatly when he’s off the ice.
But he’s going to be off the ice for the rest of the month: Koivu underwent surgery on Monday for an ankle he fractured on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals, a game that he finished player with two assists.
What does this mean for Koivu and the Olympics? From Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:
Koivu seems doubtful for the Olympics in mid-February; he was likely to be the captain of the Finnish team.
Finland plays its first game on Feb. 13, which would give Koivu enough time to recover and prepare for the Sochi Games. But ultimately, it’s the Wild’s decision on whether he can participate.