The Minnesota Wild suffered a massive blow this week when captain and star forward Mikko Koivu suffered a significant knee injury in the course of Tuesday’s match from the Buffalo Sabres. On Wednesday, the Wild introduced that Koivu experienced suffered a torn ACL & torn meniscus and would skip the remainder of this year.
Koivu, 35, suffered the injury when he collided with Sabres forward Tage Thompson in the neutral zone in the course of the 1st interval of Tuesday’s match in Buffalo. The collision appeared to be knee-on-knee, but Koivu was able to quickly get up and skate off the ice beneath his possess energy.
Koivu will reportedly bear medical procedures on Friday to maintenance the knee, according to an formal news release from the club.
The reduction is a significant one for a Wild workforce that is battling to remain in a playoff placement. Minnesota currently sits fourth in the Central division and in the Western Conference’s 1st Wild Card spot.
Koivu has eight aims and 29 factors (fourth among Wild forwards) by 48 games this year. He also sales opportunities the workforce in faceoff wins (488) and is a essential piece of each the energy-engage in and penalty kill units for Minnesota.
His leadership will also be missed, as Koivu has been the Wild’s captain (their 1st everlasting workforce captain in franchise record) for the past 10 years.