When Mikko Koivu went out of the Wild's lineup Jan. 14 because of a left shoulder injury, it initially looked as if he had taken much of the team's offense with him.

The Wild scored just four goals in three games with Koivu out of the lineup, nearly losing their grip on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The team hurriedly tried to recalibrate its top line, and without a playmaker next to him, forward Dany Heatley took only seven shots in those games.

How long ago that seems now. Not only have the Wild found a way to survive without Koivu, they have a new, better problem: trying to decide if they want to reunite him and Heatley.