Mikko Koivu will miss the Winter Olympics, sources say. The Wild captain, who was expected to captain Finland, will make the announcement during a 1 p.m. news conference at Xcel Energy Center. Koivu underwent surgery on a broken ankle Jan. 6 after being hit by a dump-in off the stick of Washington's Nicklas Backstrom two days before. The normal course of recovery for this type of injury is six to eight weeks. Koivu underwent surgery in an attempt to accelerate his return to the Wild lineup. Monday will be five weeks from surgery. Koivu has been skating daily, but he has yet to be cleared to participate in practice let alone games. This would have been Koivu's third Olympics. He won bronze with Finland in 2010 and a silver with Finland in 2006. His older brother, Saku, is also not participating in this Olympics. It is expected that Koivu will be able to return to the Wild's lineup after the Olympic break. Earlier this week, GM Chuck Fletcher made clear Koivu's Olympics were in jeopardy, telling me, "There’s a lot of healing and work that needs to be done to get him to that position. If we can get him there, great, but I think people need to understand how hard he’s working to get healthy and come back. But it is what it is. Your body’s only going to heal the way it’s going to heal. There’s no magic wand here. He’s skating on his own, but it’s a long way from skating on your own to playing in a high-end international Olympic game.
Mikko Koivu to miss Winter Olympics
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 7