Koivu out two weeks

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 29, 2012 - 8:45 AM

The Wild captain aggravated his shoulder injury.

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Wild captain Mikko Koivu will be shut down without contact the next two weeks after aggravating his left shoulder injury, General Manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday night.

Koivu missed his sixth consecutive game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings with what the Wild had been calling an undisclosed injury. But Star Tribune sources have said for two weeks that Koivu aggravated a shoulder injury that kept him out of play for eight games from Jan. 17-Feb. 7.

Fletcher confirmed that during Tuesday's game.

"We weren't trying to hide his injury. We want to do what's right and were trying to protect him [from being targeted]," Fletcher said. "He's trying to do everything he can to get back to play."

Koivu was initially injured Jan. 14 in St. Louis on a check from Vladimir Sobotka. On Feb. 11 - two games after returning, Koivu aggravated the same injury late in the game when he was tackled by then-Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter.

He played two more games in pain before the Wild pulled him from the lineup.

"We were the ones that pulled him out and said no, 'let's let this rest.' He wanted to keep playing because he cares about this team," Fletcher said. "Mikko did what was in the best interest of the team short term. Now we have to do what's in the best interest of Mikko long-term.

"He deserves a ton of credit. The team is obviously struggling, trying to survive, and he wanted to help."

On Tuesday, Koivu sought the opinion of a second doctor who concurred with other doctors, Fletcher said. For now, he cannot face any contact for two weeks. He'll then be re-evaluated.

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