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Mikko Koivu, Josh Harding placed on injured reserve; Ryan Suter honored

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: January 6, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Good Monday morning to you. Blogging quickly from my iPhone.

I have no update on Mikko Koivu's injury yet, but he has been placed on injured reserve after taking a shot to the foot Saturday. Erik Haula has been called up. Koivu will have to miss at least a week and almost certainly longer, and this is obviously concerning news for a team already devastated by injury.

The Wild says it will have a further update on Koivu later after he sees the docs this morning. He joins Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon on injured reserve with foot injuries. 

Down to six defensemen, Jon Blum has been called up. I don't know for sure yet if that means the Wild will assign Matt Dumba to Portland of the Western Hockey League. GM Chuck Fletcher said yesterday that a decision will likely come today. 

Josh Harding has also been placed on injured reserve. Hopefully, a further update is coming later.  

The Wild practices today at 2 pm PT, so update will be way later, so be patient. 

The going is really getting tough now for the Wild. 

In other news, Ryan Suter was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week behind Carolina's Jeff Skinner and St. Louis' Brian Elliott:

Suter led all defensemen with four goals and tied for first among
blueliners with six points as the Wild (22-17-5, 49 points) won two of
three games to move into fourth place in the Central Division. He scored
his second goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 31.
Suter followed that up with two assists, his third multi-assist/point game
of the season, in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 2. He capped
the week by recording his first career hat trick (on three shots on goal)
in a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals Jan. 4, becoming the first
defenseman in Wild history to tally three goals in a game and first
blueliner on any team to do so since March 20, 2011 (P.K. Subban). The
28-year-old Madison, Wis., native has 5-24—29 in 44 games this season and
leads all skaters in time on ice (1,305:45) and time on ice per game
(29:40).

As expected, Nino Niederreiter has made Team Switzerland for the Sochi Olympics. 

"I'm really happy I got selected and that I'm a part of," he said via text. "I think we're going to have a really strong team."

More later.

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