Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced that captain Mikko Koivu will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Tuesday's game at Buffalo. Koivu is expected to have surgery to repair his knee on Friday.
Koivu, 35, has recorded 29 points (8-21=29) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with Minnesota this season. He leads the team and is 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (488), ranks T-2nd on the team in power-play points (12) and fifth in assists. Koivu tallied his 200th career NHL goal on Jan. 21 at Vegas to become the second player in team history to reach the milestone. He owns 688 points (201-487=688), 564 PIM and a plus-68 rating in 973 career NHL games with the Wild. Koivu ranks first in franchise history in games played, points, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, shorthanded points and multi-point games, T-1st in power-play goals and second in goals, game-winning goals, shorthanded goals, plus/minus rating and PIM. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Minnesota hosts the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 FM.