Wild place Koivu, Harding on IR; recall Haula, Blum
With Zach Parise already out because of a foot injury, the Minnesota Wild are now going to be without captain Mikko Koivu for a month and Josh Harding for at least a week.
Minnesota announced Koivu had surgery to repair a fractured ankle suffered in Saturday night’s win against Washington and will be out for four weeks. Koivu and Harding were placed on injured reserve Monday. The Wild recalled forward Erik Haula and defenseman Jonathon Blum from Iowa.
Koivu and Harding join Parise, out since Dec. 22 because of a lingering foot injury, and defensemen Jared Spurgeon on injured reserve.
Koivu, the Wild’s leading scorer with 35 points, took a puck off the inside of his right foot in the second period on Saturday. Koivu returned and played into the third period, but left the game for good with a few minutes left. The team’s first-line center, Koivu has eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games and ranks third in the NHL among forwards with 21 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time per game.
Harding was on injured reserve in December as he adjusted to a change in medication for multiple sclerosis. He returned and played two games, but has missed the past two games with an illness. Harding leads the NHL with a 1.65 goals-against average, is fourth with a .933 save percentage and is 18-7-3 this season with three shutouts.
Haula, 22, has two assists in 10 games with Minnesota this season. The 2009 seventh-round draft choice made his NHL debut in November. Haula leads Iowa with nine goals and is tied for the team lead with 17 points this season. Blum, 24, was recalled for one game last week, but was sent back to Iowa after being a healthy scratch. He has four goals and 13 assists in 31 games for Iowa this season.
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