Koivu injury could be costly to Wild 16 Jan 12

The Minnesota Wild’s heart and soul, Mikko Koivu, sustained an upper-body injury that sure looked like a shoulder injury during Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss at St. Louis. The Wild returned home after the game before resuming its four-game trip to Philadelphia on Monday.

If Koivu, its leading scorer and captain, is out long term, how does the Wild continue?

“Do what we did tonight,” defenseman Justin Falk said. “Everyone’s got to give a little more. We’ve got to find a way to fill that hole. It’s a huge hole to fill.”

General manager Chuck Fletcher has been on the phone a lot lately as it is. After Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago, Fletcher talked strongly. Now a trade may be more necessary.

“There’s lots of phone calls, and if something makes sense, we’ll do it,” he said Friday. “I want to do everything I can to give this team a chance to be successful. But after a game like (Thursday), when you have 12-15 players not going, one transaction isn’t going to change a whole bunch.

“Obviously, there’s areas where we could probably upgrade. … But a game like (Thursday), you can make 15 trades. Right now, I really think a lot of the solutions are right here.”