Early word: Broken finger to sideline Koivu for at least three weeks

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2011 - 7:09 AM

According to multiple league sources, General Manager Chuck Fletcher already has begun the search to acquire a center before next Monday's 2 p.m. trade deadline.

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mnwildfan9Feb. 21, 1112:56 AM

Chucks gonna need to do something now, we need a playmaker if we are gonna make a playoff run, or we need to sell players with contracts expiring for draft picks. Would be awesome to bring parise in, ive heard he may be on the market when he returns.

shipkyFeb. 21, 11 9:41 AM

Why doesn't Koivu ever say anything, ever?? You're the Captain of the team, you're supposed to speak up for the team. Man up and say something Its a broken finger, could have been worse-"Declined to comment" is getting real old real fast. Maybe the fans want to hear something, guess that never occurs to him

lindy_frank123Feb. 21, 1111:11 AM

Check the standings out in the West. Only two teams are out of it so the Wild has plenty of company and those eight spots will go down to the end. As long as they stay close, by the time Koivu and Gui come back they'll be fine. Parise would be a steal.

badassFeb. 21, 1111:18 AM

Players are rarely out for as long as a team or doctor predicts; 3 weeks for a broken finger? More like a week and a half or two weeks. Regardless, the Western Conference is too tight to play without one of your top 3 players for that amount of time. Say goodbye to those draft picks Fletcher wanted to hold on to.

damplandtwoFeb. 21, 1111:58 AM

@Shipky Ever think the WILD brass told him to stay MUM, so that they can work a trade without getting fleeced? BUt on that subject....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Fletcher, do NOT trade any prospects/picks for a rental center. It is not worth it for a 1 series and done playoff birth. Just cut our losses for this year, and hope everyone is healthy for next year. If anything, SELL SELL SELL our UFAs.

kamholzFeb. 21, 1112:11 PM

I'm going to try to keep it positive here: The Wild are a bit deeper with their forwards this year, specifically the center position, which has been our weakspot for years. We have some scoring threats that are starting to come alive in Havlat and Clutterbuck, and some nice contributions from Bouchard as well as Brunette. I know he's not typically thought of as an offensive force, but Brodziak does provide a nice spark and sufficient skills to set up other finishers (Havlat) and stay responsible defensively. Our best reason for maintaining our playoff contention has been and will be our pretty stellar goaltending, everyone we've put between the pipes has done well... That said, Koivu and Let's Undress need to make their way back A.S.A.P!!!

schmidty2goFeb. 21, 1112:41 PM

We shouldn't spend any "picks, prospects or players" to make the run for this playoff spot. We are not contenders, hate to say it but it's fact. And please stop with the "anything can happen once the playoffs start" crap. Four 7 or 8 seed teams have made the finals since 1980.... 4 out of 120 = .034% Time to get realistic folks. SELL

joeydevilFeb. 21, 1112:47 PM

Hey schmiddy, we could still finish 5th or 6th too. What are the odds then?

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