Souhan: Wild needs more out of Koivu

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 1:50 PM

Isn’t it time for Mikko Koivu to punch someone? Or something?

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lindy_frank123May. 8, 1312:33 AM

I'd package Heatly and Koivu for some high picks in the draft and young studs who can score as in snipers. That's a start and please get more physical next year. My prediction Mike Yeo will not be coaching next spring.

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jimiekMay. 8, 1312:55 AM

I am really, really tired of all the stoic stuff with our spots teams. If you are going to lose at least make it entertaining.

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lehun14May. 8, 1312:59 AM

Hey, Lindy....you think teams are going to line up to take our dead weight along with Mikko's salary? He is way over paid and we are stuck with his lack of production. Mikko needs to man up......ever heard him interviewed after a Wild loss? Didn't think so......he disappears. Mikko is pathetic.

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pompotousMay. 8, 13 1:06 AM

O...M...G...would it kill a guy to skate and move around a bit on the PP?!? i wonder if they used the "umbrella" on the power play to protect themselves from all the boos raining down from the stands??? thanks for the article, jim. until i read it i didn't even realized #9 was on the ice. in a game they HAD to have, the so-called leader of the team decides he can't possibly be bothered with having to put a body on someone. but seriously, he has to be injured, right?? there's no way he can be this bad if he's healthy. if he's not hurt, he could use a trip to OZ to grab a heart and some courage in the off-season. and i agree with you, frank123, thursday night will be yeo's last game. oh well, at the end of the day, we can still all be happy that #20 will be manning the blue line for the next decade. #mancrushonsuter

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SimpleJackMay. 8, 13 3:35 AM

so much for fighting til the end...sigh

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michaelfossumMay. 8, 13 6:04 AM

Game 4 was a boring, uninspired lackluster effort in front of a cheering home crowd. Soon the crowd took on the attitude of the Wild and remained silent and uninspired. What happened to the team we saw in Game 3? It's time to get a veteran coach who can put a little fire into this directionless team.

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PoliticalpuckMay. 8, 13 6:13 AM

Blaming a player or players is not the answer. You have to point the finger of responsibility at the person in charge with putting people on the ice, the strategy they use, the emotional tenor in which they play the game and finally, the result of the team's effort. If the team is not performing to standards for an extended period of time (2011-12 season through today), then hoping for a magical solution while keeping the same head coach is a fool's pursuit.

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mgalaforetMay. 8, 13 6:15 AM

If you spent as much time looking at the production of the Hawks first line as you did.focusing on your hidden desire to have Parise to be Captain, you would see Toews has no goals and no assists. Same with Saad. Hossa has a goal and two assists. Coyle has an assist, Parise a goal. The first lines have neutralized each other. And the Wild cannot score on the power play. And the Hawks have better secondary scoring.

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schmidty2goMay. 8, 13 6:33 AM

We said Souhan. As a STH I couldn't be more tired of his lazy glide back up ice and through the neutral zone time and time again. He doesn't lead by work ethic, he doesn't lead by using his body and worse, he won't step aside and let real leaders lead. This team both in and out of the locker room would be better off without him.

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phingroveMay. 8, 13 6:45 AM

Koivu is a candidate for a change of scenery. He is a leftover from the dreaded teams of years past. If management insists keeping him, please remove the decoration on his jersey. He is a follower, which is ok, but certainly not a leader that will take us to the promised land.

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