Koivu would consider playing in his native Finland if he doesn't have any NHL options this summer, per Michael Russo of The Athletic.
Koivu is set to hit the free-agent market this summer and is 37 years of age, so the idea of him hanging it up in the NHL certainly isn't out of left field. The veteran was limited to just 55 games this year, in part due to injury, and recorded his lowest point total (21) since his rookie season back in 2005-06. If the center is willing to accept a significantly reduced cap hit compared to the $5.5 million he cost Minnesota this season, there could be a handful of teams interested in signing him.
Koivu managed an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
The Finnish center picked up a helper on Ryan Suter's opening tally in the first period. Koivu now has 21 points, 71 shots and a plus-5 rating in 53 games. He's played in a mostly bottom-six role this year -- Koivu isn't likely to earn much fantasy attention at this stage in his career.
Koivu dished out two assists in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Red Wings.
After scoring two goals in his last game, Koivu took on more of a playmaking role in this one. The 36-year-old Finn is best left on the waiver wire despite his four points in the last two games, as it took him 25 games to amass his previous four points.
Koivu scored a pair of goals on his only two shots in a 5-4 win over Columbus on Tuesday.
Koivu's goals came just under eight minutes apart in the second period and staked the Wild to a 4-1 lead. They were just the third and fourth goals of the season for the 36-year-old, who has experienced a steady decline in offensive production in each of the last four years.
Koivu relayed that he doesn't want to leave Minnesota, implying he won't lift his no-move clause ahead of Monday's trade deadline, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
The Wild may have been shopping Koivu with an uphill battle to make the playoffs, but it appears the 36-year-old captain won't agree to such a move. Koivu has been with the team since entering the league and played his 1,000th game this season. The Wild are only three points out of a playoff spot at the time of the report.
Koivu has accumulated one assist, nine shots and seven blocks while averaging 13:51 of ice time in his past 10 games.
The strong play has slowed for the Finn, who's battled illness and a lower-body injury this campaign. Since returning to the lineup Dec. 31 from his lower-body issue, Koivu has just two assists across 13 games. He has just 14 points, 59 shots and 25 blocks through 41 games this season, evidence that he's hardly a reliable fantasy performer going forward.
Koivu (illness) had two blocked shots and two PIM in 14:03 during Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
Koivu missed two games due to illness. He wasn't able to make an impact on the scoresheet Wednesday. The Finn has 13 points, 56 shots on goal and 16 PIM through 36 games, which makes him an unreliable producer in fantasy circles.
Koivu (illness) will be back in action versus the Red Wings on Wednesday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Koivu missed the previous two contests due to his illness and has been sidelined for a total of 14 games this year. Prior to being on the shelf, the center was bogged down in an 18-game goal drought dating back to Nov. 9 against Arizona. Additionally, the Finn is pointless in his previous six tilts despite averaging 16:00 of ice time in those outings.
Koivu (illness) won't play in Monday's game versus the Panthers, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
The Wild captain was able to participate in Monday's morning skate, but he'll remain out of the lineup as the team tries for its third straight win. Victor Rask has bumped up to the second-line center role in Koivu's place. Koivu will aim to get back in the fold for Wednesday's matchup versus the Red Wings.
Koivu is ill and will miss Saturday's game versus the Stars.
Minnesota's captain will sit out but shouldn't miss too much time with what the team is calling an illness. Ryan Donato will dress in Koivu's place. The Wild next play Monday, so Koivu has a couple of days to get back to full health.
The Wild activated Koivu (lower body) from injured reserve Monday.
Koivu hasn't played since Dec. 3 but will make his return for Tuesday's game against Toronto. The veteran forward has 12 points in 28 games this season and should return to a middle-six role for Minnesota.
Koivu (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt with Toronto, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu practiced in a second-line role with Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala on Monday, so he figures to slot into a top-six role if given the all-clear. Prior to getting hurt, Koivu was bogged down in an 11-game goalless streak but did managed to notch five assists over that stretch. With Jason Zucker (lower leg) still out long term, the Wild will simply flip the two in order to activate Koivu off injured reserve, rather than sending a player down to the minors.
Koivu (lower body) was traveling with the team but will head back to Minnesota for further treatment, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
This would seem to be a setback for Koivu, as he won't be able to practice with the team until it gets back from the remaining two road games. At the earliest, the center could suit up versus Winnipeg on Saturday, though it appears likely he will be sidelined until after the Christmas break at this point.
Koivu (lower body) will join the Wild for their upcoming three-game road trip, which begins Sunday in Chicago, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
The fact that Koivu is going to travel with the team is certainly encouraging news, but the veteran pivot was just given a 2-3 week recovery timetable Tuesday, so it seems highly unlikely that he'll be ready to return before Minnesota wraps up its road trip Thursday against Arizona.
Koivu is expected to miss 2-3 weeks due to his lower-body injury, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu's extended absence will see Ryan Donato slot into a second-line role, though Victor Rask and Joel Eriksson Ek could also get looks. The 36-year-old Koivu recently reached the 1000-game mark, having racked up 203 goals and 497 assists in his career.
Minnesota placed Koivu (lower body) on injured reserve Friday.
Now that he's on IR, Koivu will be forced to miss the Wild's next two games at a minimum. The veteran forward returned to Minnesota to undergo further evaluation by team doctors Friday, so a more clear-cut timetable for his recovery should be established in the coming days.
Koivu (lower body) is considered doubtful for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, NHL.com's Corey Long reports.
At this point it's safe to assume Koivu won't play Thursday, but we'll provide another update on his status if he's unexpectedly able to gut it out against the Lightning. In all likelihood, the veteran pivot will have to wait for Saturday's clash with Carolina for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup.
Koivu is considered day-to-day after suffering a lower-body injury during Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Koivu didn't return to the contest after recording 12:40 of ice time. Minnesota's captain will look to heal up in time for Thursday's matchup against the Lightning; otherwise, Luke Kunin is expected to center the second line.
Koivu exited Tuesday's game against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu left the game twice in the third period, the second time being permanent. The center played 12:40 with two PIM in the contest before leaving. After the game, coach Bruce Boudreau didn't have any update on the Finn's status, per Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Wild continue their road trip versus the Lightning on Thursday -- more information should surface prior to that game.
Koivu picked up an assist and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout in Sunday's 3-2 win over Dallas.
It was Koivu's 1,000th career game, and he's played every single one in a Wild sweater. The 36-year-old has 12 points through 27 games this campaign. Koivu has been a staple as the team's second-line center, providing some offense behind team point-leader Eric Staal. Koivu has also skated 2:42 of average power-play time this season, further adding to his fantasy value.
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