Minnesota's Koivu, Harding Placed on IR

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Minnesota's Koivu, Harding Placed on IR

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Wild has placed forward Mikko Koivu and goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve, the team officially announced on Monday morning.

The team then announced later in the day that Koivu had undergone successful surgery to repair a broken ankle and is expected to miss four weeks with the injury.

The captain was leading the team this season with 35 points through 44 games, but he is now unlikely to play again for the Wild before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Harding, meanwhile, was placed on injured reserve after missing the past two games with an illness. He is (18-7-3) so far this year with a 1.65 goals against average and a .933 saves percentage.

To fill out the active roster, Minnesota has recalled forward Erik Haula and defenseman Jonathan Blum from the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Iowa.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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