Wild's Koivu returns after missing 24 games with broken leg
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild activated center Mikko Koivu from injured reserve before Friday night's game at Chicago.
Koivu missed 24 games after a two-handed slash to the back of his leg by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund during a testy game on Nov. 16. Ohlund drew a four-game suspension from the NHL, and Koivu suffered a broken bone in his leg.
The sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Koivu was on the verge of a breakthrough season -- his third with the Wild -- before the injury. He had five goals, 11 assists and a plus-five rating in 19 games.
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