Thread: Injury Report: Koivu (Returning To Lineup 3/22)
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02-21-2012, 12:06 AM
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thestonedkoala
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Originally Posted by NHL1674 View Post
That would be a long time down the road though. Those kids are going to need some time to learn.
Phillips, definitely. Granlund not so much.

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Agreed. And I think the pressure is that much higher, because Lats and Butch are out. If we had most of our top 6 forwards healthy, Koivu should have been benched long term to heal properly. But this year has been a huge @$#!-up of injuries. And with them desperate for a playoff push, you can bet Koivu was pushing himself as well as feeling pressure from others to rush back.
It isn't any different the last few years. We shouldn't be relying on Bouchard or Lats actually because they haven't shown the ability to stay healthy.

Right now, Koivu's priority should be to himself.

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I wouldn't be against that at this point. Start over next year with all the injured guys fully healthy.
But also make sure Koivu is no longer captain nor 1st line material until he can show he's healthy and can score at a point per game for the rest of the year.

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