By Michael Russo
UPDATE: Stensaas here for a late-afternoon check-in. Assistant GM Tom Lynn briefed the media on Mikko Koivu’s knee situation early this afternoon. No official diagnosis was revealed. Instead Lynn said the team will wait a few days for a timetable. Koivu did have an MRI today and saw team doctors.
“They’ll have a better idea after four days,” Lynn said, adding that Koivu’s time away from the team could be “as little as seven days if everything goes well, or as long as a of couple weeks.”
The only thing we know for sure is that Koivu is not traveling with the team out East. So he is for sure out vs. the Rangers and Islanders. And I would bet he’s a no-go for the games this weekend in Calgary and Edmonton.
So your centers for now: Belanger, Sheppard, Fritsche and Olvecky.
Also on the injury front, Derek Boogaard will not make the trip to New York, either, because of an upper-body injury. Brent Burns will stay back, too, still recovering from a concussion. Asked today about Burns, Lynn said he will do nothing until he’s asymptomatic.
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who missed Sunday’s game with a lower body injury, was in at practice today and should return tomorrow night at MSG.
Russo – fresh off his NHL Live spot – will be there for all the action.
I’ll be doing a live chat today on startribune.com at 2:30 p.m. CDT. Brian Stensaas is at practice and he’ll update the blog once there’s a Mikko Koivu update.
I’ll also be on NHL Live today at noon CDT on XM Radio and NHL Network.