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Updated: February 24th, 2014 12:24pm
After Sochi Olympic 'break,' Wild Olympians returning to team practice

After Sochi Olympic 'break,' Wild Olympians returning to team practice

by Derek Wetmore
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With the NHL's Olympic break set to end this week, the Wild are getting back on the ice together.

The teams four Olympians and injured captain, Mikko Koivu, are expected to practice this week.

Koivu (ankle surgery) and Nino Niederreiter (Team Switzerland) practiced with the team Monday, according to Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter of Team USA will return to practice Wednesday, Graff told 1500 ESPN in a radio interview Monday during the Mackey & Judd morning show.

Mikael Granlund (Team Finland) had a great tournament for the Finns and also is expected to play Thursday for the Wild on the road against Edmonton. The team then travels to Vancouver to play the Canucks on Friday.

Back to health?

Koivu hasn't worked out in 5-on-5 situations, Graff told Mackey & Judd, indicating the Wild's Captain is not a full-go yet. Graff added, however, the people around the team are optimistic Koivu can return soon.

Marco Scandella, recovering from a sprained MCL, skated alone Monday, according to Graff. He had been one of the team's top-four defenseman before the knee injury.


The Wild recalled Erik Haula and Steven Kampfer from the Iowa Wild.

Haula had a strong stretch for the Iowa affiliate during the Olympic break.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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