After Sochi Olympic 'break,' Wild Olympians returning to team practice
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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.
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.
Wild defenseman Marco Scandella, recovering from a knee injury, skated by himself this morning. He hopes to re-join teammates soon.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 24, 2014
Marco Scandella is expected to re-join the team for practice tomorrow.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 24, 2014
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.