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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota forward and captain Mikko Koivu has a longer tenure with the Wild than coach Mike Yeo, general manager Chuck Fletcher and owner Craig Leipold.

Wild captain Koivu knows how precious playoffs are


By Chad Graff

St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL — Mikko Koivu has a protein shake in one hand. With his other hand, he begins wiping down his equipment and organizes the pads the same as he does after every practice.

They’re wiped free of ice and sweat and meticulously placed where they’re always placed. Gloves go on top of his locker stall, where he has all six of them — more than any other Wild player — organized in a pyramid.

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