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Havlat, Kobasew Practice, Sifers Sent Down

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

The spotlight at Tuesday's practice was shining on Mikko Koivu today, after he was named the first full-time captain in the Minnesota Wild's ninth season of hockey. But, there was some other news coming out of Tuesday's practice, and most of it was good.

Chuck Kobasew, the recently acquired winger in a trade with Boston, arrived in the Twin Cities last night, and was on the ice with his teammates on Tuesday morning. He will make his Wild debut

tomorrow night, and he'll be doing it in the Wild's new green third jersey.

"I'm excited," he said. "I just have to come in and work hard, keep things simple and try to contribute."

If Tuesday's practice is any indication, he'll be skating on a line with Eric Belanger and Benoit Pouliot, both of whom have played very well in recent games.

"I'm just going to try and jump in there with them and pick things up from them," he said.

Martin Havlat, who suffered a groin injury on Wednesday in Anaheim, was also on the practice ice today, and it looks good for his return to game action against the first place Colorado Avalanche. The same can be said for Kyle Brodziak, who suffered an upper body injury, did not practice, but it appears he'll be ready to go pending approval from Head Coach Todd Richards.

Petr Sykora also did not practice, and he likely won't get into action tomorrow, but it appears likely that he'll be back in action by the weekend.

With bodies returning to the fold, the Wild opened up a roster spot by sending Jaime Sifers to Houston of the American Hockey League. Sifers made the club out of camp as a defenseman, but he saw action in two games, both as a forward. The former Vermont Catamount will report to the Aeros, where he will get full-time action on the blue line.
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