Created: 08/22/2013 12:43 AM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long
Mikko Koivu is back in the Twin Cities after spending the summer in his native Finland.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS caught up with the Wild captain at informal skates involving Koivu's teammates Clayton Stoner, Josh Harding, Keith Ballard, Stephane Veilleux and Zach Parise.
The Wild players are prepping for the season with the high-intensity scrimmages that are attended by a couple dozen NHL'ers, mostly from the Twin Cities.
New York Ranger Ryan McDonagh, Winnipeg's Dustin Byflugien, Florida's Nick Bjugstad and Toronto's Jake Gardiner are among the other local players attending the sessions.
Click the video box on this page to see some of the highlights, and to hear from Koivu.