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Mikko Koivu cashes in

Posted by b3., 16 July 2010 · 119 views

Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild National Hockey League
Yesterday, morning the Minnesota Wild announced the re-signing of forward Mikko Koivu. Mikko, is their franchise player therefore General Manager Chuck Fletcher wants to build the club around Mikko. Koivu, who is 27 is the clubs captain and their best player who has a strong presence in both sides of the rink and put up a career high of 71 points.

Therefore he signed a 7 year deal worth 47,250,00 million dollars, which will keep him in Minnesota until he is at the age of 35. A lot of people in the hockey world think he is overpaid, which is somewhat true. He is making more than Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Richards, and Patrick Marleau. Fine, he is overpaid by around 2-2.5 million dollars. But after looking into this signing, I just didn't understand just how valuable Mikko Koivu is to the Minnesota Wild and their fans.

Not only is he all of those things I mentioned at the start, but he just never gives up he will keep going hard to try and come out with the two points every night. They had to keep him, so I'm not surprised of the money they gave him. They weren't going to let him go elsewhere.

Here is one fan's comment:

I won't ever forget being at the X last year with the Wild behind by a couple goals... Mikko was heading to the bench at the end of his shift and with the puck in sight he turned and skated hard to make a steal that set up a scoring opportunity. I told my wife not to write off the game because Koivu wasn't giving up and neither should we. The Wild came back to win in overtime.

That's fantastic, another thing to keep in mind is that Mikko doesn't have that much to work with. He has Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen, and Andrew is 36 years old and Antti isn't that great of a talent. Mikko, is entering his prime, if he put up 71 points this year, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being around PPG this year.

Chuck Fletcher is trying to improve the club, he made a great trade with Montreal last season sending highly touted forward Benoit Pouliot who couldn't get it going in Minnesota to Montreal for forward Guillaume Latendresse who was in the same situation. Guillaume put up 37 points in 55 games, he scored 25 goals, which resulted him being gave a nice contract extension. Chuck, has also brought in Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom, Brad Staubitz and re-signed goaltender Josh Harding.

I think that Chuck's description of Mikko, was perfect.

I don't think I realized how competitive he is on the ice. He is not a flashy player, but he truly is a dominant power center in the NHL.

The signing sounds like a great confidence boost to the organization, and Mikko Koivu. I would be very excited if I were a Wild fan, there is a great chance that Mikko will improve on last years numbers. His recovery from his shoulder and knee surgery are going well, it's healing faster than expected.

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Wild fans are pretty loyal after losing their team to Dallas in the 90's, but it is too bad that the team will never be near good enough to seriously compete for the cup.
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