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[Report] Mikko Koivu to test free agency


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20 minutes ago, Kooner91 said:

I would consider taking him here if we get rid of Sutter this off season. Strong defensively, could help ease Gaudette into that 3rd line role and would come fairly cheap. Wouldn't hurt as a 1 year deal.

No thanks. We don’t need this 37 year old. He has nothing left. He should retire. Rather keep Sutter if there was a choice one or the other.

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The Wild got calls on Koivu at the TDL but he refused to waive with him saying that he couldn’t envision himself wearing another team’s uniform.  

 

His brother talked of the pride Koivu has to play his whole career with the Wild.  All season it has been hinted that it would be his last in the NHL and that he could return to his native Finland to finish out his career.

 

He might have hoped that the Wild would offer him another year but it would be surprising if he tests free agency.  It feels more like the end of the road of Koivu in the NHL.

 

A bit surprised that it's the Wild that made the announcement but maybe it's just to rip the bandage.  He was informed a few weeks ago that they weren't bringing him back.  Guerin was again asked about Koivu after the Staal trade and he refused to answer.  They must have felt that they have waited long enough for an announcement.

 

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47 minutes ago, Coconuts said:

That's.. not a good look.

 

I get trying to get younger and turn the page, but when you've had a guy as your captain for eleven years who's worn your colours for fifteen.. 

 

Makes me all the more thankful we got the Sedin's bit right. 

The worst that comes to mind is Daniel Alfredsson.

 

Tough decisions for Bull Guerin. I look at the Canucks... I'm glad we kept the Sedins, because we were so bad. If we didn't have them in their last 2 years there would have been close to 0 direction for the youth. Whereas Minnesota isnt terrible. They have some good pieces already, and they really could use some fresh blood. 

 

Tough to kick Koivu out the door, but it's almost imperative in order to continue growing (in their situation).

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8 minutes ago, Maginator said:

The worst that comes to mind is Daniel Alfredsson.

 

Tough decisions for Bull Guerin. I look at the Canucks... I'm glad we kept the Sedins, because we were so bad. If we didn't have them in their last 2 years there would have been close to 0 direction for the youth. Whereas Minnesota isnt terrible. They have some good pieces already, and they really could use some fresh blood. 

 

Tough to kick Koivu out the door, but it's almost imperative in order to continue growing (in their situation).

They did Alfy so dirty, it's ridiculous. 

 

I'd prefer to see Minny keep him for one more season, give him his goodbye run like we did the twins. I'm sure they could have fit him, he likely would have signed cheap.

 

But that's neither here nor there, they're moving in another direction. It's just sad to see.

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3 minutes ago, Coconuts said:

They did Alfy so dirty, it's ridiculous. 

 

I'd prefer to see Minny keep him for one more season, give him his goodbye run like we did the twins. I'm sure they could have fit him, he likely would have signed cheap.

 

But that's neither here nor there, they're moving in another direction. It's just sad to see.

 

It would be sad to bring him back another year and see nightly how much his play has dropped.  

 

Koivu led the Wild forwards in ice time by the end of December.  He lost 5 minutes in the 2nd half of the season and was dropped to C4 and removed from the PP.  He had a brief resurgence and that 4th line was solid to finish the season.  It's a far better image to finish his time in a Wild uniform that way than struggling and unable to keep up.

 

His play has dropped and footspeed has been an issue and it was visible that he couldn't keep up anymore.  

 

The Wild are looking to get faster and younger.  It's also style of play.  Those vets have been there forever so they were playing to their strength but it can't be their team going forward.  It has to become Fiala, Kaprizov and Eriksson Ek's team.  

 

Fenton traded for Fiala because he believes it's becoming a rush league.  Their veterans prefer to dump the puck so he's adjusting to them when it should be the opposite.  Holding on to declining vets limits their ability to make changes and better the team.   They can't fully adjust and start playing a fast system if a portion of the roster can't keep up. 

 

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1 hour ago, mll said:

 

It would be sad to bring him back another year and see nightly how much his play has dropped.  

 

Koivu led the Wild forwards in ice time by the end of December.  He lost 5 minutes in the 2nd half of the season and was dropped to C4 and removed from the PP.  He had a brief resurgence and that 4th line was solid to finish the season.  It's a far better image to finish his time in a Wild uniform that way than struggling and unable to keep up.

 

His play has dropped and footspeed has been an issue and it was visible that he couldn't keep up anymore.  

 

The Wild are looking to get faster and younger.  It's also style of play.  Those vets have been there forever so they were playing to their strength but it can't be their team going forward.  It has to become Fiala, Kaprizov and Eriksson Ek's team.  

 

Fenton traded for Fiala because he believes it's becoming a rush league.  Their veterans prefer to dump the puck so he's adjusting to them when it should be the opposite.  Holding on to declining vets limits their ability to make changes and better the team.   They can't fully adjust and start playing a fast system if a portion of the roster can't keep up. 

 

Those are fair points.

 

It's sad to see, given his tenure and commitment to the Wild, but it's just one of those things. Most players don't get a ceremonious end to their career. 

 

It's weird to think that almost all the players from those mid 2000's days are gone, where'd the time go. Doesn't feel like so long ago that we were complaining about how boring the Wild were and competing with the Avs for division supremacy. 

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