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Koivu gets new two-year deal from Ducks

Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 5:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Veteran center Saku Koivu is returning to the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a new two-year contract.

The 35-year-old Koivu recorded 19 goals and 52 points along with a career-high plus-14 rating in 71 games during his first season in Anaheim after playing his first 13 seasons with Montreal. It was the seventh consecutive season he eclipsed the 50-point mark. He led the Ducks in plus/minus and faceoff percentage (51.4 percent) and tied for 10th in the League with 6 game-winning goals.

Koivu scored his 200th career NHL goal on Jan. 5 vs. Detroit and appeared in his 800th career NHL game on Oct. 21 vs. Dallas. He also appeared in his fourth career Olympic Winter Games as a member of Team Finland in 2010 at Vancouver, winning the bronze medal. With Finnish teammates Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen, he earned a share of the all-time Olympic men's hockey record for career medals with four (also silver in 2006 & bronze in 1994 and 1998).
 
A native of Turku, Finland, Koivu has career totals of 210 goals and 693 points in 863 NHL game. He served as the Canadiens' team captain for 10 years (1999-2009), tied with Jean Beliveau for the longest stint in Montreal's 100-year history. Koivu is a two-time All-Star, having been named to the 1998 and 2003 All-Star Games. He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on eight occasions, earning 16-32-48 points in 54 contests.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild