SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
-- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Saku Koivu to a multi-year contract.
“Saku Koivu is one of the most respected leaders of his generation, and will provide the Wild with a strong presence both in the locker room, and at the center position,” Fletcher said.
Koivu, 34 (11/23/74), has spent 13 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadians, totaling 641 points (191-450=641) and 623 penalty minutes in 792 games, and adding 48 points (16-32=48) and 42 PIM in 54 Stanley Cup playoff games. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound native of Turku, Finland, recorded 50 points (16-34=50) in 65 games with the Canadiens in 2008-09, and tallied his 600th NHL point against Florida on Oct. 20. Koivu served as the Habs’ captain for the last nine seasons and ended last season ranked sixth on the team’s all-time assist list with 450 and 10th on the points list with 641. Koivu won the Masterton Trophy in 2002 after returning from a battle with cancer to tie for the team lead in playoff scoring, and he earned the King Clancy Trophy in 2007. A two-time All-Star selection, Koivu was Montreal’s first-round selection (No. 21 overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Koivu is the older brother of Wild center Mikko Koivu
. Saku Koivu has played for Team Finland in seven World Championships and three Olympic Games, including a silver medal in Torino in 2006.