Agree to a point. But it is well documented that he was totally involved on the Suter/Parise decision. And it has been suggested in articles/podcasts that he pushed the Vanek envelope. And of course, his latest on player acquisition...... the Wild need only "tweaking". That's a pretty blatant parameter set for anyone interviewing for the GM job that they better not suggest the Wild move too many of his cherished assets.
I have had trouble with totally buying into the opinion shared by many on this forum regarding Mikko Koivu's influence on management's(coach and GM) decisions, as if he's almost got this team by the throat and he's issuing demands.
He's not a superstar, his team hasn't really had much success, he's not very good with the media, doesn't come across as being particularly funny or personable. I really haven't heard much from any oI ther players or management on this team gushing about what a g
This team has fallen over itself talking about how they think Mikko Koivu is such a great captain. They talk about his work ethic, etc...they cue the broadcasts to peddle excuses why we should accept less than average production because of his 'tremendous leadership.' It is also clear the organization has danced around his ego quite a bit; from linemates to ice time and opportunity. They don't want to make Mikko upset because he might...yell at someone and do nothing. (gasp)