So, Koivu decided to retire. I feel frustrated by how it went for him. He could have been a Selke winning centre in a Stanley Cup team. Instead he ended up as a Wild poster boy, a pretender 1C when his team lacked a true 1C. All the best for him, though. He ended up in a difficult situation. Earlier he could have solved the dilemma by asking to be traded. Not an easy thing to do.
I don't know... he got paid, handsomely. 15 seasons and the team didn't really advance, anywhere.
Over $ 70 million dollars for three 20+ goal seasons (20, 20, 22) and never over 50 assists in a season. Pretty rough...
A true leader willing to sacrifice his body and drop his gloves or just a yapper who had his gloves cemented throughout his career?
Which was bigger; his love for the green team or love for his role as an unquestioned captain in an NHL team? G
No surprise I've always been fond of the Koivus.
Mikko was miscast throughout his tenure in Minnesota. The Wild like so many orgs have needed a 1C for a decade or so and kept insisting he was it.
Shows the limitations of "GM through declaration" and chasing shiny objects through free agency. Parise and Suter ensured the Wild would never be able to get a true 1C.
Koivu was the prototype of a 2C and would have (as TFG notes) a more than se
I think he did the job he was paid to do to the best of his abilities. Mikko logged a lot of minutes probably too many too often.
It isn't MIkko's fault the Wild never went out and gained #1 and #2 centers to build the future on. And it isn't Mikko's fault that management never obtained nor nutured another player to take over the C role during his reign..
I believe he does deserve to have his jersey lifted to the rafters. He deserves to be honored and remembered fo
Some bittersweet taste for sure. I respect the fact he remained loyal to the team, having player all his games with a unique team, which is rare, but before you all jump on me but yeah, for the rest, you all made good statements in the previous posts.
And he will his jersey retired for sure. 20 Years of history and the only number is still that silly #1 for fans.
It's maybe a borderline comparison, but this reminds me Modano.
Both wore #9
Both spend all (or a