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Hockey Wilderness Sep 20, 2017
Criticisms of Mikko Koivu’s contract extension don’t hold water

Criticisms of Mikko Koivu’s contract extension don’t hold water

Koivu’s new contract has come under scrutiny, but ultimately was a logical move for the Wild. When news broke that Mikko Koivu signed a 2 year. $11 million extension with the Minnesota Wild Monday night, I looked on it very favorably. I liked the deal, and I figured it would be well-received, so I didn’t spend much time defending it. It appears that I made a huge mistake. While there were many positive reactions to the news, there were also forceful criticisms concerning the deal. If you are one of those out there, shocked, dismayed, and angry that this extension had it, this is for...
Hockey Wilderness Sep 20, 2017
HWP 117: Mo’ Mikko Mo’ Problems

HWP 117: Mo’ Mikko Mo’ Problems

We look at contracts for Mikko Koivu, Marcus Foligno, then check on the Wild at training camp The Minnesota Wild are back, and so is the Hockey Wilderness Podcast! We try getting back in shape during training camp, and we've recruited Derek from The Athletic MIN to help! Derek and Tony sit down to discuss all the recent happenings with the Minnesota Wild, including: The Minnesota Twins sniffing a playoff spot Why Byron Buxton is a good baseball boy Marcus Foligno's new contract Foligno's spot in the lineup Zach Parise's back issues Daniel Winnik signed to a Professional Tryout...
Hockey Wilderness Sep 20, 2017
Wilderness Walk: Long Live the King

Wilderness Walk: Long Live the King

More stories on Koivu’s extension, the Wild goalies impress, and the refs have rediscovered their love of whistles. Plenty of stories to read today, but many of them are just taking deeper looks at what we’ve been seeing from earlier this week. Top of that list has been Mikko Koivu’s extension, and with good reason. He’s the face of the franchise, the team’s first and only player to wear the “C”, and, if I can convince my wife, the inspiration for the name of my first dog... whenever I get one. One aspect of Koivu’s extension that hasn’t been discussed from what I can...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Sep 19, 2017
Wild thrilled Mikko Koivu keeping ‘flag in the ground’ three more years

Wild thrilled Mikko Koivu keeping ‘flag in the ground’ three more years

Mikko Koivu very easily could have skipped town seven years ago. It would have been the easy way out. He was a highly regarded, 27-year-old center from Finland approaching his hockey prime, and the future of the Wild was very much in question after missing the NHL playoffs two years in a row. “He would […]
Hockey Wilderness Sep 19, 2017
Wilderness Walk: Racecar

Wilderness Walk: Racecar

GUYS HOCKEY IS BACK GUYSGUYSGUYS OK, not FOR REAL but there’s hockey and sweaters and penalties and whatnot. But soon we’ll be back in the real deal. Well. Ok almost a month but still! IT’S COMING! LET’S. WALK. Wild News Wild sign Koivu to 2-year, $11M extension | theScore.comKoivu will carry a cap hit of $6.75 million in the final season of a seven-year contract signed in 2010. Once his extension kicks in, he'll earn $5.5 million per campaign. Wild captain Mikko Koivu misses practice with lace biteWith the Wild already missing veteran winger Zach Parise for the start of training...
The Hockey Writers Sep 18, 2017

Minnesota Wild Sign Mikko Koivu to Contract Extension

The Minnesota Wild and captain Mikko Koivu have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $11 million starting in the 2018-19 season, the Wild announced Monday. The deal comes with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season following the seven-year contract that Koivu is set to complete this season that came with […]
Hockey Wilderness Sep 18, 2017
Mikko Koivu signs 2-year, $11 million extension with Minnesota Wild

Mikko Koivu signs 2-year, $11 million extension with Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild will be keeping their captain in St. Paul through 2020. More than anyone else in franchise history, Mikko Koivu is the Minnesota Wild. It’s not just the fact that he’s the longest-tenured member of the franchise, sticking with the team through Division titles and last-place finishes. It’s not just that he’s the first and only full-time captain of the squad. It’s not just because he’s the franchise leader in games played and points. It’s that Koivu’s identity and the Wild’s are inextricable. Both are known for a relentless, workmanlike, un-flashy two-way...
FOX Sports Sep 18, 2017

Wild, Koivu agree to 2-year, $11M extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild and captain Mikko Koivu have agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract extension.
FOX Sports Sep 18, 2017
Wild agree to 2-year extension with captain Mikko Koivu

Wild agree to 2-year extension with captain Mikko Koivu

Mikko Koivu signs an extension worth $11 million with the Minnesota Wild through 2020.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Sep 18, 2017
Mikko Koivu, Wild agree on two-year contract extension

Mikko Koivu, Wild agree on two-year contract extension

After his most successful season in more than five years, Wild captain Mikko Koivu has agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2020. It essentially guarantees the 34-year-old will finish his career with the Wild after being chosen No. 6 overall by the team in the […]
St. Paul Pioneer Press Sep 18, 2017
Wild captain Mikko Koivu misses practice with foot injury

Wild captain Mikko Koivu misses practice with foot injury

With the Wild already missing veteran winger Zach Parise for the start of training camp, there was some initial concern Monday when veteran center Mikko Koivu was also conspicuously absent during the morning session. Coach Bruce Boudreau washed away those worries afterward, confirming that Koivu has lace bite, essentially a form of tendinitis that causes […]
St. Paul Pioneer Press Sep 16, 2017
Remember that dynamic Zucker-Koivu-Granlund line? Well, it’s back

Remember that dynamic Zucker-Koivu-Granlund line? Well, it’s back

After concocting one of the most dominant lines in the entire league for prolonged stretches of last season, coach Bruce Boudreau is going back to the well. While it’s only two days into training camp, and a lot could change before the regular season starts in a few weeks, Mikko Koivu is centering Jason Zucker […]

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on his veterans

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau talks about his veterans and the line of Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund, after Day 2 of training camp Saturday.

Wild forward Jason Zucker

Wild winger Jason Zucker speaks after Saturday's practice on Day 2 of training camp, about continuing to be on a line with Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund.

Mikko Koivu Photos

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