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Artic Ice Hockey Sep 12, 2014

FlightZone: New Rules of the Roost

Rookie tournament starts up, Saku makes me cry, and new rules. The Rookie Tournament starts soon and our intrepid stats man, Garret Hohl will be on site reporting on the happenings. The same may be true for BCJetMike. All the Jets prospects are excited to play in Penticton. Brendan Kitchon hopes to make the Jets. The NHL changed some rules. Elliotte Friedman shared a beautiful story about Saku Koivu and the boy he helped inspire to live. That story is part of the legacy Koivu leaves behind. And finally, Koivu's career in Finland and his international career were impressive as...

Koivu brings end to inspirational 18-year run in NHL

Beating back cancer was his biggest victory in an 18-year NHL career spent battling for the puck and now Saku Koivu decided that the fight for space on the ice was no longer in him. Koivu announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a distinguished run...
Die By The Blade Sep 11, 2014
Sabres Links: Players react to Pegula's winning bid, Koivu retires, Baptiste injured

Sabres Links: Players react to Pegula's winning bid, Koivu retires, Baptiste injured

Sabres players are excited about Pegula's big purchase, while one Sabres prospect will be sitting in the press box the next few weeks. Sabres Links Sabres players are excited about Pegula's purchase of the Bills [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Equipment manager Rip Simonick remembers the first post 9/11 Sabres game [Sabres.com] Nick Baptiste was injured on Friday and will be out at least a few weeks [Sudbury Star] Around The League Saku Koivu announced his retirement from the NHL [TSN] The Ducks extended coach Bruce Boudreau through 2017 [Orange Country Register] The NHL officially announced...
Hockey Wilderness Sep 11, 2014
Wilderness Walk: Saku Edition

Wilderness Walk: Saku Edition

Saku Koivu retires, predictions, prospects, and even more Nino/Kuemper talk. Hey, Wilderness! You'll by now have heard that Mikko Koivu's brother, Saku, retired today after 18 NHL seasons. Like his brother, Mikko, Saku was a reliable two-way centerman for a long time in the NHL, produced points about the same rate, and was closely tied to one NHL team. It's actually pretty crazy how similar they are. But you'll read more about Saku later in the Walk. Check back in with Hockey Wilderness later today, and you'll be able to read about the impact of losing Dany Heatley, as well as as the...
Artic Ice Hockey Sep 11, 2014

FlightZone: Wheeler Clears the Air

Wheeler clears the air, Koivu retires, and Daniel Alfredsson tweaks his back. There's a great children's book called Something From Nothing. I should read it before reacting to anything from Evander Kane. Saku Koivu retired and the tributes to him poured out from Montreal. It was there that he fought cancer and raised money for that very cause. Famed Leafs blogger Steve Dangle has been hired by Sportsnet. Ryan Suter made a statement following his father's death and I wish we lived in an age when he didn't have to speak publicly about it. Daniel Alfredsson is suffering from old man...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 11, 2014

Thursday Habs Links: PK Subban knows his way around hockey analytics

Here are your daily links, including the announcement of Saku Koivu's retirement, an in-depth look at the upcoming season for the Habs, captain talk, and more! Montreal Canadiens Links When you talk to PK Subban about advanced stats, you better come with the proper context. [Deadspin] Subban didn't shy away from captaincy questions, stating that he'd love to be the captain if given the chance. [National Post] "The Captain" Saku Koivu has announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. I think I can speak for all of the Habs community when I...
Los Angeles Times Sep 10, 2014

Ducks extend Bruce Boudreau's contract on the day Saku Koivu retires

Before Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said one word about the contract extension he received Wednesday through the 2016-17 season, he took a moment to thank Saku Koivu.
Montreal Gazette Sep 10, 2014
Habs fans had love affair with Koivu

Habs fans had love affair with Koivu

At the 1994 Winter Olympics, I went to see the opening hockey game between Finland and the Czech Republic. The attraction was 19-year-old Saku Koivu, who had been drafted by the Canadiens in the first round (21st overall) a year earlier.
Montreal Gazette Sep 10, 2014
Koivu’s career much more than just numbers

Koivu’s career much more than just numbers

The Canadiens career of Saku Koivu, who retired from professional hockey on Wednesday, is not told by the numbers.
Rotoworld Sep 10, 2014

Mikko Koivu reflects on Saku Koivu's career -

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu reflected on Saku Koivu's career and what it meant to him.
Former Duck Koivu retires after 18 seasons

Former Duck Koivu retires after 18 seasons

Former Ducks center Saku Koivu, who spent 18 seasons in the NHL with Montreal and Anaheim, announced his retirement Wednesday. Koivu, 39, joined the Ducks in 2009 after endearing himself to Canadiens fans as the team's captain, and he provided a...

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