Friday, July 16, 2010

Mikko Koivu - A Lot of Money, Zero Team Improvement

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 4: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild carries the puck up ice during the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 04, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
The Wild's big off-season move has been made, and Mikko Koivu, their steadfast, two-way center has been signed to a seven year, $47 million extension.

Don't get me wrong, Koivu is a very, very good player. His two-way skills are unquestioned, his face-off performance strong, and leadership established. Unfortunately, he doesn't put the biscuit in the basket. His highest goal production is 22. Yep, 22.

This team suffers from an unacceptable level of offensive power, and lack of salary cap room. Subsequently, this deal with Koivu assures that the St. Paul faithful will be treated to a continued number of 2-1 losses for years and years to come.

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