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GM: Wild will not re-sign longtime captain Koivu

Field Level Media
19 Sep 2020, 01:55 GMT+10

The Minnesota Wild will be parting ways with longtime captain Mikko Koivu.

Wild general manager Bill Guerin announced Friday that Koivu will not be re-signed by the club. Koivu, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, has served as the team's captain for the past 11 seasons.

Koivu, 37, has posted franchise records in assists (504), points (709) and games played (1,028) since being selected by the Wild with the sixth overall pick of the 2001 NHL Draft. He also has scored 205 goals during his time with the team.

Koivu, however, was limited to 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 55 games this season. He was held without a point in four games during the Wild's qualifying-round series loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

"His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup," Guerin said in a statement. "Off the ice, Mikko's impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children's Minnesota.

"We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future."

--Field Level Media

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