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Saku Koivu | Center

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/23/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 181
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Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu reflected on Saku Koivu's career and what it meant to him.
Saku, who is the older brother of Mikko, announced his retirement Wednesday morning. Mikko never liked playing against his brother and called the possibility of them facing each other in the playoffs his biggest fear. However, when Saku had the opportunity to eliminate that possibility by signing with Minnesota, he chose not to do so, feeling it was Mikko's team. "More than anything, he wanted to protect me and give me my time to do my thing here," Mikko explained. "I think it felt right for him and I respected that. Looking back, I think it was the right call for us." Saku Koivu had a long and fruitful career and Mikko Koivu's NHL tenure has been largely successful too. The younger Koivu has 130 goals and 452 points in 601 games. Sep 10 - 4:07 PM

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Saku Koivu has decided to retire from the NHL after 18 seasons in the league.

"Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," Koivu said. "I have been contemplating retirement for quite some time and am very confident in my decision at this time and place." Koivu finished with 255 goals and 832 points in 1,124 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. He won the Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2002 and then the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2007. On the international stage, he's won nine medals with Finland, including a silver in the 2006 Olympics and gold in the 1995 World Championship.
Source: NHLPA.com
Sep 10 - 11:05 AM

Less than a month after being discarded by the Anaheim Ducks, veteran NHL player Saku Koivu has put his California house on the real-estate market -- for $6.5999 million.

Koivu and his wife, Hanna, purchased the property in October 2009 for $4.975 million, according to public records. Koivu, 39, played the past five seasons with the Ducks after spending more than a decade with the Montreal Canadiens. The Ducks chose not to re-sign the Finnish veteran. His home, in Irvine, Cal., is a Tuscan-style residence, combining formal living spaces and casual indoor-outdoor environments, featuring a fossilized stone and reclaimed brick exterior with antique roof tiles and five fireplaces salvaged from France. It has nearly 7,400 square feet of living space, which includes a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, a gourmet kitchen, seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a courtyard with a fireplace and a covered loggia of more than 1,000 square feet. An outdoor kitchen and a pool also reside on the half-acre grounds. Koivu said recently he is considering retirement.
Jul 20 - 6:15 PM

Saku Koivu won't get a contract offer from the Anaheim Ducks, according to GM Bob Murray.

The veteran forward is considering retirement, but he did say that he would've preferred to stay with the Ducks if he decided to return for another year. Koivu may decide to check what offers he gets on July 1 from other clubs before deciding if he will call it career.
Jun 19 - 2:38 PM

Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu is considering retirement.

The 39-year-old is up in the air as to whether or not he wants to play in 2014-15. The Ducks may be looking for another center as well, but if Koivu did return to the NHL, he would prefer re-joining the Ducks. He had 11 goals and 29 points in 65 games last season so his fantasy value is negligible.
Jun 15 - 7:22 AM

Saku Koivu won't make a decision regarding his future anytime soon.

"I'll take a couple of weeks to decide [on my future]," Koivu said. "Get away for a little bit and then take it from there." The Ducks might have interest in re-signing him as a bottom-six forward if he decides to extend his career. Even if they want to move on, there's still a fair chance that another team will ink him to a one-year deal if he doesn't mind moving at this stage of his career. He had 11 goals and 29 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
May 19 - 6:21 PM

Ducks veteran Saku Koivu is going to think about retiring.

After his team was eliminated from the post-season by the Los Angeles Kings Friday night, Koivu said he is going to contemplate his future but has not made a decision yet. "You are going to feel sorry for yourself for a while and then you get back to normal life," Koivu said. "I really don't have an answer for you . . . [just] really take a good, careful look." Koivu had one assist in 13 playoff games this season and was a minus 3. He is 39.
May 17 - 10:10 AM

Saku Koivu might be a healthy scratch Wednesday night.

Koivu has no points and a minus-four rating in three games in the Ducks' first round series against Dallas. He was on the ice for just two shifts in Game 3 and logged 8:28 minutes of ice time overall in that contest.
Apr 23 - 9:16 AM

Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne were healthy scratches on Saturday.

The Ducks will likely use both veterans on Sunday in the final game of the season as they decided not to play them in back-to-back games to keep them rested for the playoffs. Koivu has 10 goals and 28 points in 64 games this season as the 39-year-old is winding down his NHL career.
Apr 13 - 6:01 AM

Saku Koivu was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

The decision to scratch Koivu was based on a desire to keep him rested rather than punish him for anything he's done wrong. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 62 games this season.
Apr 7 - 9:04 AM

Anaheim Ducks veteran forward Saku Koivu won't play against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

It doesn't sound as if this is an injury-related situation. Instead, it sounds like it's all about giving the 39-year-old Finn a breather. For all that's been made about Teemu Selanne's age, Koivu isn't that much younger. Veterans like him might get spot scratches over the next week-plus, so stay tuned for updates.
Apr 6 - 1:05 PM

Saku Koivu will be ready to go when the Anaheim Ducks return to action on Friday.

The Ducks are the last team to get back into action following the Olympic break and Koivu will be ready as he had a chance to recover after tweaking his groin and hip area in early February. "I took a few days just to complete my rest and was able to just get my mind away from the game," Koivu said. "We got back here and I got a bit of treatment and light workouts. Even though there's not a lot of guys, we were having a good intensity in our skates. A lot of skating. And we're hoping that he's going kind of ease on us a little bit towards Friday so we can feel good." Koivu has nine goals and 22 points in 45 games but has yet to pick up a point on the power play.
Feb 24 - 4:54 AM

Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist in Anaheim's 5-3 victory on Thursday.

That snapped Koivu's six-game point drought. He has nine goals and 21 points in 41 games this season.
Jan 31 - 9:11 AM

Saku Koivu wasn't named to Finland's roster for the Winter Olympics.

He reportedly said that he wasn't fit enough to participate in the Games. Koivu missed 15 games this season with a concussion, which could have something to do with that. He has eight goals and 17 points in 29 games this season. His Anaheim teammate Teemu Selanne was named to Finland's roster on Tuesday and his brother, Mikko, was put on the team as well even though he is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Jan 7 - 10:21 AM

Saku Koivu reached the 250-goal milestone on Saturday.

Koivu also netted his 251st career goal in Anaheim's 3-2 overtime win. "I think it's a good number," Koivu said. "But when you play with guys like Teemu on your team and he's got almost 700 goals, you kind of forget that. It's nice." Teemu Selanne has 679 goals and like Koivu is in the twilight of his career. However, Koivu's the one that's hot right now with four goals and seven points in his last five games.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:49:00 AM

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