Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Koivu Signing in Anaheim?

canadiensI like this idea, personally. This is one that is significantly unsubstantiated in the whole scheme of things, since the unrestricted free agents in the NHL won't be able to negotiate or have any contact with other teams until July 1st, but there was some suggestion that the Anaheim Ducks would be very interested in talking to Saku Koivu of the Canadiens.

The Ducks are not a team in salary cap trouble, sitting with only 13 players signed at a cap hit of $36.2 million, leaving an average of over $2 million for the remaining players of their 23-man roster. That should provide ample room for a reasonable signing cost for Koivu.

Koivu could also be in a position to be a little less of a cap hit than his $4.75 million that he was in his last deal in Montreal. His offensive production and overall health has diminished a bit over the past two seasons, which could make the pay cut a little more feasible, plus a good negotiation around the sagging economy may help a little as well.

The long-time captain of the Habs also has a guy like Teemu Selanne, a fellow Finn, who he could potentially centre a line with.

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