Koivu To Anaheim

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has landed in Anaheim and will join the Ducks.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=284086

He signed a 1 year contract worth 3.25 million.

He will join countryman Teemu Selanne and form a very good 2nd unit behind the Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry line.

This is a coup for the Ducks. Koivu at that price is a bargain and playing with Selanne should spike Koivu’s game.

He has had health issues, but getting out of Montreal, the pressures there, the pressure of being captain should help him and he is due for a very good season.

If anything he not only adds skill, but leadership and character to the Ducks.

The loss is Montreal’s and now the Habs look to fill their captaincy and begin a new era for Les Habitants.

The likely candidate is defenceman Andrei Markov.

It is likely we will find out soon enough why Koivu was completely dismissed by the Habs after some strong years of service. Yes the injuries, yes the decrease in production may have been factors. But this player really gave it his best effort every night and wore the CH and the C proudly.

But knowing of Koivu, its unlikely he will have anything bad to say about the franchise he bled and fought for.


19 Responses to Koivu To Anaheim

  1. muckies says:

    Montreal is doing the Ottawa thing Jacques Martin version, filling thier dressing room up with big D, quick small forwards and a serious lack of character.
    Martin is all about no penalties, a good PK and special teams. Montreal might make the playoffs, probably not, but they aren't going anywhere with the guys they have in their dressing room. Juts not enough character and jam, his style might get you to the playoffs,  but won't get you anywhere else. P.K. Subban looks like the new face of the Habs, and he's hasn't even played a game yet. He's the classy guy in Montreal. Martin is great with rookies, so he'll help the transition.
     
    Montreal is swimming in the deep end with sharks and they don't have a shark hunter, just a bunch of guys that look good in their swimming suits.

  2. lafleur10 says:

    thanks saku for all the memories! you were a great warrior and captain good luck in anaheim!

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

     Something all Hab fans wanted to see, Koivu and Selanne on the same team, unfortunately it is on the wrong team. Anyways thak you Saku for all you have done for the city of Montreal and the team and their fans, good luck in Anaheim.

  4. assman says:

    hes an over rated habs wind bag. a poop with to much attention, blake is way better

  5. assman says:

    like koivu reads these posts

  6. habswinthecup-again says:

     LMFAO! it takes all kinds

  7. THEGREATHAB says:

    Thank you Saku for your years in Montreal, you will be missed. If the Habs cannot win a cup this year, I hope Anaheim does it, you are a champion without a ring.

    Good luck and I hope this is one of your best years.

  8. billypilgrim says:

    Wouldn't it have been great to keep koivu and convince selanne to play in montreal? I'd take those two over gomez/gionta for sure. Still, I'm hoping I'm proven wrong.

  9. zackman13 says:

    this coming from a guy called assman…

  10. Rico420 says:

    Really sad to see Koivu leave Montreal – he's been my favourite Habs player since Damphousse left for San Jose – I don't really understand that Bob couldn't find this money to give to Saku but then again did he really want to play in Montreal with the unnecessary pressure? One thing is for sure the city of Montreal should get down and kiss his feet for everything he put into that city and for the red white and blue he bled for his Canadiens.

  11. pezzz123 says:

    It's ironic. Anaheim's new strength (depth in scoring forwards) was their weakness a year ago, while their new weakness (D) was clearly their biggest strenght last season.

    Ryan – Getzlaf – Perry
    Lupul – Koivu – Selanne

    is REALLY scary compared to :

    Kunitz – Getzlaf – Perry
    Miller – Ebbett – Selanne

    AND

    Niedermayer – Whitney
    Wisniewski? (RFA) – Sbisa?
    Brookbank – Mikkelson

    looks REALLY weak compared to :

    Niedermayer – Beauchemin
    Pronger – Whitney
    Wisniewski – Brookbank

    But kudos to the Ducks for signing Koivu. He'll give them 2 good scoring lines.

  12. Uncleben says:

    Buffalo, New Jersey and Minny all lost out on a wonderful commidity.

    Buffalo i think is just fine where they are they could start next season with out him anyway.

    No idea who Jersey is gonna fill their gaps with… maybe arm wrestle Toronto for Rickard Wallin? Not close to Madden, but would be a decent filler all the same.

    And the only other rumours i've heard from Minny are of Mike Comrie.

  13. Bure96 says:

    I like the Ducks this year a lot. The defense is a bit suspect though.

    Sbisa is ready to play a 3rd pairing role next year. He's gotten half a year under his belt, but going back to the WHL in the middle of the year really helped him develop.

    Sheldon Brookbank was a very solid addition for Anaheim last year. The guy looked like a career minor league player, but progressed nicely for Anaheim last year. Steady 6th defensemen.

    Whitney probably isn't a #2 defender, but he's still got lots of upside, and could be a good player for the Ducks.

    Wishniewski is probably more of a #4 guy now too. He was another good addition for the Ducks.

    They really need a #3 defender though. Brenden Mikkelson will be a huge liability if he's a regular this year. Maybe Andrew Alberts or Derrick Morris could be brought in. Trade perhaps? They have two 1st rounders next year …

    Maybe flip JSG for an overpaid defender.

    Giguere + Brenden Mikkelson/Brett Festerling for Scott Hannan, and Peter Budaj maybe? Remember it's not like they made a huge commitment to Craig Anderson either. Only two years and under 2 million a season.

  14. nordiques100 says:

    All the habs in that picture are gone lol.

  15. HABSSTAR says:

    Thanks for the years Saku.  Unfortunately some of the idiot fans never deserved your class.

  16. pezzz123 says:

    well they've added Boynton today, but I think it's still not enough. I think Morris would be a good fit.

    With Pronger and Beauchemin gone, they lack the grit that made them so scary since their Cup run. While Morris and Boynton aren't top pairing guys, they could provide this grit and physicality.

    Niedermayer – Morris
    Whitney – Boynton
    Wisniewski – Brookbank
    Sbisa

    That would be scary.

  17. Bure96 says:

    I think no matter what Sbisa is going to crack the lineup. He can be on the 2nd unit PP, and he if you bring in a guy like Morris then you could probably move Brookbank out of the lineup.

    I like the Nick Boynton signing. Solid 4th or 5th defensemen.

    I think Anaheim could be a favorite in the West this year. They have great goaltending, the Lupul, and Koivu additions dramatically improve the offense.

    Look at this offense as of now.

    Ryan – Getzlaf – Perry
    Lupul – Koivu – Selanne
    Christensen – Ebbett – Carter
    Miller – Nokelainen – Brown

    extras: Marchant, Parros

    That's a stacked offense. Big and physical, but lots of offensive potential too. Randy Carlyle is really going to open things up this year.

    This team is a cup favorite in my opinion, and is still built very well long term.

  18. cam7777 says:

    yea, no doubt, and they will spread the talent around on the back-end.  Wisniewski played with Niedermayer to close out the season, and through the playoffs last year.  Sbisa willl be paired with Sbisa, which should give him the room he needs to operate, and Boynton and Brookbank will bring the hitting as the third pair. 

    it's true they lack the ferocity of Pronger now, and Beauchemin – though he was injured most of last year anyways, but they've also cut their penalty minutes in half as a result.  look for them to be a very strong powerplay team this year.

    they can also afford to go after a big defensive talent at the deadline next year with 2 first round picks, and prospects to spare.   They can also still find a trade partner for Giguere.  Lots of room to keep improving on this squad. 

    I wouldn't be at all surprized to see an Anaheim – Philly final.

  19. cam7777 says:

    I called this in February.  Koivu and Teemu are going to light it up together in Teemu's final year.  You know that whole team will want to give # 8 a special send-off.  Koivu will sign with his little brother next year.

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