What's so great about Saku Koivu?

Last season as I watched Saku Koivu’s first game back, I saw all of Montreal’s fans on their feet for, what seemed like an eternity. Battling cancer for almost an entire year, and then coming back to finish the rest of the regular season and the playoffs was truly a heroic feat. But as I sat there watching the game I wondered to myself why the networks and the Canadians fans were so happy to see this guy back.

I honestly want to know why everyone loves this guy so much. I can see that he has a lot of heart and leadership, but what else has he done. He has only scored 20 goals once and the most points he has ever had was 57. This doesn’t seem like a superstar to me. I really want to know what the big deal is with this guy; so Habs fans, let me know.

88 Responses to What's so great about Saku Koivu?

  1. DG says:

    Why the upper case?


  2. PeterPuck says:

    How do we love thee, let us count the ways. Saku has been loved in Montreal from day one, he is small and has so much talent. If you watch him play for Finland you would see that. Amazing, stuff. In the NHL, he has had a LONG string of bad luck, including the so much hated diease Cancer. would Lance Armstrong be loved as much if he didnt beat cancer and go on to win 4 tour de fances? maybe? In Saku, the Habs fan get hope, they always have loved the small underdog, ie: Pocket Richard, Cournoyer, Mats Naslund, Lemaire, Russ Courtnall, etc, Habs fan know their hockey and they can see what Saku can bring. I know if he can play a full season, your question would not even be justified to answer. he still has things to prove as a NHL player yes, but as a Captain and leader, he has taken the Habs by the tail. Oh lets not forget that he didnt even try to negoiate a higher contract this year. time will answer your question, but the Habs fans already know the out come, have fun eating your words.

  3. Leaf_Expert says:

    Sundin has more HOCKEY accomplishes

  4. Obcd says:

    It’s just because he got hurt but this guy is one of the best. You really don’t watch much of hockey.

  5. NYR88Express says:

    so then my Montreal friend, forgive me…ur right, i dont know what he means in MOntreal…but i dont understand why every1 out of Montreal is going nuts

  6. NYR88Express says:

    ok, now ur stupid…that comment had nothing to do with Koivu…where do the rangers come in place u lowlife? we’re dealing about a PERSON, not CLUBS…think b4 u speak

  7. Habfan4 says:

    Hab fans have been “nuts” about what Koivu could accomplish if healthy since 95. This past year just got more press (and rightly so).

  8. edmontonrules says:

    He isn’t a dirty player. He came back from cancer. He is a true leader. Sure he’s injury prone, but so is Mario. And look what people say about him.

  9. Habfan4 says:

    The comparison was about fan perception and each players relative importance to their respective teams.

  10. SabresFanB says:

    I hate Mario.

  11. Overtime says:

    There’s a lot to be said for a guy with heart, leadership, and the will to beat cancer. As a hockey player, he’s a good, maybe very good hockey player. I think people have so much repect for Koivu because he fought for his life and won. This, during a time when human life has been devalued by convenient abortions, suicide/homicide bombings, terrorist attacks, and developing weapons to wipe out humanity. I guess this is one of those examples of life being bigger than hockey, if you can imagine that.

  12. mikster says:

    41 points in 82 games is the same as 21 points in 41 games.

    Get the picture? It’s not really woulda coulda shoulda stats, but more like this is what happened, and that is basically the same if he played more games.

    I definitely see your point though and that is why i posted it.

  13. mikster says:

    You got a strike, for offensive verbal remarks.

    You just made yourself a true non-hockey fan….you have it tatooed on your forehead.

  14. mikster says:

    I think you asked a question that wasn’t really though out as well, and don’t take it as an offensive comment. I mean, i actually do say that if Koivu never had cancer he would have gotten this much publicity, without a doubt everyone should know that. But, there is the obvious that any captain would be cheered if he came back from cancer. Imagine us Rangers fans if it happened to Messier? Obviously right now we don’t cheer for him as much, but if he did go through such a thing, we’d go wild. Get what i am saying?

  15. mikster says:

    People….face it…Koivu is a great solid player, especially when you see him play. Injuries hindered his career…yet look what he did when he came back. Everyone is talking about “if this didn’t happen”…. WHO CARES BECAUSE IT DID HAPPEN. Why would you want to make up a what if story? That’s just BS talking, trash talking….no meaning to it.

    Let me do what you people are exactly doing. IF Koivu never had cancer, played a FULL season….you would have seen him on the headlines along with Theodore and the Habs making the playoffs for the first time in 4,5 years. PLUS….Koivu would have probably scored 70+ points.

    Yeah, he still would have been a big deal IF there was no cancer. But, there was…so accept the reality, accept the fact that what happened did make other things happen and just talk about what happened.

  16. edmontonrules says:

    Think about the children!!!!

    The bottom line is that both players are good. Sundin has had way more time to show his talent as a goal scorer. And Saku is a way better leader.

  17. Rico71 says:

    Hey so-called Leaf Expert…

    Like Mikster said…grow up man. Sundin accomplished more than Koivu? 2nd Team All-Star? Wow!!! *irony* That makes him the best player eh?

    And drop the damn caps locks!

  18. Rico71 says:


    Drop it already.

  19. Rico71 says:


    No more words need to be said since Mikster said it all.

  20. devilfan says:

    Any person who comes back from cancer than can go out and play a physical sport like hockey deserves a standing ovation. Its a big feat just to survive cancer but then to play hockey its even more. Have you ever seen first hand what cancer does to someone. I cant believe you can say “I wondered to myself why (habs fans/networks) were so happy to see this guy back.”

  21. habs_88_4life says:

    Your last sentence was right, noone will ever like Varada, all he does is chase Marchment for the chepeast player in the league……

  22. NYR88Express says:

    again, im sorry

  23. NewYorkRangers says:

    Nice to see us Rangers fans stick together.

  24. NewYorkRangers says:

    You’re not understanding what this guy is saying. He means in the actual play of Koivu, why would they want him. He’s not trying to knock on Koivu’s comeback from cancer, he’s talking about his skill.

  25. Overtime says:

    Does leadership counts for anything, or are we just focusing on this guy’s stats? I remember Yzerman playing with a blown out knee in the playoffs. He was no where near 100% from a skill standpoint, but without his leadership, I don’t think the Wings would have prevailed against Colorado.

  26. NewYorkRangers says:

    I’m not knocking Koivu, I’m just telling the guy, that the author didn’t mean to say that Koivu’s comeback was nothing special.

  27. bubbakazoo says:

    This is almost as bad as what i said- come on guys. I am glad that I got that one strike, I needed to release that sentiment about the mighty Rangers.

  28. bubbakazoo says:

    That’s just as stupid as what you said. What if? What if?!! Come on, that’s total ***** shit. Can I get two strikes for the same thing?

  29. bubbakazoo says:

    oh great mikster. you’re so gracious, oh wonderful one. If i get a strike for sarcasm i welcome banishment.

  30. HabsPunk says:

    “First, who exactly says that fans only love a superstar?”

    i like that point, i mean theres some guy on the leafs that the leafs fans love, think his name is something like domi?…

  31. HabsPunk says:

    koivu has the potential to be another, somewhat smaller, forsberg. one of the reasons koivu does get injured frequently is because he goes all out, 100% every game. to see his worth as a hockey player, all you need to do is look at last years playoffs, 10 points in 12 games, some HUGE goals, and of course the hit on vasicek, a pretty big guy, much bigger than saku. im looking at 20 goals and 50 assists this year for saku. add with audette and czerkawski for a full season, and if zednik picks up where he left off, this will no longer be the offensively challenged team it has been in the past few years.

  32. Forsberg21 says:

    To get a point per game in the regular season is tough to do because you have to do it for 82 games, not half a season. Lots of guys have a point per game the first half then fade in the second, and he has only been a PPG guy once and in 50 games. He is a good player, not a great player.

  33. devilfan says:

    Your right he is not a superstar, but he is a very good player, who if can stay healthy be a very productive player. However, I wasnt referring to that, I think if say Sandy McCarthy, god for bid, got cancer and he came back you would give him a standing ovation. Even though Im a Devils fan and hate the Rangers, if he did that, I would be one of the first one to applaude him. So just focusing on stats is being one sided. Forget the stats. Koivu is a well liked person in Montreal and is their Captain. Overcoming cancer is a big thing and his comeback was something special.

  34. laserman says:

    And you’re still a retard with Tourettes syndrome… PS did ya miss me butt-burglar?

  35. bubbakazoo says:

    You have just proven that you are a sack of shit- keep pretending to be a man, and while you’re at it you can continue to be a pathetic ***** with no life and no hope. Just die, rot and dissapear- do everyone and everything on this planet a favour. ***** off and die you pile of steaming crap. Dickless *****.

  36. laserman says:

    The fact that you haven’t seen me should show that I have a life. Sorry to see that you’re still a dumbass with as much class as a Moroccan whorehouse. BTW Don’t strikeout…

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