Wild General Manager Bill Guerin said that the Wild will not resign Captain Mikko Koivu, it leaves us wondering if he will retire or sign with another team. Koivu put up 21 points in 59 regular season and 0 points in 4 postseason games. He reached a milestone 1,000 games this season and put up 709 points. He had a 70 +/- over the course of his career. Koivu is 37 years old and is forced upon a decision on whether to retire, go into the free agency market, or play in Europe. The Wild have some good up-and-coming star players including Kirill Kaprizov and Gerry Mayhew, so they have some good coming for the team.
Statement from Bill Guerin on not Signing Koivu:
"Mikko Koivu was a true leader both on and off the ice during his 15-year career with the Wild. From being drafted sixth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, making his NHL debut on Nov. 11, 2005, being named the team's first full-time captain on Oct. 20, 2009 and wearing the 'C' for the last 11 seasons to becoming the first player to play all 1,000 NHL games with Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2019, Mikko's legacy will live on forever in our organization.
His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. 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."