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Wild’s Koivu signs with Finnish club TPS

Oct 22, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

Mikko Koivu AP

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu jumped abroad over the weekend, signing a lockout deal with Finnish club side TPS Turku.

According to Matias Strozyk of Jatkoaika and Elite Prospects, Koivu’s contract with TPS runs through the end of November, with an extension depending on the length of the NHL lockout.

Koivu’s move to Finland shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He represented TPS at both the junior and senior levels before joining the Minnesota organization in 2004 and, along with brother Saku Koivu, now part-owns the club.

(Also included in the ownership group? Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.)

It’s also worth noting Koivu’s father, Jukka, has been a longtime coach within the TPS organization.

As far as SM-liiga clubs go, Turku has a decent amount of NHL experience. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez signed with the club earlier in October, joining the likes of ex-Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki, former Avalanche winger Brian Willsie and ex-Ottawa forward Corey Locke.

Koivu is now the second Minnesota player to sign in Europe during the lockout, joining Jared Spurgeon, who signed with Langnau of the Swiss National League A.

  1. fortwaynekomets - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    cool story, bro.

  2. lordfletcher - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I assume this is the week we see the rest of the players that were holding out, sign their deals over seas that have intentions of playing this year.

    While I think there is still a decent chance they get a deal signed before the NBC games in late November, the odds are more in favor of a full year lockout.

    Good luck back home captain Koivu

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Considering he owns the team he plays for, I’d love to see him sign himself for $8.39 trillion. I actually wonder, does he have to sign himself or can he just find a roster spot for himself and squeeze in?

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