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Ducks re-sign Koivu: one year, $2.5 million

Jul 5, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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Saku Koivu will be back for a fourth year in Anaheim.

On Friday, the Ducks announced they signed the 38-year-old to a one-year, $2.5 million deal (with some performance bonuses.)

The Finnish center had a solid 2013 campaign, scoring 8G-19A in 47 games, racking up another 1G-2A in seven playoff appearances.

He’s been a solid, durable and dependable player ever since coming over from Montreal in 2009. Koivu has played in at least 86 percent of Anaheim’s games every season and is plus-17 since joining the Ducks.

News of Koivu’s signing came shortly after the club dealt Bobby Ryan and his $5.1 million cap hit to Ottawa in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a future first-round pick.

By shedding Ryan’s salary, retaining Koivu was made that much easier — the club also left the option open to bring back Finnish running mate Teemu Selanne and still reach deals with RFAs Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey.

  1. tuberippin - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I didn’t think he’d be around this long. Kudos to Saku.

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