With the growing uncertainty that a full NHL season will be saved by this Thursday’s proposed deadline, another big name has agreed to head to Europe in an attempt to stay sharp while the lockout continues. Minnesota Wild captain, Mikko Koivu has agreed to play for his hometown TPS Turku of the Finnish hockey league after seeing the negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA stall, forcing him to make a decision.
According to Matias Strozyk of Jatkoaika and Elite Prospects, Koivu signed a contract with the club that lasts until the end of November, giving him ample time to reassess the situation in North America and a buffer zone should a deal get done and Koivu needs to return to Minnesota for the season.
But Mikko may not be the only Koivu to return home. Brother Saku is rumored to be potentially joining Mikko in suiting up for the TPS Turku in what would be a family reunion of sorts. The two brothers have never played together on the NHL stage, but have multiple experiences in the international hockey scene. Saku Koivu is currently signed with the Anaheim Ducks.
Mikko is in the midst of a seven-year deal with the Wild that will see him earn over $47 million, providing the owners don’t get their way and roll back on previously committed contracts.
The captain of the Wild has played all 488 games of his career in Minnesota and has registered 361 points.
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