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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 22:32

The Case for Saku Koivu

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The very cap-restricted Boston Bruins have to start doing something in this free agency period and not stay content with a Presidents Winning Trophy team who got bounded in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.


One player I believe that would fit well with the Boston Bruins happens to be 39-year old center, Saku Koivu.

Now Bruins fans may forget that this guy is still in the league. Koivu, an 18-year veteran, started his career back in 1995-1996 with the hated Montreal Canadiens. Koivu played his way up with the Canadiens to the point where he eventually earned the captaincy of the team. In his rookie season, Koivu netted 20 goals and dished out 25 assists. Koivu captained the Canadiens from the time span of 1999-2009 before he signed out west with the Anaheim Ducks

Koivu bolted for the Ducks in 2009 and spend five seasons on the west coast. Koivu really picked up his defense while in Anaheim and in 2012-2013 received 35 points in the Selke Trophy voting, which goes to the NHL's best two-way forward.

The Ducks were able to acquire center, Nate Thompson, from the Tampa Bay Lighting which all but put an end to Koivu's time in Anaheim. After the trade the team announced they would not bring back Koivu.

Now with the lose of Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton this off-season I believe the Bruins need to bring in a veteran. Koivu in my mind would be that perfect veteran. Koivu wouldn't cost much, would come in on a one-year deal and plays Bruins hockey.

Koivu being 39 won't be playing much longer. Being in the league for 18 years I believe it is time that Koivu is able to be with a team that has a great chance at winning a Stanley Cup. How can someone who has been in the league and played an elite style of hockey for 15+ years not want a ring? Koivu's style in playing a good two-way game is perfect for what the Bruins preach. Defense leads to offense.

In my opinion, Koivu would be a great veteran presence on the Bruins fourth line. Especially if they try and trade Chris Kelly and/or Gregory Campbell to create some much needed cap space.

I would offer Koivu a one-year, $2.5 million dollar contract before someone else does.