Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/16/10 at 01:40 PM ET
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Other than the obvious talent, it’s this Koivu quality or intangible that makes GM Chuck Fletcher want to make Koivu the centerpiece to everything he builds in Minnesota.
Obviously, a seven-year, $47.25 million commitment is, in fact, quite the commitment. It’s a $6.75 million salary cap, which is a colossal price for somebody who’s not scored more than 22 goals. I figured Ryan Kesler’s $5 million-a-year contract would be a starting point and the Wild would have to come in higher, but I never thought for a second it’d come in over 6. And truthfully, neither did a couple agents or GM’s I texted with last night.
I asked Fletcher about Koivu’s cap hit on yesterday’s conference call, saying he’s giving this to somebody who doesn’t score 40 or 50 goals. Fletcher replied, “How do you know?”
Hey, very true. But what I meant is Koivu probably could pop in 35 or 40 if he really wanted to, but the reality is he really doesn’t want to.
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