Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/11 at 10:46 AM ET
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“I want to be part of a team that has success here. It’s a lot more fun to win than lose. I remember the feeling of winning [in 2007 and 2008]. You know when your team is good. I want to get back to that.”
That’s why Koivu was ecstatic when the Wild, the NHL’s fifth-lowest-scoring team last year, acquired snipers Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi over the summer.
Koivu hit the ice for the first time Saturday with Heatley and Setoguchi as linemates after three years of playing alongside Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen.
Koivu has never scored more than 22 goals and 71 points. Could playing alongside Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer, and Setoguchi, who scored 31 goals in 2008-09, trigger Koivu’s breakout?...
And Koivu says he will not alter his game. He hopes to score more, but he won’t cheat to do so.
“The points will be there if we play good hockey, but I take pride for my defense and I believe it’s a big part of winning hockey,” Koivu said.
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