Back in May, the Anaheim Ducks were aggressive and re-signed their second line center Saku Koivu. The 16-year veteran signed his third pact in four seasons with the Ducks mainly because they wanted him. A former captain of the historic Montreal Canadiens, Koivu certainly boasts loyalty as one of his finer characteristics. The Ducks have been good to him, and he in turn returned the favor.
One can’t help but think that Koivu’s signing was added motivation to further recruit longtime friend and linemate Teemu Selanne back to Southern California. Anaheim still carries a very talented core with the ‘Big Three’ of Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf, supplemented by veterans like Koivu and up-and-comers like Devante Smith-Pelly, Kyle Palmieri, and Nick Bonino.