NHL.com - 2009 NHL Offseason News: Fletcher: Not signing Havlat would have been big risk - 07/02/2009
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher admits that signing forward Martin Havlat for six years was a risk. But to the rookie GM, not signing him would have been a bigger risk.
Minnesota Wild might be done signing free agents - TwinCities.com
Chuck Fletcher still has a few players in his sights, including center Saku Koivu, but if none of those deals materializes, the Wild might be done with free agency. "We still could land somebody in the next day or two," the Wild general manager said Thursday, "or it could be we're not going to do much more in free agency, and could fill some holes via trade."
Adding Mikko Koivu's brother, Saku, is Wild's only answer at center - TwinCities.com
The Wild desperately need a quality center. The last one available via free agency is Saku Koivu. That's it. There are no other options. Chuck Fletcher has to outmaneuver about a dozen other general managers bidding for Koivu's services. So he really needs to be creative in coming up with perks to lure Koivu to Minnesota.
Russo’s Rants " Source: Saku deal appears to be going south; Best of the Rest
Last night, the Wild thought Saku Koivu would be signed, sealed and delivered by this morning. Now, it appears as if it’s going nowhere, according to sources. Agent Don Baizley said no decision is imminent and he’d reserve comment until "the situation is resolved."
Wild waiting on decision from Saku Koivu
One day after signing winger Martin Havlat to a six-year, $30 million deal, General Manager Chuck Fletcher spent much of Thursday trying to fill another significant hole in the Wild's lineup. Fletcher said "negotiations are ongoing with Saku"
Gaborik turns page on his Wild years
One day after his Wild career ended, Marian Gaborik turned the page and focused on his new team, the New York Rangers. "I've only experienced playing in the NHL for one team, and it was for nine years in Minnesota," Gaborik said.
Patrick Reusse: Gaborik's departure is no cause for jeers or tears
The Minnesota sporting public spends much energy complaining over the loss of standout players with the local pro teams. If you listen to these martyrs long enough, they will raise a hand and count off the departures: Kevin Garnett. Randy Moss. Johan Santana
As Koivu's stock rises, Minnesota's outlook gets bleaker? - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
The Minnesota Wild thought they had former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu(notes) on the hook until the rest of the NHL realized that veteran centers that can anchor a scoring line aren't exactly in abundance in the UFA market.