No Brother Act in Minnesota; Saku Koivu Chooses Anaheim -- NHL FanHouse
Entering NHL free agency last week, there was a lot of chatter about the prospect of a Koivu family gathering in Minnesota.
Saku Koivu respectfully declines
There was nothing the Wild could have done to sweeten the pot -- Saku Koivu just wasn't comfortable playing in Minnesota alongside younger brother Mikko Koivu. "I kind of felt that Minnesota's Mikko's place at this point," said Saku Koivu, the longtime Montreal Canadiens captain who opted for less money and security than Minnesota could have provided by signing a one-year, $3.25 million deal Wednesday with the Anaheim Ducks.
The last of the original Wild closes the book
Marian Gaborik wanted to talk, wanted to say a proper goodbye to Minnesota. He walked into the lobby of the St. Paul Hotel on Wednesday wearing khaki clam-digger pants and a T-shirt, looking fit, and took a seat in the lobby.
Marian Gaborik says Wild never made him an offer - TwinCities.com
"They just said congratulations and that they will miss me," Gaborik said. "They thanked me for the great years, and I thanked them."
NHL.com - 2009 NHL Offseason News: Lightning sign free-agent defenseman Kurtis Foster - 07/08/2009
"We are extremely excited about adding Kurtis as we continue to strengthen our blue line," Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton said. "He is a big, mobile defenseman that gives us a heavy shot for the power play."
Lightning continue the Wild times, ink Kurtis Foster - Raw Charge
Kurtis Foster, who sustained a horrible broken leg at the end of 2007-08 and played only 10 NHL games last season, was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning signs D Kurtis Foster from Wild | Sporting News
Foster signed a one-year deal worth $600,000. The contract should allow Foster to prove himself a season after being limited to 10 games with the Minnesota Wild because of a broken leg.
Kalus sits out opening day of camp because of illness
"I learned a lot of things in Russia," Kalus said. "I just did it to do it. We'll see what's going to happen. You don't have the opportunity every day to get another opportunity with a NHL team."