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Ducks retain Koivu with one-year deal

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Saku Koivu will return to the Anaheim Ducks next season after signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Friday, the team announced.

The deal, which includes performance bonuses, will keep the 38-year-old with the Ducks for a fourth season.

This past season, the Finnish center had eight goals and 19 assists in 47 regular season games and one goal and two assists in the playoffs.

"We are happy to bring back a character player like Saku," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "At this stage in his career, his first priority is to win, and we are happy he's decided this is the place for him."

Koivu left the Montreal Canadiens after the 2009 season to join the Ducks. The 2012-13 season was his 17th in the NHL.

The Ducks made an earlier trade to help clear the way for Koivu's signing, sending Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a future first-round pick.

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