Mikko Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring. Koivu is the only full-time captain the club has had - he was appointed in 2009 after the role was rotated monthly over the first nine years of the franchise.
If Zito wants to make a big move to prove himself in his new role, acquiring Jack Eichel would certainly do it. Bringing in a superstar would signal to long-suffering Panthers fans that he's willing to make bold decisions to turn this club into a serious playoff contender. Such a move would be difficult to do with the salary cap remaining at $81.5 million.
For the first time, there are three Russian starting goaltenders in the conference finals and two will face off in the final.