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November 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu practiced with the Ducks for a second consecutive day at Wednesday's morning skate, but doctors are stopping the veteran center from playing in a game because of the effects of the concussion he received Oct. 27 in Columbus. “I got word this morning,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Each day he's getting better, each day he looks better. But it's like any injury, you've got to get cleared by the doctors to play. No matter how good he looks in practice, especially with head injuries you're not going to play.” Koivu, who'll turn 39 on Saturday, has two goals and an assist through 12 games, and the Ducks can use him, given the dearth of scoring beyond the first line during the 0-3-1 road trip they just finished.
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April 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
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July 9, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Family harmony came first and last for Saku Koivu. So much so that he opted for a less lucrative deal with the Ducks, worrying that his presence in Minnesota could overshadow his brother Mikko. Not would. But could. Just the hint of that possibility had the longtime Montreal Canadiens captain signing a one-year contract worth $3.25 million, joining his Finnish countryman and friend, Teemu Selanne. It was a seminal moment for Koivu.
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February 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The rotation of Ducks forwards who sit out a game includes nearly every player other than stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and ironman Andrew Cogliano, who has played in 515 games in a row. But 39-year-old center Saku Koivu is also among the typically active, as he was Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. Koivu says he'll likely finalize whether this will be his final season when this one ends. If his hands finally hold the Stanley Cup after 18 NHL seasons, most believe Koivu will retire.
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January 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks will send seven players to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and nearly had an eighth if not for Saku Koivu's desire to be at his best for probably his final shot at a Stanley Cup. Koivu declined an invitation to return to Finland's Olympic men's hockey team after captaining the team to a bronze medal in 2010 -- his fourth Olympic Games, with medals in each. “It would be a different scenario if our team wasn't doing well and were out of the playoffs,” Koivu said Tuesday following the Ducks' morning skate at Honda Center.
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October 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will not be fined or suspended following his Sunday night ejection for a big hit on Ducks veteran center Saku Koivu. Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch on Monday that NHL Player Safety informed him there would be no in-person hearing for Dubinsky, who was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for the second-period hit on Koivu. Koivu had to be helped from the ice and didn't return.
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July 24, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  LONDON -- Hockey weather, it was not. Of course, it ended up the hottest day of the year in the area -- thus far -- when Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu had his turn with the Olympic torch, running through Hillingdon. This was Day 67 of the torch's journey, leading up to the start of the Summer Games. Koivu probably would have been thrilled to run in rain. The  Finn, who is an IOC member, called Tuesday's adventure "an unbelievable experience. " Koivu has competed in four Winter Olympics with the best result coming in 2006 when Finland won the silver.
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February 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The rotation of Ducks forwards who sit out a game includes nearly every player other than stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and ironman Andrew Cogliano, who has played in 515 games in a row. But 39-year-old center Saku Koivu is also among the typically active, as he was Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. Koivu says he'll likely finalize whether this will be his final season when this one ends. If his hands finally hold the Stanley Cup after 18 NHL seasons, most believe Koivu will retire.
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April 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
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January 26, 2010
AT ATLANTA When : 4 PST. Where: Philips Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 24-21-7, Thrashers 22-21-8. Record vs. Thrashers (2008-09): 0-1-0. Update: This is the only time this season that the Ducks face the Thrashers. It's the third game of a six-game trip that continues Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. The Ducks have won eight of their last 10 games and could have Saku Koivu (sprained knee)
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January 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Bill Shaikin
Saku Koivu seems headed for retirement along with Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne after this season, but his children's reaction to the Stadium Series might give him pause to stick around for another year. "All of a sudden, skating is the biggest thing there is," Koivu said. "My kids have been talking about this for two or three days. " Ilona Koivu , 9, begged her 39-year-old dad for new skates that would fit her for the family skate the night before Saturday's Stadium Series game between the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium.
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January 20, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
They missed the Polar Vortex over the weekend in Chicago and St. Louis, but the Ducks looked at the weather forecast upon arriving home and saw possible trouble - an expected high of 79 degrees in Los Angeles on Saturday. That night at 6:30, the Ducks and Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. "Kind of thought about it. … I don't know what they're going to do if it stays this warm out. It's going to be something different," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said Monday after the Ducks practiced for Tuesday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets.
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January 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks will send seven players to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and nearly had an eighth if not for Saku Koivu's desire to be at his best for probably his final shot at a Stanley Cup. Koivu declined an invitation to return to Finland's Olympic men's hockey team after captaining the team to a bronze medal in 2010 -- his fourth Olympic Games, with medals in each. “It would be a different scenario if our team wasn't doing well and were out of the playoffs,” Koivu said Tuesday following the Ducks' morning skate at Honda Center.
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December 29, 2013 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Saku Koivu insisted his tip of Ben Lovejoy's shot 51 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday at Honda Center was "more luck than anything else," but anyone who has watched the Finnish center through his distinguished career knows better. Koivu, who had scored his 250th goal in the first period while the Ducks were shorthanded, works for his good fortune. His diligence and dignity have contributed enormously to establishing a tight connection he has established with wingers Daniel Winnik and Andrew Cogliano on what has become the Ducks' most effective line at both ends of the ice. And his savvy was key Saturday in allowing the Ducks to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games and regain the No. 1 overall spot in the NHL. "It is something to be proud of. We wanted this 10th win," Lovejoy said after the Ducks had stretched their standings-points streak to 11-0-2 and goaltender Jonas Hiller tied a franchise record with his eighth consecutive victory.
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December 27, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When Bruce Boudreau became the Ducks' coach in November 2011, he didn't know where to best use Andrew Cogliano. Boudreau had him spend some time at center, at left wing and on the right side. "He was looking for combinations," Cogliano said. "Then these last two years I've been able to play the wing and really find a spot there. " Cogliano found a fit last season on a shut-down third line with center Saku Koivu and fellow winger Daniel Winnik, and this season they've provided speed, depth and defensive reliability during the Ducks' franchise-record nine-game winning streak.
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December 6, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Surrounded by a room full of NHL players, high school freshman Christine Ianev sat on her hospital bed with a beanie atop her head and saw the Ducks' eyes straying to a wall with a photo collage. Visiting Christine and other patients at Children's Hospital Orange County last week, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner and Sheldon Souray locked in on a snapshot of the 14-year-old from Aliso Viejo, the one showing her with a full head of brown hair, standing gracefully at Dana Point's Salt Creek.
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November 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
  The Ducks know what's in front of them, a rugged stretch of four games against the other best teams in the Western Conference. So they used Friday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames to sharpen the strengths required to navigate a schedule that takes them to San Jose on Saturday, against the Kings on Tuesday, and on to Chicago and St. Louis. Led by Dustin Penner's two goals, the Ducks improved to 10-0-1 at Honda Center. Their first line combined for three goals and three assists.
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November 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu practiced with the Ducks for a second consecutive day at Wednesday's morning skate, but doctors are stopping the veteran center from playing in a game because of the effects of the concussion he received Oct. 27 in Columbus. “I got word this morning,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Each day he's getting better, each day he looks better. But it's like any injury, you've got to get cleared by the doctors to play. No matter how good he looks in practice, especially with head injuries you're not going to play.” Koivu, who'll turn 39 on Saturday, has two goals and an assist through 12 games, and the Ducks can use him, given the dearth of scoring beyond the first line during the 0-3-1 road trip they just finished.
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