ANAHEIM, Calif. The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that the club signed center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Koivu, 37 appeared in his third season with Anaheim in 2011-12, scoring 11-27=38 points with a 7 rating and 50 penalty minutes (PIM) in 74 contests. He co-led the team in takeaways (35), ranked second in shifts-per-game (24.5), tied for second in plusminus and third in assists. The 5-10, 180-pound center led the club in faceoff wins (646) and faceoff percentage (52.4), while ranking fourth among team forwards in time-on-ice (18:07).
On Mar. 12, 2002 at Colorado, Koivu played in his 1,000th NHL game. He became the fifth Finnish-born player to reach the milestone, joining Teppo Numminen (1,372), Teemu Selanne (1,341), Jari Kurri (1,251) and Olli Jokinen (1,042). In addition, Koivu was the 33rd European-born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games.
A native of Turku, Finl...