After 15 years in Minnesota, Mikko Koivu is headed to Ohio.
The veteran centreman has agreed to a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets worth $1.5 million, the team announced Saturday.
Welcome to CBus, Mikko!
Koivu suited up for 1,028 games with the Wild over the course of his decade and a half there, amassing 205 goals and 709 points in that span. He served as the club’s captain for the past 12 seasons.
The 37-year-old posted four goals and 21 points in 55 games in 2019-20, that after a 29-point effort through 48 games one year prior. Koivu’s finest campaign in recent years came in 2016-17, when he put up 18 goals and 58 points for the Wild, finishing as a Selke Trophy finalist.
Last month, Wild GM Bill Guerin — who took over the organizational reins in August 2019 — announced that Minnesota wouldn’t re-sign Koivu after his two-year, $11-million deal wrapped up at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.