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I for one and I'm sure many others will want to follow & keep up with our former captain #11 Saku Koivu's career in Anaheim.

Will be interesting to see how the chemistry develops between Saku & countryman Teemu Selanne.

Wishing him all the success he deserves...#11

(As per your request FH, I added the picture you wanted. Cheers! GHC)

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He's been scoring goals and setting people up left and right at camp. I'm really excited to watch him play

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

agreed, sadly.

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

Maybe we do deserve to see him have a career year. However, I doubt that's going to happen. Both Selanne and Saku are on the downside of their respective careers. I believe we would be lucky to see anything more than 60 points from either of them. Which is fine considering Getzlaf and Perry will be doing the heavy-lifting.

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

He was a top line player in Mtl! He just never had the players to match his skill. Like you wrote, people came to the wrong conclusion because of the stats.

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Maybe we do deserve to see him have a career year. However, I doubt that's going to happen. Both Selanne and Saku are on the downside of their respective careers. I believe we would be lucky to see anything more than 60 points from either of them. Which is fine considering Getzlaf and Perry will be doing the heavy-lifting.

I agree, I think if he can even match his prior (first line) production this year on the second line he'll have more than proven his worth.

Let's not forget that he's often been playing on one of the best PP units in the league. He won't be getting that chance in Anaheim, since I doubt he'll be replacing Getzlaf anytime soon on the first unit, so his point totals should drop quite a bit by that fact alone.

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I agree, I think if he can even match his prior (first line) production this year on the second line he'll have more than proven his worth.

Let's not forget that he's often been playing on one of the best PP units in the league. He won't be getting that chance in Anaheim, since I doubt he'll be replacing Getzlaf anytime soon on the first unit, so his point totals should drop quite a bit by that fact alone.

I think Saku was on the 2nd PP unit in 2006-2007, though, wasn't he? I remember the top unit (our most powerful unit) being Kovalev, Plekanec, and Kostitsyn, wasn't it? Do you know what would be funny, though? If Getzlaf gets injured and Saku gets to play with Perry and Ryan. That would be sweet for him! His numbers would go up at least a little bit! :D

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

I think the problem is that at his current age, he isnt likely to do that. At 25 - 30 or so, he probably would have been able to muster 100 points, or at least 85+, given good health & the right linemates but sometimes these things dont work out that way. I know that 34 isnt that old (Kovalev had a career year* at that age [*not as many points as his best season, but a better all round player]) but based on his size, the way he plays & the recent decline in numbers, I think its safe to say he isnt likely to get "better" as he ages.

As long as he is happy in anaheim, I will be satisfied for one of my all time favorite players.

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I agree, jed. I think Saku can still have a strong season (60+ points), but I do not see him reaching a point-per-game. As a second-line centreman in Anaheim, he won't receive huge minutes as Getzlaf is a 20+ minute player. Granted, he won't take the same heat as a first liner, but he won't be on the first powerplay unit either. He should be a strong second-line centre, but I don't think he'll reach 80+ points.

Kudos to him if he does, but I don't even think it will be necessary for the Ducks to have a good season.

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

I feel exactly the same way. I want him to have a great year. I'm still bitter that he's gone. Classy guys like Saku don't grace an organization very often.

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I think Saku was on the 2nd PP unit in 2006-2007, though, wasn't he? I remember the top unit (our most powerful unit) being Kovalev, Plekanec, and Kostitsyn, wasn't it? Do you know what would be funny, though? If Getzlaf gets injured and Saku gets to play with Perry and Ryan. That would be sweet for him! His numbers would go up at least a little bit! :D

He wasn't on the top line during that one first place year, no, but we were still #1 the year before that with Sourray and had pretty good stretches other years as well.

And although I also like Getzlaf, you've got to admit it would be fun to see Saku play even a few games with top flight linemates in the prime of their careers. If only we could have seen it in the prime of his career... and with us :P.

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Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

Agreed

If Getzlaf gets injured and Saku gets to play with Perry and Ryan. That would be sweet for him! His numbers would go up at least a little bit! :D

Sweet. :D

I feel exactly the same way. I want him to have a great year. I'm still bitter that he's gone. Classy guys like Saku don't grace an organization very often.

Koivuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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Captain K all the Way!!!!!

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

This.

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I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.

This.

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He will be suiting up tonight against the Canucks. I was reading over on their boards that they will be able to watch the game so if you can I would try. Cant wait to see him play

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He will be suiting up tonight against the Canucks. I was reading over on their boards that they will be able to watch the game so if you can I would try. Cant wait to see him play

I get that game on center ice,late start but I will catch some of it .

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http://www.prosportsdaily.com/comments/sak...cks-274828.html

every time one mentions money with the habs- one should remember that in the states money is more like the power of god or something. it just carries more weight than in canada.

saku took pains up in montreal for perfect or not and fans should have travailed up to see him. i don't feel real good about this. its sort of like how i feel about johnson the president- once he gave up the office he really changed- the responsibilites of vietnam crushed him.

but this is about travelling by ship through the great lakes up to montreal, its sort of like the culture tour of europe that rich people had to do from boston and such back in the day. the states just hasn't caught up to our canadian allies. it's not all consuming guilt, and i'll get through it (heh), but trust me its real.

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3-0 for Vancouver yesterday.

The Ducks website has some good Koivu pics from yesterday's game, and some good ones with him and Selanne. For myself, it's the first time I've seen him in a Ducks uniform - very weird.

I'm not sure I'm ready for this yet. :blink:

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Saku Koivu pulled on his jersey Thursday night and nearly did a double take.

The Canadiens logo, to which he had brought such honor for so long, was not on his chest anymore, and he needed a moment to process that.

"It felt a little odd the first time I put it on before the game. I was pretty nervous even though this was just a preseason game," said the Finnish center, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in July. "It's a new situation for me after 13 years in Montreal and a different feeling.

"I'm glad the first one is over with and hopefully it's going to be easier for me from here on and I'll be more relaxed."

At least he had the excuse of new surroundings and a new system to explain his subpar performance in a 3-0 exhibition loss to Vancouver at the Honda Center. His teammates didn't have that luxury.

Saku Koivu pulled on his jersey Thursday night and nearly did a double take.

The Canadiens logo, to which he had brought such honor for so long, was not on his chest anymore, and he needed a moment to process that.

"It felt a little odd the first time I put it on before the game. I was pretty nervous even though this was just a preseason game," said the Finnish center, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in July. "It's a new situation for me after 13 years in Montreal and a different feeling.

"I'm glad the first one is over with and hopefully it's going to be easier for me from here on and I'll be more relaxed."

At least he had the excuse of new surroundings and a new system to explain his subpar performance in a 3-0 exhibition loss to Vancouver at the Honda Center. His teammates didn't have that luxury.

"It was more physical than in the East. Maybe that's something that I have to get used to a bit more here in the West," Koivu said.

Although Koivu didn't start the night alongside Finnish compatriot Teemu Selanne, they were thrown together soon and remained together most of the game. Koivu played 18 minutes 37 seconds, took three shots and was a minus-2 defensively; Selanne played 17:32, took three shots and was minus-1.

Having Selanne nearby helped Koivu but he's still making a variety of adjustments.

"There's a lot of new stuff and style and things to get used to and feel comfortable," Koivu said. "After a long break in the summer it's always going to take a few games to get back into game tempo and the speed. It's extremely hot out there, so there's a lot of little factors.

"I'm sure after we get a couple games into the season here and then if I'm with Teemu again a familiar face is going to make me more comfortable."

Carlyle said the duo wasn't sharp but that he'd cut the accomplished veterans more slack than he would for most other players.

"They had lots of turnovers and I thought they were trying to do too much and that's what happens when teams aren't going well, those leadership guys try to go out there and do things that they shouldn't be doing," Carlyle said.

"But it's a trait because they feel they're responsible. Those are all the things you try and teach them maybe it's the wrong time of the year to start that in their first exhibition game, you know? But that's the way the pro athlete is and we'll move on from it."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-ducks...8288,full.story

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Saku Koivu pulled on his jersey Thursday night and nearly did a double take.

The Canadiens logo, to which he had brought such honor for so long, was not on his chest anymore, and he needed a moment to process that.

"It felt a little odd the first time I put it on before the game. I was pretty nervous even though this was just a preseason game," said the Finnish center, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in July. "It's a new situation for me after 13 years in Montreal and a different feeling.

"I'm glad the first one is over with and hopefully it's going to be easier for me from here on and I'll be more relaxed."

At least he had the excuse of new surroundings and a new system to explain his subpar performance in a 3-0 exhibition loss to Vancouver at the Honda Center. His teammates didn't have that luxury.

Saku Koivu pulled on his jersey Thursday night and nearly did a double take.

The Canadiens logo, to which he had brought such honor for so long, was not on his chest anymore, and he needed a moment to process that.

"It felt a little odd the first time I put it on before the game. I was pretty nervous even though this was just a preseason game," said the Finnish center, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in July. "It's a new situation for me after 13 years in Montreal and a different feeling.

"I'm glad the first one is over with and hopefully it's going to be easier for me from here on and I'll be more relaxed."

At least he had the excuse of new surroundings and a new system to explain his subpar performance in a 3-0 exhibition loss to Vancouver at the Honda Center. His teammates didn't have that luxury.

"It was more physical than in the East. Maybe that's something that I have to get used to a bit more here in the West," Koivu said.

Although Koivu didn't start the night alongside Finnish compatriot Teemu Selanne, they were thrown together soon and remained together most of the game. Koivu played 18 minutes 37 seconds, took three shots and was a minus-2 defensively; Selanne played 17:32, took three shots and was minus-1.

Having Selanne nearby helped Koivu but he's still making a variety of adjustments.

"There's a lot of new stuff and style and things to get used to and feel comfortable," Koivu said. "After a long break in the summer it's always going to take a few games to get back into game tempo and the speed. It's extremely hot out there, so there's a lot of little factors.

"I'm sure after we get a couple games into the season here and then if I'm with Teemu again a familiar face is going to make me more comfortable."

Carlyle said the duo wasn't sharp but that he'd cut the accomplished veterans more slack than he would for most other players.

"They had lots of turnovers and I thought they were trying to do too much and that's what happens when teams aren't going well, those leadership guys try to go out there and do things that they shouldn't be doing," Carlyle said.

"But it's a trait because they feel they're responsible. Those are all the things you try and teach them maybe it's the wrong time of the year to start that in their first exhibition game, you know? But that's the way the pro athlete is and we'll move on from it."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-ducks...8288,full.story

its not even right, he doesnt want to be there he wants to be in Montreal where he belongs... everything about this is just wrong

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Got his first goal as a Duck last night and was also perfect in the circle with 9 wins. I know it's only preseason but being perfect in the circle is still impressive.

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Got his first goal as a Duck last night and was also perfect in the circle with 9 wins. I know it's only preseason but being perfect in the circle is still impressive.

Atta boy Sakuuuuuuuuuuuu

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Got his first goal as a Duck last night and was also perfect in the circle with 9 wins. I know it's only preseason but being perfect in the circle is still impressive.

Didn't take him long to net his first pre-season...

Glad to see he seems to be forming some chemestry with the Ducks.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a career high for Captain K.

At least he's not babysitting the top line this year.

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