Saku Koivu Signs 1-Year Extension With Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM CA - NOVEMBER 10: Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his goal for a 1-0 lead over the New York Islanders during the third period at the Honda Center on November 10 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks and center Saku Koivu have come to terms on a one-year extension.

Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu finished up his third season with the team, finishing up the 2011-2012 season with 38 points. The two sides have come to an agreement on a new one-year contract extension, the team announced.

"Saku is a character player and someone we really wanted to keep," Ducks Executive VP/GM Bob Murray said in a team release. "We need three strong lines next season that can produce, and Saku will be a part of that."

The one-year extension is reportedly worth $3 million and potentially more with bonuses.

Koivu has played 16 seasons in the NHL, the first 13 with the Montreal Canadiens.

"I'm really happy about it," Koivu said in a conference call with the media. "For both sides, it's a positive thing that we got it done at this point. I don't have to worry about it and think about what is going to happen for next year. From the team's perspective, getting into the summer and the free agent market, knowing that I am going to be back is probably going to make their plan a little less complicated and a bit easier to approach."

For more on the Koivu deal and the Anaheim Ducks, visit SB Nation's Ducks blog Anaheim Calling and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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