NHL free agency 2013: Saku Koivu agrees to contract extension with Ducks

Doug Pensinger

Saku Koivu has agreed to a contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Unrestricted free agent forward Saku Koivu has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register on Friday. Koivu agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times.

Anaheim manager Bob Murray expressed a desire to retain Koivu beyond the 2013 season. The only question was whether the 38-year-old forward still had the drive to return for another season. Apparently, he does.

Originally selected with the No. 21 overall pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Koivu signed as a free agent with Anaheim in 2009. In 1,059 career regular-season games, he has compiled 803 points (244 goals and 559 assists).

In 2013, Koivu accumulated 27 points (eight goals and 19 assists) in 47 games. He averaged 17:36 of average ice time and compiled a face-off percentage of 51.4.

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