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Wild signs Mikko Koivu to contract extension through 2020

Just before the puck dropped on the Wild’s preseason opener at Winnipeg, the team announced captain Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension.

Koivu, 34, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Instead, he will remain with the Wild through 2019-20. The deal will pay Koivu $6 million in 2018-19 and $5 million in 2019-20.

He is in the final season of a seven-year, $47.25 million deal.

Now in his 13th season with the Wild, Koivu is the franchise’s all-time leader in seven statistical categories, including games played (843), assists (435) and points (614). He had 58 points last season, the fourth-highest total of his career and his most since 2010-11. His 18 goals were the most he had scored in a season since 2009-10.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2001 draft, Koivu remains the only full-time captain the Wild has ever had, having been given the job in 2009. He was a finalist for the NHL’s Selke Trophy last season, given to the league’s best defensive forward.

Koivu was tied for 16th among NHL forwards with 65 blocked shots, a career best. He also was fifth in the league in faceoff wins (938) and was tied for eighth with a career-best plus-minus rating of plus-27.

The longest contracts on the Wild belong to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, who signed identical 13-year, $98 million deals in 2012.


Wild signs 18-year-old goalie to three-year, entry-level deal

The Wild goalies keep getting taller.

The Wild signed 6-foot-6 Dereck Baribeau to a three-year, entry level contract Monday -- and then sent him back to his junior team.

The 18-year-old played for Val-D'Or and Quebec last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting a 3.93 goals against average and .881 saves percentage.

He was ranked tenth among North American goalies for the 2017 draft, but went undrafted. He played played two games in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament for the Wild.

After announcing the signing in the morning, Baribeau went back to the QMJHL in the afternoon.

At 6-6, All-Star goalie Devan Dubnyk was the tallest player on the Wild roster. The Wild press release listed Baribeau at 6-6 and 199 pounds. Goalie Adam Vay is 6-5, and Steve Michalek is 6-3.

(photo courtesy QMJHL)

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