Skip to main content

Mikko Koivu signs extension with Wild that locks him up until he's 37 years old

Koivu's deal reportedly includes a no-move clause, meaning Koivu has full control.

The Minnesota Wild announced late Monday that Mikko Koivu has agreed to a contract extension that will all but certainly keep in him a Wild sweater his entire career. 

Koivu, 34, inked a two-year, $11 million extension. He was already signed through the 2017-18 season, so the new deal locks him up for 2018-19 ($6 million) and 2019-20 ($5 million). 

The Wild drafted Koivu sixth overall in 2001 and he's since racked up enough ice time to become the team's all-time leader in games played, assists, points, shots on goal, power-play points, shorthanded points and multi-point games. 

A key part of Koivu's new deal is that it includes a no-move clause, according to Michael Russo, which means the Wild can't trade him without his approval. 

Giving a mid-30s center a contract extension might come as a shock to some, but Koivu is coming off his best season in five years. He finished last season with 18 goals and 58 points while providing first-class defense while helping Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker, among others, put up career seasons. 

Minnesota plays six more preseason games between now and Sept. 30, then they get a handful of days to prepare for the regular season opener Oct. 5 at Detroit. 

Next Up

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.


The Wild made the right call giving a contract extension to Mikko Koivu

Bruce Boudreau used Koivu in a way we had not seen before.

Wild lock up Dumba with $30 million extension

Dumba totaled 50 points as a 23 year old last season.

Koivu suffers torn ACL, will miss the rest of the season

Koivu collided with Buffalo's Tage Thompson in the first period.

Kunin returns to Wild as Koivu's injury replacement

Koivu was injured in a loss to Calgary last week.