Scoggins: Nobody should view Koivu as Wild's third wheel

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 11:14 PM
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kerchiefJan. 18, 1311:07 PM

Having three leaders that are as driven and competitive as Koivu, Parise and Suter is so huge for the future of the franchise. From the example they will set for Brodin, Scandella, Zucker, Granlund, Larsson, Coyle, Dumba etc., to the legitimacy it will give the team when going after other free agents. So excited about the future of this franchise.

floridascottJan. 18, 1311:39 PM

Lets not kid ourselves. Mikko is at best the third best player on the team now. Parise and Suter are better than Mikko. They have better resumes than Mikko. They are more accomplished than Mikko. Their teams have had better success than Mikko's teams. Mikko will be 30 in a few months and he has won a grand total of two playoff games. I also love that Mr. Scoggins uses stat that in the last two years the Wild are 62-64 when Mikko is in the lineup. So what, that makes the Wild a fringe playoff team at best with Mikko on the ice. Mikko is currently right where he should be. A member of Parise' supporting cast. If you need Mikko to be your most important player, expect to be a 10th place team.

hauts81Jan. 19, 13 1:03 AM

I probably haven't appreciated Koivu like I should but it always seems the Wild are one of the weakest offensive teams in the league, and you look at the highest paid player and he's averaging like 48 points a season. It's great that he values defense but you wonder, has that been to the detriment of the team at times? Maybe taking a few chances helps them win a few more games. Anyway, hopefully he can bring the best out of Parise and some of these young bucks coming through the system.

mgalaforetJan. 19, 13 7:48 AM

Right now the only thing Suter and Parise have done for the Wild, is sign with them. Neither have won a Stanley Cup. And Parise won't even be the best US born player on the Wild until he surpasses Roston's goal and assist total. Let's not get ahead of ourselves because MN's are desparate to have one of your own on the team. Suter will have a bigger impact upon this team than Parise. BTW, I wouldn't call Parise's playoff numbers last year superstar-like. 1g 0a -3 in the finals, -8 for the playoffs.

wildpruJan. 19, 13 7:57 AM

Thank you mgalaforet, reading some of these comments are just too funny. This is Kaptain Koivu's team hands down. Yes, I do love the fact that we got Parise and Suter but this is still Koivu's team. He is the most underrated two way center man in the league. I was watching Pierre Lebrun on NHL Network this week and he was saying the same thing when talking about the Koivu. People don't understand how important Koivu's two way game is to this team. His point production will improve with Parise on his wing since he has never truly had a wingman of Parise's caliber before. This is going to be a very exciting first line to watch this year and I bet Koivu gets just as many points at Parise this year. Just because he is a hometown kid, doesn't make him the best guy on our team without even playing a minute in a Wild jersey. GO WILD!!!!!

mulefarmJan. 19, 13 8:52 AM

Koivu is grossly overpaid! At best he is a 2nd line player. Would be tough to trade with his contract. Never has been close to Parise and never will! Should give Parise the C and jump on the wagon. Parise was playing in June and Koivu was at the beach.

floridascottJan. 19, 13 9:16 AM

Re wildpru: What is this 5th or 6th year in a row that Mikko will be crowned the official unofficial "most underrated center in the league"? Me thinks the reason Mikko has stayed under the radar and continues to be considered "underrated" is because HE NEVER MAKES THE PLAYOFFS.

mikeh13Jan. 19, 1312:06 PM

I love the comments made by the uninformed, bless their hearts. Mikko is exactly who Mikko wants to be. For those who truly understand the game, he is easily in the top 20 two way players year in and year out. He is not a 50 goal scorer, because of his respect for defense, and refusal to gamble and put his team in bad situations. His minutes are very busy minutes, usually red line to red line. He's earned the respect of his team, and the players who face him. Mikko being the classy, ever giving player and person, cares little about what some couch potato spewing the praises of Brett Favre, or whoever you consider to be the "best athlete ever". I'm not too concerned about a response from you, floridascott, I'm guessing you'll have to make another Milwaulkee's Best beer run soon, to prep for a WWF marathon. Now there's a "real" sport, right.

floridascottJan. 19, 13 3:35 PM

If only I could be smart and condescending like you mikeh.

yathinksoJan. 19, 13 4:05 PM

Where is this coming from? Not sure anyone said Koivu is the 3rd wheel. Trying to make a story out of nothing?


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