Saku Koivu says he chose Ducks over other teams' offers
Some Ducks notes while waiting through the Kings' silence on the state of their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk:
Center Saku Koivu, who tested the free-agent market but decided to stay in Anaheim and agreed to a two-year, $5-million contract Thursday afternoon, said by phone from Finland Friday that he got "some" offers from other teams but nothing good enough to persuade him to move. He wouldn't identify the teams that had contacted him.
"The package and everything that Anaheim had to offer was by far the best," said Koivu, who struggled during the first half of the season but hit his stride later to finish with 19 goals and 52 points in 71 games.
"Financially, it wasn't the best offer, but for us, it was the best fit."
He also said he had spoken at least once a day during the last week or so with fellow Finn Teemu Selanne and said Selanne "was happy" to hear Koivu had re-signed with the Ducks. As for Selanne's NHL future, Koivu said he had little certainty but a lot of hope that Selanne, who turns 40 on Saturday, will return for at least one more season.
Koivu said that the Ducks' signing of another Finn, defenseman Toni Lydman, couldn't hurt. "I hope it has a positive effect and we'll see him back," Koivu said. "All I know is if we get Teemu back it's going to make the team stronger."
The Ducks' first-round picks in last weekend's NHL entry draft, Long Beach native Emerson Etem and promising defenseman Cam Fowler, are scheduled to participate in the team's prospect summer conditioning camp starting Monday at Anaheim Ice.
A total of 31 prospects are due to take part in on-ice and off-ice workouts. The three open scrimmages, to be held on Tuesday, Thursday and July 10 at 6 p.m., are open to the public.Here's a list of the prospects scheduled to attend the conditioning camp:
Player Position How Acquired
Bonino, Nick C From San Jose
Bordson, Rob LW Signed as free agent
Brittain, Josh RW 2008 Entry Draft
Clark, Mat D 2009 Entry Draft
Cousineau, Marco G 2008 Entry Draft
Da Costa, Stephane C Free agent
Deschamps, Nicolas C 2008 Entry Draft
Etem, Emerson RW 2010 Entry Draft
Fowler, Cam D 2010 Entry Draft
Gardiner, Jake D 2008 Entry Draft
Heed, Tim D 2010 Entry Draft
Hegarty, Ryan D 2008 Entry Draft
Holland, Peter C 2009 Entry Draft
Lebler, Brian RW Signed as free agent
Lind, Kevin D 2010 Entry Draft
Macenauer, Maxime C 2007 Entry Draft
McCue, Matt LW Signed as free agent
McMillan, Brandon C 2008 Entry Draft
Mitera, Mark D 2006 Entry Draft
Newton, Jake D Signed as free agent
Palmieri, Kyle RW 2009 Entry Draft
Perlini, Brett RW 2010 Entry Draft
Pielmeier, Timo G From San Jose
Schultz, Justin D 2008 Entry Draft
Sexton, Dan RW Signed as free agent
Sharp, MacGregor C Signed as free agent
Smith-Pelly, Devante RW 2010 Entry Draft
Stephens, Evan D Free agent
Vaive, Justin LW 2007 Entry Draft
Valentine, Scott D 2009 Entry Draft
Wagner, Chris RW 2010 Entry Draft-- Helene Elliott