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Sports Mikko Koivu to ‘be around’ Wild training camp in some capacity

03:20  11 september  2021
03:20  11 september  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Buffalo Sabres sign former first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt to three-year deal

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The Minnesota Wild will have former captain and franchise icon Mikko Koivu at training camp this season, but not as a player. Michael Russo of The Athletic tweets that the expectation is that Koivu will have an official position with the organization eventually, though none has been announced yet.

a close up of a person wearing a helmet: Mikko Koivu played 15 seasons for the Wild before finishing his career with seven games for the Blue Jackets. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Mikko Koivu played 15 seasons for the Wild before finishing his career with seven games for the Blue Jackets.

Koivu, 38, retired earlier this year, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets after playing just seven games. That time in Columbus is perhaps an unfortunate footnote on a career that up until then was spent entirely in Minnesota, spanning 15 years and more than 1,000 games with the organization.

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  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired a pair of goaltending development coaches, bringing in Kain Tisi and Charles Grant. The two will work with goaltending prospects throughout the Penguins organization, in Europe, the minor leagues, juniors and college hockey, as well as scout draft-eligible and college free-agent goalies. Tisi previously worked with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, while Grant is coming over from the Cape Breton Eagles of the QMJHL.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs development camp has a bit of a different feel this season, and that’s in part due to the leadership. Hayley Wickenheiser was promoted to senior director of player development earlier this year and she’s running the camp, telling TSN’s Kristen Shilton the group has decided to “create a competitive environment versus a teaching environment.” A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, it’s actually Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser now; she’s also currently doing an emergency room rotation at a Toronto hospital.

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